The 12 Best Literary Adaptations In Bollywood


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Introduction

Some extra intellectual movie buffs (including Desi, N.R.I and the Others) point out that there is dearth of good work in Bollywood and  it is all about gimmicks, useless songs and dance sequences. Also they are unable to adapt any kind of literary texts  successfully into the silver screen etc . So for them and the rest (the lovers) please take a look.

1.1947 Earth

Deepa Mehta’s movie based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man, the movie deserves applause for its screenplay, the acting department,and the songs. Aamir Khan plays the antagonist andyou cannot restrain yourself from applauding this genius when he expresses his sexual jealousy. The display of intrigue and the pain of partition creates a tragic tale in celluloid…

check out for the Gulshan Grover’s dialogue-” Happy Independence”.
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2.Guide.

The finest Bollywood movie ever, be it an adapted screenplay or an orginal screenplay, everything…

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Kishore Kumar -Melodies For Life..


Abhas Kumar Ganguly is still regarded as one of the most talented singer of our nation. Mohd Rafi is a singing genius , Manna Dey is the Badshah of Classical and Semi-Classical gharana…well Kishore Kumar belongs to the aam admi and it is important to respect the taste of the mass also. Kishore Kumar is known for churning outs romantic tracks , peppy numbers and heart-wrenching songs. mainly . But this blog post focuses upon those songs which are aimed at life in general . So no Jhumroo and Hum to Mohabbat karega over here.  Some songs are contextual while some are for life. After all nothing is more important than life itself. Check this out.

1.  Gaadi Bula Rahi Hain , Dost (1974)

This is my favourite and motivates you to move forward just like the mighty trains which overcomes all the blockades in its track and keep moving on with fire in it’s heart. Dharmendra ‘s silence is so beautiful. This is a must song for your travel playlist.

Favourite Line :  Aggey toofan , peeche barsaat ..upar gagan pe bijli

 

2. Zindagi Ek  Safar hain Suhana , Andaz (1971)

This song doesn’t need any introduction , just enjoy the long road known as Life. This was a philosophy simplified of the concept known as Carpediem. Life life , make merry …do give a damm about others. Also it reminds you that life is vulnerable and might get lost at any time.

Rajesh Khanna’s lovable friendly appearence and Hema Malini’s smile makes this one a treat to watch. Mohd Rafi did a sad version of the same song but it was Kishore da winning the brownie point the end. Check out Bombay in the 70’s..

Favourite line : Hasste gaatey Jahan se guzar

3. Jeevan Ke  Safar Mein Raahi Milte Hain Bichar Jane ko , Munimji (1955)

The song highlights the fact that life is lonely and we are alone .You will have some people at some point of your life and you will part away with all of them..except with life. Dev Anad with his infectious smile ….hard to resist.

Favourite Line : Tanhayee mein tarpa ne ko

 

 

4. Zindagi Ki Yahi Reet , Mr.India (1987)

What is Life ?- It is triumph and defeat. It is being happy and being sad…..Brilliant use of metaphors. Anil Kapoor proves his mettle as an actor.If you ever feel depressed , listen to this one…

Favourite Line : Har naya paal naya geet hain

 

 

 

5.Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai , Khatta-Meetha (1978)

No philosophical mumbo-jumbo over here.It is about the aspirations of the Indian middle class.Some of us need money , some of us need love , some of us need fame.Blatantly originial and hardhitting.

Favourite Line : The whole song..

 

 

6. Aane Wala pal , Golmaal (1979 )

The beauty of time and the crudeness of the same. Life is all about the little precious moments , try to live it.Simple and classy-that is Kishore all about.

Favourite Line : Ho saakey toh isme Zindagi Beeta Do

 

 

7. Musafir Hoon Yaaron , Parichay (1972)

Gulzar’s lyrics about the evergreen traveller ,who wanders across the land with only one aim , no aim . It is about the restlessness , it is about freedom .. and most importantly it is about the wanderlust of life. Bohemian spirit de-coded.

Favourite Line : Mujhe Chalte Jana hain..

 

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Ashutosh Javadekar’s AAS


Welcome back everyone to another musical treat of Dr Ashutosh Javadekar…this time it is bigger and better. First born child is always special, so the previous one is really close to heart but the second instalment makes you believe in the exquisiteness of life.

