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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Raag Desh-The Raga of India’s Heroes


Raag Desh- A Movie Review

Director- Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer -Pramod Singh , Tigmanshu Dhulia

Players – Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenny Basumatary, Kenny Desai

Let me tell you something about myself , I am from the metropolis of Calcutta-home of one of the most charismatic hero in World History , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.I have supported the concept of non-violence against the intruders. It was and it is always by war. You name the book , I have been through it . You name the documentaries  and other creative works on Netaji and INA , I have gone through all of them. Thus  there is no fooling over here  ,Tigmanshu Dhulia ‘s Raag Desh comes up with brilliant research work about INA and Netaji.

The story of Raag Desh is so detailed that you tend to stand up and salute to the research team of the film . Few years ago Shyam Benegal made an endearing biographical film Bose-The Forgotten Hero which ended with the staged Taihaku flight accident of Subhas Bose(read the reports of Mukherjee Commission) and the trial of INA officers. Raag Desh picks up the story-line from the famous Red Fort trial (1945)of the three star studded men of Azad Hind Fauj.

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Dhulia has been successful in extracting  some of the career defining performances from majority of the actors. The three leading men Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah doesn’t leave any room for complain. I wonder why Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh have been missing from action , dear Bollywood please use them properly . Mohit Marwah’s voice and body language is hard hitting on the 70mm. Kenny Basumatary, as the supreme leader of INA and the bravest leader of all time(yes yes Subhas Bose ) manages to leave a mark on the  audience. Kanwaljit Singh is as good as ever in his empathetic role in the film.However it is Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai who steals the laurel of acting department. Loved it the way you articulated your character on the screen.Look out for the journalist in the film(yeah the bad mouth Delhi ka launda in Pink)..you will love him.

As usual no spoilers about the film’s story-line . But there is a weak point in the narration, Dhulia employs excessive to and fro jumps between past and present scenarios in the film and it is tiring at times.

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The film falls flat on some of the shoddy fight sequence but manages to compensate it on the court-room scenes in the film. Music is average over here , but the background score is rather very compelling . INA’s theme song Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja is a treat to the audience.

Raag Desh is not the usual loud screeching Bollywood patriotic films. It has been carefully crafted by Tigmanshu and his team. It is satirical  and it is free from any kind of jingoism. It is a tragic story of a failed army who dreamt big and worked hard to gain freedom. Subhas Bose appears in flashes but his ideals of  hitting the enemy hard reverberates across all the members of INA in Raag Desh. Ironically many Indians also fought against INA soldiers across the North-Eastern front of India , Raag-Desh portrays the dilemma of the INA soldiers shooting their own countrymen(British Indian Army ). It is one of the most heart-wrenching moment of the movie. The film will remind you of court room dramas like Shaurya, A Few Good Men and Twelve Angry Men. But Raag Desh is original and brilliant in its own accord.

When Bollywood is caught up with making ghisa- pita love stories and southern rip off , Raag Desh is a bold move and almost a an epic execution. Watch the movie to know the real heroes of Indian freedom movement. Watch it for real information and real life characters of our nation . Don’t miss this one. Lastly this is not Dunkirk(much behind it) but this one will go down in history. Tigmanshu Dhulia, take a bow. There is only emotion that is love for the nation…it surpasses religion, Raag Desh proved it and didn’t pester forced nationalism and secularism. IMDB gave it 9.1/10 by the way… 😛

 

Pros

Excellent Research Work

Top notch acting by the cast

Strong screen-play

Brilliant Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Satirical and Intelligent tone

Cons

Editing is weak.

Too much jumping jack between past and present.

Rating- 4.5/5

Verdict – Jai Hind ….

 

 

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When God Bribed A Sailor : A Book Review


Blurb

 

Corruption is a crime, and criminals deserve punishment. But what happens when Godhimself bribes a Sailor? Why does he do this, and for what?Kishaant is an aspiring cadet in Merchant Navy, but his life is ruined on-board his ship by a person whom he trusted the most. He loses his father, his girl-friend, his pride and even his sleep owing to this one single incident.But would this bribe change his life once again and bring it on track? Or is this bribe a gate away made by God to make the beautiful Tasha enter his life? Un-decipher the mysteries as you flow through the pages and unveil a true story of a Sailor, now sailing somewhere in a deep ocean.

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Review

 

There are good books, there are great books and then there are some which makes you believe in Life and love. Shalabh Bansal’s  When God Bribed a Sailor is one such book which restores your faith upon humanity. Some books should not be judged on parameters but should be enjoyed and most importantly it should be fondled from depth of your heart.

The cover design is unique where a God (in blue) is seen handling over a coin to sailor. It intrigues the reader to explore the narrative. Blue God is either Shiva , Krishna or is it something else? You have to find it out by yourself.

