Friday, October 31, 2014

S.D.Burman - The Timeless Maestro

S.D.Burman, the name is synonymous with music that was close to heart, melodious and that was identified by the layman. His tunes were once best described by eminent Radio announcer of yesteryear Ameen Sayani who said that Burman da’s tunes were a heady mix of the innocence of a child coupled with the intoxication of youth. True indeed because if on one hand he had the ability to make a classical folk tune Ore Majhi Mere Sajan Hai Us Paar… (BANDINI) to the Indian Classical number like Poocho Na Kaise Maine… (MERI SURAT TERI AANKHEN) to the naughty numbers like Raat Akeli Hai…(JEWEL THIEF). He had an unbelievable range.

Raaga.Com remembers the great music director on his death anniversary. 

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Born on 1 October 1906 Burmanda’s father was from the royal family of Tripura hence Burmanda could have lead a princely life. However for his passion for music Burmanda deserted the pleasure of royal hood and began wandering seeking training in music. He began his musical education learning under maestros like Ustad Badal Khan. He was also a disciple and follower of the legendary K C Dey (Manna Dey's uncle). He started his career composing and singing for the radio. He made his mark as a light classical and folk singer before taking up composing for Bengali films. 

He came to Bollywood in 1946 on the invitation of Bollywood superstar Ashok Kumar and composed music for Bombay Talkies’s film SHIKARI. Though the movie was a debacle he stuck fortune with MASHAAL(1950) the song Upar gagan Vishal… was a runaway hit. Soon with hit songs like 'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya… (DO BHAI), Tadbeer se bigdi hi tadbeer bana leBAAZI and Thandi Hawayein Lehra Ke Aaye… (Naujawan) S.D.Burman became a name to reckon. 

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In the 50’s he formed an incredible pair with Dev Anand's Nav Ketan Productions and the duo gave musical hits like TAXI DRIVER, NAU DO GYARAH, KALA PAANI, GUIDE, JEWEL THIEF etc.  

Burmanda worked with a wide variety of singers and brought out the best in each of their voices. Whether it was Suman Kalyanpur or Sudha Malhotra or Mubarak Begum he has given memorable songs to all. Singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Geeta Roy, Asha Bhosale, Manna Dey and Hemant Kumar came into prominence singing his tunes. To Kishore, Asha and Geeta he was akin to being a godfather.

He remained at the peak even in his last years. He gave super hit films like TERE MERE SAPNE (1971), SHARMEELEE (1971), ABHIMAAN (1973), PREM NAGAR (1974), SAGINA (1974), CHUPKE CHUPKE (1975), AND MILI (1975). He died on 31 October 1975 in Mumbai.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bollywood Becoming Victim Of Deadly Dengue

After the news of Bollywoood actress Lisa Haydon, who shot to fame with the movie QUEEN and will be seen sizzling on screen with Akshay Kumar in the movie THE SHAUKEENS, been hit by the deadly dengue, reports have it that veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has been hospitalised for dengue and malaria at Lilavati Hospital at suburban Bandra in Mumbai. 

The doctors treating Rishi Kapoor, father of younger generation heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, said, “Rishi Kapoor was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on Wednesday after he was diagnosed with dengue and malaria. He 

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Reacting to the reports Neetu Singh, wife of Rishi Kapoor confirming the news said, “He was having fever for the past three days and complained of weakness. However on Monday evening his condition became quite sick and had to be rushed to Lilavati Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him for dengue and malaria.” She added, “There is nothing to panic. Chitu (Rishi Kapoor fondly addressed) is getting better.” 

It may be noted that Dengue is a viral infection, transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. High fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, rashes are some of the symptoms of the disease. 

Another Bollywood actor who was hit by dengue this year is Nikhil Dwivedi the actor who made his debut in 2008's with MY NAME IS ANTHONY GONSALVES. The actor has appeared in films including RAAVAN, SHOR IN THE CITY and HATE STORY. Dwivedi had fell ill while promoting for his film TAMANCHEY opposite Richa Chadda 

The film celebrity who became victim of dengue this year in September include distinguished Bengali actor- filmmaker Aparna Sen and mother Bollywood actress Konkona Sen. She was tested positive for dengue and treated at the Fortis Hospital in Kolkata. 

Last year vector borne infection also struck Ranveer Singh and so the music launch of his film ‘RAM LEELA’ had to take a back seat. Besides actor Imran Khan’s wife Avantika Malik, was also struck by dengue.

Dengue is a dangerous disease and it was this dreaded disease that took away the life of eminent filmmaker Yash Chopra, a void that can never be filled.

