Published On:Friday, 2 September 2016

Films, TV Soap Operas and TV debates offering new phrases

​South Asian Humor: Bhishma Kukreti

From the first Indian Film 'Harishchandra', films have been influencing Indians and films have been offering new metaphors, new figure of speeches and new phrases for Indians using them in their daily life.

Just joining the college, I knew a new word 'Dhool Ka Phool' arrived from Hindi Film 'Dhool Ka Phool'. That time, 'Dhool ka Phool' meant an illegitimate child.  In test tube, surrogate or Indrani Mukaharji era, 'Dhool ka Phool' word lost its irrelevancy but once was in common uses.

We used to ask our sad friend, "Why are you Kunadan Sehgal today?", "Mr. Bharat Bhusan! What happened?" or we used to call a person 'Rehman' whose lover is married to other. That shows films influence youth too.

In old age, instead of saying that she was poor, the intellectuals used to state that she was 'Pather Pancholi'. Pather Pancholi film was about poverty.

Hindi film actor Rajkumar's many dialogues became phrases for common uses. 'Ham Rajkumar hain', 'Jani' or   'Chinay Seth! jinke ghar kanch ke hote hain vo dusron ke ghar patthar nahi fenka karte' type of dialogues by Rajkumar are still a popular phrases.

Sholay is on top for offering new phrases to our modern society.  In sales or in administration, mangers use 'Tera kya hoga Kaliya' for 'What should I decide about you?', "Ab goli kha' for punishment or 'Ye hath mujhe de de 'for resignation from the employee.  

Indian Society took many dialogues for common uses from video dramas by Pakistani dramatist Omar Sharif mostly, for insulting others.

In a popular comedy TV serial 'Yeh jo hai Zindagi of nineties, Satish shah used saying dramatically 'What a relief!' after coming from urinal in each episode. Even now, people use 'What a relief' phrase after coming from urinal, telling others that I need going for urinal or after completion of complicated work.

Movies of Mehmood, Amitabh Bacchan, Govinda and others also offered many phrases to common men, modern society and snobbish society. 

'Bacche ki jan lega kya' was a common phrase in North India but Akshay Kumar made the phrase more popular. 'One two ka four' phrase is another example.

TV comedians as Raju Shrivastava, Kapil Sharma and Bharti offered many new phrases to the society. When a tube light flickers, people say 'Tube Raju Shrivastava ban gayi hai".   The 'Baba Ji ka Thullu' phrase was popular in some North Indian pockets and now, Kapil's Baba Ji ka Thullu' phrase have already encroached into South India too.

Today, if there is many voices in meeting at a time, the boss says," Don't make my meeting the Arnab Goswami debate'. When there is dull discussion in a sales meet, the manager comments "don't make meeting a Ravis Kumar debate" or 'don't be cricket Madan Lal (for confusing statements).

Films, soap operas and TV anchors have offered us hundred of new phrases, new proverbs and revived old proverbs for common uses. In coming days, you will get more and more new phrases from Films, soap operas and TV anchors.

However, I don't know whether humorists, fake news writers and I influence you for taking new phrases or not?


Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti, Mumbai, 2016

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