Monday, June 30, 2014

How Mehul Kumar Created Casting Coup With Raaj Kumar And Nana Patekar!

If Ramesh Sippy created a casting coup by casting two titians of Indian cinema Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan in the movie SHAKTI, likewise eminent filmmaker Mehul Kumar created ripples in the industry after he announced the casting of Indian cinema’s two most eccentric actors - Raaj Kumar and Nana Patekar in his movie TIRANGAA. 

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Recalling the making of the movie Mehul Kumar in an interview has said, “When I announced the casting of Raaj Kumar and Nana Patekar, the media went berserk and I was written off. A national media wrote Mehul Kumar has dug his own grave by casting the two hot headed actors!” He informed, “Another Hindi daily wrote, “Pata nahin yeh tiranga lehrayega bhi ki nahin…” (I doubt if this Tiranga will ever fly! In addition even the industry seniors were against my choice but I was undeterred.” 

He adds, “When I had signed Raaj Kumar sahab for my movie MARTE DAM TAK (1987) I was terrified similarly by the industry people but when I approached Raaj Kumar sahab with the script he was very kind to me and nodded without any fuss, though I had no big hits under my belt in Bollywood. Thus working with Raaj Kumar sahab was not a problem for me.” 

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He continues, “As regards Nana Patekar, when I narrated the script to him and informed him that I had signed Raaj Kumar opposite him, he was overwhelmed. His only worry was there should not be any interference in the script, before I could assure Nana Patekar, Raaj Kumar guaranteed him that there would no interference. 

Readers would be surprised to know that Mehul Kumar completed TIRANGAA in six months time. 

July 1 marks the birth anniversary of the great filmmaker Mehul Kumar, who rocked Indian Cinema with many hit movies, including the super duper hit movie KRANTIVEER. Raaga. Com wishes the filmmaker many happy returns of the day.

IN COMMAND - POLICE!

The profession has always commanded a respect for itself. The stature by itself commands that amount of respect. Moreover these hardworking men do deserve an applause for the kind of work they do. The thought of which profession we are talking about is killing you? We are ofcourse talking about the police force. Inspired by their charm, there are a lot of movies made on their roles. Here is a quick look at few of the best songs in which we saw the heroes playing the role as Police officers.

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Let us start with our Superstar who with his role as Alex Pandian in the movie Moondru Moogam. What a commanding role, wasn’t it? If we talk about our superstar we cannot miss our Ulaganayagan.Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu directed by Gautham Menon was brilliant ofcourse with all the songs from the movie being a hit. 

Coming to the next gen actors, our Thala and Thalapathy, very recently we saw them in Aarambam and Jilla respectively. The song ‘Ada dada aarambame’ did really well from the movie Aarambam and ‘Kandaangi Kandaangi’ from Jilla got all the attention.

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If there has been talks about Ajith and Vijay, how can we forget Surya? Surya for his share has been one of the most admired police officers. Wasn’t his role in Kaakha Kaakha just commendable? His screen presence got him the role of a police officer in the movie Singham and Singham 2 as well.

Moving ahead, our wonderful stunt man Vishal also did a brilliant role as a police in the movie Sathyam. Our ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram thanks to his role as a police officer in ‘Saamy’ made him reach new levels in his career. Chocolate boy Maddy too has acted as a police officer in the movie ‘Vettai’.


This articles is from Raaga's music blog. Read more at http://blog.raaga.com

The Genius Of Makeup

Vidya Balan, who is playing a detective in her forthcoming movie BOBBY JASOOS, is seen in different disguises and is making waves but the man behind the scene who has deserves maximum applause for giving her such fantastic makeup is unknown to the world.

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Raaga.Com reveals the identity of this genius to the readers. He is Vidyadhar Bhatte, a makeup artist who has been serving Bollywood since forty years but is still anonymous. 