Madhuri Dixit Gives Momentum To Short Films On Women Safety

The latest crusade by Bollywoood filmmakers to highlight Women Safety Issues through short films depicting various women sensitive issues like rape, eve teasing, sexual harassment, domestic violence etc have got a new momentum with Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit joining the bandwagon.

In her short film titled START WITH THE BOYS, Madhuri Dixit tackles the sensitive issue of domestic violence meted on women. The movie directed by Vinil Mathew, who made the movie HASEE TOH PHASEE brings home the ugly truth how Indian boys since infancy are taught at every stage of their life that ‘Boys don't cry’ and inculcated the practice of physical abuse and mental harassment to their female partner. 

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The movie depicts how an innocent woman is tortured by a man, either her husband or partner and in the backdrop is shown Madhuri Dixit giving the important massage "From the beginning, we teach boys not to cry. Perhaps it time we taught them not to make others cry!". 

Madhuri Dixit, who has given earlier power-packed performances in films like LAJJA and MRITYUDAND and is even today playing such women centric roles like the crusading activist in her upcoming film GULAAB GANG believes in the feminism that stems from within. She says, “I do believe women should have their own voice, they should be independent, and they should stand on their own. I do believe in feminism.” 

It may be noted that short film depicting social message has become a trend. Eminent Bollywood Anurag Kashyap, who made the brilliant short film THAT DAY AFTER EVERY DAY, depicting how women are made to keep tight-lipped after being raped or molested believes that Bollywood stars in short films giving out social messages receives instant attention and helps in a big way to reach out the message instantly. 

The other short films that have taken the nation by storm include Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s, GOING HOME, Kalki Koechlin's RAPE: IT'S YOUR FAULT and East India Comedy's I AM NOT A WOMAN.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya Opens His Heart About His Row With Shah Rukh Khan!

Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya popularly known as the voice of Shah Rukh Khan after he gave a series of hit songs like Suno Na Suno Na… (CHALTE CHALTE), Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon….(YES BOSS), Baadshah O Baadshah…(BAADSHAH) etc. turns 56 today. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and takes a look why his popular Jodi with Shah Rukh Khan took an ugly turn. 

Abhijeet Bhattacharya has several hits to his name but his association with King Khan aka Shahrukh Khan has a special place in the annals of Indian cinema thanks to his long association in SRK’s umpteen films like YES BOSS, BAADSHAH, PHIR BHI DIL HAIN HINDUSTANI, CHALTE CHALTE, ANJAAM, ASHOKA, MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM. 

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However after Abhijeet sung the hit song Dhoom taana… in Shahrukh Khan’s OM SHANTI OM there has been some misunderstanding between the two and since then Abhijeet has never sung for SRK. On being quizzed Abhijeet has always ignored the question saying he is fed of being the voice of Shah Rukh Khan. However the reality is different. 

In a recent interview Abhijeet opened his heart and narrated why he has been away from Bollywood for six years.

Victim of being the maltreatment meted out to playback singers in Bollywood, Abhijeet blasted the filmmakers for not giving due credits to playback singers. He lamented, “What hurts me most is that playback singers who are a key element of film industry are not given the desired due. My notion became concrete when during the end credits of MAIN HOON NA, my name appeared right at the end. I was highly disappointed most because Farah Khan, the director had the courtesy of showing the chaiwalas to dress men in the end credits but she had no respect for the playback singes.”

He continues, “After a disgusting experience Farha Khan repeated the same blunder with OM SHANTI OM. My family saw the film and felt betrayed. I conveyed my disappointment to Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan and decided to quit.”

Will HPY Prove A ‘Career Booster’ For Jr. Bachchan Like AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY Did For Sr. Bachchan?

Abhishek Bachchan is on sky nine thanks to the tremendous applause and appreciation that he is gathering for his fabulous performance as Nandu Bhide, a tapori in Farha Khan’s super hit movie HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

Ever since the movie hit the cinema hall Abhishek Bachchan is being bombarded with praise and admiration from all quarters of the society. He has become a hit among movie buffs for his hilarious performance that has taken the cinegoers by strom.

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From hard core critics to the layman people are taking to the social media to voice their praise for Abhishek Bachchan’s brilliant act. Though Shah Rukh Khan is the chief protagonist of the movie but it is Abhishek Bachchan who has taken the cake. Both the audiences and critics alike are lauding him and he is being touted as the one to watch out for in the multi starrer. 

