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July 24, 2014 Thursday     


Subhash Ghai’s KARZ which was a mixture of more than one specific genres (namely a musical, murder-mystery, suspense or family drama), was declared a semi hit in certain regions as it was considered to be ahead of its times and unconventional too by many trade analyst of that era in 1980.
But interestingly if we look back then KARZ enjoys a rare two way inspirational status like very few films do wherein at one end it is supposed to have a hugely inspired script as well as an identical soundtrack borrowed from the west. There on the other the film went on to inspire more than 10 Hindi and regional films in the country itself taking evident clues from its storyline, execution and lyrics quite frequently.
Talking about the borrowed concepts first, though Hindi Cinema had already made successful films on the subject of reincarnation like MADHUMATI way back in 1958 but still KARZ was supposed to be heavily inspired from the English flick THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD released in 1975. But anyone who has seen this English original would readily agree that Ghai’s version was a much more polished and entertaining film for sure if compared to its source material. Apart from the basic plot its melodious soundtrack composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, had a highly identical number “Ek Hasina Thi” (including its famous signature tune) straight away taken from George Benson’s “We as Love” which was a part of his album “Weekend in LA”. Besides the track “Om Shanti Om” was again a quite intelligent rehashed work of Lord Shorty’s “Shanti Om” released in his 1974 album “Endless Vibrations”.
Now conversely coming to the films inspired by Subhash Ghai’s KARZ itself, firstly it was officially remade as YUGA PURUSHA (1989) in Kannada, ENAKKUL ORUVAN (1984) in Tamil and AATMA BALAM (1985) in Telugu along with the most recent adaptation being the Hindi film KARZZZZ (2008) starring Himesh Reshammiya & Urmila in the lead. However before Himesh, Farah Khan also came up with her own re-worked version of the same theme in OM SHANTI OM (2006) and for that she even planned a respectable tribute by beginning the film with a restored song footage of original KARZ featuring both Rishi Kapoor and Subhash Ghai dancing along (made possible through the digital revolution & computer graphics). Plus she also got a new track specially arranged by Pyarelal to honour his majestic contribution to Hindi cinema as an appreciable nice gesture indeed.
Later the film’s name and few key phrases of its various songs inspired seven films in all. Including ‘KARZ- The Burden of Truth' (2002) re-using the same title with a new tag line and "Ek Hasina Thi" (2004), "Aashiq Banaya Aapne" (2005), "Dard-e-Dil" (1983), "Om Shanti Om" (2007), “Main Solha Baras Ki" (1998) and "Paisa Yeh Paisa" (1985) borrowing their titles from its various song’s mukhdas or lyrics.
But other than this rare two way inspirational status, KARZ had some unique special points in its execution too as mentioned below:
1. It was a project based on upbeat, trendy Disco music which was the forte of then immensely popular R. D. Burman. So many were shockingly surprised when Ghai chose Laxmikant Pyarelal as his music directors who were more known as the masters of Indian musical arrangements and instruments. However what LP did for KARZ proved Subhash Ghai right strongly without any doubt.
2. Similar to his odd choice for the music directors, another unusual casting option made by Ghai was of roping in Simi Garewal in the major role and that too of a killer woman or a deadly vamp which she had never played before.
3. Despite given a powerful persona as the Villain, Prem Nath didn’t have a single dialogue in the film and he only conveyed through a tapping sound made on various things like a glass, phone receiver and more.
4. With KARZ, Subhash Ghai also introduced a pretty useful concept of brand promotion on the screen and promoted the music company HMV boldly by some innovative stage designs. For instance just watch the whole dance sequence of Rishi Kapoor in his opening song wherein he is dancing on a giant record and the music company’s name is written in big letters all over in the background.
5. The soundtrack had its all songs sung by Kishore Kumar as he was a perfect choice for the particular genre suiting Rishi Kapoor. But Laxmikant-Pyarelal were too keen for using the voice of Mohd. Rafi for one soulful ghazal “Dard-e-Dil” in the film. And later both Kishore Kumar’s “Om Shanti Om” and Mohd. Rafi’s “Dard-e-Dil” got nominated for Best Male Singer and Best Lyrics category in the Filmfare awards of 1981. However Kishore Kumar won the award that year for “Hazaar Rahein” from THODI SI BEWAFAI.
Hence though KARZ did manage to achieve only moderate success at the box office in its year of initial release, yet the film rightly deserves to be rated as a cult path-breaking entertainer of the 80s and a must watch film too unarguably.
Tags : Karz and its two way inspirational status, Subhash Ghai's KARZ and its unique features, Unknown facts about Karz, Did You Know facts about Karz (1980), Most Resued film in Bollywood, Karz inspired music, Karz Inspired Theme, Unknown facts about Bollywood, Rare unknown facts about Hindi Films.
22 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Offering a very few off-beat gems like HIGHWAY, QUEEN and ANKHON DEKHI (the first two ironically also included in the list!), the early half of year 2014 continued to have many inspired as well officially remade films which clearly revealed that we are seriously short of good writers and new ideas to work upon in our Hindi films.
And here goes the list…..!
1. Yaarian – A mix and match concept inspired from “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ (1992), “Ugly Betty” T.V. serial plot (2006) and “Student of The Year” (2012).
2. Hasee Toh Phasee – A reverse gender version of “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” (2011).
3. Darr @ The Mall – Another loosely inspired version of “Grave Encounters” (2011).
4. Bewakoofiyaan - Its basic plot reminds you of the famous “Meet The Parents” (2000) series of films.
5. Ragini MMS 2
– Takes the 2 small kid girls straight from “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003).
6. O Teri –
Has a very strong influence of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” (1983) in its various sequences.
7. Disco Singh (Punjabi)Entirely based on
French Comedy “The Valet” (2006), which was earlier copied by Govinda & David Dhawan in “Do Knot Disturb” (2009).
8. Jatt James Bond (Punjabi)Based on a plot borrowed from “Charley Varrick” (1973) which was too based on John Reese’s novel titled “The Looters”.
9. Queen – Partially inspired from “The Art of Travel” (2008) and faced allegations too for the same.
10. Fugly –
Borrows the basic inspirations for its overall format and execution from films like “Paanch” (2003 – Unreleased officially), “Shaitan” (2011), “Fukrey” (2013) and “Rang De Basanti” (2006).
11. Humshakals -
Takes one scene from the famous “Marx Brothers” (mirror sequence), one from “Amar Akbar Anthohy” (1977) and a whole phrase from Kishore Da’s “Half Ticket” (1962) wherein he constantly says, “Main Paagal Nahin Hun, Mera Dimaag Kharaab Hai”.
12. Ek Villain – Reworked
Indianised version of the Korean film “I Saw The Devil” (2010)