However this time he has been joined by two gifted personalities Mr Sarang Kulkarni and Savaniee Ravindra . I have been fortunate enough to witness the Sarod skill of Sarang Kulkarni beforehand..wayback at the West Zone Inter University Competition at Surat ,Gujrat.Kulkarni’s tunes provides a blissfull aura to the song.The beard suits you…but I missed your locks. Savaniee Ravindra’s vocal quality is so powerful yet subtle in this melody and she is a treat to watch while swaying across the waves of Arabian Sea.

Dr Javadekar did an awesome fusion job with bilingual lyrics. His Non- Mahrashtrian fans were always demanding for a translated version of his creative pieces..but he comes with a boom…he creates an original poesy in both Queen’s language and Majhi Bhasha resulting in the development of AAS.Sir, don’t give up your leather jacket in near future.

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Ashu Da ..you have been getting better with age. You are the vintage wine of the music industry who takes his own time to brew and replenishes the thrust of the music aficionados with unforgettable melodies. It takes a lots of courage to experiment with such innovative musical forms and kudos for such daring attempt …no doubt the great Shankar Mahadevan was showering compliments on 9x Jhakkas Live.

With my limited musical capabilities I would like to say…this music video seemed effortless in its conceptualization and execution.The vocal qualities of both the male and female counterparts have complemented each other in this musical delight. The musical arrangement is as soothing as the gentle waves of Konkan beaches and lastly the temperament of the song – it makes you grin…and when an art brings out a glee on your face…it becomes successful.

Keep rocking Ashuda with your Vocals , lyrics and looks..going to be Legendary

Enjoy the music video

 

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The Rise of the Photographer


Seeing is believing and actions are always louder than words..Just Check out the awesomely clicked shots by Nikhil Parmar.

Check out one of them ..others are available on the link

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I am sharing the link of his album.

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THE MAHABHARATA CODE : AN INTERVIEW WITH KARTHIK K B RAO


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  1. In original Mahabharat Ganesh was the writer, who is the writer over here in this retelling of Epic ?are you the great Ganesh ?

The writer here the protagonist NR as the entire story is being recalled by him while in coma. I am not sure about Ganesh , but NR is trying to be a Vyasa here.

  1. Don’t you think there have been innumerable retelling of the epic ?How your book is different from them ?

Where i feel my book is different is that I have stuck to the original as much as possible and the book is not just one character’s perspective. I have made an humble attempt to give scientific rational explanations to events described in these epics using concepts of physics, modern day technology as well as some of the practices followed in the software industry I am part of. I have also tried to explore further and explain some of the uncomfortable sections described in these epics like why did Rama ask Sita to undergo agnipariksha?  Why did Dronacharya ask Ekalavya his thumb as guru dakshina? I have also used some of the ideas from books like chariots of god and tv series like Ancient aliens.

  1. Don’t you think Mahabharat is just a way of promoting the greatness of Vishnu ?

I would beg to differ , perhaps Ramayana was promoting the greatness of Vishnu. The epic itself was named after Ram, it also talked about an utopian society called Ram Rajya etc. Whereas in Mahabharata, Vishnu as Krishna takes a backseat for the most part and allows other characters to express themselves. He is happy playing kingmaker and guiding the pandavas. He even takes a vow that he will not use any weapon in the great Mahabharata war and is content being the charioteer to Arjuna.

  1. Have you gone through Anand Neelkanthan’s Ajeya and Devdutt Pattanaik’s Jaya? What are your views about these books ?

I have read Jaya and Anand Neelkanthan’s Asura but not Ajeya and loved both these books. I consciously decided not to read any myth-fiction books related to Mahabharata while I was writing my book so I don’t get influenced by them in any way.
5.In tv series like Ancient Aliens, Krishna have been projected as an Alien from an advanced planet ? Plz comment

As I have mentioned in the acknowledgement section in the book Ancient aliens was one of my inspirations while writing this book apart from the book chariots of god. If Krishna happens to be the paramatma herself (J) whether him being alien or not is immaterial!

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THE MAHABHARATA CODE

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KARTHIK K.B.RAO

 

 

 

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“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 

 

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”

 

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Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.

