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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Mohd Rafi-You are a Legend


It was the 15th August1996  in Kolkata and the local sound box in our para(read Mohalla) were tirelessly playing all the patriotic songs.Songs like ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo’,’Ae Watan Ae Watan Humko Teri Kasam’ and ‘Woh Bharat Desh Hain Mera” appeared in repeatative mode. I was enigmatically drawn to the unique voice of the playback singer.

My elder brother has been a superfan of Mohd Rafi,we still have the HMV Golden Collection Cassettes in our home.It is Christmas Eve today and also the birthday of the singing Legend..let me share some of my favourite tracks of Rafi Saab.Today it is his 91st birthday…..

It is impossible to pick up the favourite ,unless I opt for the genre wise selection.He was a multidimensional singer. Bhajan, motivational, patriotic,pop sensational, romance Rafi Saab excelled through all the genres.

Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan

(Haqeeqat -1964)

The setting of the song was the disastrous Indo-China  War of 1962, where India suffered a heavy casualty. Rafi’s song became a rage…it talked about the sacrifice of our brave soldiers.One of the most popular army song other than Sandessey aatey Hain(Border).

Favourite Line..”Fateh ka jashn,,iss jashn ke baad hain..zindagi maut se milrahi hain gale”.

 

 

Sar Jo Tera Chakraye – Johnny Walker, Mohammed Rafi, Pyaasa

One of the most tragic cinema of Hindi Film Industry, this song was a comic relief. It has become immortal, be it in hair oil commercial or Pain balm reliever ad-Sar Jo Tera entertain you at any moment. Johny Walker brought it alive with his innovative onscreen Jest.

A very essential song for the ever busy generation.

Favourite Line- ‘Lakh dukho ki ek dawa hain..’

 

Yahooo! Chahe Koi Mujhe – Junglee 

Once Tennyson wrote,”Break,Break,Break”…. this song broke all the snobbish way of romance..to hell with symbolism and veiled expression..Shammi Kapoor emergeed as a star,Rafi became a youth icon.A tribute to the testosterone pumping lover..unlock the beast.

Famous Line-‘Sote sote zingani ghabrake uthi hain jaag”

 

P.S-‘Yahoo’-the prolific out cry,the chorus singer Prakash Raj did it.

 

 Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho

I like the song for the beautiful rendition of Urdu Shayari..an immortal ode to the beloved.(You cannot miss the beauty of Waheeda Rehman).

Favourite Line-‘ Hoton pe khilti hain Tabasum ki bijliyan’

Khoya Khoya Chand Khula Aasman…Kala Bazar (1960)

Moon has always been the delight of love lyrics..but the phrase ‘Khoya khoya Chand’..is some what like the drug which when induced  brings out the passion and emotion at the same time.

Favourite Line-‘Aisi hi raat bheegi si raat’

 

 

‘Tere Mere Sapne’- ‘GUIDE’

Highly sentimental and a promise of a lifetime..this song sums up Raju’s love for Rosie.Legendary Movie, legendary lyrics and legendary voice.

Favourite Line-‘Lakh Manale Duniya,saath na yeh chutega’

 

 

Jo Wada Kiya Woh Nibhana Padega, Taj Mahal

The film was about Shah Jahan’s epic love story and the song was composed keeping that grand stature in mind. Rafi saab nailed it. Pradeep Kumar’s subtle expression-just wow.

Well the list is never ending…

So i would like to end it over here,but not before providing the most played track list of Mohd Rafi. Here it is..Enjoy pure music.

