Monday, October 13, 2014

Kishore Kumar - Master Of Sad Songs!

October, 13 marks the death anniversary of Kishore Kumar, the legendary playback singer, actor, producer, director all rolled into one. Raaga. Com pays him homage on his death anniversary and takes readers to a most hidden aspect of Kishore Kumar’s singing style. Read on…. 

Koi Samjha Nahin Koi Jaana Nahin….

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This tragic song from Rajesh Khanna’s super hit film movie SAFAR has been poignantly sung by singing legend Kishore Kumar. Tragic Songs like this and many more have been the specialty of Kishore Kumar. A look at the Filmfare awards won by Kishore Kumar reveals that from the eight Filmfare Awards that the singer won, five songs were poignant and melodious like Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera… (AMANUSH); Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekheen….(THODISI BEWAFAII); Agar Tum Na Hote… (AGAR TUM NA); Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain…(SHARAABI) and Saagar Kinaare Dil Yeh …(SAAGAR).

Singing such sentimental songs with great perfection and adding the right dose of emotional element in the tone is an art that a singer learns through years of learning classical music and mastering the baritone with hours of regular Riyaz. However readers would be rather surprised to know that Kishore Kumar had no formal training in music. He had neither learned to play any music instrument. His only Guru in Music was the legendary playback singer and film star K.L.Saigal, who dominated film music in the late 30 and early 40’s. His stardom was so intense even the queen of Melody and Bharat Ratna, Lata Mangeshkar adored K.L.Saigal and even dreamt to marry him, bowled over my his majestic voice. 

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Thus Kishore Kumar would listen to Saigal’s song and practice his songs to perfection for hours. His dedication finally paved way and S.D.Burman showed faith in his singing. Later Burman da’s song R.D.Burman exploited Kishore Kumar’s voice to the hilt and was instrumental in making Kishore Kumar a singing star in the 70’s! 

Beginning with KATI PATANG, AMAR PREM, NAMAK HARAAM, KHUSHBOO, AANDHI, MEHBOOBA etc. R.D.Burman gave Kishore Kumar not only songs with verity but also some really complicated classical songs. 

Just remember Mere naina sawan bhadon… (MEHBOOBA). The song is based on the complex Raga Shivaranjani but Kishore Kumar did a fantastic job. In fact the song has a female version sung by Lata Mangeshkar, but Kishore Kumar’s version is most famous!!!

South Sensational Director Shankar And Actor Vikram Attempt To Tap Bollywood Again!

The deadly combination of South Sensational director Shankar and actor Vikram, the two who rocked the national with their super hit movie APARICHITUDU, which was also dubbed in Hindi as APARICHIT, six years back are back together with their latest magnum opus 'I' - a Tamil romantic action thriller. And what’s interesting, yet again like APARICHITUDU, the latest film ‘I’ is being dubbed in Hindi too as the dynamic combo of Shankar and actor Vikram wish to tap Bollywood once again. 

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Will the duo succeed, time will tell but one thing is certain Bollywood filmmakers are after Vikarm to make a second inning in Bollywood

Readers may recollect that Vikram had made a tryst with Bollywood with movies like Mani Ratnam's RAAVAN and Bejoy Nambiar's DAVID but after both the movies failed he doesn’t wish to burn his hands yet again in Bollywood

Briefing the media the actor confessed, “Its true as many as three filmmakers wished to cast me in Bollywood. One filmmaker was even ready to make a bilingual (Hindi-Tamil). But I turned down all the offers as my priority is southern cinema, which has made me a star.” 

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He added, “I am willing to experiment in Southern language movies but Bollywood is not my cup of tea as there is much competition and it is all ready spilling over with the superstars.” 

Though APARICHIT, the Hindi version of APARICHITUDU, failed to click at the box- office in Mumbai but the movie won millions of Mumbaikars heart after it was telecast on Zee TV. Even today whenever the movie is repeat telecast on TV it generates great revenue through advertisements due to its popularity. 

Hence Bollywood filmmakers are keen to exploit Vikram’s stardom in Bollywood but the actor wishes to concentrate in South.