Vidyadhar Bhatte made his debut in 1974 and has been a favorite makeup artist of many legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Chopra, Rani Mukherji, Vidya Balan and many more. He is one the few makeup artists who introduced prosthetics and other techniques. 

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Informing about prosthetic make-up, Vidyadhar Bhatte said that prosthetic make-up was ‘First’ used in India on the versatile actor Sanjeev Kumar in the movie CHEHRE PE CHEHRA (1981), 


Readers may recall Sanjeev Kumar had earlier played nine roles in the movie NAYA DIN NAYEE RAAT. That time there was no prosthetic make-up yet makeup artist Sarosh Modi did an amazing work. Sarosh Modi had the distinction of doing great scar effect on the face of Zeenat Aman in SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM and Rekha in KHOON BHARI MAANG. 

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As Prosthetic make-up is a time-consuming process many actors do not have the time to take up such roles. Yet we have actors like Kamal Hassan, who keep stunning us with different roles like he bewildered movie buffs with his ten roles in the movie DASAVATHARAM by hiring prosthetic make-up veteran Michael Westmore flown in from Hollywood.

GO GOA!

Don’t we all like to freak out for a little while with our near and dear ones? Don’t we all always resort to places that would give us the solace we need and also treat us to beautiful scenery and make us feel one with nature. But well, without movies it would really be possible to see the other side of the wonderful place. Today we take a look at one of the best spots in India, a travelers delight – Goa. As many are aware, many movies have been shot here but not really that the audience would have linked to it. Here’s Raaga.com giving you a heads up.


Well, the movie titled ‘Goa’ that released in the Tamil industry did make the movie popular for all the reasons shot in Goa, giving us an exploration mindset, giving us a tryst of how life at goa is and what not! But one should remember that not just in the recent times but the frenzy for Goa has always existed. Examples would include movies like ‘Jaal’ that was released way back in 1952. Another movie one could recollectof the 60’s era would be ‘Johar mehamood in Goa’. 


For people belonging to the era of the 1990’s and the 2000’s, one movie that would really help them recollect this wonderful place is the very well directed movie – ‘Dil Chahta hai’, which managed to reveal a beautiful side of Goa in a very wonderful manner. The road trip shown in the movie is ofcourse what every friend gang wants to try out!

The goa craze has not stopped there. It has been seen in dime a dozen songs with directors preferring to shot at the scenic splendor. As many say, ‘Goa is definitely India’s Paris’. It is now up to us to take a plunge and make a visit to this beautiful place where these wonderful movies were shot.

Music Director Kalyanji Popularized The ‘Been Music’ In Bollywood

Kalyanji Anandji is a name in Indian film music that shall remain immortal thanks to their peerless numbers like Chandan sa badan… (SARASWATICHANDRA), Main to ek khwab hoon… (HIMALAY KI GOD MEIN), Mere desh ki dharti… (UPKAR), Pardesiyon se na … (JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE), Khaike paan banaras wala….(DON) etc. The duos Kalyanji Anandji are brothers’ who hailed from Kutch in Gujarat. Kalyanji was elder to Anandji

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June 30 marks the birthday of Kalyanji Virji Shah better known as Kalyanji. Raaga. Com remembers him and takes a look how Kalyanji brought a revolution in film music with the introduction of an electronic music way back in the 50’s. 

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Readers may have heard the famous song Man Dole Mera Tan…. from Vyjantimala and Pradeep Kumar starrer NAGIN (1954). The highlight of the song is the ‘Been Music’ played by snake charmers. However readers would be stunned to know that the music was produced by a young musician called Kalyanji Virji Shah, who was assisting music director Hemant Kumar in the movie. 

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Recalling the song eminent music director Hemant Kumar in a radio interview said, “Kalyanji Virji Shah and his younger brother Anandji was my assistant. The duo was very intelligent and kept innovating music. During the making of the movie NAGIN, I had a tough challenge to produce the Bean effect that was produced by road side snake chambers to charm the snakes. As the Bean Music was the back bone of the movie I wanted to produce it as authentic as possible but despite using several instruments I was unable to produce the right effect. Hence I was in a bit dilemma.” 

