It’s been almost a year now. It was last year at a Kanti Shah theme party, “Kanti Bina Shanti Nahi” that I was first introduced to Radhe Shyam Rasiya. Those who don’t know who is Radheshyam Rasiya Ji, have been simply wasting their lives. Those who know him, must have seen him in the video “Raja Raja kareja mein samaja”.
When Radheshyam Rasiya ji says “Bahiya mein kasike saiiyan, Maar lo kachakach”, the crowd goes bizzare. Not just the crowd, the Genelia look alike dancer too cannot control herself and half way through, i.e.after ‘Bahiya mein Kasike Saiyyan’, she ends up shouting “Hai Daiyyan” (the seductive kind). Well this is the magic of Radheshyam Ji. The video really takes off towards the end, with Psycho type screaming, which will put Mr. Hitchcock to shame. I did not see any other Radheshyam Ji videos after that for a long time. I thought Radheji to be a one hit wonder. But I was just being ignorant. Last week when i searched again for Radheshyam Rasiya Bhojpuri songs, I was surprised and shocked. A shock that lasted for almost a day.
The song is all about mathematics and counting. Well, everyone cant count, but what makes the difference is how you count. For example, we all know the finite series, 2,4,6,8,10. But the way Mithun Da counts is Gunda (do char cheh aath dus, bas) is something special and unique. Radheji also attempts something similar in this video. But due to his immense respect for Mithun Da, he decided to stop at 7. While the Genelia body double is there in this video, but her importance is slightly reduced, as she is just one among many here.
So, what is so special about Radheji anyways???
What I understood is that Radheji has a unique and methodical approach to his videos.
- The girl in the tries to say something (she doesn’t say that to us, only Radheji can understand
- Then, Radheji understands and interprets it (Only he can decode those signals)
- He also analyzes that, so quickly that, he will put any IIM or IIT grad to rethink their education
- Then he presents his findings in “THE” authoritative manner, like it is a prophecy
- Approval received from the girls get proper representation in for of “Hai Daiyyan” and “Maar Daala Re” and “Ooh Aaah Ooh Aaah”
- Audience not only applaud, but also appreciate and celebrate in form of dance. This is shown at proper intervals in his videos.
- His signature move of “Pumping Fists” has close resemblance with “PSY’s” Gangnam Style. This is used in all the different videos, and depending on the situation, either he pumps in the air, or near the female lead dancer’s butt or breasts.
- Last, but not the least, the music is uber energetic. It will just get you off your feet in a jiffy. Some of his videos, due to the mixing abilities of his crew, will force PVD and DJ Tiesto to turn the turntables.
All said and done, Radheji seems to be a free spirited soul, and can in no way be restricted to the above framework. Still, some of the aspects will be clear from the videos that follow. For example the next video, “Lehnga Utha De Remote Se” shows Radheji’s vision for the future. A remote to lift women’s skirt, come on… every guys dream. But, mind it, the song has no vulgar intention. It is just a celebration of innovation and Radheji’s dreams. As they say, “Jahan na Pahuche Ravi, Wahan pahuche Kavi”. On similar lines, “Jahan na pahuche Dadaji, Wahan pahuche Radheji”. In the next video, Radheji goes straight for the jugular (read JUGS and read it aloud!!!). On deep inspection one can see that the song is of interest to both Obama and Kim Jong Un. He has identified two huge atom bombs in his sister in law’s blouse. The video is also important, because Radheshyam Ji reveals his full name – “Amitabh Ranjan Radheshyam Rasiya”. In the following video, Radheji has taken it to the next level. This is the only video in the world to start with a generator sound. The cover is misguiding. In the beginning, you will notice that name of the video is “Bandh kar Jerenator” and Radheji pronounces as “Jerenator”, so does the chorus. The mixing in this track is phenomenal. The song is a struggle by several people to stop the running jerenator. The struggle lead by Radheji, soon becomes a revolution, which they win in the end. The jerenator stops, but the song will go on, as you can’t just watch this once.
Though Radheji is a superstar, but is no narcissist. Sometimes, he prefers to take the back seat by just singing. Still, you can feel Radheji’s presence throughout the video. Next video, choch se choch satake will illustrate this. A man and woman fight on behalf of their rooster and hen. The real star in this video is the old fellow with blue t-shirt. He will make you believe that yes, Viagra does work.
And yeah, Radheji also has a softer side. His video, “Dosto Kya Ho Gaya” describes a tale of treachery and broken heart. A really touching song, which will make you think twice before falling in love again. The music in this song is rare nowadays in Indian music industry. When the nation is moving away from its roots, there are folks like Radheji who still remind use, where we belong.
Radheji is a powerhouse of talent and the list of the videos is endless. I will try my best to capture those videos in sequels to this post. His every video is unique and specially crafted. Radheji is an unsung superstar, already on his way to becoming a legend. His video, Fatafat Dalela endorses this. The specialty of this video is his entry. ‘HE SIMPLY APPEARS!!!’.
The above video was the final nail in coffin for me. I was rendered speechless and I am in loss of words for praising Shree Shree Amitabh Ranjan Radheshyam Rasiya ji. I will leave you (if you have lasted this long in the post) with some of his in action photos and some pictures of his legendary creations.