Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lata Mangeshkar's 'Guzaaarish' song to be stretched into album

Lata Mangeshkar's 'Guzaaarish' song to be stretched into albumLata Mangeshkar continues to conquer new peaks and hearts. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's idea of recording a song for his forthcoming film "Guzaarish" in the Nightingale's voice has now turned into a full-fledged album.

That self-proclaimed Lata Mangeshkar fan Sanjay Leela Bhansali has turned into a music composer with "Guzaarish" is a well-known fact. What no one knows is that he has been secretly working on another album composed exclusively and unconditionally for the legendary singer.

And now when she turns 82 on Sep 28, Bhansali's precious secret project will finally be given the attention he had been craving for all these years.

Though Bhansali refuses to speak about his own personal ode to the Nightingale, a source close to the director says: "For the last year, Sanjay has been completely consumed by 'Guzaarish' and its music. Having taken on the task of composing a full score for the first time, Sanjay had put his dream album on the backburner. He now intends to go at it full-throttle. Since her birthday is just a few days away, he will get to seriously work on that project."

Bhansali said: "I know every nuance in her voice. She is a miracle of nature. And there's so much in her throat that is still untapped. I first thought I'd create just one song for her in 'Guzaarish'. Then I thought, why one song when a whole ethos, era after era of supreme excellence is embodied in that voice?"

"Guzaarish" is inspired by one of Lataji's imperishable melodies "Hai tere saath meri wafaa mein nahin to kya", composed by Madan Mohan and written by Kaifi Azmi for the film "Hindustan Ki Kasam".

"Lataji is far more than a singer. She mirrors all the beauty of the soul. It is that beauty that I want to capture in my songs," Bhansali added.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hindi Movie 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' Music Review

Hindi Movie 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' Music Review"Jhootha Hi Sahi"; Music Director: A.R. Rahman; Lyricist: Abbas Tyrewala; Singers: Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Niigaam, Karthik, Vijay Yesudas, Javed Ali and Chinmayi; Rating: ***

Director Abbas Tyrewala reunited with music maestro A.R. Rahman for his forthcoming film "Jhootha Hi Sahi" to repeat the musical success of "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na" and the music maestro has composed a beautiful track in the guise of "Do nishaniyan". The rest of the album has hits and misses, but it's worth listening to once.

The film, a home production of Saregama, has nine songs.

To begin with, the album offers "Cry cry" crooned by Rashid Ali and Shreya Ghoshal, which is occupying airwaves and broadcasting time currently. The song is different owing to the lyrics and the interesting composition. It is zippy and exudes freshness.

Next in line is "Maiya yashoda" that is doing the rounds of TV channels. It has two versions - one is the Jamuna mix with Chinmayi and Javed Ali and the Thames mix by the same singers. The song has a complete Indian flavour and is quite upbeat.

The Thames mix is quite similar, just that more electronic beats are added to this one.

Then there is Karthik singing "Hello", a song that totally revolves around the telephone. It's more of a situation number and even the dialling tone is used in the composition. Not hummable but worth a listen.

Then comes the best song of the album "Do Nishaniyan" with Sonu Niigaam behind the mike. The track has a poignant beginning and Sonu's silken voice is perfect for this slow-paced rendition. The orchestration is subtle and enjoyable. One of Rahman's great tracks that shows his prowess of being different.

The track also has a reprise version, sung by the same singer. The version is just a little slower and has more depth, but both the songs are equally interesting.

Next Shreya goes behind the mike yet again for "Pam para", a foot-tapping and high-on-energy track. It's neither bad nor brilliant.

"Call me dil" starts with a beautiful acoustic piece that gives it an edge. Rashid Ali does a great job with the vocals. The song is quite melodious and grows on you when you keep listening to it in loop. The soft track manages to create its mark.

Finally, there is a half-English half-Hindi song "I've been waiting", crooned by Vijay Yesdus. The song oozes softness and creates a balmy effect on the listener. A wonderful composition.

On the whole, Rahman has yet again created an album that has a mix of various genres and keeps the listeners' interest intact.

Manoj Kumar says Mahendra Kapoor was my voice

Manoj Kumar says Mahendra Kapoor was my voiceBollywood veteran Manoj Kumar says he has fond memories of legendary singer Mahendra Kapoor, who sang many songs for him including National Award winning number "Mere desh ki dharti" in "Upkar".

"I shared many memorable moments with Mahendra Kapoor. I remember him everyday, after all he was my voice," Manoj said in a press statement.