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He continued, “One day to my surprise I heard the same music in my room being played by an electronic instrument by my assistant Kalyanji Virji Shah. Listening to the music I was overjoyed and hugged Kalyanji. Later Kalyanji informed me that the instrument was called Clavioline, which he has imported from foreign country at a whopping price.”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

‘DIL’ - FOR THE LOVERS

The word is a pretty common one. The word, although just carries three letters, is a very powerful one and for some addressing thie better half with this word means the entire world to them. Well, anyone reaching to be a part of one’s DIL, always holds a strong significance in their lives. No wonder they use it many a song! Here is a quick look at few wonderful number that gives the word ‘Dil’ a stark glory.

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An evergreen hit starring one of the most sexiest actress of Bollywood is ‘dil cheez kya hain mere jaan le jiye’ from the classic Umrao jaa. The praise that one would give to this song is worth a million. A wonderful number is the song ‘dil deewana bin sajna ke’ from the movie ‘Maine pyar kiya’. 

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A romantic no miss in this list is ofcourse ‘kabhi kabhi mere dill mein khayal atha hain’ from the wonderfully picturised movie silsila. When it is romance, this song always takes a lead too and the song is called ‘mera dil be kitna pagal hain’ from the movie Sajan. Kumar Sanu’s voice sets this amazing feeling within every listener making them hook on to this song over and over again. Not many are aware that a movie called ‘Dil’ was released with Madhuri Dixit in it but everyone is aware of the song ‘na jane kahan dil kho gaya’ which is yet again a beautiful number. One should definitely pay keen interest to the lyrics while listening to this song. A song in this list that would still not complete it but is still an add on is dil hain ke manta nahin from the movie titled as the same as the song. A track that was well received by the audience for its female lead.

So what are you waiting for? Time to song these for that special one in your heart!

BOLLYWOOD TRAVEL DIARIES

Whenever we see songs shot in exotic locations, we ofcourse get excited.The beautiful state of Jammu & Kashmir is definitely one of them, known as 'Heaven on Earth'. Although now due to many political reason Directors prefer to shoot abroad, this is a beloved outdoor location for many directorsSrinagar is called as ‘the city of immense splendor and wealth’ - and the beauty of it changed with the seasons. All the following songs are actually, visibly set in Kashmir. In essence, these are songs which show Srinagar in all its glory. Let’s take a quick look -

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‘Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra’ from the movie Kashmir ki Kali is one of those quintessential Shammi Kapoor films. The movie had superb songs and picturised well too, against a backdrop of a breathtakingly lovely Kashmir, flowers, poplars, and shimmering waters. ‘Pukaarta chala hoon main mere sanam’ was yet another ‘Srinagar in all its glory’ song. Fabulous music, and Rafi at his best – ofcourse an all-time favourite for all of us.

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'Jiya Re' from Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the latest song to be shot in the heavenly valley of Pahalgam and even after all these years, Kashmir's beauty hasn't faded at all. Similarly in the movie ‘Highway’ we witnessed the beautiful snow-capped mountains in Srinagar. ‘Madno' from Lamhaa is another melodious song shot at Pari Mahal, Dal Lake and some lovely gardens.Not many of us although know that 'Madno' is the Kashmiri word for honey.‘Tum Ho’ from ‘Rockstar’ is another song showing the high snowy mountains and rough terrained roads. 

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'Naam Adaa Likhna' from Yahaan is another hauntingly beautiful and sensual song shot in one of wild forests along the valley, be it the picturesque and the song – it did not fail to appeal the audience.'Chupke Se Sun' from Mission Kashmir has the heroine describing the beauty of Kashmir while the actors are on a Shikara in the Dal Lake. Ofcourse it makes sense to have shot the song in this location considering the storyline revolves around this theme.

