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"Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!" – and Bollywood bum chums?

10 years ago, I was in India and I fell in love with the movie "Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!", which is the second-best* and biggest grossing Bollywood movie of all time. The reasons I feel in love with this movie are the gorgeous star, Madhuri Dixit, and the incessant playing of the song "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" in every bus, train, restaurant and toilet.

So I was very glad to get a VCD of this film and watch it last night .. and I noticed something odd.

In the "cricket match" scene, the hero is wearing a cap emblazoned with the word "Boy". All the little cute spectator girls have caps inscribed "Girls". The stupid dog in the umpire’s chair has a cap marked "umpire". And yet one of the women leads is wearing a T-shirt unmistakably marked "BUM CHUMS".

Indian girl, with 'Bum Chums' on her t-shirtshot of 'BUM CHUMS' T-shirt

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always understood "Bum chums" to be a childish slang expression meaning "gay partners". And I can’t believe that in a high-budget production in an English-speaking country, no-one involved knew that. Or maybe it means something entirely different in Bombay ?

Any Bollywood-afficianado readers care to enlighten me as to what could possibly be going on here?

(* The best Bollywood movie is the straight-to-video "Maharajah Ranjit Singh" which I was in.)

Mystery Solved!

The all- knowing Madman writes to tell me that it means someone is "great pals" with someone else. Example: "Can’t you ask him for some help? I thought you both were bum chums."

No prizes for Dhrubo who tells me it doesn’t matter because, "It’s a shit film. Dixit’s minging".

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