Mahendra died following cardiac arrest Sep 27, 2008. He was 73.

Some of his timeless hits are "Neele gagan ke tale", "Ae jaan-e-chaman tera gora badan", "Dil lagakar hum ye samjhe", "Aadha hai chandrama", "Din hain bahar ke" and "Tum agar saath dene ka wada karo".

In a career spanning over four decades, Mahendra sang many hit songs in various regional languages. While he sang many songs in Hindi for actor Manoj Kumar, he was also known as the voice of Marathi actor Dada Kondke.

"My father shared a very special relationship with Manoj Kumar. It is probably their mutual bonding that helped the duo create some very special numbers," said Mahendra's son Rohan who is now planning to compile his father's last few compositions in a new album.

"Before his demise, my dad had conceived some music tracks. In his memory, I will create an album out of these tracks in the near future," he said.

Rohan, who plans to visit an old age home to spend some time with senior citizens on his father's death anniversary says his father was an entertainer at heart.

"Dad had a humorous side to his personality that many people are unaware of. We always enjoyed his jokes and anecdotes. He was also a great impressionist and often impersonated people flawlessly," said Rohan who will also sing some of his father's songs for the senior citizens.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Singer Kailash Kher Dedicates his CWG song to Sportsmen

Singer Kailash Kher Dedicates his CWG song to SportsmenAfter music maestro A.R. Rahman, who composed the official Commonwealth Games anthem, versatile singer Kailash Kher will be releasing his own private single dedicated to the sportsmen participating in the gala event.

"A lot of people are making songs on the CWG and expressing their emotions through these songs. Many talks are going on, some are positive and some are negative," Kher told IANS.

"But my approach towards everything is that I'm hurt too when I hear about these corruption charges and everything. But since I'm a musician, I still want to bring a sense of positivity," Kher said.

"This is how I thought about this song. Also two weeks back I went to Delhi and I saw the city in a very different light and avatar. It's really changed. So I thought of this song. This is a tribute to sportspersons," he added.

The song will have online release Oct 1 and it will be available on artistaloud.com and bollywoodhungama.com. People will be able to hear it on radio channels from Monday onwards.

Kher revealed that his song will help players calm themselves and release their pressure.

"Basically my song is to boost sportspersons' spirit. They have so much pressure on them and I want to ease that," he said.

"It is an up tempo song and music is the best therapy which will make them calmer. If a sportsperson is stress free, he will perform better because all the negativity around can affect his performance," he added.

The singer, who has crooned hit tracks like "Allah ke bande", "O Sikandar" and "Ya rabba" among others, also made officials in Delhi hear his composition.

"I met few government officials in Delhi and made them hear the song. They liked it and were quite excited when I told them that I have written this song to promote sports and sportsmanship," he told IANS.

So isn't he apprehensive of the fact that people might be critical of his song too like they were of Rahman's track?

"You can't stop people talking. But I feel nothing of this will happen to my song because it is an energetic, simple and beautiful song. Plus it's not preaching at all. It just says that be calm and chill," he said.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bollywood Singer Shaan sings for his wife before 10th wedding anniversary

Bollywood Singer Shaan sings for his wife before 10th wedding anniversaryPopular Bollywood singer Shaan opened the show for designer Troy Costa at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week here and sang a love ballad "Where do I begin" from the film "Love Story" for his wife, Radhika.

The couple, who were also the show stoppers for Costa's collection, will celebrate a decade of tying the nuptial knot, Tuesday. While Shaan flaunted a black tailored suit with checks in self-print, Radhika was sporting an off-shoulder gold colour gown.

"My collection is about love and I wanted to celebrate it. Today in the world of divorces and second marriages, when you see love that is strong, then it needs to be celebrated.

"I got to know from Radhika that they are celebrating 10 years of their married life. Tomorrow happens to be their 10th year wedding anniversary. They have been in love four years before that that means 14 years of being in love," Costa told IANS.

"So I felt that this needed to be celebrated at a grand level like this. So the entire collection surrounded them, the clothes were very feminine, beautiful, the music was romantic," he added.

When asked Shaan whether he was nervous while walking the ramp, the singer said: "I was not nervous but yes, very excited. Radhika did really well. I've been performing in front of people so it was okay."

As far as the collection is concerned, it included evening gowns, cocktail dresses, tailored suits and fitted knee hitting dresses.

The fabrics used were chiffon, silk and satin with embellishments and modern embroidery. Even the colour palette was meant for evening wear with colours like magenta, wine, golden beige and rust.