I have never revealed the plot elements in my review and it will be continued with this one also. However I can offer you an outline, this novel speaks about Kishaant – a sailor and this is not his sail diary but his story of his life and his final triumph in the end. Sea is full of terror and obstacles , so is Kishaant’s life. You will be amazed how the author in his first person narrative has lived the life of Kishaant in When God bribed a Sailor. It is the story of spiritual healing and finding the way to live your life again.The readers will feel the adrenaline rush when the God arrives and hand over a suitcase to the protagonist. What is there inside the suitcase? Is Kishaant going to use it ? Well you have to read it and be ready to enjoy the twists and rapid turns in the plot.

The characterization is one of the strong points of the novel, especially the main protagonist and Tasha. I am very thankful to the author for bringing up such a layered woman character. Kishaant is a hardworking young man who dreams big but fate played a game and the narrative is about how Kishaant fights back and rises like a Phoenix from the dark abyss of Shipping industry. Look out for Sister Catherine and Sanchi.

The first person narrative is simple and easily relatable to most of the readers. However there are some portions where thoughts and feelings of the characters have flown like a raging stream. One might find it bit obscure to decipher it and label it as a fault in the narration. Well , this technique is known as stream of consciousness technique and it is one of the most challenging way to describe the psychology of the characters.Saurabh Bansal have succeeded in delivering stream of consciousness in a gripping manner.

Full marks to Mr. Bansal for such a brilliant conception and execution. The book scores high on characterization, writing technique, cover design and flawless plot presenation. Extra brownie points for out if the way nomenclature of the chapters. It would be wonderful to witness this book on 70mm.

You want to experience romance, go for it. Do you need some thrilling moments and suspense? You have this one. Lastly , do you need some spiritual awakening?  Well, you know the answer. This is a must buy and it will remain with you for long.

Pros

Unique concept.

Gripping plot and Bansal is a master story-teller.

Engaging Cover Design.

Simple approach to a complex story.

Characterisation  in the narrative , look out for Tasha and Kishaant.

 

Cons

The editing could have been better.

Nothing more

 

Ratings-9/10.

Buying Link 

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Author’s Info

Shalabh Bansal”, a successful 1st Engineering Officer in Merchant Navy, was born inMeerut on 30th May 1986. After sailing round the world, he finally decided to pen down his thoughts and experiences in the black and white format. He is already an author of two novels, namely “The Dreams Book” and “A Pluperfect Gift”. The latter one, i.e. “A Pluperfect Gift” got a massive response from the readers and was a good hit in the market.Some famous celebrities like “LUCKY ALI” and “ABHIJEET BHATTACHARYA” also liked the book and promoted it on their social pages. Even the great producer/director“Mr.MAHESH BHATT” also picked up the book for a read and praised it in front of a mass.The facebook page scored over 25000 likes gradually. Subsequently he was invited by the“DainikJagran” newspaper for guest articles and also by the “MERI” magazine for seafares for a column in their magazine.The author was termed as the “BEST UPCOMING AUTHOR” at a ceremony by the very famous “SAILORS TODAY” magazine. The magazine is circulated in India as well as many European companies with a tie up with Video-Tel( in Europe).Apart from this, he is also a photographer and many of his photographs have received critical acclamation.( like the erupting volcano, the midway rain, sharks and dolphins, etc)

Shalabh Bansal is still sailing and enjoys seeing the sunrise and the sunset over the bluewaters every single day. He also received an invitation lately to become one of the social moderator and co-ordinator of the “AAM AADMI PARTY” team, but he declined theinvitation due to his job pressure, which demands quiet a lot of time out of India.While doing his schooling from the very famous “ST. MARYS ACADEMY” Meerut, hiswriting skills were recognised by the teachers and they mentored them to dexterity. He graduated as a Marine Engineer from BITS PILANI, under the elite “TOLANI MARITIME INSTITUTE”, Pune in 2008.

 

Bahubali 2 : The Movie Review


 

Movie – Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion

Directed by – S. S Rajamouli

Story and Screenplay – S. S Rajamouli & K.V Prasad

Actors – Prabhas , Ramya Krishna , Rana Daggubati ,Satyaraj , Anushka Shetty , Naseer

Language – Tamil , Telegu , Hindi , Malayalam

Country – India

Genre – Epic Fantasy Drama.

Haters will hate, So if you hate Epic Fantasy dramas, just get the hell out of here.

First of all you need to understand what is an Epic? Well according to the Cornell University Professor M.H Abrams it is a long narrative poem about victories and adventures of a hero involving lofty and elegant diction. The fate of the people or tribe depends on the action of that particular hero. The style is filled loftiness and grandeur.Sometimes it involves divine intervention and supernaturalism in its narrative. Think of The Ramayana, The Mahabharat, Virgil’s Aeneid or Homer’s Illiad..you will notice this archetypal pattern of larger than life sequences and grandeur in the action of the central protagonists. S . S Rajamouli’s Bahubali belongs to this group of Epic poetries.Yes yes some of you will think this man has gone nuts.Lol!

Plot

The second instalment starts off with the conversation between Katappa and Shiva ( the son of Amarendra Bahubali ) and the audience travels almost twenty-five years into the colossal kingdom Mahesmati. The story follows the streak of popularity of Bahubali among his subject and his courtship with beautiful princess, Devsena of Kuntai Pradesh.Later on the antagonist Bhallaldeva and his father conspire against the crown prince and what happens next…Find out at theatres near you.As usual ..no spoiler here.

