All events are real and not Fictional

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Just ranting, because it is in vogue. This isn’t a review :) (because even this is in vogue)

Long time back, when I was learning to push keyboard of the computer without fearing that it will explode and something might go wrong, I went to the online world to read and write about films, music, books, everything! As they say, like assholes, everyone has an opinion. I of course didn’t know this because I read this maxim on internet (मैं किताबें नहीं पढ़ता था. बस उतनी पढ़ता था जिनसे मैं ‘प्रमोट’ हो कर पास हो जाऊ अगली कक्षा में. I am not from I.I.T., I.I.M.

Anyway, there were many forums which I came across. One particular forum was just too intimidating – for the simple reason that everyone knew everything about cinema there, and this I couldn’t accept. अपने दिमाग में हम सबसे बड़े तुर्रम खान थे, and that is why, I never NEVER went there to read anything. So I searched and landed to another forum where people were exactly like me – uninformed and having a false sense of pride stemming from the misconception that ‘I know everything’

Many good films with a different voice and many music albums with different sound came out then. As with liberal arts, there were disagreements, fights, abuses and what not. I remember vividly few ‘creatures’ making fun of seemingly new names (and those who liked these new names). I see those ‘creatures’ wander on social media networks today seeking a favor, a meeting, a like, or an RT from the same set of film makers they were busy ridiculing.

No artist needs ‘defending’ so I won’t say I defended anyone, anywhere. Yet I was a fanboy and I continue to be one. Obviously all fanboys have expectations and so did I but my expectations weren’t revolving around a possibility of the maker reading my ‘script’ or give me ‘work’. All I ever wanted was to see the same honesty of effort on screen which was visible earlier. Don’t tell me that what defines ‘honesty’ might mean differently for you and others. मैं इतना पढ़ा लिखा नहीं हूँ की इतना मेटा रिफरेन्स समझ पाऊ. मुझे मेटा का मतलब भी नहीं पता है वैसे. Also, buying a ticket/music gives me a fucking right to share my opinion, loudly as I might choose because surprise! you make a big P.R. song and dance about your product  prior to the release which I am hoping is directed towards making more and more people see your work?

Please don’t curse the fanboys/fangirls sir. Some of them are NOT Yes-men. They mean well :). If you can’t handle honest expectations, I invite you to sit on one of my good friends’ chair and make glorious presentations and work on excel sheets and present it to ever demanding clients who wouldn’t be impressed and make you work harder for money with every passing assignment (Surprise! Just like films!).

So please spare me the exaggerated sense of self worth and no matter where you live, please resume kickass work. Don’t focus on silly ‘making’ videos. Do all this quick because It is visibly the lowest point for a lot of silly boys and girls who are getting ample nudge and winks laced with puns about ‘one of their favorite filmmakers’.

À bientôt

Muh Dikhai – Shafqat Amanat Ali

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The first track is a punjabi number (maahi maahi) and even though Shafqat’s singing is flawless, the song sounds cluttered due to various instruments which are used. You can’t help but feel that the nature of the song didn’t need such a wide array of instruments. Mind you, the instruments are in sync but there is something quite off putting about everything coming together as a song. Would have liked the first song to be a bit better than this. Jaaniya is again a song with punjabi pop treatment. You will sense that the mukhdas are done up quite nicely but the antraas have a classic mish mash that could have been avoided. The singing in the antraas tries hard to catch up with the guitar that should have not been present in the first place. A song that doesn’t leave any impact.

Ratiyaan is a song that has classical undertones mixed with contemporary music. I am not sure about you, but I can never have enough of such experiments. The saxophone in the song lends depth that isn’t out of place or uncalled for, keeping the tempo and mood top class. With kickass guitars in place, Sun lo takes off and leads us by hand to a ballad-sque Shafqat. The variations are amazing but the arrangements sound chaotic especially while the singers are doing their job. Probably the only song of the album that didn’t affect me at all.

The beauty and the curse of any traditional number is that everyone has their favorite version of the same. With Aaj rang hai Shafqat has added a Thumri-ghazal-sque touch that doesn’t sound bad at all. The arrangement is light and the flute is superb. Shafqat is at ease and it reflects. A good song.  Tere liye has the iconic pop feel with which we associate non filmi music generally. Shafqat is brilliant as usual..loved the way the antras are done. The lyrics are superb. You really cant ask more in a song. The pitch is high and I doubt if anyone else will attempt this song keeping the overall structure same.

