Monday, July 14, 2014


If we love someone we always like to keep them close to us, and with no inhibitions they stay in our hearts forever. Without us realizing, the word ‘nenju’ has been used many a times in all songs, ofcourse because we keep our closed ones in our ‘nenju’ rite? Time to take a look at few songs that has the word ‘nenju’ in it.

Wasn’t the movie that released in 1967? The wonderful ‘Nenjirkum varai’ starring Muthuraman and Sivaji Ganesan that claimed all the attention at that time. Wasn’t that song just amazing? One other striking song with the word ‘nenju’ would be ‘Nenjam marapadhillai’ which released in 1963.

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Moving ahead in time, one beautiful song would be ‘Endhan nenjill neengadha thendral’ from the movie Kalaignan starring the Ulaganayagan. With K.J. Yesudas singing the song very beautifully, it still remains a hit. Thanks to Ilaiyaraja for the composition and ofcourse the wonderful lyrics credits to Vaali.

When the movie Dil Se released, it was not only the movie by itself that made a hit, but thanks to the wonderful songs, the movie was totally supported in all means. No one can forget the catchy song ‘ Nenjinile Nenjinile’ that was done really well in terms of visuals too. One song that any lover birds would be able to relate to would be ‘Nenjukkul peidhidum’ from the movie ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’. A perfect melody that it was, the song is just a lovely listen in Harris’ music. Another wonderful song would be ‘Nenjeamellam kaadhal’ from the movie Aayutha Ezhuthu.

Ayan movie had a wonderful song ‘Nenje Nenje nee enge’ , a beautiful duet between Surya and Tamannah. In the last year, thanks to Rahma’s music, two songs from two different movies carrying the word ‘nenje’ became famous. If you thought of ‘nenjukule’ from the movie kadal and ‘nenje ezhu’ from Maryan, then bingo! – You are a wonderful lover of music and have a wonderful taste!

What’s In a Name….

How important is a name? While the great English Playwright, William Shakespeare cared a damn for a name. He believed a rose would be the same and smell as sweet by any other name. But it seems the Hindi film industry disagrees with the great English literature marvel. 

According to some the Kapoor Khandaan scion Armaan Jain, failed because of his name. Some feel if he had opted for ‘Kapoor’ surname or even a ‘Kumar’ or ‘Khan’ would have guaranteed him a success. That’s the reason most of the Hindi film industry stars prefer a trendy name to their original orthodox one. Hence we have a Hari Krishna Goswami becoming Manoj Kumar or famous actor Chunky Pandey dropping his original name Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey

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Do you know who was the first actor to initiate this trend was? Well, he was legendary actor, Ashok Kumar. Few know that his original name was Kumudlal Kanjilal Ganguly but filmmaker Himanshu Rai felt it sounded too rural hence he replaced it with a more stylish name in his first film JEEVAN NAIYA. 

Another unknown aspect regarding names is that in the ’60s, the surname that ruled the roust was Kumar but with the advent of the ’90s, the surname that grabbed prominence was Khan.

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However, readers would be stunned to know that in the ’40s, the surname Khan was a taboo! Reason was the British government’s famous policy ‘Divide and rule’. The sparks of this policy was so intense that even the otherwise secular film industry was affected. Hence filmmakers changed the names of their Muslim actors to conceal their real identity. The first actor to thus alter his name was Dilip Kumar who was known as Mohammed Yusuf Sarwar Khan since birth. 

Even in the South Film Industry famous actors changed their names Viz. Rajnikant - Shivaji Rao Gaikwad and Chiranjeevi - Koindela Siva Shankara vara Prasad

• Following is a glimpse of a few original names: 

Akshay Kumar- Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia

Danny -Tshering Phintso Denzongpa

Johnny Lever - Janardhan Rao

Katrina Kaif- Katrina Turqouis

Ajay Devgan - Vishal Devgan

Rajesh Khanna Jatin Khanna

Dev Anand - Devdutt Pishorimal Anand

Sanjeev Kumar - Haribhai Jariwala

Gulzar - Sampooran Singh

Amitabh Bachchan - Amitabh Shrivastav Bachchan

Kishore Kumar - Aabhas Ganguly

Jeetendra - Ravi Kapoor

Rekha - Bhanurekha Ganeshan

Jaya Prada - Lalita Rani

Ajit - Hamid Ali Khan

Jayant (father of Amjad Khan) - Jhakeriya Khan

Madhubala - Mumtaaz Jahan

Meena Kumari - Mahjabeen Ali Baksh

Nargis Dutt - Kaneez Fatima

Shyama - Khurseed Akhtar

Mandakini - Yasmini

Johny Walker - Badruddin Kazi

Reena Roy - Saira Khan

Hum Intezaar Karenge Tera Qayamat Tak…Part - I

Remembering Music legend Roshan….

Emperor of such timeless melodies like Jo wada kiya woh nibhana padega….; Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi wo barsaat ki raat; Laga chunari me daag chupaun kaise…; Hum intezaar karenge tera qayamat tak… etc.

Music legend Roshan is perhaps one of the best music directors’ Indian cinema has ever witness. He was a true genius who unfortunately, despite a valuable treasure of sweet melodies, is today an unsung legend. Raaga. Com remembers the master music director on his birth anniversary that falls on July 14. 

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Grandfather of today’s sensational Bollywood hero Hrithik Roshan and father of eminent filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and music director Rajesh Roshan, Roshan during his peak in the 50’s and 60’s was a name to reckon. Who can forget his super hit songs like ‘Ab Kya Misaal Doon..' (AARTI); 'Dil Jo Na Kehsaka..' (BHEEGI RAAT); 'Man Re Tu Kahe Na…( CHITRALEKHA); and of course the folk based number ‘Meri Beri Ke Ber Mat Todo Koi Kaanta Chubh Jayega....’(ANOKHI RAAT) that became a sensational recently when it was remixed by T-Series into a hot sensuous number and enacted by sizzling actress cum singer Sanober Kabir.

And last but not the least no qawali can ever be mentioned with the popular qawali 'Yeh Hai Ishq Ishq..' (BARSAAT KI RAAT) composed by none other but the musical wizard Roshan

Roshan Lal Nagrath aka Roshan was born on 14 July, 1917 Gujranwala, Punjab, British India (now part of Punjab in Pakistan). Since childhood he had a deep passion for music. His parents noticed his inclination for music and hence gave him the best training in music. 

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Beginning with his first guru Master Manhar Barve to Ustaad Allauddin Khan to 'Sarangi King' Bundu Khan, young Roshan hired the best of music knowledge. In fact he is perhaps one of the few music directors who studied music at the Morris College of Music, Lucknow. Later his association with AIR (All India Radio) for almost a decade sharpened his skills as a music director par excellence. 

Armed with immense knowledge of music when Roshan landed in Mumbai trying his luck in Bollywood he had to face stiff competitions. After many rejections he was spotted by filmmaker Kidar Sharma, who gave him a break in his movie NEKI AUR BADI (1949). But unfortunately his debut movie was a failure and he went into depression and was on verge of committing suicide. But Kidar Sharma, gave him confidence and yet again offered his next movie BAAWRE NAIN, staring Raj Kapoor and Geeta Bali

Roshan took the movie as a challenge and gave his best shot. Result all the songs were super hit and are still immortal. Remember… Teri Duniya Mein Dil Lagta Nahi...; Khayalon Mein Kisi Ke Is Tarah....; Mujhe Sach-Sach Bata Do

BAAWRE NAIN was a huge it and it established Roshan as a music director to reckon. 

NOTE: In the next issue read about Roshan’s rise and decline.