Dil, Dard aur Sad Songs


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This is a sequel to the post entitled ‘ Dil, Depression and Sad Songs’. Well, every bad post need a followup, so to the lousy last post, here are few more sad songs.

I have no dearth of Pyar mein Dukhi dost in my friendlist and few of them  are really good with their playlist.  Let the siaypaa begin.

10. Koi ho toh jisko  apna, Mere Apne

Kishore Kumar provides the  baritone vocal and the handsome hunk Vinod Khanna tickles audience with pop depressional symptoms. The song has been picturised in an old dilapidated mansion and it adds up to the loneliness depicted in the song. Don’t just listen, watch the video.

Fav Lines :  Bhula huwa koi Wada

9. Kasme Wadein Pyar Wafa, Upkar

One cannot surpass Manna Dey’s vocals, pauses and the ability to depict the mood flawlessly. To me, he is one of the most underrated  vocalists in Indian Playback singer in India. This song is not only sad, but it is so real that it haunts you to the core. You cannot ignore Pran, oh man…

The philosophy, the secularism, the texture and almost everything…Universal beauty

Fav Lines : Agar Ye Hindu ka kaam hai mandir Kisne luta hai age Muslim ka kamhe to khuda ka ghr hai Kyun tuta.. The whole song.

8.  Dil Aisa Kisine Mera Toda, Amanush.

Sharmila Tagore wakes up to the sombre tune of Uttam Kumar. Dressed in blue, Uttam Kumar infuses himself with the blue sky & the river water, ceasing to an non-existential entity. Uttam Kumar seems broken and so do we. Love can break a person, hate can shatter a person.  If possible do listen to the original Bangla version. Sharing both the versions. Kishore Kumar won filmfare award for this one.

Checkout the background of Sunderban..

Fav Line : Sagar kitna mere pass hai , mere jeevan mein phir bhi pyass hain

The Bangla Version

7. Tanhayee, Dil Chahta Hai

Aamir Khan suffers here for not expressing his feelings to Preity Zinta. The lyrics are blunt and Sonu Nigam is soothing to the core. In the end, it curses the novice heart, we all do.

Fav Lines : Tumko jo pyar kiya toh

6. Ek Akela Iss Shaher Mein, Gharaonda

This is my song. I can feel each & every words. You are all alone in the big city of Bombay, you are coping up with the insane crowd, mad rush. You are seeking directions to reach your destiny. You are roaming alone at Marine Drive, Worli Sea face and reflect upon your life. Bhupinder Singh’s deserves applause and so do Gulzar , Amol Palekar, Jaidev and everyone else related to this song. Fuck, I will write a separate post, later on.

I need a tissue paper.

Fav Line : Inn Umar se lambi 

5. Din Dhal Jayee, Guide

Guide is the greatest film in Bollywood and all the tunes from this movie are timeless. Dev Anand asks his servant to give him company for a drink, just imagine the level of lonliness and helplessness. You have given everything for love only to loose everything.Mohd. Rafi keeps it low and proves his versatility with every note.. Oh man, ego kills everything.

Do not listen to this song, if you are alone. You might die.

Fav line : Pyar mein jinke sab jag chora

4. Na jao Saiyan Chudda Ke Baiya, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam

Meena Kumari longs for the presence of her husband and request( read plead) him to stay for the night. I hate the lyrics because of the phrases like Janam Ki Daasi and Charan o mein rahungi. Give him a divorce, but that was early 19th century, women were oppressed. It portrayed the horrific conditions of  women in feudal Bengal, India. Geeta Dutt was a genuius, listen.

Fav line : Main roo padungi

3. Abhi Zinda Hoon Toh, Nazayaz

One estranged father spots a group of streets singers amidst heavy Bombay shower, gets drunk, sing like there is no tomorrow and pleads life to let him live. The context is gripping, Kumar Sanu is sweet, Naseeruddin  Shah is impeccable and Roop Kumar Rathod is out of the world. I love this one..

