Posted by: kcgadiyar | September 3, 2009

How much did Farhan lose?

This post has been a long time coming, i finally put this together over the past week. After listening to the song “Pichle saat dinon mein” i always wondered as to how the guy managed to even pay the sky high insurance premiums he must have. This thought germinated an idea, and that idea finally led to this post. So, i proudly present to you “What is the total value of things Farhan Akhtar lost?”

My MS Paint skills are not all that up to scratch.

My MS Paint skills are not all that up to scratch.

First off, here are the lyrics to the song:

Meri Laundry Ka Ek Bill, Ik Aadhi Padhi Novel
Ek Ladki Ka Phone Number, Mere Kaam Ka Ek Paper
Mere Taash Se Heart Ka King, Mera Ik Chaandi Ka Ring
Pichhale Saat Dinon Mein Maine Khoya
Kabhi Khud Pe Hansa Main, Aur Kabhi Khud Pe Roya

Present Mili Ek Ghadi, Pyaari Thi Mujhe Badi
Mary Jane Ka Ek Packet, Meri Denim Ki Jacket
Do One Day Match Ke Passes, Mere Naye Naye Sunglasses
Pichhale Saat Dinon Mein Maine Khoya
Kabhi Khud Pe Hansa Main, Aur Kabhi Khud Pe Roya

Kaise Bhulu Saatva Jo Din Aaya
Kisi Ne Tumse Ik Party Mein Milvaaya
Kaisa Pal Tha, Jis Pal Maine Tumko Pehali Baar Dekha Tha
Hum Jo Mile Pehli Baar, Maine Jaana Kya Hai Pyar
Maine Hosh Bhi Khoya, Dil Bhi Khoya
Kabhi Khud Pe Hansa Main, Aur Kabhi Khud Pe Roya

Maine Pichhale Saat Dino Mein, Ye Sab Hai Khoya

So lets start the analysis.

1. Meri Laundry Ka Ek Bill: Kind of tough to quantify, since it is a bill. But thinking laterally, having the laundry bill means that his clothes are at the dry cleaners and he needs the bill to get the clothes back. Now, we never know how many items of clothing are actually at the cleaners. But, taking an unofficial survey, most people seem to give clothes to the laundry once a week, so roughly that makes it 3 shirts and 3 pants if the guy reuses his stuff. Being in a rock band, proper grooming is probably not high on his list of priorities, so we can assume 3 pants and 3 shirts. Keeping a base price of 500 per article, that still makes it 3000 bucks lost thanks to the small piece of paper.

2. Ik Aadhi Padhi Novel: This one is much easier, we can start by assuming paperback, since Hardcovers are tough to lose. And also, it must have been a not so memorable paperback if he lost it so easily. The average paperback costs 295 bucks. So, that is the figure from this one.

3. Ek Ladki Ka Phone Number: Priceless. Cannot attach a tag to this one, the thing that will hurt the most from this will be the amount of effort the guy will have to put in to get the number again.

4. Mere Kaam Ka Ek Paper: It really depends on what paper he is talking about, if it was an employment contract, it can probably be remade. If it is a normal piece of paper with an address on it or something, it will be tougher. But, on the whole, seeing how it is just a paper, i will say Zero loss.

5. Mere Taash se Heart ka king: Now again we have to assume scenarios here, why would he be angry about this? In the movie, the band is regularly shown playing cards, it is not out of the realm of possibility to assume that while playing cards, Farhan was dealt a hand which was a Royal Flush minus the king of hearts. This of course would be the “Lost” card. Lets say the band members dont bet high, that still puts the loss in the range of 2000-5000 bucks, lets be safe and say 3500.

6. Mera Ik Chaandi Ka Ring: There is no indication in the movie that Farhan is about to propose to his girlfriend. So, the ring would mostly have been a present from his parents. In which case, since his father is shown to be fairly rich, we can easily peg this at 15000+. If it was self bought, then that brings it down to about 7500 (although it would barely be considered a diamond ring at that point). So, i am keeping the higher range and saying 15000.
One verse down, one more to go. As an interlude, the best status message i saw this week was “After Monday and Tuesday, even the rest of the week goes WTF”

And, we are back
7. Present Mili Ek Ghadi, Pyaari Thi Mujhe Badi: I bought a watch as a present for my brother last year, it cost around 1500 bucks. Notice that he never says that the Ghadi is particularly good, he just says that it is dear to him. So, we can assume a cheaper version and say 1000.

8. Mary Jane ka ik packet (There is some disagreement if it is “Mary Jane” or “Meri Jeb”, i tend to lean towards the former) : For those not in the know”Mary jane” is slang for Marijuana. Since i did not want my google cache to have the search term “Cost of marijuana”, i did the next best thing and went over to Wikipedia. From the experts at our own wiki: The price or street value of Cannabis varies strongly by region and area as well as quality. In the general United States however, Cannabis was overall the #4 crop with it being the #1 or #2 crop in many states, including California, New York and Florida, averaging $3,000/lb. In the United Kingdom, one Cannabis plant has a street value of £300.

Also, from the movie “Salaam bombay” and from experiences of fellow students on campus, i can peg the price to around 3-5000 with minimal errors for a whole packet (if anyone can correct this figure, go right ahead).

So, taking the mean: 4000 bucks.

9. Meri Denim ki Jacket: Again a fairly easy one, lets peg this at 750.

10. Do One day match ke passes: Let us assume that the match is a watchable one, i.e. say India-Australia. The rates at Wankhede apparently go up tp 5000 -10000 for a marquee match. But if normal stall passes are taken, then it would be 2500. So, that gives us the figure 5000.

11. Mere Naye Naye Sunglasses: So, let us assume its not Ray-Ban, since the band needs to perform at orchestras to buy their instruments. So, its off the road, which means around 150 bucks. Giving us a grand total of:

3000+295+3500+15000+1000+4000+750+5000+150 = 32695/-

So, the total cost of all the things Farhan Akhtar has lost in the song “Pichle Saat Dinon Mein” is (not including the phone number of the girl): 32,695 rupees, give or take. Man, that must have been one hell of a week.

I hope you guys enjoyed the song being more overanalyzed than it ever should be and than anyone in their right mind should ever analyse it.

Until Next Time,



  1. Losing the girl’s phone number was actually a good thing amidst all these losses. Imagine, if he did have the phone number, then how much more would he have lost in the process of “hanging out” with her 😀

    But I agree with you, it was priceless.

  2. wow……………. wat an observation !

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