Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Remembering great lyricist Kafi Azmi

kar chale ham fidaa jaan-o-tan saathiyon

ab tumhaare hawaale watan saathiyon

Apt words because great poets like Kafi Azmi, who penned this exceptional patriotic song for Chetan Anand’s movie HAQEEQAT have left this world and it is for the young and budding poets to retrieve the culture and heritage of Mother India. But alas with Bollywood lyrics degrading so cheap as Halkat Jawani… ; 'Laila Teri Le Le Gi Tu Likh Ke Le Le…. Or Don't touch my body oh mere saiyaan...tera jala dungi, gadda aur takia'. Need we say more? 

January 14 marks the birth anniversary of the legendary poet Kafi Azmi; Raaga.Com pays homage to the departed soul and takes a look at some of his timeless numbers.

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Among his most beautiful lyrics Kafi Azmi’s shining gem is Waqt ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam Tum Rahe Na Tum Hum Rahe Na Hum from Guru Dutt’s classic KAAGAZ KE PHOOL (1959). The song exceptionally expresses the anguish of two people who had loved each other but had changed over time. This song is one of Kaifi Azmi’s most cherished numbers. 

Though Kafi Azmi became immortal with Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaan O Tan Saathiyo…in Chetan Anand’s HAQEEQAT” (1964) but the movie also had two more exceptional songs that beautifully bring out the emotions of solder’s and their deprived wives in the songs Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bhulaya Hoga…. and Zara si Aahat Hoti Hai….

Yet another song that marvels the genius of Kafi Sahab is the soulful song Meri Awaz Suno Pyaar Ka Raaz Suno… that he penned as tribute on the demise of Jawaharlal Nehru. 

With Chetan Anand’s HEER RANJHA, that had some sterling hits like Ye Duniya Ye Mehfil Mere Kaam ki Nahin… and Do Dil Toote Do Dil HaareKafi Azmi created history by writing the entire dialogues of the film in poetry. 

Surprisingly Kaif Azmi even worked with Bappi Lahiri but gave such melancholic numbers like Mana Ho Tum Behad Haseen… sung by Yesudas

Some of his other timeless songs include Chalte Chate Yun Hi Koi Mil Gaya Tha… (PAKEEZAH); Jane Kya Dhoondti Rahti (SHOLA AUR SHABNAM); Jhum Jhum Dhalatee Rat Leke… (KOHRA) ;Yaa Dil Kee Suno Dooniyawalo …(ANUPAMA) ;Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe .. (ARTH) and many more.

Revival of Musical in Bollywood

Music in Indian Cinema has always been pivotal. There was an era when having minimum 9 to 10 songs in a movie was customary. In fact in the 30’s a film called INDRASABHA had 70 songs! The 50’s and 60’s witnessed music at its peak. That the reason the period is termed as Golden Era, particularly for its marvelous songs. In fact music is given so much importance in Bollywood that the film crew travels to different locations just for shooting a single song!

The year 2015 is yet again reviving the similar era of music back with multiple movies in pipeline that have broken the contemporary tradition of three or four songs to a maximum 8 to 9 songs. 

The first in this trend is celebrated filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s MIRZIYA, which has … Hold your breath 400 hours of recorded music! The love story revives the legendary film maker Chetan Anand’s HEER RANJHA style, where the lovers converse in song and poetry. The movie has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Oscar award winner Gulzaar.

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Anurag Basu known for his weird imagination is recreating the Golden Era of the Indian Music in his movie JAGGA JASOOS staring the hot and sensational Jodi of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. The movie will have plenty of songs as the love birds would burst into songs in their everyday affairs something similar to songs like Mannu, tera kya hoga in Chalti Ka Naam Gadi and Achcha toh hum chalte hain in Aan Milo Sajna?

Music director Pritam has composed the music in a typical a Broadway musical fashion, where there is a song for every occasion. 

Next in pipeline is Sooraj Barjatya with Salman Khan in PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO. Sooraj in the tradition of Rajshri tradition of family drama has incorporated nine songs a la HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN AND VIVAH pattern. 

The movie has music by Salman Khan favorite Himesh Reshammiya

Salman Khan will be teaming up for the first time Mozart of Madras, A.R. Rahman in his forthcoming movie BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. Directed by Salman’s favorite Kabir Khan, the movie is pure musical with Salman and Kareena singing as many as 7 to 8 songs. 

And last but the least Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the man known for his music sense is giving a new lease of life to the Indian semi classical music which ruled in the 50’s and 60’s in his movie BAJIRAO MASTANI, staring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. The music has been composed by Bansali himself as he did for GUZAARISH and GOLIYON KI RAASLILA RAM-LEELA.