Fav Line : Mujhe tukdo mein nahi jeena hai

2. Chingari Koi Bhadke, Amar Prem

This is philosophy to the core.  Kaka ji is a treat to watch, Sharmila reacts perfectly. Kishore Kumar walks away with all the glory but Pancham Da’s  music steals the show

Fav Line : Humse mat pucho kaise mandir toota sapno ka

Honourable Mentions

Kya Hua Tera Wada, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi

O Sathi Re Tere Bina Bhi Kya Jina, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

1. Jina Yahan Marna Yahan, Mera Naam Joker

The song is the philosophy of Raj Kapoor’s life, ” The show must go on.” An artist is meant for the stage, his life is dedicated to art. Laugh at the jest, not the jester. Jokers are the most tragic characters in literature. The  pain is real and it echoes over the eternity. What a showmanship. Nolan’s Joker is terrifying but this Joker is real and evokes real sympathy.

Fav Line :  Swarg yahi, Nark yahan.

 

Now, I have two special songs

Ae Ajnabi, Dil Se

Feel the lyrics and the cerebral background music. Udit Narayan’s best till date.

Fav Line : Main adhura, Tu adhuri 

 Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, Guide

The quintessential sad song, Mohd Rafi & Dev Anand bitch together about  Waheeda Rehman, beloved. Sorry for the word, but that is the feel. The cinematography was much ahead of time, sheer joy.

Fav Line :  Bewafa tere pyar mein

 

Aur bhi hai.. wait for the 3rd part..

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Dil, Depression and Sad Songs


waqt_ne_kiya_kya_haseen_sitamOne of my friends is working on Hindi & Urdu Music and thus post will be a part of the bibliography of the research work. I’m here to churn out a list of my favourite sad songs, because they stay forever.

The context and mental condition of the blogger is not related, after all  this is the  Postmodern age of New Criticism and the author is already dead.

I will be following the reverse order over here.

10. Channa Mereya

Dude, this is the dream song of every Indian girl. Most of them secretly aspire that they have someone in their life, who would sing this song for them. I hated the movie but loved the song. The cross dressing, the mehendi in his hand and those expressive eyes of Ranbir. You deserve an award for this song…

Arijit Singh, you are master at vocalising pain…

Favourite Line : Mehfil mein tere…

9. Sau dard hai, Janeemann

Shit movie and an equally awesome song, after all there are solutions to  every problems. But, this one, no way. Worst Acting, but Sonu Nigam saves the day.

Fav Line : Sab mila dil nasheen

8. Zindagi Ka Safar Hai Yeh Kaisa Safar, Safar

This is about life, a man who wants to live, but the fate is cruel. Simple lyrics, awesome Kakaji and Kishore Kumar evokes sympathy with every words.  Life is so cruel..

Fav LineZindagi ko bahot pyar humne diya

7. Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb thi, Khamoshi

There is a sense of hope and lingering about those beautiful moments. The song has been beautifully picturised upon Rajesh Khanna and the elegant Waheeda Rehman. One of the most underrated songs of Bollywood. Ganga water in the background, surprisingly refreshing and remorseful…

Fav Line : Woh kal bhi pass pass thi

 

6. Ae Jaate Hue Lamhon, Border

This is so real, so honest and so brutal. The army wife is pestering her husband to stay for few more hours. Roopkumar Rathod weaves magic with every pauses. The man in the uniform is helpless and so are we.. Time is indeed cruel.

Fav LineMain kahin bhi rahoon

5. Chupke Chupke Raat Din, Nikaah

This song doesn’t need any words to define it. There is a sweetness in separation. The Ghazal God, Ghulam Ali proves his mettle. Just grab a coffee and listen to this.

Fav Line : Daant o taley ungli dabana yaad hai

4. Mera kuch samaan, Ijazaat

One of the most wonderful and hardhitting lyrics of Gulzar, ahead of time. Gulzar pens a free verse with sheer brilliance and Asha Bhosale, take a bow. Pancham Da..waah. This is existential crisis..