“Yeh haseen Vaadiyaan” is perhaps the best song featuring the valley and the mountains. The song describes the beauty of the open sky and the streams flowing in the valley.

Mera Sangeet Hi Pehchan Hai … Gar Yaad Rahe - PART III

In our last issue you read how R.D.Burman had an obsession for Western music and it was this same passion that became a butt of criticism for him. The younger generation who today regards Pancham as the greatest music director would be stunned to know that in his long and illustrious career R.D. Burman was never taken seriously as a music director by the media and the film awards ceremonies. 

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In fact most of his memorable movies are from the year 1970 to 1980 that have some of the most cherished and hummable numbers like like Chingari Koi Bhadke...(AMAR PREM), Ye Shaam Mastani...(KATI PATANG), Dum maro dum... (HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA), Jaane Jaan Dhoondta Phir Raha...(JAWANI DIWANI), Main Shayar Badnam ... (NAMAK HARAAM), O Saathi Chal.. (SEETA AUR GEETA), Chala Jata Hoon....(MERE JEEVAN SAATHI), Duniya Mein Logon Ko…(APNA DESH), Tera mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Naata Koi ... ( AA GALE LAG JAA), Tere Bina Jiya... (GHAR) , Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna...(KUDRAT) etc. but alas he was never even nominated for these great musical blockbusters. Even his most talked about musical movies like CARAVAN, YAADON KI BAARAAT, AAP KI KASAM, KINARA, HUM KISISE KUM NAHEEN, LOVE STORY, and SAAGAR ended up just been nominated for Filmfare awards. 

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The younger generation will be further stunned to know that though R.D.Burman proved his mettle in Hindustani Classical music and gave superlative score in movies that he composed for film maker Gulzar like Beeti na beetayee raina...(PARICHAY), Aane wala pal jaane wala hai... (GOLMAAL), Mera kuch samaan...(IZAAZAT) and above all AANDHI. Each song was a pearl in itself like Is mod se jaatein hain..; Tere Bina Zindagi Se...; Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya...etc. yet the so called Gurus in music world ignored him. 

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However the scenario changed in the 80’s and 90’s when Pancham got the opportunity to work with Shekhar Kapoor in the movie MASOOM in which he was again teamed with Gulzar. In this movie Shekhar Kapoor asked Pancham to focus only on Hindustani music and extracted a mind-blowing score that forced the Filmfare jury to award R.D.Burman. Remember the hit songs Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani...; Tujhse Naraz nahin ...; Huzur Is Kadar… 

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Similarly in 1994 Vidhu Vinod Chopra extracted the best out of R.D. Burman for his movie 1942: A Love Story in which he asked Pancham to focus on Rabindra sangeet. The movie again compelled Filmfare to award Pancham. Who can forget the memorable numbers Kuch Na Kaho...; Ek Ladki Ko Dekha...; Rim Jhim Rim Jhim....; Rooth Na Jaana...

Are Bollywood Actress Paid Less?

It seems there is an uprising among the Bollywood actresses who have for the first time come out in open complaining that they are been underpaid. Bollywood’s number one actress Kareena Kapoor has declared that there is a huge difference between the remuneration given to male stars as compared to their female counterparts. 

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According to Kareena, “There’s a difference of several zeroes in the pay cheque that I get vis-a-vis the Khans.” Likewise Katrina Kaif feels. When asked about the partiality she candidly replied, “It is true that there’s a huge disparity among what female stars get than male actors. In fact ever since I have made my debut in Bollywood the remuneration for lady stars hasn’t changed.” 

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A look at the remuneration charged by the three Khans of the industry viz. Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir is approximately in the range of Rs. 35 crore to Rs 40 crore as acting fee per film. In contrast the actresses are paid between Rs 5 to 7 crore as acting fee per film. According to a trade magazine top Bollywood actresses like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif get about Rs. 5 crore, while Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan around 7 crore. 