 

 

 

 

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D for Dev Anand


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D yani Dev Anand..people often label him as the Indian version of Gregory Peck…but I disdain it.He remains the most original  stylist Hero  in Bollywood.My journey of adoration started with Dev Anand during the year 1997.Yep I remember it correctly, J.P Dutta’s Border was a huge success those days, so was Titanic…(all of us had fetish for that particular scene of Kate Winslet…i hope  you can understand)..anyway i came back to our flat after the evening cricket game (dripped with des ki mitti and sweat drops)..I noticed my elder brother happily flaunting a cassette box..on a closer look I noticed it was HMV Golden Collection series…The Golden Hits of Dev Anand.We had a Philips audio player and music flowed freely.Kishore kumar’s  voice echoed across our rooms..so was Mohd Rafi’s Tere Mere Sapne ab ek hi rang hain.Musical blockbusters like Guide,Jewel Thief,Gambler,Hare Rama Hare Krishna,Prem Pujari..became part of my life.I still have Phoolon ke Rang se,Aasmaan ke Neeche and Gaata Rahein Mera Dil Mein in my Samsung Playlists.That was my addiction to Dev Anand’s lip sync.   Now let us come towards his film fetishology.I watched him romancing inside Qutub Minar,trekking across Mount Abu,cuddling on the lush green terrain of Gangtok and happily noding with Swiss children in Switzerland.He was teasingly romantic and blattantly bold…very few film makers of Hindi film industry have tried their hands on Anti War themes…I am talking about his directorial debut Prem Pujari,set on the backdrop of Indo China war of 1962,the film tackled the complex story of a non-violent Army man(who wants to win his enemy through love)..but his sensitive nature is labelled as his weakness..it follows an international conspiracy across plains of Europe…A brilliant piece of cinema but a dud at Box office.An entire generation danced and smoked with Hare Rama Hare Krishna..(Zeenat with Dum Maro Dum)…He was much ahead of his times..very few filmmakers of those days did films on such off beat themes …and that too in an effortless manner.                                            It was during a visit to Assam during 2001summer,Zee Cinema was playing Guide….i was waiting for Piya tose naina lage and came back to room during Gaata Rahein Mera Dil.I saw my Dada,watching the movie with apt attention…I asked him..about the film..He narrated me about the story,which i was able to interprete only during my English honours days in 2009(R.K Narayan’s Guide…the film was the cinematic adaptation of it)…It remains one of the most complex Indian English novel….Dev Anand’s Raju was so blazingly brilliant.His male ego,raw sexuality ,cunning nature and philosophical bend of mind- Dev Anand was just perfect for it…A film rebelliously ahead of its time,classic piece of Cinematic Craft…A master art from the master craftman….Guide remains one of the best film of all time…yeah it include World Movies also…Fifty years after its release…it got a Cannes film festival ticket also…A man who died quietly and preffered , “Remember my work,not my life or even death”…i want to write much more..i want to say “Abhi na jao chorkar” to this article…but i am drained by the train journey from Pune to Mumbai…i am currently penning this one…in chair car compartment of Deccan Queen..will upload it near Lonavala …no network….bye..   PS: I am a lazy man,i did not compose anything for A,B,C,.for A to Z challenge…too lazy…but  with D…it was Anand hi anand ..                                         Note of Thanks                             Debojyoti Moulick…for introducing me to the world of Dev Anand

Debraj Moulick

The 12 Best Literary Adaptations In Bollywood


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 in this movie is perfect,the screenplay,the dialogue delivery, the songs, the evergreen Dev Anand,and the enchanting Rosie aka Waheeda Rahman. The English version is so dull,that you keep falling in love with the hindi one even more, as usual it takes some cinematic liberty and do justice for every scenes.Watch out for the duel of conscience scene between the two Dev Anand.Censor board tried to object because it showcased a married woman having an affair in India of 1960. Much ahead of its time,and the best work of Dev Anand.

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3. Omkara
Vishal Bharadwaj who was an English teacher successfully transforms his love for English literature into Bollywood films. You can choose MaqboolSaat Khoon Maaf but Omkara- it is his bloody best.The lovely Dolly Mishra(you will fall in love with this Desdemona), the playboy Keshu (dashing Vivek Obreoi) and Emilie played by Konkona Sen Sharma gets a thumbs up.Sadly my favourite Devgan does not live up to the expectations,the clap-the anger-the sympthay-the award goes to SAIF ALI KHAN..oh man take a bow for your portrayal of Langda Tyagi..but wait Iago in OTHELLO winks at the audience,but Tyagi doesn’t.