Fav Line : Ek akeli chatri mein, adhe adhe

3.Khamosh sa afsana, pani pe likha hota, Libaas

Gulzar and Pancham weave magic with this song. This is a sacred song about the innocence of heart. Do not listen to this, if you have experienced a heart-break. You might die..

2. Jane Woh kaise log thay jinke pyar ko pyar mila, Pyaasa

This is a song for the losers, for the unconquered love, for the failures and heartbreaks, for  jilted lovers.  Sahir Ludhianvi , Hemanta Mukherjee and Guru Dutt provide the audience with universal content. You need Old monk with this…

Fav Line : Bichad gaya har sathi dekar pal do pal ka saath, kisko fursat hai jo thaame deewano ka haath. Wah!!

Honourable Mentions

Hokey Majboor mujhe, tumne bhoolaya Hoga, Haqeeqat

Ek saathi aur bhi tha, LOC Kargil

Badi suni suni hai, Mili

Waqt Ne Kiya Kya haseen Sitam, Kagaz Ke Phool

 

1.  Humko kiske gham ne mara, yeh kahani phir sahi

Sorry, you cannot escape Ghulam Ali’s vocal poetry and the lyrics which is not only brilliant but it is always growing exponentially every time you listen to it. In the end, you are going to feel good. You will be relieved.

 

Fav lines : Dil ke lootne ka sabab

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Subhas Chandra Bose on Screen


The style
The enigma
The attitude
The man who literally screwed the Britishers
Rajkummar Rao is unaplogetically the Dark Knight of Indian History , SubhasChandra Bose.
Rao’s act is comparable to the soft spoken portrayal of Kingsley’s Gandhi and I’m not exaggerating…
Because the portrayal is one hell of a ride
#Subhaskebojhashokto #BoseDeadAlive #ALTBalaji

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He has infused the brawny with the brainy through his body language.

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Aamir Khan displayed such versatility while essaying the role of the gallant Indian freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad in Rakesh Omprakash Mishra’s cult classic Rang De Basanti (2006) ; however Rajkummar Rao (Bose:DeadorAlive , a web series) provides the intellect of an international strategist in his portrayal of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose , clearly one of the best acting in recent times .

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Benegal’s Bose-The Forgotten Hero (2004) was one of the most historically accurate movie of all time . It boasted superb cast , praiseworthy production values, soulful score and excellent acting but the narration couldn’t match up with the dynamism of Bose’s personality.It is still an excellent watch.

Shyam Benegal’s hero Sachin Khedekar looked every bit of the revolutionary leader and no doubt he played it brilliantly on the 70mm but Rao’s act is way ahead , since it inspires and makes you feel about the character….coz it is not easy to understand Subhas and essay it with so much conviction..

#Subhaskebojhashokto…

For your kind information there was a Bangla full length feature film titled Subhas Chandra in the year 1966 , directed by Piyush Bose . Samar Chatterjee essayed the role of the grown up leader. Three actors played the part and it focused upon the spiritual and philosophical growth of the character. Lata Mangeshkar lend her voice for the one of the most beautifully written elegiac song of all time: Ekbar Biday De Ma (composed on the martyrdom of the daring revolutionary Khudiram Bose).

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Honourable mention :

Kenu Basumatary as Subhas Bose in the 2017 film Raag Desh.

RONY : A Movie Review


Arjit Mukherjee’s short film RONY is about urban alienation of a single child . Parents are busy with earning money and securing the financial future of their child while the little one fights the gruesome loneliness . You cannot blame the parents because they are doing it for their kid and you cannot blame the child , because he/ she need the emotional support of the parents.

The film scores high on the emotional aspects and the strong message it provides to it’s audience that the most important thing you can give to your child is  TIME . They need to grow up with parents not alone or by themselves. The kid emotes throughout the film with his eyes and facial features . There are hardly any face to face conversations between the parents and the child , thanks to the mobile phone – it has successfully evaded the need of human touch and physical presence.

