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July 7, 2010

Pancham and Kishore at their best !!

by sakshatkara

IMO some of the best songs of Pancham have been sung by Kishore Kumar. Pancham gave the much needed boost to Kishore’s signing career when he needed it the most. Kishore sang 558 songs for Pancham (227 solo, 245 duets).

Here is an excerpt from Filmfare dated June 1984, where R.D Burman recalls his first meeting with Kishore Kumar.

“Again one day, sitting on a wall of  the same studio, I saw a man wearing a muffler and cap and holding a black stick. He was imitating everyone who passed, just like a monkey. When we went into the studio the man jumped off the wall and came into the recording room. Jo jo gana gatey the unka satyanash karte hue woh khud gana gane lage. When I asked him why he was doing it he said: ‘I am an orphan. Nobody looks after me. Please give me a chance’.” Amused at the recollection, R.D. gave a hearty laugh.

The man on the wall was Kishore Kumar who, according to R.D., is the best male singer we have. “He is flexible. He can sing a classical song better than any of the others. I know because I’ve worked with all of them. He can sing a funny song or a sad song, nobody can beat him in versatility. He has never learnt any music but his ability to grasp is the secret of his success. He observes the music director and mimics.

It is an impossible task to select the top ten or 20 songs of Kishore composed by Pancham. So, i am just sharing my favorites which are listed in random order:

1. Pyar Deewana Hota Hai from Kati Patang.

2.  Chingari Koi Bhadke from Amar Prem is based on Bhairavi raaga. Here is Pancham on the composition and Kishore (HT Jan ’08)

Kishore – you had to teach him but once, he was onto it like a shot. See the feel Kishore brought to Chingaree koii bhadke. But that’s straight Bhairavi even for Kishore.”

“Straight Bhairavi or not, see how Kishore makes it sound as if he’s singing Chingaree for you, and you alone, in Amar Prem.”

3. Kehna Hai Kehna Hai from Padosan.

4. Rim Jhim Gire Saawan from Manzil

5. Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna from Kudrat.

Kishore Kumar sung light romantic version of the song Humen Tumse Pyar Kitna, while Begum Parveen Sultana sung the ‘classical’ version of it.

6. Raat Kali Ek Khwab Main Aayi from Buddha Mil Gaya

7. Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si from Anamika

8.  Kitne Sapne Kitne Arman from Mera Jeevan Saathi

9. Kuch to Log Kahenge from Amar Prem

10. Kisi Baat Par Main Kisi from Bemisaal

11. O Mere Dil Ke Chain from Mere Jeevan  Saathi

12. Kishore last sung for Pancham for Saagar. Saagar Kinare got a Filmfare award for Kishore Kumar. (I made an exception and included this duet)

July 7, 2010

Life before and after MNIK

by sakshatkara


Year 2006 – I convinced my wife that we had to watch KANK, and cannot MISS it. So she obliged, and i have regretted ever since the mistake i made 🙂 Bottomline – I was told in future no more KJo movie watching. PERIOD. I was not worried at that time, since i never knew what Karan had in store…

Year 2009 – Kadz my idol was in my town for MNIK shoot. Since i had my priorities right, managed to go and watch the shoot, at just the cost of a work day. Now i made a vow that i will watch MNIK no matter what.’

Late 2009 – MNIK’s release date is out.. “Feb 12th 2010”. I mark it up on the calendar and start plotting to watch it, after 18 months of drought of movie watching in theatres. Then the light goes off in my head. Why not take the spouse for MNIK on Feb 14th, as a Valentine’s day surprise…

Feb 12th 2010 – D-Day.. Movie gets released, and it gets a mixed review, and even good friends who are SRK fans give it a lukewarm review. So now I am in a state of PANIC.. I don’t want to screw up my Valentine surprise, and be in the dog house for the rest of the year.. So changed the plans, and moved out MNIK watching for a later date..