VFX

The treatment is epic in every sense , right from the dashing entry of Prabhas to the highly imaginative sequence of the flying craft…it provides visual delights to its audience.I think  Baahubali will be a milestone in the case of VFX usage in Indian Cinema.Yes it is at par with the Hollywood cinemas..but don’t compare it with anyone.You need to feel the grand vision of the director.sdcczd

Yes, few VFX sequences were pure LOL. 😛

Characters

The Characters were already established in the prequel, so the audience have been able to identify the nature of the Baahubali 2 actors. The film belongs to the mighty hero Prabhas, right from his dialogue delivery to his muscularity…you deserve a high five for such brilliant act as the lead of the film franchise.Ranna Daggubati is a cold blooded conspirator and a true blue villain with a dazzling personality. Ranna’s Bhallaldeva is a  man of few words and lots of action. The expression through the dark eyes..were spine chilling to the core. Indian Cinema got a new super villain. He is as good as Prabhas.Kattappa’s character didn’t lived up to the expectation, he was much promising in the first part ..however, you could relate to his pitiable condition as torn soul throughout the movie. Nassar as the father of Bhallaldeva reminded me of Dhritarashtra and Shakuni, a handicapped and conspirator…he was an effortless evil persona throughout the narration.Rajmata Shivagami aka Ramya Krishnan screen presence was royal in every aspect. The surprise package of the movie was Anushka Shetty, right from the introductory scene where she swings her swords to the last scene where she put an end to the evil…take a bow Shetty ..you were a treat to watch. A bold character in every sense..no no not skin show but modern mindset on every aspect. Shetty as the Princess Devasena stood for honour, valour, heroism and rationality.baahubali2grpicsupdate

She is not the one who is going to take your nonsense..thus she questions every tradition and if the necessity arises she wields her sword and arrow to punish the offenders. Kudos to the scriptwriter and Anushka Shetty for providing such a brilliant characterization of radiant feminist.

Storytelling

The script is crisp and full of memorable one-liners. The script draws some elements from Indian Epics and mould it according to the storyline.The opening credits of the movie where Rajamouli freezes the outstanding moments from the previous instalment teleport you directly to the age of chivalric romance and heroism. The screenplay could have been better but Rajamouli’s master storytelling technique takes it to a different level of amusement.The Royal throne is always cursed and Aurangzeb was right when he said “Kingship knows no Kinship”.Experience the bloody saga of revenge.

 

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Feel

People were clapping at the extravagant visual ride, amazing performance of the lead cast and  witty dialogues of Bahubali 2. Some of the scenes were truly epic and unforgettable. Anushka Shetty ‘s fiery personality, Prabhaas’ daring heroism, Senthiraj(Kattappa) loyalty and lastly Rana Daggubati’s intrigue and loathsome attitude make the movie an unforgettable experience. The imagination coloured by special effects will be a treat to your heart and mind. Please don’t compare with LOTR, Harry Potter …Bahubali 2 shines in its own golden rays.It is not easy for a regional film to create such a hype and deliver such world class product in India. Cheers to the director S. S Rajamouli for delivering such a visionary piece of cinema.Izzat rakhli …

Pros

Amazing acting by the lead cast

The Indianess in the beauty of Anushka Shetty

The muscle flexing scenes of Ranna Duggabati

The working chemistry between Rana Duggabati and Nassar ( Bhalladeva and  Bijjaladeva )

The passionate romance between Devsena and Bahubali

Katappa’s struggle with conscience

Amazing usage of special effect and the dream sequence of Anushka and Prabhaas on the floating boat.Oh the kiss ..grand.

The death scene of Amarendra Bahubali- a solid tearjerker.

The selfless act of Prabhas as Amarendra Baahlubali

The introductory scene of Anushka Shetty and Bahubali

The bow and arrow sequence by Anushka Shetty and Prabhas while shooting the Pindari Dacoits.

Daler Mahendi’s powerful voice in Jiyo Re Bahubali

The final fight between the Uncle and Nephew.

You cannot get enough of Prabhas.

You cannot miss the high impact factor of this Pan – Indian Classic saga of love , jealousy and revenge.

It is a vivid celebration of India’s glorious past. Kudos to the Postcolonialism.

Almost everything.

 

Cons

The final battle where Mahendra Bahubali took the aid of Coconut Trees…hilarious.

Few animations were loud and funny.

Where was Tamannah? Completely wasted.

Some songs could have been easily omitted from the script.

Prabhas was far more convincing as Amarendra Bahubali than Mahendra Bahubali.

 

Ratings – Some films are above the calculative ratings.This will be an unforgettable experience for me and I am too small a person to rate such a brilliant work of art.For your information, IMDB rated it 9.3/10.

Do not download the movie…if you miss it at the theatre..it will be a loss. Go to a Cinema Hall near you…

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