The Mom and Dad tries to bribe the kid with toys and choclates instead of their time and beleive me it is a grim reality, Arijit Mukherjee deserves a thumbs up for such  acute observation of these minute details. Cinematography is commendable and the screenplay is accurate. The length could have been chopped to fifteen minutes to avoid boredom in the end . The song could have been avoided , no doubt its a good one though.

It raises the issues like the need of siblings and grandparents in the house . Nuclear Family is the trend but yes it comes with a dose of problems. Full marks to honest movie making and a noble intention. Catch the movie..

Here is the link :

 

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Kishore Kumar: Melodies For Life..


playlist-favourite-kishore-legendary-express-person-friendship_abbde138-5a1c-11e6-92e9-543a978214abAbhas Kumar Ganguly (apna Kishore re) is still regarded as one of the most talented singers of our nation. Mohd Rafi is a singing genius, Manna Dey is the badshah of classical and semi-classical gharana. But, Kishore Kumar belongs to the aam admi and it is important to respect the taste of the mass. Kishore Kumar is known for churning outs romantic tracks , peppy numbers, heart-wrenching songs among others. But this blog post focuses upon those songs which are aimed at life in general . So no Jhumroo, Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Ayee 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 overcome all the blockades in it’s 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  simplified  versionof the concept known as Carpediem. Live life, make merry  & don’t 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 make 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 basically 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 Anand 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 an endless cycle of 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. Javed Akhtar’s lines are irrestible.

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. This song is 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..

 

Bass, babu samjho ishare.

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Shammi Kapoor- The First Postmodern Hero of Hindi Cinema


Like Literature,Cinema also tries to freeze the time..Hindi cinema is sometime ridiculed for being too cheesy and loud..but keeping aside all those hateful terms..yes it indeed showcased the actual pen picture of India (excluding some parts).
Focussing mainly upon the retro cinemas where Heroine only used to wear traditional clothes,Heroes were confined to poetry or Love Ode…for example Raj Kapoor,Dev Anand,Dilip Kumar or Rajendra Kumar. They were all great actors..but they were always within a watertight compartment of TRADITIONS.It was all about the beauty of loving and being loved..where was the youthful flamyboyance of love ?
Where was the kickass energy in their love proposal..more importantly where was the excitement in love ?
The raw exuberance in Love.
Well it came with the rockstar known as Shammi Kapoor.A scion of the filmy Kapoor family..whose young attitude towards love..and rocking eccentricity towards the aspect of being in love engrossed the whole nation alike….Mohd Rafi’s energetic voice and Kapoor’s Rock & Roll avatar(inspired by Elvis Presley) broke all the entaglement of goodboy image of Love..it gave birth to the Yahoooooooooooo feel in love.

He broke all the orthodox aspect of love..He expressed freely..he loved bravely and most importantly he made the audience believe.. “To Love is to Enjoy”… oh yes He was one of the earliest Hero to dance on the silver screen.I consider him as John Donne of Indian Cinema.

I have been always a fan of those great songs..Let us take a look at some of them..I hope you will be able to relate with these Legendary songs.Enjoy Folks.

1.Aasmaan Se Aya Farishta (An Evening in Paris)

The Leading lady (Sharmila Tagore) in bikini..a blue sea with skimpy clads extra…some great deal of aquatic adventure..and the daring angel Shammi arrives in Helicopter to woo his Lady Love..Yeah !.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-J4me6NgNk
2.Badan pe Sitare (Prince)

Shammi Kapoor looks angry..and he gives Vyajantimala the ultimatum..Where you are going in those glittery attire ?Do come over here. The authoritative tone is actualy very cool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkABeVCv4lw
3.Yahoo…(Junglee).

