Monday, February 25, 2008

Baap Ban Jaaye Campaign

A quick note for readers who are not well versed in Hindi - read the note at the end of this post before you read it. Others, read on!

I was chatting with a friend when the conversation ended up in music and Ghulam Ali (I swear we have a life), and I casually mentioned, "As a kid I was in love with two songs. Chupke Chupke and Baap Ban Jaaye."

This is what followed:

She: Baap Ban Jaaye?
Me: Aap jaisa koi mere zindagii mein aaye, toh Baap Ban Jaaye (Translated: Someone like you enters my life, he'll become a Dad)
She: I love that song too, but its Baat Ban Jaaye, not BAAP
Me: What? No way!

Since the age of 5, I have been singing this song from Qurbaani and the lyrics in my book have always been Baap Ban Jaaye. I am sure somewhere in the past I must have walked into a house packed with guests with my Mom going, "Oh yeah, he has started singing lessons. Apoo, you wanna demo?"

"Sure Mom. One, Two, Three - Aap jaisa.... Baap Ban Jaaye"

No wonder my singing classes were abruptly canceled and they put me in drawing classes.

However, with my years of self taught lyrics shattered, I decided to do a postmortem. And eventually have come to the conclusion that the lyrics of the song should be changed from Baat to Baap. Firstly, check out the video. Now, which guy would prefer Zeenat saying "Baat Ban Jaaye" over "Baap Ban Jaaye". If any one of you guys raised your hand, I suggest a sex change operation or suicide.

I even compared it to the male version of Bryan Adams - Ever Loved a Woman. Apparently all women I know go all weak on the "See your unborn children in her eyes". I think "Baap Ban Jaaye" should be the male equivalent of that.

On a side note, I can see my Dad heave a sigh of relief with a "Finally he got the lyrics and I can stop being embarrassed in public" dialog.

So, should I start a facebook campaign for a change in lyrics?
Should I make an appeal to Biddu and Nazia Hassan?
Should I just shut up?

Baap Ban Jaaye - in Hindi means become a father
Baat Ban Jaaye - in Hindi is something to the tune of 'its a sweet deal'.

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Blogger KJ said...


this reminds of an ad with Baap as tagline " bacche to bacche, baap re baap"



February 25, 2008 1:49 AM  
Blogger Iyer Education said...

if you are talking about zeenat's looks when this song was shot i would agree and say "Baap ban jaaye"...

cut back to present... and zeenat's looks now... i think we are safer with "Baat ban jaaye"

February 25, 2008 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...perverted since 1979"

we can safely add this to our nanguys slogan list

February 25, 2008 6:40 AM  
Blogger Still Searching said...

Lol! I feel bad for your friend, the cartoon she has to put up with! :D :P

Hehehe... baap ban jaye... hehehee, cant get over it... but it's beginning to make sense now.. or not!!

February 25, 2008 5:11 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#KJ: Makes sense! Without bacche, no baap!

#Iyer: Go get a sex change! I agree with what you say, but get the sex change just for the heck of it!

#Abhi: Hehehehe.... it was a genuine mistake!

#Searching: What can I say... I am lucky to have such friends, and I make complete use of it!! :P

February 25, 2008 8:48 PM  
Blogger Debalina said...

Are you serious about this ?
Baap of all comedy !

February 26, 2008 12:05 AM  
Blogger DewdropDream said...

There's someone else who sings the same yrics... but out of a habit involving all things perverted :P

And for a long time I used to mentally sing the same lyrics, not out of any perverted incline but merely because it seemed a funny way ad somewhat natural to sing 'baap' than 'baat' :P I stopped soon as I figured what difference it actually made. I'm joking. :P

February 27, 2008 2:21 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

u serious?? baap ban jaaye is the famous parody of the song....maybe u started it!

and don't u dare compare baap ban jaaye to see unborn children....uffffff u insensitive men!

ps- dad sighing in relief was damn funny

pps- nazia hassan died many yrs ago....u can only appeal to biddu now or zeenat aman or feroz khan

March 01, 2008 4:40 AM  
Blogger sirpy said...

After all that, now I am quite curious to know what happened in your drawing classes..... :D

March 02, 2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger Mez said...


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Blog link:

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U can have a look at it in the comments section of my latest post titled as Bloggerville Crush Confessions. U can reply to her mssg on my post itself. She wud be waitin.

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March 03, 2008 1:55 AM  
Blogger Zephyr said...

Sheesh !! And I used to think I was the only one who used to make his parents crack up while he was befuddled by his singing potential.

March 17, 2008 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... there is someone else too who sang songs in the distorted version...:D

March 21, 2008 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... there is someone else too who sang songs in the distorted version...:D

March 21, 2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and looks like i did some gochi here posting the comment...
ok so i do look like a newbie at commenting on blogger frm matter how hard i wud try to fake it...;)

March 21, 2008 11:22 AM  
Blogger lovemarks said...

Ok, will admit that there was a time when I also thought it was Baap vs Baat... then of course was abs embarrassed after I found out the meaning! Which was many years later... ;)
So hang in there Apoo, you're not the only one. Blame it on Nazia's nasal but good voice and Zeenat's gyrations that do align with your version of the song.

March 24, 2008 10:06 AM  
Blogger Solitaire said...

I seriously cannot believe that it took you sooooo many years to figure that out!!!

All my young cousins did sing "baap ban jaaye" as kids and we do sing that in jest as adults but no adult friend of yours corrected you???????????

March 25, 2008 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Deepak Jeswal said...

Ha ha, 'Baap ban jaye' as pointed above is the parody that we used to sing as kiddos. Never knew someone could take it seriously.


April 01, 2008 12:02 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima said...

ajo, life is too short to worry if you've been singing the wrong lyrics all along ...the damage has already been done :P
so sing on!
vaah..kya baap hai yaar

April 03, 2008 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude to late Nazia Hassan died some years back ...
Dude BAAP ban jaye ... was always on ...with zeenath anytime anywhere ...oh yehhh ...igdi igdi igdiii

April 08, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger Kau said...

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This one is hilarious - never stop writing !

April 11, 2008 11:57 PM  
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April 18, 2008 1:23 AM  
Blogger kAy said...

somewhere...nazia hasan is turning in her grave....

April 27, 2008 11:45 AM  

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