Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Video and Book to mark the 76 birth anniversary of musical genius R.D. Burman

In a unique tribute to music legend R.D. Burman, popularly known as Pancham, filmmaker Brahmanand S Siingh, who came to fame after his exceptional documentary Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai (2009) is yet again paying his homage to the musical genius. 

According to reports to commemorate the 76 birth anniversary of R.D. Burman, that falls on June 27, Brahmanand S Siingh will be releasing a video and a book titled ‘Diamonds and Rust’ as a mark of reverence to R.D. Burman.

Brahmanand S Siingh briefing media said, “The video will feature a collection of rare interviews on late Pancham and the coffee table book will contain untold anecdotes of R.D.Burman’s life.”


What is intriguing about Pancham’s life is that while he was alive he was looked down upon as a plagiarist in the 70’s with music critics alleging him of picking western tunes. Likewise in the 80’s and early 90’s when his films flopped, he was written off as a flop music director. Hence throughout his life he was a sad man aspiring to gain true recognition. 

In an interview eminent singer Bharat Ratna, Lata Mangeshkar said, "For a composer as talented as Pancham to be almost jobless was a living death. Pancham was very unhappy. He would sometimes share his grief with me. I feel sad even now when I recall how cruel the industry was to Pancham just because some of his music didn't do well.”

In the late 80’s Pancham suffered a massive heart attack due to the trauma of being discarded by the film industry. He underwent heart surgery in London. However after recovering a valiant Pancham took a vow to make a comeback and prove his worth. 

It’s reported after recovering from surgery, Pancham told his attending doctor, "Doctor, now that you've mended my dying heart, I will mend my dying career. You will hear my name echoing again for the melodies that I will create".

True to his words, Pancham came back with a vengeance in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A LOVE STORY. 

He created the kind of music that not only made him won him awards but made him immortal as a musical genius par excellence.

Salman Khan yet again in legal tangle! Producer sues Rs 250 crore defamation case!

Salman Khan and controversy go hand in hand. The DABANGG star may have had some relief in the 2002 hit-and-run case and may be awaiting the outcome in the black-buck trial but even while the two cases finish; the actor is yet again in legal trouble. This time he has been dragged by film producer Vijay Galani, who made the major debacle VEER with him in the lead. 

According to reports producer Vijay Galani has sued Salman Khan for Rs 250 crores as the honorable court has given verdict in his favor in the long legal battle against Salman Khan over monetary matter. 

Briefing the media, Vijay Galani said, “When I made VEER, I had paid Salman Rs 10 crore as the signing amount, which was quite more than his actual amount (Rs 7-8 Crore). In addition I had also promised him another Rs 15 crore from the overflow, only if the film did well at the box office. Unfortunately, the film boomed at the box office and I was tight corners.”


He added, “Even as I was trying to seek solution to come out from my financial losses I was shocked to find Salman Khna’s legal team sending me a notice demanding to pay the remaining Rs 15 crore!” 

Galani informed, “The agreement that I made with Salman Khan was I would pay Rs 15 crore if the film did overflow profit but in reality the movie was a super duper flop and hence the question of overflow profit didn’t arise. Yet Salman Khan’s financial experts harassed me and demanded money. When I refused Salman Khan lodged compliant at CINTAA (the Cine & TV Artistes Association), who issued me a non-cooperation, only to please Salman Khan. Hence compelled I moved the court. ” 

The honorable court in its decision found Salman's claims to be baseless and the court gave judgment in Galani's favour. 

Now Galani has sued Salman for defamation. "I cannot tell you what I've gone through during the last three years. My mental agony and the money on lawyers have left me drained. I've filed a Rs 250 crore defamation case against Salman for mental agony, harassment, loss of face. Who will give me back the 3 years that I've lost?"