Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vidya Balan and Ranbir Kapoor at loggerheads!

The year 2014 is set for an interesting clash of talents. The battle is between national heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and the darling of the masses Vidya Balan. Both have signed detective movies titled JAGGA JASOOS and BOBBY JASOOS respectively.

While Ranbir Kapoor’s JAGGA JASOOS was announced first Vidya Balan’s BOBBY JASOOS was in pipeline and is now ready to take over Ranbir’s JAGGA JASOOS. According to reports the First Look of the trailer of BOBBY JASOOS is ready and shall be released any time by May end. To make the event a grand success Vidya is leaving no stone unturned.  If reports are to be believed she has invited real detectives to lunch the trailer of the movie.

National award winning actress Vidya Balan is all geared up as with BOBBY JASOOS she will become Bollywood’s First Lady Detective on screen. It may be noted that till date such a role has never been portrayed by any leading actress in Bollywood.

The movie is produced by Dia Mirza and her beau Sahil Sangha and directed by Samar Shaikh. It stars Ali Fazal of 'FUKREY' fame along with three great actress of Bollywood Supriya Pathak,  Tanvi Azmi, and Zarina Wahab, who ruled the 80’s.

DiaMirza after a flop stint in acting has taken to production and hopes to hit the bull’s eye. Informing about how Vidya Balan gave his nod to debutant team of filmmakers she said, “When we conceived the lead role of a lady detective, Vidya Balan was our first and last choice as she is an brilliant actress and possesses the talent to do justice to the title role.” She added, “When we approached her, she was bit hesitant but the charm of playing a detective that has never been attempted by any  Bollywood actresses thrilled her and she nodded.” 

Bollywood Chartbuster’s Song Year 1970 – Part –I

Mortal men, Immortal melodies!! True words, indeed, because Human bodies go into flame or dust, but ‘Music’ remains immortal. It resonates from generation to generations. Today we may not have musical stalwarts like Naushad  , S.D. Burman, Shanker Jaikishen etc. among us but…. , their music is alive. All we have to do is Just wipe the dust of time! And that’s exactly what we are doing, in a series of articles , segmented, year wise, ‘Raaga.Com’  takes you down memory lane as we explore the hit songs of bye-gone era and package a ‘Top 10 countdown’ according to sale of records and public demand.

In our first series we look at the music of movies released in the year 1970. The year witnessed some of the most memorable songs like Ghulabi aankhen jo teri dekhin…(THE TRAIN), Jeena yahaan marna …(MERA NAAM JOKER), Khuda bhi aasmaan se jab zameen par…(DHARTI), Ye duniya ye mehfil mere kaam ki nahin (HEER RANJHA) etc.

Among the music directors who ruled the year was obviously the dark horse pair of  Kalyanji Anandji who gave a row hits like GEET, SAFAR, JOHNY MERA NAAM, SACHAA JHUTHA, PURAB AUR PASCHIM etc.

The duo deservedly had their song Meree Pyaaree Bahaniya Banegee Dulhaniya.. (SACHHA JHUTHA)  at the top position in the prestigious Binaca Geet Mala, Top 10 annual  musical countdown out beating S D Burman at second position with Rangeelaa Re, Tere Rang Mein (PREMPUJARI) and Shankar Jaikishan’s hit number Vo Pari Kahaan Se Laaun… (PEHCHAN) at third position.

The song Meree Pyaaree Bahaniya Banegee Dulhaniya… was such a super hit, that even today it is immortal, particularly at marriage ceremonies.

The duo gave some super hits songs like in SAFAR - Jeevan Se Bhari…, Jo Tumko Ho Pasand… , Zindagi Ka Safar… or in KATI PATANG Yeh Shaam Mastani…; Pyar Deewana Hota Hai…or in GEET - tere nainakyon bhar aaye...; mere mitwa mere meet re...; or in , JOHNY MERA NAAM - O Babul Pyare, Nafrat Karne Walon Ke, Pal Bhar Ke Liye and of course who can the patriotic songs of Purab Aur Paschim - Bharat Ka Rahnewala...; Dulhan Chali...

In fact Kalyanji Anandji took the nation by its feet with their two cabaret songs viz. MeraNaam Hai Shabnam….(KATI PATANG) filmed on sizzling Bindu and the other Husan Ke lakhon Rang Kaunsa Dekhoge… (JOHNY MERA NAAM) filmed on the sensuous Padma Khanna.

However despite such great music KalyanjiAnandji were not even nominated for the Filmfare Best Music director Award.

Top  hits …


With a number of movies coming out targeting the youth, the college setup is inevitable. We see college background songs in almost many movies. The college setup not only adds in ‘filling’ in the detail of the ‘age’ factor - teens that is, but also brings out the vibrancy in terms of the atmosphere that any youth is always supposed to be a part of.

Listen to College Songs on

Recently, ‘All is well’ did its rounds of spreading the positive emotions; shot in a college backdrop, we see actors Vijay, Jeeva and Srikanth doing a fun number targeting the college audience ofcourse. In terms of romance, we all know college is one place where people have fallen in love and one such beautiful song to validate this is ofcourse ‘Munbe vaa’ from Sillunu oru Kaadhal, where we witness a strong ‘wooing’ taking place, as Surya tries to attract Bhoomika. Another lovely melody is ‘Azhaipaaya Azhaipaaya’ from the movie Kaadhalil sodhapuvadhu eppadi where we see Siddharth and Amala doing their bit of romance in a college backdrop.

The movie ‘Neethane en ponvasantham’ opens with a college background song that is ‘Pudikale maamu’, which is definitely a fun song to watch, thanks to the humorous visuals that Gautham Menon has made an effort to capture. ‘Kaloorisaalai’ from the movie Kadhal Desam is another fun number to be added to this list alongside songs like ‘Sight adipom, dham adipom’ from the movie AprilMaadhathil.

A wonderful song is ‘Suttham enbadhu namakku’ which not only educates every citizen but is also a song that stands as a testimony to depict the power of youth, from the movie Nammavar. Another fun listen, a must add to this list is ofcourse ‘Askaava’ from the movie Enaku 20 Unakku 18 that describes the college scenario pretty well too.