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Ashutosh Javadekar’s Our Bond


13173700_1291097327573185_5672500123823756517_nLong ago I came across a path breaking character called Sabyasachi(it means ambidextrous) of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee,who could  perform almost anything,he was the epitome of multitasking personality
Now a jumpcut to 2012, I was slogging my way to classroom in the morning.I was late for Othello.There was a new Professor in the class in Levis Jeans(most of the Professors were either in Safari Suit or Formal wear) who was enjoying a hearty conversation with the students.He made Othello interesting(believe me very few English teachers can do justice to William Shakespeare) and our love for literature grew steadily.
Later on I came to know about the scholarship of this multifaceted personality. A reputed dentist by profession, a genuine lover of Language , a true blue scholar,a gifted researcher of musical discourse……
He has been earning rave reviews for his columns about music. Last year he came out with his highly accalaimed novel Mularamabh . I am talking about Dr Ashutosh Javadekar
Once he performed La Belle Dame sans Merci of John Keats in our class and out of curiosity I stumbled upon a rendition of Sant Tukaram by Dr Javadekar on Youtube.
Now he is here to win over the audience with his new music video known as OUR BOND.Well, I am stupefied by the smoothness of the whole music video. The bowdlerization has been of international standard, the concrete yet naturalistic setting of Singapore acts as a cologne in the music video.
The tune reminded me of the bona fide emotion of American Country music..like that of John Denver. The rhythm is so grounded that it didn’t flicker even for the slightest moment.The dressing has been kept very casual which adds up to the mood.
Dr Ashutosh Javadekar is effortless in his role as a Vocalist.He has always been a versatile performer, now wonder he have done justice to the lyrics.
Keep it up Sir.You have always been a insurgent with your way, be it the unconventional way of Lecturing or breaking into an impromptu jinx while presenting a paper on musical discourse in Indian Literature
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Reference

1.Sabyasachi is a character in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s  Pather Dabi (The Right Of Way)

2.La Belle Dame sans Merci is a famous poem of Sir John Keats.

3.Images from Ashutosh Javadekar’s FB profile.

 

Spotlight : An Autograph For Anjali


AN AUTOGRAPH FOR ANJALI
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Sundari Venkatraman


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Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs. Parth is an author who goes by a pseudonym. He appears more than a friend to Anjali; while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?
Will Anjali find happiness and peace?

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In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).
2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.
An Autograph for Anjali, a romance with a touch of suspense, is also a self-published novel. Going a step further, the author has published the paperback version through Notion Press.

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#hearthealth “Cinemas-Listen To your Heart”


“Written for the Blogging Community: An initiative by The Book Club”
I am not a medical person,neither a great follower of romance..but that doesn’t mean I cannot deal with Cardiac aspects.I have been always a movie buff and I thought why don’t I offer a list of films which pushes you to listen to your heartbeats ?

The answer is here,just check it out and do tell me if you have enjoyed them.

1.Iqbal
Iqbal is story of dumb and deaf boy who aspires to be a cricketer.But in order to achieve that he had to pass through the struggle of poverty and other roadblocks.
However he is asked by his eccentric coach to listen to his heart and aspires him to take decision through heart.
Naseeruddin Shah- Yeh dimaag ka khel hai joh dil se khela jaata hai
English Translation(This is a game of the mind that is played from the heart)

2.Dead Poet’s Society
A path breaking movie which will always ignite your passion for love and literature.Robin Willaims plays the rebellious Poetry teacher(John Keating) in one of the most orthodox elementary school in the country.He inspires a group of students to listen to the echoes of heart.Carpediem my folks.
Enjoy the dialogues.
John Keating: We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

McAllister: “Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I’ll show you a happy man.”
John Keating: “But only in their dreams can men be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”
McAllister: Tennyson?
John Keating: No, Keating.

3.Shawshank Redemption.
One of the highest rated movie of all time,yes it deals with the issue of Prison Break but one of the most recurring concept of this movie is about believing in your heart i.e believing in yourself and keeping the hope alive.It is said emotions like hope,love..they originates from the heart only.
Check out the famous line.
1.Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

4.3 Idiots
Based on the book by Chetan Bhagat,this movie deals with the adventure of three boys struck within the hardcore tradition of being the best in the race.We come across many instance where the main characters deal the situation with their heart.
1.Two Idiots skip their exam study just to help their ailing father of the friends.
2.One give up a lucrative career of engineering just to pursue the call of their heartbeats and decides to be an wildlife photographer.
3.Another person gambles his career because he wanted to gain knowledge from the heart.

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