They shocked us and entertained us - lyricists talk about some of their most outrageous numbers and what inspired them
'Dhoti ko phad ke rumaal kar gayi' - Dev Kohli for Jurmana
“Yeh to ek muhawara tha jisko gaane mein badal diya (this was an existing phrase that we used as a line in the song)
It was based on a situation given to me by the director and while thinking of lyrics for the song, we thought this dhoti-wala line would make for a fun song that fits in the film too.
“While writing lyrics, we usually look at using words that have not been used before.
At times someone says something or some incident occurs where some words strike you and a song is created out of it... baithe baithe gaana ban jata hai.” 'Jab tak rahega samose mein aloo' - Anu Malik for Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi
“A samosa is incomplete without the aloo filling; it was this random thought that led to the lyrics of this song.
I even tried eating a samosa without the aloo; it's most bland! We had to express love between the protagonists and expressing it in a funny manner would be the David Dhawan way.
The song was recorded before the film and I put in 'tera rahoonga o meri Shalu' just so that it rhymes with aloo.
David liked the song so much, he named the actress Shalu in the film! I got a lot of flak for this song back then but people still laugh when they remember the song today. That's the purpose of these crazy songs!”
'Kassa kai, bara hai, I am Mumbhai!' - Javed Jaffrey for Bombay Boys
“The film was about Mumbai and when I saw Naseerbhai's getup, the 'bhai' image was stuck in my head. It wasn't long before “Mumbhai” was born!
“But an essential part of Mumbai and its bhai-giri is foul language.
Our first recording was an 'R' rated version, with the world's gaalis in it. When the team heard it there was a 10-second silence when faces turned white… we only wanted to freak them out and had a second version with lesser gaalis in it.
All those phrases of 'aasmani kabutar' and 'c'mon b**ger'… some of them just happened while recording, everyone has a bit of Mumbai in them afterall!”
'You are my chicken fry, you are my fish fry' - Bappi Lahiri for Rock Dancer
“This was from my own production Rock Dancer in which the song was based on a situation where the hero and heroine go to a restaurant and ask the waiter what they have on the menu.
The entire song is about food, it goes on to you are my samosa, you are my masala dosa… It's a great fun song.
“Indeevarji and I have made a number of crazy songs together. Saat mere aaoge, Ice Cream khaoge was born when Indeevarji and I were travelling by air and the airhostess brought us ice cream! Most of the time we convert things that happen around us into songs.”
“The hit song Tamma Tamma came from an African song I had heard and I had no idea what it meant.
The Himmatwala song 'hey taaki ho taaki' was also a foreign influence. I heard the word in Ireland. They just linger in your head and then one fine day you land up putting it in a song!”
'Dard-e-Disco' - Javed Akhtar for Om Shanti Om
Farah Khan says: “Bhushan Kumar had once told me that in the Hindi film industry only two kinds of songs become hits - dard bhare gaane and disco type ke gaane… This was stuck in my head and I thought why not both together, it will become super-duper hit! That's how I caught on the word 'dard-e-disco' which I passed on to Javed-uncle.
He took the song to a whole different level. The lyrics are hilarious and that's the madness I wanted in the song.
“It's the time to disco and all that was already done, so this time we started rhyming it with bizarre words like San Fransisco and pachisko. I told Javed-uncle to use high-funda Urdu that should sound very profound but should mean nothing.”
'Tu tu tu… tu tu tara…' - Sameer for Bol Radha Bol
“Sometimes the music is such that regular words don't fit and music directors start humming meaningless words and sounds to make the metre in the song sound right.
Tu tu tu... was born in some such bizarre manner. We made several attempts to fit in words and to fill in the gap but kept humming tu tu tu tu… Soon it started sounding great with the tune and we decided to keep it that way!
“Even in songs like hai huku hai huku hai hai… the words were created randomly to rhyme with mera dil le jai…or even tunna tunna for that matter…these have absolutely no meaning and at the same time are very catchy too.
Remember Ole Ole… it actually means hailstones but it sounded so great that we just put it in the song and it was a super hit! It is really good fun coming up with fun lyrics once in a while.”
'Humma humma' - Mehboob for Bombay
“The song was derived from its Tamil version. Rahmanji wanted a song that should have a fun sound to it. There was absolutely no logic or thought put into the word humma, which eventually became a rage.
Yeh to sirf sound se khela gaya tha... (this was just playing around with sounds). Songs like Yaee re yaaee re, they too make no sense but sounds quite nice in a song.
“Talking about humour in film songs and songs with crazy lyrics, Kishore saab is the real embodiment of humour in music. All his songs have been memorable even till today.”
'Mind blowing Mahiya' - Vishal Dadlani for Cash
“We harnessed two of the most overused terms that are around these days - 'mindblowing' and 'mahiya' and churned it into a song. All the songs for Cash were supposed to be club and dance kind of songs.
The brief given to us was to have fun and that's exactly what we did. This song was completely targeted at kids. At the end of the day children are the ones who really love Bollywood songs and using popular terms makes them love it even more.
The song's quite tongue-in-cheek although it wasn't written with any parody in mind.
'Mai aayi hoon UP Bihar lootney' - Sameer for Shool
“I come from the 'UP Bihar' side of India and this song was reminiscent of the nautankis that are quite common back home.
The brief given to me was a typical UP setting with the mafia and the gana-bajana and this took me straight back to childhood memories of the same.
Sapna Awasthi's voice fit in perfectly to give the folksy touch and the way the song was picturised did full justice to the music as well as the lyrics.”