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The other top actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut too feel the remuneration offered to female actress is very less and must be increased. Priyanka terms the remuneration to female actresses as insane, while Vidya Balan says, “If a movie is a typically commercial films in which the film producers earns millions of crore than the female actresses too should be paid handsomely.” 

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Defending the film producers Vashu Bhagnani, who has made many hit movies said, “The reason is that not many heroine oriented movies are made in Bollywood. If more women-­oriented films are made and appreciated by the audiences, then even the producers will be happy to pay more to female actors.” 

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Filmmaker Vipul Shah, supporting the film producers said, “The fee that we give to any star is actually decided upon by a stars’ market value hence producer is not at fault.”

Friday, June 27, 2014

BEST ITEM NUMBERS IN TOLLYWOOD

Did you know that ‘Item songs’ have an interesting history? In the early days, they were known for their catchy tunes, attractive lyrics and non-situational placement in films. In the 60’s, the situation began to change when sexual themes were introduced in the so-called item songs- thus they sought to become known as the ‘trendsetters’ in such content. 

The audiences’ reaction to them was initially varied, as some people appreciated them, while others became uncomfortable when they were played. However, in the recent decades, a new wave of item numbers has begun; most of them turning out to become super hits, yet highly controversial to a certain category of audience.The culture of ‘below-the-belt’ lyrics generate free publicity, helping the film with its box-office success. Filmmakers have cashed in on hundreds of numbers – Raaga.com brings to you some of the well-made item numbers in the Telugu industry! 


Each and everyone of us know this song! Well, ‘Ringa Ringa’ from the movie “Aarya 2” undoubtedly tops the list for its catchy beats that it almost created a cult following. 

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Don’t we all like “Kevvu Kekka” from the movie ‘Gabbar Singh’? It is definitely the next hit on our list. A remake of the film “Dabbang”, it had almost everyone dancing to the rustic tunes. 

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Poovai Poovai” from ‘Dookudu’ had the sensual Parvathi Melton grooving with ‘Mahesh Babu. The movie was just an average at the box-office, but the film's item song topped the charts for many weeks as we all know.

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Top lesi Poddi’ from ‘Iddarammayilatho’ had the King of Dance-Allu Arjun earn brownie points for this one even as the film bombed at the box-office. This ofcourse also made him one of the most sought-after actors in Tollywood.

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Diyalo Diyala” from ‘100 percent love’ is a no-miss in our list! Devi Sri Prasad sure has all the talent to stir up all listeners and this song is no exception. 

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Sakkubhai Garam Chai” from ‘Dhamarukam’ had Nagarjuna trying the mass item number for the first time. This ofcourse also made it to our ‘hit’ list considering the mass appeal it gathered!The film was not a commercial success, but the song was addictive and the beats aimed straight at the front benchers.


‘Cinema choopista mava’ from the recent ‘Race Gurram’ has a strong rustic feel and picturized as a Lungi dance bordering as an item number. Though the tune is not so catchy, the lyrics have become extremely popular with the masses.

Yesterday, Today or Tomorrow – we all know ‘item numbers’ always remain our favourites!

“Salman Bhai Has Been By Mentor”-Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor, the young and dynamic actor who is riding high thanks to his hit movies like GUNDAY AND 2 STATES, celebrated his 29th birthday recently. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and reveals Arjun Kapoor’s fondness for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and how Salman played a fatherly figure in shaping his career in Bollywood. 


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Despite being the son of Boney Kapoor and nephew of Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor had qualms about being a hero, probably due to his overweight. He was 140ks but one man who changed his perceptions was none other but the heartthrob of millions Salman Khan. 

Arjun Kapoor considers Salman Khan his mentor and godfather. In an interview he said, “I owe all my success to Salman Bhai, who pushed me to reduce my weight and gave me confidence that I had the credentials of a star and would surely succeed.” He continues, “The encouraging words of Salman Bhai worked wonders on me and I reduced my weight considerably. Hence when I first met the casting director of ISHAQZAADE, Shanoo Sharma, I was excited. But alas! she raised eye brows and rejected me! I was shattered as I had reduced myself to 97 kg yet I was asked to work vigorously on my weight.” 


