Hawa Hawaii 2.0 – Kavita/Shashaa – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal/Tanishk Bagchi | Tumhari Sullu (2017)


This song is actually a remix version of the Sridevi-performed song from Mr. India (1987).

Movie: This song appeared in 2017 hit Ellipsis Entertainment and T-Series’ dramedy Tumhari Sullu (Your Sullu) directed by Suresh Triveni and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar and Shanti Sivaram Maini. The movie starred Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, etc.

Sulochana Dubey aka Sullu (Vidya Balan) is a Virar-based middle-class housewife living with her family. She and her husband, Ashok Dubey (Manav Kaul) have a happy life with their 11-year old son Pranav (Abhishek Sharma). She wants to be a working woman but being a school-dropout; she cannot do any of the white collar jobs. Her 2 elder twin sisters are always critical of her achievements and ridicule her business ideas that failed. She likes to participate in contests and always wins some prize or the other. Ashok is a manager in a tailoring company. The job is frustrating because other than him the other workers are elderly, including the owners. They are all unreasonable and unresponsive.

One day, Sullu wins a contest by her favorite radio station and she receives a call from R J Albeli (R J Malishka). Upon request by Albeli, Sullu sings a retro song that the people at the radio station find funny. She has won a pressure cooker and she is told to pick it up from the radio station. When she visits the radio station, she observes an ad calling candidates to apply for the post of RJ. She asks for the form and is initially ridiculed by Albeli and the receptionist. Albeli takes her to her boss Maria (Neha Dhupia), who gives Sullu her card after a hilarious audition. Sullu has to speak seductively over the mike for the audition. Once home, she calls the local grocery man and asks seductively for a broom. He thinks it is some newcomer in the building and goes there to find the flat on the 5th floor. There is no fifth floor and he realizes that someone had played a prank on him.

Sullu also uses the seductive voice to speak to her husband over the phone and tells him to come home early, driving him mad. The next day, Sullu calls Maria several times, to inform her that she is interested in the job. Maria is in a prolonged meeting and is unable to receive her calls. Sullu is saddened and shares a few messages with Maria indicating the same. Maria, soon, realizes that Sullu would probably be the right person for the job and hires her. She is expected to do the show at night. Initially, Ashok is upset with her decision, which she took without first talking to him. But, he relents after meeting Maria, due to his love for his wife, particularly because the company is ready to provide her the facility of pickup and drop.

When she begins her job, she handles a tricky caller on her own, very smartly. After her first night at it, she is censured by her own sisters. As she reports for her second day, Maria and her other colleagues have a party waiting for her. They all sing and dance in tune with this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Javed Akhtar and the music was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and Tanishk Bagchi.

The gist of the song is that the girl is a hit on the first day of her job. That is why her boss organizes a party, celebrating the girl’s popularity.

Video: Cinematographer is Saurabh Goswami. Dance choreography is by Karishma Chavan-Vijay Ganguly-Rajiv Surti.

The video opens with Vidya Balan standing shocked when the lights are switched on. Neha Dhupia approaches her, wearing a sari herself. The music has already begun. But, Vidya Balan requests Neha Dhupia, if she could do the same show during the day. Neha Dhupia tells her not to back out at that moment and begins to dance and lip-sync to the song.

R J Malishka also performs a few steps. Vidya Balan laughs at the way they dance. She also joins them in the dance. They all have champagne. Vidya Balan throws the alcohol behind her discretely and forwards the empty glass. All the girls wear Sridevi’s Hawa Hawaii masks. The song ends with the chorus saying Hawa Hawaii. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kavita Krishnamurti and Shashaa Tirupati and the onscreen performances are by Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia, R J Malishka and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song celebrates the popularity of the heroine on the first night of her job as an R J. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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