Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Delicious Dedh Guna Zyaada

Dedh-Ishqiya-MovieAt the outset, Dedh Ishqiya is more than just a sequel to Ishqiya. It does carry forward the story of Khalu and Babban, but at the same time it also rips itself apart from the world that Ishqiya created. Director Abhishek Chaubey in his second film creates a world that is distinctly more grand, ambitious and complicated than the first part. What is retained though is all the masala that made the first part delectable, dedh amount zyaada.Continue reading “Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Delicious Dedh Guna Zyaada”

Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Love and a half

Sanwaar nok palak abruon mein kham kar de,

Gire pade hue lafzon ko mohtaram kar de

Dedh_Ishqiya_Teaser_PosterThis is one of the few couplets from many a Dr. Bashir Badr’s poems this film borrows. And no, I am not someone who is strong at literature. And no, had Abhishek Chaubey and co. not mentioned during the credits that poetry is taken from Dr. Badr’s literature, and acknowledged it during a scene, there is no way one would understand this homage. Makers assume most of the members of the audience won’t recognize Badr’s poetry. And so will many of them not, in the film as well. I didn’t. I returned home, googled this line and landed on this website.Continue reading “Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Love and a half”

Ek Thi Daayan Music Review: Serenity all over…

Gulzar & Vishal Bharadwaj forever, I wish.

I wish it never ends. I wish they continue making songs forever, because Hindi film songs are the only pop-music-culture we have. And they are the epitome of our culture. Vishal Bharadwaj, has been doing it for a lot of time, even in his feebler films (7 Khoon Maaf, for example) featured astounding music. He is not even directing “Ek Thi Daayan”, yet music beyond par major albums I’ve heard this year. I’ve been quite busy for last few days, (day jobs, and my own projects) so I have not been able to write a review for quite some time. But I find time today in office to write this. The sole reason I am writing all that is, because I want you know I am mesmerized. Vishal Bharadwaj, in my book, is the best Hindi film composer we have today. You may argue in favor of Amit trivedi, AR Rahman. Yes, they have a lot of albums up their sleeves. Though Rahman’s best, I think, come from his homeland (barring a few like “Dil Se”, Delhi 6), and Amit Trivedi has been consistently decent, at times very good, occasionally mesmerizing. But Bharadwaj has been consistently very good, at times mesmerizing, there’s no occasional stuff with him. He’s been delivering, one after another.

I, then, without any delay, should hop on to the album, and start describing the songs, not in any order.

Gulzar deserves each and every award bestowed upon him. All Grammys, all Oscars, all of them.  Sapna Re Sapna is as good as any Gulzar written song. And this proves why we are missing lullabies in movies. Taaron ke kanchon se raat bhar khelenge, chanda, main aur tu. Awesomeness, musical serenity, and magic of poetry embellish this song, it melts your heart. Its vintage Bharadwaj footprints make this as the song of the album, and, it proves that Gulzar & Bharadwaj partnership must never end, never.

Totey ud gaye sounds like snipped out of chappa chappa charkha chaley, from Maachis, and Sapne mein milti hai from Satya, and modernized. But, that’s not a bad thing. Because even if Bharadwaj is recycling, and it is quite a middling effort, it sounds great and fun bestowed upon by Gulzar’s brash rhyme scheme make this song sound just about fine, rather enjoyable. And in better marriages, one where people prefer music over noise, and celebration, it will be played. I am going to play this, no I am not getting married, but, when I’ll want to listen songs that could prompt me to dance.

A horror film, without a song with dark undertones? This can’t really happen. This hasn’t happened. Rather there are 2 songs. Kaali Kaali, starts with seemingly dark tones, with a sad guitar tone, as it progresses becomes a love song. In a melody that tells a story of two eyes of someone, possibly the narrator’s lover, and possibly the secret hidden within them, those betray sadness, and almost wet with tears. Maverick Gulzar, and the controlled composer Bharadwaj, make this incomplete story completely soothing.

