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.”