Teri khoj has an adorable folk beginning and the song in spite of being in Punjabi (which is not my first, second or hundredth language) instantly connected. I found Shafqat slightly out of breath in the first antraa of the song but that is a minor complaint in an otherwise superbly decorated song. Tum nahi aaye is wrapped in a perpetual sinking feeling with trippy musical arrangement that features a very well used Sarangi. Lyrics are soaked in grief and add to that a somewhat unconventional tune pattern, this song might not be for everyone, but remains a fantastic addition to this album.

Dil dhadakne ka sabab yaad aaya has the best opening taan you would hear this year. The unplugged feel of the song elevates the feel of the song and the piano is top class. The best song of the album without a doubt.
It took a while, but I am glad Shafqat has given us new songs. While I would have liked few more songs with classical connection and a deeper feel, I have to admit, it is quite nice to hear the album as a whole.

My picks in no particular order – Dil Dhadakne ka sabab, aaj rang hai, ratiyaan, Tum nahi aaye, Teri Khoj.

Thumbs up to the album!

Music review of Tanu Weds Manu returns

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you can find my music review of Tanu weds manu returns here..https://moifightclub.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/twmr/ 

B.B.C. Link shall be uploaded this friday.

An absolute belter of an album.

Childhood habits

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  • I let my teeth chatter musically whenever I hum a song.
  • Whoever I like, I cannot share them with anyone. 
  • Ok I can share them with others but it takes a lot of self convincing
  • I cannot see Amitabh Bachchan die in any film. There is a rather embarassing story pertaining to my childhood about this fact but let me not go there. 

Just saw Piku. Loved it. Fan saala fan hee rahega hamesha.

Thank God for good cinema.

Music review – Bombay Velvet

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Sharing my music review of Bombay Velvet..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2015/05/150515_bbc_music_vm.shtml
Shallow, over the top presentation of tunes which could have been so much more, but are let down due to lazy lyrics. Appears over produced and is not at all durable. Buckle up people!

Please don’t feed me bullshit about how hard you have worked for an album. You have the resources, you have time, you do this for a living so you better be bloody good. Don’t waste my time otherwise.

Project 12 – Eternal fire

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For me, find of the day. Thank you Vipin nair for sharing this wonderful link.

If you ignore the slight self congratulatory Video, the sound of this project is promising and I for one am definitely looking forward to more from this team.

Excellent job guys, Good luck…!

Dum Laga Ke Haisha – Music credits

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The review for Dum laga ke haisha will take time and will most probably go online on B.B.C. Web on Feb 27. Meanwhile, you can hear the songs here and see the music credits below (because we must know who is behind the awesomeness or who to blame if things go wrong! :) ) …This is the film that got Anu Malik back!

Music Director : Anu Malik Lyricist : Varun Grover MOH MOH KE DHAAGE (MALE)

VOCALS : PAPON

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED : HITESH MODAK

GUITAR : ADITYA BENIA

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

 

DUM LAGA KE HAISHA

VOCALS : KAILASH KHER, JYOTI NOORAN AND SULTANA NOORAN

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: ABHIJEET VAGHANI

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMING : HITESH MODAK

PERCUSSIONS : SIVA MANI

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

 

TU

VOCALS : KUMAR SANU

MUSIC PRODUCTION: PRAFUL KARLEKAR AND PRAKASH PETERS

TRUMPET : KISHORE SODHA

WHISTLE: SANJEEV VERMA

 

SUNDER SUSHEEL

VOCALS : MALINI AWASTHI AND RAHUL RAM

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: HITESH MODAK

DOTARA/EKTARA/GUITARS  : ADITYA BENIA

PERCUSSIONS: ARUN SOLANKI AND RAJU SALVE

ADDITIONAL BACKING VOCALS : POOJA DAS

SARANGI : DILSHAD KHAN

BRASS SECTION : KISHORE SODHA, BLASCO M, IVEN MUNNS

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

DARD KARAARA

VOCALS : KUMAR SANU AND SADHANA SARGAM

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED: JACKIE V

FEMALE CHORUS:ARCHANA GORE AND GROUP

 GUITAR : HONEY SATAMKAR

STRING ORCHESTRA (VIOLIN, VIVOLA, CHELLO, DOUBBLE BASS): C-M-A Group

ARCHANA GORE AND GROUP

MOH MOH KE DHAAGE (FEMALE)

VOCALS : MONALI THAKUR

SONG ARRANGED AND PRODUCED : HITESH MODAK

GUITAR : ADITYA BENIA

FLUTE : NAVEEN KUMAR

SHEHNAI : OMKAR DHUMAL

 

PREM’S THEME SONG

 

VOICE: PAPON

COMPOSED BY: ANU MALIK

SOUND PRODUCTION BY: ANU MALIK

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