He informs, “I was highly disappointed but took the criticism right spirit. At that time I was assisting my dad as production assistant for the movie NO ENTRY. My job involved managing the travel of Salman Bhai. Hence I was frequently in contact with Salman Bhai, who used to pep me up with tips on how to lose weight and develop a sturdy body. Taking Salman Bhai’s tip I worked hard and when I went for the audition test of ISHAQZAADE, producer Aditya Chopra and director Habib Faisal, was delighted and I passed the test with flying colors.” 

He adds, “When told my mother about my selection in ISHAQZAADE, she hugged me and tears of joy began rolling down her cheeks. In fact even my dad was taken aback and marveled at my grit to reduce weight.”

DIGITALLY YOURS!

In this world where the internet and the computer is dominating, it is not a surprise that our lyricists in this decade are using computer related terms! Well, day in and day out we are always glued to the computer. Most of work also revolves around the computer in this new age. So here is something very exclusive from Raaga, to fit perfectly well to the new era – songs for this decade – computer –based songs!


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One song that created an impact on the onset of the Y2K period was from the movie ‘Hello Doctor heart weak aache’, special attention should be given to terms used in the song, like – ‘scanning’, ‘High Voltage’ etc. One another song that created a wave was ‘O Maria’ from the movie ‘Kaadhalar dinam’. Words like ‘Email il love letter thariya’, ‘Kaadhalukku internet’ etc was so apt for the generation. If there was advancement in technology, there was also the birth of virus and ofcourse the song ‘Hey hey ena aachu unakku’ from the movie Kaadhal virus is a perfect fit here. The song even carries..’Kaadhal virus unnai thaakiyadho’ which ofcourse is very innovative – in its way of linking with romance.

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Without Google, many of us don’t know what internet would look like. One brilliant song that portrays the usage and terms popular in the internet dominant era I, and extremely popular amongst the youngsters is ‘Google Google panni parthen ulagathila’ from the movie Thuppaki. A very trendy song for this generation we must say!

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How can we forget a movie that suits this generation of robotics too? Enthiran is a classic example! And adding the song ‘Irumbile or irudhayam mulaikudho’ is a wonderful song to suit the era where lyrics are based on memory and RAM and romance is brought out in a machine monitored by the computer! One must intently notice the lyrics ‘Shut down ‘e seyamal’ in this song. This is a wonderful example.

Thus, we are living in a world where romance is brought out in equal terms as per the usage of the computer and the various parts associated with it. Very promising indeed.

Mera Sangeet Hi Pehchan Hai … Gar Yaad Rahe – PART II

As Pancham was the only child of S.D.Burman, his father gave Pancham a solid grounding in music by first making him learn various musical instruments. Thus he mastered tabla under Ustad Samta Prasad, sarod under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and learned the nuance of film music while assisting his father S.D.Burman during the making of many hit movies like CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI (1958), KAAGAZ KE PHOOL (1959), TERE GHAR KE SAMNE (1963), BANDINI (1963), GUIDE (1965) AND TEEN DEVIAN (1965).

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He had mastery in playing the mouth organ. If readers can recall the super hit song Hai Apna Dil to Aawara … (SOLVA SAAL), filmed on the superstar of the 50’s Dev Anand in a moving train, they will surely recollect the mouth organ which is the highlight of the song. The mouth organ was played by none other but Pancham

In fact it may come as a stunner to readers that in Rajshri Productions’s super hit movie DOSTI which had two protagonists, a blind boy who has a melodious voice and the other a handicap boy who plays an excellent mouth organ. The backbone of the movie was its magical music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

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The other vital thing in the movie was the use of spellbinding play of mouth organ. If readers may recall the super hit song Jaanewaalon Zara, Mudke Dekho Mujhe…. (Dosti) music director Laxmikant Pyarelal, were in a fix to select a musician who could play the mouth organ splendidly. After lot of pondering the duo zeroed upon their dear friend Pancham to play the mouth organ. After the recording of the song Laxmikant Pyarelal were so impressed that they requested Pancham to play mouth organ in the entire movie. 