Even the industry folks are going gaga over his incredible performance. Karan Johar ‏tweeted, "junior bachchan AB you were absolutely amazing in the film!!!! Nandu on a roll!!!!!”

The kind of applause that Abhishek Bachchan has attained in the movie is similar to what Abhishek Bachchan’s father Amitabh Bachchan had obtained for his performance in Manmohan Desai’s multi starrer AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY. Incidentally, in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, Amitabh Bachchan too played a similar tapori role, with tongue-in-cheek comedy. 

Another important similarity that Abhishek Bachchan shares with Amitabh Bachchan is that both HAPPY NEW YEAR and AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY are multi starrers, yet despite the ensemble of many top stars both Abhishek Bachchan shares with Amitabh Bachchan stood out in the respective movie. 

One wonders just as AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY proved a turning point in Sr.Bachchan’s career, will HAPPY NEW YEAR prove a career booster to Jr. Bachchan?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shah Rukh, Salman And Akshay Kumar In Run For KATHTHI Bollywood Remake!

The Tamil movie KATHTHI starring Tamil Superstar Vijay and directed by AR Murugadoss, who directed Aamir Khan Starrer GHAJINI in Bollywood, is the new South movie that is being eyed by Bollywood filmmakers for its remake rights. Reports have it that Bollywood top stars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are in race to garb the lead character essayed by Vijay in the original. 

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Despite tough competition from Shah Rukh Khan’s multi starrer HAPPY NEW YEAR, KATHTHI opened in South Cinema to packed houses last week. According to trade pundits the Vijay and Samantha starrer hit the bull’s eye on day one itself as the movie became the highest grosser as it collected Rs. 36 crore in just five days in Tamil Nadu, a record not matched by even superstars like Rajinikanth nor Kamal Haasan

Besides India, KATHTHI has also set new trend at the box office collections in the International market! Reports revel that KATHTHI has grossed £40,000 during its opening days in the UK and by the end of the week, the movie collected a total of £222, 526. Thus making Vijay the numero uno star as KATHTHI suppressed the box office collection of south mega stars like Rajinikanth's SIVAJI and Ajith's ARRAMBAM. In fact Vijay has out beaten his own record as KATHTHI has broken record collection of his own movies like JILLA and THUPPAKI.

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KATHTHI is commercial potboiler with elements of action and a message exposing the corrupt system. Thus the movie is ideal for Bollywood too. Insiders from Bollywood claim the movie is apt for Salman Khan looking at his action image but some feel Akshay Kumar is ideal as he is at his peak.

What is most interesting is that Shah Rukh Khan, who till now has never shown any penchant for South remake is being wooed as filmmakers. Filmmakers believe that the movie will prove a gold mine if Shah Rukh Khan plays the lead because of his mass appeal and his star status will give a tremendous impetus to the film.

Set Of Balaji Telefilms’ Serial YEH HAI MOHABBATEIN Gutted In Blaze

On Friday 24, 2014 when the nation was celebrating Diwali bursting crackers and rockets in merriment, Mumbai’s renowned Killick Nixon Studio owned by Ekta Kapoor CEO of Balaji Telefilm and maker of numerous hit TV serials like Jodha Akbar; Pavitra Bandhan; Kumkum Bhagya; Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh etc. was gutted in a violent inferno. 

According to reports the fire broke out at around 9.30 p.m. at night. Fortunately due to Diwali celebration there was no shooting. Hence nobody was injured nor was any causality reported. Nevertheless the fire engulfed the electrical wiring, others important equipments like the light, sound systems, furniture and clothes. The fire was so intense that eight engines and four water tankers were required to extinguish the fire. 

A fire official briefing the media said, “We received a call at 9.30 p.m. and within ten minutes we reached the spot. However the fire was so insistent that it not just gutted the set of Balaji Telefilms’ serial Yeh Hai Mohabbatein but it moved from the ground and also gutted the first floors within 15 minutes.”

The fire official informed, “The fire that broke at 9.30 p.m. was eventually under control by mid night at 12.20 am and finally doused by 1 am.”

A member of Balaji Telefim told, “Though the fire created havoc like it even destructed the editing room yet the saving grace is that there are no injuries or casualties recorded at the location, but the reason behind the disaster is yet not clear and known.”

This is not the first instance of fire at Bollywood studios. Readers may recall that last year in the month of September eminent stand-up comedian, Kapil Sharma’s set of 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' had caught fire in Mumbai’s Filmcity and was reduced to ashes. 

However the worst accident till date has been on the sets of Sanjay Khan Production’s famous TV serial ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’ at Premier Studios in Mysore on 8 February 1989.