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“Have you heard of ‘rambunctious'”? a friend asked. “It means boisterous, unrestrained, exuberant, uproarious”.

I remember the time when we all jumped into the hostel pond at 2 am after India defeated WI at Port of Spain in 1976, or even the time when we raced up to the top of the water tank after the tension of a probability exam.

You get the idea? The word could also describe the frenzied celebration of devotees during Navratri, or of sensible US citizens after Trump is defeated this November.

As always, Hindi films have songs to exactly capture that mood. I can’t think of any better example that Dharmendra jostling Rekha atop a crane [1] in Kahani Kismat Ki (1973) with KA-Rajendra Krishan-Kishore Kumar. Or think of Sanjeev Kumar freaking out with Leena Chandavarkar [2] in Manchali (1973) with LP-Anand Bakshi-Kishore Kumar. And this fata fati Mehmood+Jayashree T song [3] from Main Sundar Hoon (1971) with SJ-Anand Bakshi-Kishore Kumar.

Here are more songs that I will list quickly: Amitabh inviting Zeenat to try a Banarasi pan [4] in Don (1978) with KA-Anjaan-Kishore Kumar; Kangana Ranaut creating hungama [5] in Queen (2014) to an original song by LP-Asha. Kaka and Mumtaz intoxicated after bhang [6] in Aap Ki Kasam (1974), with R D Burman-Anand Bakshi-Kishore Kumar-Lata; and the lavishly orchestrated dance sequence [7] featuring Shammi Kapoor, Mumtaz, Mumtaz’s navel, and the mad twins created by SJ-Hasrat Jaipuri-Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur for Brahmachari (1968).

teesri kasamHowever my surprise top pick for the rambunctious theme is this delightful group song created by SJ-Shailendra-Manna for Shailendra’s Teesri Kasam (1966), directed by Basu Bhattacharya, with Raj Kapoor merely joining the chorus (but note his outstanding lip sync) and Waheeda smiling radiantly.The lyrics are simple and frequently repeated, but each time the lines repeat the mood rises to a higher and higher crescendo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5TtkSMzMek

chalat musafir moh liyo re pinjade vaali muniya
[The passing traveller is taken in by the caged bird]

ud ud baithi halvayiya dukaniya, aare
barfi ke sab ras le liyo re pinjade vaali muniya
[The bird flew into a sweet shop
and took in all the aroma and the flavour of the barfi]

ud ud baithi panvadiya dukaniya, aare
bida ke sab ras le liyo re pinjade vaali muniya
[Still flying, the bird now strayed into a paan shop
and enjoyed all the fragrance and colour of the bida]

[1] Dharmendra-Rekha + Kishore Kumar + KA-Rajendra Krishan. Kahani Kismat Ki (1973)

[2] Sanjeev Kumar-Leena Chandavarkar + Kishore Kumar + LP-Anand Bakshi. Manchali (1973)

[3] Kishore Kumar-Mehmood-Jayashri T + Kishore Kumar + SJ-Anand Bakshi. Main Sundar Hoon (1971)

[4] Amitabh Bachchan-Zeenat Aman + Kishore Kumar + KA-Anjaan. Don (1978)

[5] Kangana Ranaut (Bindu) + Asha Bhosle + LP-Varma Malik. Queen (2014) (Anhonee (1973))

[6] Kaka-Mumtaz + Kishore-Lata + RDB-Anand Bakshi. Aap Ki Kasam (1974)

[7] Shammi Kapoor-Mumtaz-Pran + Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur + SJ-Hasrat Jaipuri. Brahmachari (1968)

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