While R.D.Burman is fondly called Pancham, few know how he derived his nickname. As Pancham’s father was a distinguished music director, few are aware that Pancham’s mother too was an avid music buff and used to assist her husband. Thus Pancham had imbibed music in his genes. A glimpse of his musical inheritance was visible at his birth. According to family sources when Pancham was born, unlike other children, he cried in melody (sur) with stress on ‘Pa, the fifth notes of Sargam. Hence he was nicknamed Pancham i.e. the fifth note of Sargam.

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Pancham is known for his inclination for Western music. But Pancham’s father Burmanda always motivated him to use Indian classical music but Pancham paid no heed. In an interview eminent lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri once said, “Burmanda was against Western music while Pancham had a passion for western music. Hence once Burmanda told me, Majrooh, kindly advice my son Pancham to concentrate on Indian classical music, why is he running after worthless Western music? 

When Majrooh tried to persuade R.D.Burman, he politely said, “Majrooh Sahab I do not want to get labeled as a replica of my father but I have to establish my own identity. I know today my music may be criticized and condemned but the future generation will go gaga over my music.” 

True words!!! Because today even after 75 years the younger generation and the bygone alike are going gaga over his exceptional music. 

NOTE: In the next issue read how R.D.Burman silenced his critics about his lack of Indian Classical music.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mera sangeet hi pehchan hai … gar yaad rahe – PART 1

R.D.Burman, the revolutionary and rebellious music composer composed the immortal song Meri awaaz hi pehchan hai … gar yaad rahe… sung by legendary Lata Mangeshkar. On the legend R.D.Burman’s 75birth anniversary that falls on June 27, Raaga.Com pays him a humble homage and takes liberty to alter the above song slightly to personify his everlasting music as Mera sangeet hi pehchan hai … gar yaad rahe.

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Today two decades later after Panchamda, (R.D.Burman affectionately called) bid adieu the nation remembers him on his 75 birth anniversary. As a salute to the maestro, eminent TV Channel Sony MAX has made a documentary titled PUNCHAM - MUJHEY CHALTEY JAANA HAI, which will focus on the legendary music director’s great work and film celebrities who have worked with him. Renowned personalities like Asha Bhosle, R.D.Burman’s wife, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Pyarelal, Shantanu Moitra, Vishal Bharadwaj, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor etc. The film will be aired 9 p.m. on June 27. 

Though young Pancham had begun assisting his father in his music, he got his first break as an independent music director accidently. Readers would be amazed to know that Mehmood, the great comedian and filmmaker was making his first movie as a producer CHHOTE NAWAB (1961) and had approached S.D.Burman to compose the music. But Burmanda at that time was at its peak and didn’t entertained new comers. Hence he declined the offer. Mehmood was dejected. He went back home and next day again came to S.D.Burman’s house carrying a bag full of money.
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When Burmanda saw Mehmood coming to his house he asked his servant, “Aare, Mehmood phir aaygaaya use ghar se bahar nikalo!” (Mehmood has again come home; throw him out of the house). 

When the servants asked Mehmood to move out he daringly entered the house and fuming at Burmanda he said, “Dada agar aap new comers ke saath kaam nahin karte to na kare lekin mein new comers ke saath kaam karta hoon. Mein Pancham ko music director sign karne aaya hoon!” (Dada, if you do not work with new comers than don’t work but I work with new comers. I have come to sign Pancham as my movies director!).