"My collection is categorised under the concept of accessible luxury, combining the skill of draping with the expertise of tailoring," said the designer.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Prasoon Joshi Happy with Commonwealth Games anthem

Prasoon Joshi Happy with Commonwealth Games anthemA.R. Rahman's theme song for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) "Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto" has been tweaked to be made more "peppy, shorter and tighter", revealed adman-turned-lyricist Prasoon Joshi Thursday evening.

"It has already been tweaked. A.R. Rahman always does that. He keeps on improvising his work and adding layers to it. And that is what he has done to this one," Joshi told IANS over telephone from Mumbai.

"He has added more layers to it and more folk instruments. It has become more peppy, shorter and tighter now. A video will be released on the same within a week featuring sports stars and sports achievements of India," he added.

Joshi along with veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal and poet, lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, is part of the three-member core committee set up to envisage the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Widely panned as just average on its initial unveiling, the song calls upon everyone to participate in the Oct 3-14 mega sporting event.

The theme song was unveiled Aug 28 after it was delayed by a few days after the Group of Ministers (GoM) asked Rahman to tweak the song.

Penned by Mehboob, it took him and Rahman six months to finish the CWG song.

Cleared by the GoM headed by Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, former sports minister Shahnawaz Hussain had reportedly demanded the theme track be composed again.

Asked if it wasn't late for the anthem, Joshi told IANS: "No I don't think it is late. Everyone will start coming now and so there is enough time for it (the anthem) to pick up. There is nothing like that."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kirkire got national award for 'Behti hawa' of 3 Idiots

Kirkire got national award for 'Behti hawa' of 3 IdiotsLyricist Swanand Kirkire says when he was writing the song "Behti hawan sa ha" he never imagined that it will one day fetch him a national award.

"When I was writing the song, I never thought that it will get me a national award," Kirkire, who wrote the song for "3 Idiots", told IANS.

"But that's with every song. When you are writing it, you don't have awards on your mind. Your main focus is that it should suit the film and be liked by people. At that time the best thing is the song becomes a hit and people appreciate it.

"But now when I have got the award, I'm feeling very nice. My phone is constantly ringing and so many congratulatory messages are pouring in. It's a great feeling," he added.

Starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and Omi Vaidya, "3 Idiots" was a film on the education system and all the songs were written by Kirkire and composed by Shantanu Moitra.

The film was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Reliance Big Pictures had distributed the film that earned over Rs.450 crore.

Kirkire, who won a national award in 2007 for the song "Bande mein tha dum" for "Lage Raho Munna Bhai", thanked the "3 Idiots" team.

"I would definitely want to thank Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir Khan. And also Shantanu Moitra, who did such an awesome job with the composition of this song," expressed the lyricist.

When asked what importance awards carry in his life, Kirkire said a national award makes a big difference in an artist's career.

"I'm not sure about other awards but a national award is important to me because it's a state honour that the country bestows on you. It is a great moment when the president gives you the award," he said.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rahman is musically just extraordinary, says Danny Boyle

Rahman is musically just extraordinary, says Danny BoyleA.R. Rahman is just incomparable as a music composer, says "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle, adding that the Indian music maestro has created "deliberatively manipulated moods" for his new film "127 Hours".

Rahman, who won two Academy Awards for doing the soundtrack for "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008, came in for high praise for his music in Boyle's new film "127 Hours" which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) currently under way here.

"It is quite rare to watch someone who is so musically just extraordinary really...and he inhabited the world (in '127 Hours') we are trying create silence with...sometimes there is silence, but sometimes it is a kind of ambience silence he created," said Boyle of Rahman.

"And all the time, Rahman created very deliberatively manipulated moods to reflect his characters or pushed in through something."

The British director said soundtrack is the most vital part of a movie. "It doesn't matter what we all do visually. One thing I have learnt in my career is that 70 percent of the movie is sound. Cinematographers will hate it....but it is absolutely true.

"It is an ordinary piece of advice I always give to filmmakers - who are starting off - to save some money for the sound with you. At the end, it is extraordinary how it (sound) means to people."

"127 Hours" is a real-life 127-hour-long nightmare of American accomplished climber Aron Ralston who embarked on a solo adventure in 2003 and ended up trapped inside a deep canyon in Utah state, with his right arm crushed by a boulder.

During his relentless struggle to free his arm from beneath the boulder, he ran out of water and drank his own urine to survive. After failing to cut off the trapped arm and losing all hope of ever getting out alive, he started videotaping his last hours. Finally, he managed to cut off his arm to free himself after five days.

