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50 Years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and the Boons with a Bangali Dose

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50 Years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and the Boons with a Bangali Dose

Two innocent men in simple clothes, mesmerising everyone with their music… Travelling the world by clapping each other’s hands… Never having to worry about the food they put in their belly…

No matter how old you are, where you live, or what you do – if you’re Bangali, you know who these two men are. For five long decades, they have given Bangalis a warm, fuzzy feeling in the belly. Yes, it’s been fifty years since Goopy and Bagha hit the theatres. They have brought smiles, laughter, tears, and fears to the audience.

50 Years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and the Boons with a Bangali Dose

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50 Years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne – by Amazon

Every 90’s kid remembers watching re-runs of the Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne movies as a part of Chhuti Chhuti during summer vacations. They all grew up hoping for a Bhooter Raja, who would grant us three wishes. Interestingly, these boons are Bangali to the core.

1. Ja Chai Porte, Khaite Pari…

Bangalis are shoukhin people. From Jamdani sarees and Goroder Dhuti to Levis Jeans and Allen Solly shorts, they want to look their best where they go. And what’s left to say about the food love they nurse? They are pure foodies, with unadulterated passion for all things edible. If the first boon by the King of Ghosts does not scream “Bangali”, what does?

2. Jekhane Khushi Jaite Pari…

Call Bengalis lazy all you want, but they are the most avid travellers. They have made Di-Pu-Da (Digha, Puri, Darjeeling) their weekend destinations, and when they have longer holidays, they don’t fear going for treks and hikes, or dipping into international oceans. Thus, Bhooter Raja’s second boon perfectly captures the Bangali wanderlust.

3. Sa-Ni-Dha-Pa-Ma-Ga-Re-Sa Gaite Pari…

Bengalis proudly announce that even the rocks and trees in this land can sing. Yes, there’s music everywhere, from the trees in the spring to the waves in the monsoon – to the bathrooms in every household, throughout the year. Goopy, the singer, and Bagha, the drummer, were blessed with the power of enthralling music. And once again, the boon reflects a Bangali sentiment.

Let’s not forget Bhooter Raja himself, ruling the kingdom of ghosts of all shapes and sizes. 

Khora bhoot, Dana bhoot… Kacha bhoot, Paka bhoot… Soja bhoot, Baka bhoot… Roga bhoot… Mota bhoot.. These thousand different kinds of ghosts are just so relatable! They are like our family members and our colleagues who are pretty much like the wonderful bhoots whom you can imagine dancing away happily.

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50 Years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne – by Sahapedia

Now, one might wonder if the three boons, in their essence, reflect Bangaliyana, or if it instils the idea in our minds, i.e. Bengalis, having grown up watching this legendary movie, have most likely been inspired by the films to aspire for what Goopy-Bagha had in their lives as the three “Magical Boons”. In the last 50 years of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, the film has successfully established Bengali movie-lovers that food and clothes, music, and travelling are the most important, that these can make life worth living.


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