I had the movie “My Fair Lady” on my to-watch list since a long time. At last I got around to watch it. The movie released in 1964 starred Rex Harrison as Prof. Henry Higgins who is an expert in languages and phonetics but arrogant and misogynistic by nature. He takes up a wager with an acquaintance Colonel Pickering to transform an uncouth and dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a sophisticated lady with proper English accent and manners. This is how Eliza utters “disgusting and depressing noise” in Prof.Higgins words instead of English. Lyrics of the song
- Why Can’t the English? lyrics
The quaintness of the acting, the characters and the sets was enjoyable. The story of their efforts in the transformation and their success is presented in a most witty way and is interspersed with songs with wonderful lyrics and background music as per the Hollywood trend at that time. Prof.Higgins and Colonel Pickering are successful in fooling others to believe she is a princess but when Prof.Higgins fails to acknowledge her efforts and takes all the credit, Eliza leaves his house. Don’t worry that is not the ending. This is the song Prof. Higgins sings after Eliza’s sudden departure where he wonders that why can’t a woman be more like a man. Maybe feminists at that time would have taken offense but then it is just a movie! Lyrics to the song
- A Hymn to Him lyrics.
Here is the song where Prof.Higgins explains the reason for his bachelorhood when Colonel Pickering expresses his doubt over Eliza living with him in his house. Hilarious! Lyrics to the song
- I’m an Ordinary Man lyrics
No wonder the movie won 8 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Director. Such an utterly delightful movie! And Audrey Hepburn’s beauty beats all Aishwaryas and Katrinas hollow. A must watch movie.
Finally here is the video about the efforts made by the people behind the scenes to make this classic and entertaining motion picture.
Of course Bollywood can’t be far behind if there exists such a wonderful movie. Apparently the upcoming Aditya Chopra movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is a copy of the movie. Also it “inspired” “Man Pasand” with Dev Anand and Tina Munim, and ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye‘ with Rameshwari. Even music is copied!