"The Pineapple Express" star James Franco plays the role of Aron Ralston in this compelling film with powerful cinematography and soundtrack.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hindi Movie 'Crook' Music Review

Hindi Movie 'Crook' Music ReviewFilm: "Crook"; Music Director: Pritam Chakroborty; Lyricist: Kumaar; Singers: Babbu Mann, Suzanne D Mello, Neeraj Shridhar, Nikhil Dsouza, KK and Mohit Chauhan; Rating:***

Music composer Pritam Chakroborty, who is a favourite of the Bhatt camp, brings forth another likeable soundtrack in forthcoming film "Crook". Even though the compositions fall under his signature style and not much experimentation is involved, the tracks do have the potential of getting noticed.

Directed by Mohit Suri, the film stars Emraan Hashmi. The album boasts of eight tracks.

The soundtrack begins on an upbeat note with "Challa", a song soaked in Punjabi flavour. It's an energetic, foot-tapping number that holds the interest of the listener. Sung by Babbu Mann and Suzanne D Mello, it surely is a good start to the album.

The song also has a remixed version.

The mood of the album then shifts to a soft, romantic track "Mere bina", sung by Nikhil DSouza. The song has influences of rock that gives it an edge and makes it interesting.

It also has an unplugged version with KK behind the mike. This one is a shade better than the original track and immediately strikes a chord with the listener.

Next in line is "Kya", which is a typical Neeraj Sridhar song. An amalgamation of Hindi and English lyrics with strong orchestration and a western approach, the song is quite apt for the singer's voice. It is neither bad nor brilliant.

Then KK returns with "Tujhi mein", yet anothert romantic track. Even though the song is hummable and soft, it has a heard-before feeling.

The song's reprise version, sung by the same singer, is better and more appealing than the original.

Finally there is a beautiful song in "Tujhko jo paaya". The track has the acoustic guitar in prominence that gives it a pure and raw feel. Mohit Chauhan's brilliant vocals give the song an edge. The song is like a country version "Mere bina".

On the whole, the soundtrack of "Crook" follows Pritam's formula that usually results in hits.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Anjaana Anjaani Music Review: soundtrack suits young taste

Film: "Anjaana Anjaani"; Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani-Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyricists: Neelesh Misra, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Caralisa Monteiro, Kumaar, Irshad Kamil and Kausar Munir; Singers: Nikhil D'Souza, Monali, Lucky Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shekhar Ravjiani, Caralisa Monteiro, Mohit Chauhan, Shruti Pathak, Vishal Dadlani and Shilpa Rao; Rating: *** 1/2

Music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar hardly go wrong when it comes to judging the pulse of youth and creating music to suit their tastes. After the success of their last venture "I Hate Luv Storys", they are back with their new album "Anjaana Anjaani" that has the potential to rule the charts.

The film offers nine tracks.

It opens with the title track "Anjaana anjaani ki kahani", the one that has already become a favourite at DJ consoles. Crooned by Nikhil DSouza and Monali Thakur, this upbeat and peppy song is entertaining and is a perfect dance number. It gets right for the album.

Next comes an instantly likeable song "Hairat", sung by Lucky Ali. The rock song is full of punch and is highly appealing owing to its interesting composition and Ali's out-of-the-league voice. It will surely become chartbuster.

The album then takes a turn by introducing the soulful voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, singing "Aas pass khuda", a sufi-rock track. The moderately-paced song is pleasing to the ears and strikes a chord with the listener.

The song has a duet version where Shruti Pathak joins Khan. This unplugged version is equally enthralling with light orchestration and brilliant vocals by the singers.

Shekhar and Caralisa Monteiro then enter with the love song "Tumse hi tumse". The happy-go-lucky song has nothing extraordinary, but the acoustic guitar strumming makes it a good hear.

Up next is another impressive song "Tujhe bhula diya". The poignant number first starts with Shruti Pathak adding a touch of folk flavour to it and then Mohit Chauhan enters with his silken voice and takes over. Later Shekhar joins in too. The song is nice and has the potential of becoming a favourite since it grows on you with every hear.

The song also has a remixed version called "The dance to forget" mix.

Then there is "I feel good" with Vishal and Shilpa Rao behind the mike. It is average and entails both Hindi and English lyrics. This too has a slight rock feel to it.

Finally, the other title track of the album makes an appearance. Crooned by Vishal and Shilpa again, it has a heard before feeling, thus taking away the interest from the song.

On the whole the album is a robust mix of songs of different genres. It is entertaining and hummable and will appeal to the younger generation.