‘Munni’ a rage in Pakistan


KARACHI: There’s a play called “Munni Badnam Hui” that’s being used to spice up TV scripts and wedding revellers are dancing feverishly to its tune.
The song from the smash Salman Khan hit “Dabangg” picturised on Malaika Arora has become the rage in Pakistan. If the Bollywood hero is charming audiences in the superhit film, then so is Malaika, who has almost become a household name here after the song composed by Lalit Pandit.
No wedding or function is considered complete without the song. It also blares from audio systems in cars and music shops while FM radio stations are swarmed with requests to play “Munni Badnam Hui”.
Comedy king Umar Sharif, who is equally famous in India for his rib-tickling stage performances, returned to the stage this Eid after several years with a play titled “Munni Badnam Hui” staged in Karachi’s arts council theatre.
Sharif himself donned the avatar of “Munni” in the play and had the audience in fits with his funny lines and situations. The storyline of the play revolved around a household with a “Munni” who is the cynosure of attention in her locality.
Bushra Ansari, considered an icon on Pakistani television, also penned a play “Doli ki aaye gi baraat” for Eid. The play revolved around two families, one living in Karachi and the other in Faisalabad, whose kids wanted to marry each other.
The play, aired by Geo TV, was a huge hit and was re-run. But the showstopper was a dholki sequence where both the families danced their hearts out to “Munni badnaam hui”.
When the star cast of the play sat in the studio on Eid day to narrate the making of the play, they were again asked to perform to the hit tune. Movie buffs flocked to see “Dabangg” this Eid.