Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Haven’t places always fascinated us? Don’t we all love to travel? We guess that is also the reason why music composers have also made use of various country’s names in various songs that they compose. If you think it is not true, here we have few wonderful examples.

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If ever one wants to travel, they always want to go to Europe. Ofcourse the serene beauty always looks welcoming and one such famous place in Europe is Germany. And which songs pops into your head? ‘Germananiyin sen thaen malare’ from the movie Ullasa Paravaigal is a beautiful composition of Illayaraja. Moving ahead to the US, which is the most famous place? Well isn’t it New York? And needless to say, the A.R.Rahman composition from the movie Sillunu oru kaadhal strikes us and ofcourse the song is ‘New York Nagaram Urangum Neram’ starring our wonderful actors Surya and Jothika which is still considered as one of the best songs to listen to while one is lonely.

Another important continent in this world is ofcourse Africa and what is the song that strikes you? Well we think the best bet is ‘Africa kaatu puli, Aal thinum vettai puli’ from the movie Aalavandhan.The credits should go to the composer ofcourse who relates the vengeance of the hero with that of this animal’s qualities.

Moving forward, isn’t Singapore a wonderful place? Well ‘Singapore Selai’ became quite famous, thanks to the wonderful song from the movie Kalki directed by K.Balachander

Australia has always been an important tourist place and Melbourne ofcourse scores amongst all the places. ‘Telephone manipol siripaval ivala, Melbourne Malarpol meliya magala’ says it all, describing the beauty of the flowers in the place too. This track sung by Hariharan is composed by A.R.Rahman for the movie Indian. To wrap up, ‘Thuppaki’ starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay and Kajal Agarwal has the song ‘Antarctica’, which is ofcourse a fun to listen song.

Newcomers Command In The First Half Of 2014 In Bollywood

With the first half of 2014 over, Raaga.Com analysis, the hits and misses of Bollywood movies released from January till June 2014. The good news is that this year has seen the revival of small budgets movies doing excellent business at box office. Thus reviving alive the era of 70’s when the so-called parallel cinema had made its dint thanks to ‘Thinking Filmmakers’ like Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Govind Nihalani etc. 

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This years’ surprise package has been Hansal Mehta’s CITYLIGHTS featuring Rajkummar Rao and Patraleka in lead roles. Other movies that were different from the league and won appreciation include Mrityunjay Devvrat's 'CHILDREN OF WAR' that threw light on the terrifying time in 1971's Bangladesh. Besides Ashim Ahluwalia's MISS LOVELY and Feroz Abbas Khan, DEKH TAMASHA DEKH too proved that there is hope for ‘Thinking Cinema.’

The other highlight of the first half is that the regime that superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan who held sway over box office till now has been broken by the upcoming breed of newcomers like Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Arjun Kapoor. A pointer to this is that despite Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor being comparatively new in the industry, their film, 2 STATES, has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark. Likewise GUNDEY Starring Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra crossed Rs 100 Crore. 

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And what’s more Kangna Ranaut-starrer QUEEN broke all box office records of five year by amassing around Rs 60 crore! In addition the fantastic collections of RAGINI MMS2 proved the notion wrong that women oriented movie do not do well at the box office. 

The years other hits too had new comers winning the race for example HIGHWAY featured Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, HEROPANTI saw junior Jackie Shroff making debut (Tiger Shroff) opposite Kriti Sanon. Likewise Divya Kumar’s YAARIYAN proved hit despite a group of youngsters. 

According to Prabhat Choudhary of Spice, a marketing communication agency the stage is set for newcomers to conquer. He said, “GUNDAY, 2 States, and Heropanti show a definitive change in the way young names are now perceived. There has been considerable excitement around the new brigade for a while now but in the last six months, they have started showing their box office viability.’’

Mohammad Aziz’s First Encounter With Amitabh Bachchan

After the demise of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi may singers like Anwar, Shabbir Kumar tried to fill his void. One among the many was Mohammad Aziz, the talented singer, who has the distinction of singing for Amiatbh Bachchan in almost 22 movies. Mohammad Aziz turns 60 today; Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings and unravels his association with Amitabh Bachchan

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Born in a family where music was taboo, young Mohd. Aziz rebelled against the family and learned the nuance of music under Ustad Ameer Ahmed Khan, an exponent of the ‘Kirana Gharana’. Being an avid devotee of eminent singer Mohammad Rafi, Mohammad Aziz, later made a great name for himself singing Mohammad Rafi songs on stage and at Film Nite Shows. It was during one of these Nite Shows, Anu Malik, heard Mohammad Aziz regaling audience with Rafi hits ‘Ham Kaale Hain To…’ (GUMNAAM), ‘Mere Paeron Mein Ghunghroo…’ (SUNGHURSH). He contacted him and offered him the movie MARD, starring Amitabh Bachchan

Recalling his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan, Aziz in an interview said, “I first met Amitji during the trial recording of the song Mard Tangewala Mein Hoon Mard…Manji (Manmohan Desai) and Anuji (Anu Malik) had finalized me. My acid test was to impress Amitji.” He added, “Anuji had asked me to be cool and instead of imitating Rafi Sahab, he advised me to sing in my own style.”

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Remembering the D-Day, Mohammad Aziz said, “Though I had done my riyaz and was confident but my excitement knew no bound. However when I met Amitji all my nervousness drained off watching his earthy nature. He greeted me with warmth and observing my anxiousness he pepped me up with encouraging words.” 

The song became a chartbuster and Amitabh Bachchan and Mohammad Aziz shared a long relation. He sang many super hits for him like Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyar Hum... (Hum), Tu Mujhe Kabool… (KHUDA GAWAH), Na fankaar tujhsa tere baad aaya Mohammed Rafi tu bahut yaad aaya… (KRODH)


It is definitely not an easy task for a girl to keep waiting for her lover to arrive. Keeping one in mind, she always yearns about being together with him. Sometimes it may be due to destiny that they are separated for a while but ofcourse they may reunite eventually, but the wait ofcourse is very painful. In many movies, we can see the girl waiting eagerly to reunite with her lover. Here’s a peek into songs where we can see this visually happening!

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In the song ‘vellaikaara muttham en deham engum’ from the movie Chellamey, we see the actress singing joyfully in the shower! Her wait her is a very happy one for a change and she is seen imagining his arrival and both of them having a wonderful time together. Another happy instance where the heroine is eagerly waiting for her prince charming’s arrival is seen in the song ‘Malligaye Malligaye’. She is seen dancing away to glory, sharing the happiness with her sister but waiting for her hero. This song is from the movie – Ninanithen vanthaai.

But this trend has been witnessed in earlier movies too. A classic example is the song ‘mouna maana neram’ where yet again the actress is seen waiting for the arrival of her hero – Kamal Haasan in the movie Salangai Oli. Jayaprada has ofcourse done a brilliant job and looks extremely ravishing.

Dating even earlier than this movie is the song ‘Kaathiruppen Kaathiruppen’ from the movie Sengathu Boomiyile. ‘Kaalamellam Kaathirupen’ is also another song that reinforces the thought with the lady to keep waiting for the beloved.

A very recent song that completely fits the bill here is ‘Yevano oruvan’ from Alaipayuthey. Having been separated because of destiny, we see Shalini waiting eagerly for Madhavan’s arrival, to see her and get back to her.