Ah, guitar, and that electronic arrangement. And, that awkwardly proposing lyrics, one, where the first lines suggest, that singer is attempting to please someone. Amidst that, there’s some disco-esque arrangement, somewhere between country, hip-hop, and pop, Yaaram is the only totally happy song in this album. But that’s not to say you won’t listen it again, it is a great mood lifter. And you are going to go back to it, again, and again.

The second dark song of the album, the truly, dedicatedly horror film song, and one of the best compositions from this year, Lautungi Main dwells in one of the saddest melodies. And saddest melodies are also the best ones. It reminds me incidentally of those from Rudaali.  Very traditional Indian orchestra takes the longing of this track to another level. Remove the label of the film ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ from the disc, and the last horror poetry, and the unknown listener may not decipher whether this is a horror film song, or a period film song, where presumably the character, who sings this song, is presumably a woman who is promising to avenge her lover.

At 27 minutes, it’s a relatively small album, but you might end up listening it more often, spending more time with it .

As I go back to the song Sapne Re Sapna, and its magical softness, and the delicate care with which words are carefully placed in a rhyme scheme that slowly carves images from a clouded night sky, I would say only one thing:

Gulzar & Vishal Bharadwaj, Forever!

Finding The Real Mass Medium

This week, when every producer in the movie business was consumed in charting out innovative marketing strategies for their upcoming films and what not, Balaji Films led by Ekta Kapoor introduced a concept that could well be the next level of movie marketing.Continue reading “Finding The Real Mass Medium”

Market Trends in Bollywood: Change is the only Constant!

Ronnie Screwvala:

One is what is being embedded in me through rigorous learning. The other is what I have embedded in myself through continuous unlearning. But Marketing & Movies, nevertheless, form an integral part of my life. Hence the post.

One really can’t say when we brought in organised approach to financing, promotion and distribution of cinema. At least in India, the first instance of a studio producing a film might be UTV’s forgettable venture Dil Ke Jharoke Main(1997) starring Manisha Koirala. UTV made a comeback of sorts with co-production of Fiza (2000). It then had to wait for years, mainly co-producing and distributing movies, before becoming the yardstick for audience when it came to quality films.Continue reading “Market Trends in Bollywood: Change is the only Constant!”

Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola: Film Review, "Synecdoche, India"

“Arey morcha kyu nahi karte mere khilaaf, awaaz kyu nahi uthaate”, questions Mandola played exquisitely by Pankaj Kapur, before directing villagers, in a protest against himself, in a village called Mandola, almost ruled by Mandola himself. In 2004, Charlie Kaufman directed a film called “Synecdoche, New York”. In a strange fashion, this Meta Mandola undercurrent reminds me of that film, and propels me to write village Mandola, might be, in a practical universe, synecdoche, India.Continue reading “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola: Film Review, "Synecdoche, India"”

Ek Thi Daayan: Trailer

Emraan Hashmi is surely taking the right way forward. After Shanghai, Emraan teams up with Vishal Bharadwaj for Ek Thi Daayan. The film  which is a supernatural thriller is directed by debutant director Kannan Iyer. Besides Hashmi, the film also stars Konkona Sen Sharma , Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin amongst others.Continue reading “Ek Thi Daayan: Trailer”

Anurag Kashyap: An Auteur Demystified

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Auteur‘is a French word which translated in English means ‘author’,  the creator of the work. Having said that, cinema unlike the other arts like poetry, painting etc. is a collective art and includes contributions from other artists to make it a completed film and is not the work of a sole artist. However, the ‘Auteur Theory’ suggests that there is one prime force that leads to the creation of the film and that individual guides all the processes of filmmaking. It is the vision and worldview of this individual who makes the film special and thus a work of art. Continue reading “Anurag Kashyap: An Auteur Demystified”

Saturday Watch 1 -Interesting Sessions from Jaipur Literature Festival 2012

JLT 2012, have been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. Here we bring you some of the sessions which we thought are interesting. Do watch it and share yours views in the comment section.

Samit Basu speaks about Creating Imaginary World, comics,Bollywood,tips for people who want to write. This is a  must watch if you are interested in writing.Click here to watch this video.Continue reading “Saturday Watch 1 -Interesting Sessions from Jaipur Literature Festival 2012”