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4 Train to Pakistan
Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan is possibly more horrific than Heart Of Darkness but equally brilliant like any of the tragic novels of canonical literature.The movie houses dashing performances from all of the cast,especially the antagonist. Mano Majra is a village caught in the web of partition,which experiences the horror of Partition,the bloody war and waits for the Ghost train to arrive..it misses any kind of star presence.May be that why it was a box office dud.
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5.Pinjar
This Amrita Pritam’s novel which i have read in translation, is a sheer piece of beauty.The adaptation by Dwivedi is a succesful venture but it lacks cinematic tension a bit during the climax. Urmila Matondkar should have recieved an award for her powerful performance,so does Manoj Bajpayee. Do catch this period flick.
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6.Shatranj Ke Khildai
I think the only hindi film of Ray,and as usual it it is powerpacked cinema ,based on Munshi Premchand’s work,the movie traces the king Of Oudh who is passionate about Chess and it is set against the backdrop of the Sepoy mutiny of 1857.A baritone narration of Bachchan,the grand Richard Attenborough  , the eccentric Amjad Khan and evergreen Victor Banrjee,winner of National Awards and many accolades..you might not enjoy if you don’t like serious cinema..
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7 Rajneeti
The adaptation of the epic The MAHABHARAT, thumbs up for the following things….the metaphorical screenplay,the authorbacked performance of Ajay Devgan as Karna,the witty Nana Patekar as Krishna..the sensuous Katrina as Draupadi, the foccused Godfather styled Arjun p[layed by Ranbir and lastly the eccentric evil brilliantly performed by Manoj Bajpayee.Watch out for the perfect Hindi diction in this epic political saga.
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8 Umrao Jaan
No not the J.P Dutta’s recent Umrao Jaan, I am talking about Ali’s Umrao Jaan starring Rekha as the nautch girl and Farookh Sheikh as the Nawab. The movie is a poetry in motion ,which adapts the Urdu work ‘Umrao Jaan Ada‘(my friend read it for me,oh i caanot read URDU,the most perfect language for poetry)with sheer brilliance.Asha Bhosle’s voice,the enigmatic performance and the tragic climax,it makes you weep at the fate of Umrao Jaan.Ah man.. :-(..and noted info all the jewellery of Rekha were real and belonged to the ancestors of Muzaffar Ali,the man behind the movie.
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9.Kabuliwallah
The childhood delight for us from the greatest man of lietarature evcer,yep the great RABINDRANATH THAKUR(I don’t prefer Tagore,originality at its best).Though a remake of a bengali movie by Tapan Sinha,this hindi film capture my heart for Balraj Sahani’s tearjerking performance. My best moment is when the lead actor remembers his nation through Manna Dey’s ultimate patriotic punch “Aye Mere Pyare Watan“..i get goosebumps.
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10 Ishaqzaade
Be it Bansaali’s RamLeela or Aamir Khan’s Qayamat se Qayamat Tak or the recent Issaq,all of which are adaptation of Romeo and Juliet,Ishaqzaade stands out for Habib Faisal’s screenplay,the powerful Parineeta Chopra(she got an national award for this) and the crime infested background.Oho don’t miss the climax and Pareshaan song…look out for the evil plotting.
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11.Parineeta
Vidu Vinod Chopra’s production delivers a classy product and it does justice to the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s Classic novel.The lead cast is brilliant and its production designing is sexy actually.Have you ever thought if you use the music of Rabindranath Thakur(Rabindra sangeet) in an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s classic,welShantanu Moitra does it,and it is wonderful.220px-Parineetaposter

12.2 States
Well,some people might not consider this one as standardised lietarary adaptation as it is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel.I give a damm,the novel is brilliantly narrated,and portrays the dichotomy,the clash between Tamilian and Punjabi,the movie is as good as the book,and Alia ..too good girl..but the movie deserves high five for alcoholic Ronit Roy and sweet Revathy…Arjun kapoor and Amrita…good job..
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Some honourable mentions . This post was composed three years ago , so Haider didn’t make it to the list.