Ganpati Bappa Morya: Favorite Ganpati Songs

After the recent collection of Sawan/Monsoon songs I guess it’s time to pay homage to Ganpati Bappa on Ganesh Chaturthi. So here’s a brief look at some of the popular Ganpati songs across Hindi, Tamil and Marathi. The songs are a mix of personal favorites and those which are still popular among a lot of people. So without much ado here I go (songs are in chronological order)- Continue reading

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Cinema in the Song: Jeev Rangala

A still from the film

There are very few songs which have been picturised so beautifully that you just end up staring at them with wide-eyes. You don’t mind even if the story is not going much ahead. You just want your eyes to devour the visuals unfolding. Jeev Rangala from Jogwa certainly does that to you. Based on a play called Phulwa, the film explores the life of the devdasis of the Yellama Cult in Karnataka. It is a romantic tale of Suli(Mukta Barve) and Tayappa(Upendra Limaye) who have both been forced into becoming devadasis due to social pressure and how they try to break free from the shackles that the society has bonded them to.

 

 

After you have seen the video of the song you will notice that the actors in the frame are dark with unattractive features. They definitely don’t make for a pretty couple as per conventional Indian norms. But still there is sensuality oozing from each frame of the song. I will also go on to say that this is easily one of the most sensuous songs I have ever seen in an Indian film. Mukta Barve and Upendra Limaye make you realize that to make a love-making scene work what you require is only a high caliber of acting skill, not much of anything else. I particularly love the way how Suli(Mukta Barve) locks lips with Tayappa(Upendra Limaye), without any inhibitions whatsoever. What also startled me was seeing that here it is the woman who is unbuttoning the ‘blouse’ of her man. Such sexual liberation of a female character is rarely seen in our cinema.

Sanjay Jadhav’s absolutely gorgeous camerawork goes a long long way in making the picturisation what it is. Right from the way he lights his characters in the very first shot of the song, to those kissing scenes in the balcony with the rain outside, to that breath-taking crane shot towards the end with the camera hovering over the couple resting in a hammock that is tied over the river. Sanjay Jadhav lets you know that he is one of the best cinematographers today in India.

The duet song sung expertly by the ever-amazing Hariharan and Shreya Ghosal and composed by Ajay-Atul is without doubt of very high quality. In one of those rare occasions, the song made all of them win a National Award which definitely speaks a lot about it.

Last but definitely not the least, director of the film Rajiv Patil should be heaped with a lot of praise for his vision of the song. He has excelled in bringing all three factors (music, acting and visuals) together to make for a video which will be remembered for many years to come.

Bol Bachchan- Trailer

Rohit Shetty teams up with Ajay Devgn yet again and this time they are joined by Abhishek Bachchan .Rohit who has successfully established himself with his over the top comic capers like the Golmaal series, now remakes the original Golmaal albeit in his own characteristic way and the end result is Bol Bachchan.The trailers starts with the names of the movies which Rohit and Ajay have done in the past, conveniently skipping Sunday and Zameen. Continue reading

Agneepath! The Retelling!

Agneepath Poster

Kya Dekhne Aaya Tha! Kya Dekh Ke Chala Gaya! That is exactly how I was feeling as I walked out of the theatre after watching Agneepath! The very name induces goosebumps in every Big B fan worth his salt. We … Continue reading

Agneepath Movie Review : Not a patch on the original

Agneepath Poster

Big stars, big production house, bigger canvas and a big big adaptation. Agneepath had everything going for it, but did it really live up to the expectations of all true blue fans of its original will be seriously disputed in … Continue reading

Natarang -A Marathi Movie Review

Natrang

The last few years have been good for Marathi Cinema ( barring 2011 ) with big corporates venturing in this field but out of them it is only Zee Talkies which regularly produces Marathi films. The quality of movies have … Continue reading

The Ajay-Atul Phenomenon

The Ajay-Atul Phenomenon

With the Chikni-Chameli song getting popular(thanks to Katrina Kaif) composers Ajay-Atul have finally managed to get noticed in Bollywood. They have done work in Bollywood like Gayab, Singham & My Friend Pinto but this is probably the first time they … Continue reading

Chikni Chameli vs Kombadi Palali- What’s your choice?

Chikni-Chameli

Music composer duo Ajay-Atul have been rocking Marathi Cinema in the recent past with hits like Aga Bai Arrecha,Jatra, Jogwa, Natarang etc and have recently made a transition to Hindi Cinema as well. The year 2011 has seen them churning … Continue reading