Living up to the expectation of Mehmood, Pancham gave a brilliant score. All the songs of the movie were hits. Particularly the Lata Mangeshkar classical song, Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badara Sanwariya
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Its reported when Burmanda heard the song, he had tears in his eyes. He called Mehmood at his house and hugged him and pardoned for his arrogances. After this Mehmood and R.D.Burman had a strong bound. 

NOTE: In our next issue read about R.D.Burman’s rise in Bollywood.

Celebrating 22 years of Shah Rukh Khan

What made Shah Rukh Khan a Superstar?

Bollywood has seen many megastars in the past, but only four of them had the privilege of being tagged SUPERSTAR. They are Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who succeeded in making the hearts of millions of cinema buffs go pit-a-pat and win their enduring allegiance. For years they ruled the big screen, entertaining the masses with their talent.

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22 years later, when, Shah Rukh Khan is a SUPERSTAR, Raaga.Com analysis what are the factors that made Shah Rukh Khan, the superstar, while his contemporaries like —Aamir Khan and Salman Khan could not achieve the incredible tag of SUPERSTAR!

Superstars are not born every day; they are once-in-blue moon phenomena. In addition, they always have three inherent qualities: they have a hundred percent acting potential; they have a hundred percent star value. And above all, they are destiny’s paranormal prodigies! Only if a performer is aided and abetted by the all the three basic boons, then he can be a SUPERSTAR.

In Aamir’s case, he is more inclined to walk in Raj Kapoor’s steps than be a full-fledged, unrivalled, unequalled high priest of histrionics alone. As for Salman he maybe a successful star, but again like Dev Anand he lacks the quality called histrionics. That leaves only Shahrukh in the game, and Mr. Baazigar knows how to serve and play his cards.

If take a look at the all the qualities of the past SUPERSTARS, we find Shah Rukh Khan, probably possessing all the three in right balance.

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First, Shahrukh has incredible range in acting. Just go through the variety of roles he has played. From DARR (1993), BAAZIGAR (1993), DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE (1995), DIL TO PAGAL HAI (1997),) SWADES (2004), CHAK DE! INDIA (2007), DEVDAS (2002) AND MY NAME IS KHAN (2010), DON (2011) his short career graph is dotted with milestones of histrionic achievements, analogous to the all-time greats of the past.

Secondly, Shahrukh has a natural knack for selecting the right script. At least, the roles he played in BAAZIGAR and DARR bear it out amply because, no other young actor would dare touch those roles in the early phase of his career. That’s how Dilip Kumar once used to be. He never hesitated to experiment even with a negative role, as he did in Mehboob’s ANDAZ and AMAR. Again, Rajesh Khanna also never shield away from antihero roles. As a matter of fact, his career took a dramatic turn only after B.R. Chopra’s ITTEFAQ. So did Amitabh in DEEWAAR.

Shahrukh also shares another marked similarity with Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Like them, he too doesn’t mind, if the script wants, him to die in the end. And his death has surely given him a lingering life on screen.

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Finally, just like the previous superstars, Shahrukh has never been afraid of competition from his co-stars. On the contrary, most of his co-stars are always in awe of him. Also, all the three superstars preceding him had attained the Numero Uno status within a very short period of their arrival on the scene. Shahrukh’s rise too has been equally brisk. All the ex -superstars had an impressive fan following, mostly from the opposite sex. Shahrukh also happens to be very lucky in this respect. To beat it all, even the most fastidious critics have been kind to Shahrukh and never tire of praising him to the sky, as they once had backed up his predecessors.

As if all this was not enough, Destiny also surely seems to be on Shahrukh’s side because, rarely an artiste from the small screen has made it big on the big screen. Shahrukh has been singularly lucky in this respect as well.

And last but not the least Shah Rukh, like the previous superstars has a boy –next-door simple looks and no godfather to guide him in the industry.

Thus SRK is a lethal combination of a hundred per cent talent for acting, a hundred per cent star-value and, above all, a hundred per cent destiny’s prodigy.