Bollywood's Weird Film Titles
Bollywood's teaching us a language
Movie titles have gotten weirder and weirder, and frequently do we do double-takes these days when we hear the name of an upcoming film. There are regional languages, slangy phrases, and much nonsense.
Here's a quick guide to the offbeat names of 2013 and early 2014. Just so you can Mind Your (filmi) Language.
The immortal Shree 420 song Ramaiya Vastavaiya means "Rama, will you come?" in Telugu. So it seems only fitting that Prabhudeva's Telugu hit, originally titled Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana ("If you want to come, will I say No?") is being remade by the same director using a phrase most North Indians didn't know was Telugu in the first place.
Image: Movie poster of Ramaiya Vastavaiya
One of those many North Indian words to denote wastrels, the always pejorative term Fukrey can mean a lot, from scoundrels to good-for-nothings, with more than a dash of deadbeat.
Image: Movie poster of Fukrey
The word Raanjhana is a more lyrical way to refer to someone as Ranjha (from the epic romance Heer Ranjha), thus calling them one's beloved.
Image: Movie poster of Raanjhana
Kai Po Che
A Gujarati phrase often shouted from rooftops during kite-flying season, Kai Po Che literally means "I have cut", referring to defeating a rival kite. In the film, the cry of triumph is quite heartfelt.
Image: Movie poster of Kai Po Che
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi
Another North Indian colloquialism, "jhand" can be said to mean insult. Someone who has been "jhand-ed", so to speak, is someone who has been shown up and humiliated. The word Jhand is to Delhi youth as the word Popat is to Bombay slang.
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is David director Bejoy Nambiar's next film. It will be produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Image: Producer Ekta Kapoor
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
The word Ungli literally means 'finger,' and the slang sense of the word means -- like it does in English -- "to finger." Therefore to 'do' Ungli is to interfere, to provoke, to poke.
Ungli has been directed by Rensil D'Silva of Kurbaan fame, and produced by Karan Johar. It stars Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi and Kangna Ranaut.
Image: Sanjay Dutt and Kangana Ranaut in Rascals
Ishqiya means a fool in love, or those fooled by love, or those who have gladly and willingly become fools for love. There's a lot of wiggle-room, making it a title worth interpreting personally. Dedh means one and a half, which marks that this film is a sequel -- or at least half a sequel -- of the first Ishqiya.
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film stars Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah.
Image: Madhuri Dixit
The word "mental" doesn't really need much subtitling, but in terms of Hindi slang calling someone Mental is akin to calling them insane. Come to think of it, the word is used the same way in casual English as well.
Directed by Sohail Khan, the film stars his superstar brother Salman Khan.
Image: Salman Khan
While it might sound like the brightly coloured underwear a superhero wears on the outside of his trousers, the word "heropanti" simply means to act like a hero, or even just to pose as one.
Heropanti has been directed by Sabir Khan and will see the debut of Jackie Shroff's son Tiger.
Image: Tiger Shroff