THE MOVIE – MNIK – Nomadic Journey from San Francisco to Sacramento

Here are my scattered thoughts about the movie:

One rarely hears SRK talking about doing research for his character, and going to town with that. For MNIK he did both, and i think the disciplined approach to the role shows in the movie. He has delivered a very good performance as Rizwan with lot of consistency through out the movie. I would rate this is as his best performance to date.
(Individual Score = 4.5)

Kajol as Mandira has ably supported SRK, but that’s just about it. For a Kadz fan in me, it was a disappointment. She has acted as though she walked off from K3G sets. Her mannerisms and interaction with her son in the movie is so K3Gish. Her Screams were very jarring. OFC she has excelled in emotional scenes.
(Individual Score = 3.0)

Technically the movie is of a high calibre. Especially, Ravi Chandran has done a marvelous job of capturing the city by the Bay, in all its magnificent splendor. Editing is good within the context of lack of screenplay (more about it later). Background score is passable.
(Individual Score = 4.0)

Post K3G, Karan has been trying to move towards serious contemporary cinema and his sincerity shows in MNIK. He clearly lacks touch and vision and it shows in the second half. Second half is very poorly executed.
(Individual Score = 2.0)

Rizwan who could “repair anything” probably could not repair the script. Shibani has continued her downward spiral as a script writer with MNIK.
(Individual Score = 1.5)

Overall the movie did not live up to my lowered expectations. First half of the movie was like driving through the Mojave desert. Flat and emotionless, even though there were few good moments and chemistry between SRK & Kajol was exceptional, as usual.

Second half of the movie was like driving DOWN the CROOKED street (in SF). The journey part of the movie is its biggest letdown. The timeline of the journey has been unnecessarily extended to include most recent political events in US, and hurricane episode just did not fit in.

In short, it is a movie of many missed opportunities. I feel for SRK who has delivered an exceptional performance only to be let down by other aspects of the movie.

Rating: 3 STARS (4.5 + 3 + 4 + 2 + 1.5 = 15/25)


As Rizwan Khan starts to shake his hands with the POTUS and the end credit starts to roll, my mind starts going into over drive. Usually, the walk from the theatre to the car is the toughest 5 min walk of life, if the movie is NOT to the Spouse’s liking. More so if i am the ONE who chose the movie.

Then as we are about to walk out of the unreal world, light bulb goes again (trust me, it does not happen too often) in my head. I immediately act upon it. Placed a call to the Baby sitter who was taking care of the Lil one…and was hoping that she will stay on the line till we reach home… Luck was on my side I guess, as i was talking, the better half took over the phone to talk.. and i got home before the end of conversation. For the rest of the day, it was all about Lil one at home, and thus i thought i had dodged the ‘bullet’.

Now i had to do something to avoid any reference to MNIK… Worked out a plan, and told the better half.. “I have a surprise” Response – “Oh yeah”. Me – “Yes i will take you to a place and show you something which you never seen before, just like Rizwan did :)”.. “Ok. Will wait” is the response.

One fine afternoon took the family to workplace and then took the better half to the open patio on the 25th floor.. and asked her “Had you seen this before ?” showing the overview of the bay 🙂

It worked, and here i am narrating my life story.

DISCLAIMER: All the characters and incidents in BEFORE and AFTER THE EVENT are fictitious and any resemblance to any real people and real incidents are intentional.

June 2, 2010

Immortal pair – Nargis Dutt and Raj Kapoor

by sakshatkara

I have not posted on the blog for a quite while. Nargis Dutt’s birthday is on June 1st and Raj Kapoor’s death anniversary is on June 2nd. Since both of them mesmerized movie fans as a pair, i thought i will post some of their memorable songs.

Here are my favorites in no particular order:

Aaja Re ab Mera Dil Pukare from Aah

Music Director : Shankar Jaikishan

Singers : Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh

Hum Tujhse Mohabbat Karke from Awaara

Music Director : Shankar Jaikishan

Singers : Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh

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March 14, 2010

Dr L. Subramaniam – Snippets from Live events

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Excerpt from live event at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore.
Album : Global Fusion

Excerpt from Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with Ruggiero Ricci and the London Philharmonic.

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January 27, 2010

Melody Squared ? Sonu and Shreya’s duets

by sakshatkara

Here are some melodious duets from Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal in random order….

Ishq Hua from Aaja Nachle
Music Director : Salim – Sulaiman

Pyar Bhare Geet from LOC – Kargil (2003)
Music Director : Anu Mallik

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October 29, 2009

Hidden Gem of 2009 ?

by sakshatkara

Movie Ruslaan was released in Sept 2009, and it went unnoticed, rightfully so. The music of Ruslaan is good and it deserved attention from the listeners.

Music for Ruslaan is composed by Raess Jamal Khan. I believe this is his maiden venture as a music director, and he makes a great debut as a composer.

Maula Maula is the one song i liked the most. When you hear it for the first time you will think Mithoon has composed the song. Master Saleem has sung it beautifully, hitting the right notes.

Listen to the song and share your thoughts.