Tennyson once wrote “Break,Break,Break “.. Shammi did it..He cried out in excitement..he confirmed that he is the beast…He is the wild fellow..overflowing with love hormone.The silent Saira banu..Prakash Raj’s loud cry “Yahoo”..It is immortal and path breaking.He was the Dewaana .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAw1EnR2Iaw
4.O hassena Zulfowali (Teesri Manzil)

Again… a bitter sweet approach in love..making his beloved jealous..and pairing up with Helen..That famous White Dinner Jacket.Sexy Man…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Xh5CBRxG4
5. Yeh Chand sa Roshan Chehra(kashmir ki Kali)

Sharmila’s innocent beauty,Shammi’s crazy antics on Shikara..Beautiful in every aspect.. “Main Khoj Hoon Manzil ki..aur manzil pass hain mere “… This one makes you fall in love again and again.Ranbir Kapoor did it again in “Rockstar”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txv7RCe8DXM
6.Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar Charche (Brahmachari)

Shammi opnely flaunts his love..Mumtaz dancing with those thumkas..and the jealous look on Pran’s face… Shammi enjoying the moment…Yaba yaba do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIvLi9JT8tE
7.Bar Bar Dekho (China Town)

Black & White one…i haven’t seen the movie..but he is asking everyone in the restaurant to take a look at his beloved..I gurantee you..he is the originator of Relationship status on facebook..Yes I am in love.. everyone have a look at my beloved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6pYkSh2NcA
8.Aaja aaja Main hoon Pyar Tera (Teesri Manzil)

A bit seductive..but never vulgar..Mohd Rafi was too good as usual..But Asha Parekh(Asha Bhosle) stole the show..it was like “Come over here my love”..and Shammi..yes he was legendary over here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea-61HDMetI

 

Even Imtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor couldn’t resist the charm of the original rockstar, the monkey of those days

My favourite , which speaks about the spirit of Mumbaikars and the festival..yes , matki tod. Govinda ala re from Bluffmaster

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K for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se


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K for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se(2010).A historical flick from the very talented Ashutosh Gowariker.The same director who gave us World Class Period films like Lagaan and Jodha Akbar.Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se is a cinematic adaptation of a Manini Chatterjee book known as ‘Do or Die-The Chittagong Uprising 1930-34’.As usual Ashutosh delivered a classic piece of art…excellent screenplay,engaging performance from the cast and above all brilliant direction from the man himself.It tells the story of the brave revolutionary Surya Sen from Bengal and his band of revolutionaries who dared to struck the British force in Chattagram(Read Chittagong ..presently in Bangladesh).It is one of the glorious chapter of armed revolution in India’s freedom struggle.Those who have read the Indian history,are well aware of Surya Sen’s daring attempt to ransack the British armoury of Chittgong,Ashutosh tells the exact tale in an astounding manner.While most of the Bollywood director were busy showing the exploits of Shaheed Bhagat Singh(only Legend of Bhagat Singh and Manoj Kumar’s Shaeed were noteworthy,rest were trashes)..Gowariker ventured into the unexploited genre …where a group of teenagers want their football ground back from British…and Surya Sen along with Ganesh,Nirmal want their motherland back.All the action scenes were brilliantly executed,hats off to the production design….most importantly Asutosh did not distort history for the sake of cinema.Abhishek Bacchan,Deepika Padukone,Sikander Kher were brilliant…so was Sohail Sen’s music.One of the best cinema …honest in attempt..true to its heart.It tells us the story of the real heroes.Thank you for showcasing our history Gowariker.Sadly the film was a boxoffice dud.So what,Pyasa,Swades…all were flops..but a classic for sure.Watch it if you like great cinema,watch it to learn about our heroes…a bit lengthy..but who cares.                HIGHLIGHTS                                    1.The Hindi Version of Vandemataram.Enjoy it.               2.Towards the end,a teen revolutionary walks straight to the officer and shoot him at point blank range…moment of Euphoria.  3.Kids..relaxing under the tree  …and wondering the meaning of Vandemataram….it is director’s vision to explain the noble concept to the audience.                          4.The interview session.               5.The death scene of Nirmal Sen.      Trailer Link http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BP8wKmLRrXU

Debraj Moulick