Vishal Bhardwaj is not only a competent director but is also a brilliant music director. He is responsible for hits like Dhan Te Na, Namak and Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji. He’s like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, but only better. (Bhansali fanboys/girls, please send your hate mail on email@example.com.)
Omkara is the second film in his unofficial “Shakespeare adaptation” trilogy. It is an Indianised version of the classic Othello. Due to Omkara’s success, Saif Ali Khan’s portrayal of Langda Tyagi also received praises from the audiences and critics, alike. Who knew there was a capable actor hidden inside Saif?
Bipasha Basu’s music video
There’s no denying to the fact that Omkara had a brilliant soundtrack. Two of the biggest hits from the album were Beedi and Namak. Incidentally, both these songs were filmed on Bipasha Basu. As a result, people gave credit for the success of these songs to Basu.
Bipasha Basu was seen as a sex symbol throughout the 2000s. As a result, she was one of the most sought-after actresses. Her presence did make a difference to these two songs. This is especially true for Namak, one of Bhardwaj best Bollywood sex songs.
The music video is shot on the premises of a police station with Bipasha Basu serenading the policemen. Thanks to the Salman Khan cop series Dabangg, this idea feels completely bastardised. Thanks, but no thanks. (Salman fans, refer to the abovementioned email address.)
Vocals and Lyrics of Namak
Zabaan Pe Laga Laga Re Namak Isaq Ka Haaye
Tere Isaq Ka Haan Re
I keep having debates about this song with my friends. I feel these lines are a euphemism for oral sex, but my friends think otherwise. The entire song is about sex, so my interpretation cannot be that far-fetched, right?
Bhardwaj’s wife Rekha Bhardwaj has provided vocals to this divisive Bollywood sex song. Her voice compliments the vernacular lyrics and elevates the authenticity of the song to a new level, altogether.
Speaking of lyrics, the genius behind Namak is none other than the legendary, Gulzar. History shows us that whenever Gulzar and Bhardwaj have collaborated, they have created masterpieces. Naina Thag Lenge, Pehli Baar Mohabbat and Khamakha, to name a few. So, it’s no surprise that Namak lives on even after 14 years.
If I ever get to meet Gulzar, I would ask him about this song and put an end to the “oral sex” debate, once and for all.