Official Remakes of the West as well as Hindi and Regional Indian Films.
1. Jai Ho – Official remake of a Telugu Film “Stalin” (2006).
2. Heartless – Reportedly an official remake of English flick “Awake” (2007)
3. Highway – Remake of one of Imtiaz Ali’s T.V. Serial episode of the series called “Rishtey” with the same title “Highway” aired more than a decade back.

4. Total Siyapaa – Remake
a Spanish comedy “Only Human” aka “Seres Queridos” (2004).
5. Gang of Ghosts –
Remake of Bengali hit comedyBhooter Bhabishyat” (2012).
6. Main Tera Hero – Remake of
2011 Telugu hit “Kandireega”.
7. Heropanti – Remake
of 2008 Telugu hit “Parugu”.
8. Citylights - Remake of a widely acclaimed gem titled “Metro Manila”made in Tagalog language in the year 2013.
9. Holiday -
Remake of the Tamil hit “Thuppaki” (2012).

Inspired Movies from Real Life Incidents and Life Stories
1. Gulaab Gang – Supposedly based on the true story of Gulaabi Gang’s leader Smt. Sampat Pal who also filed a case against the film for the same.
2. Lakshmi – Reportedly inspired from real life incident in Andhra Pradesh.
3. Youngistaan –
Straight away reminds you of a leading political party and its young leader.
4. Manjunath – Based on a tragic as well as shocking happening of the year 2005.
5. X-Pose –
Has a whole list of real life events used in the film related with the Hindi Film Industry. (So do read the detailed review for all instances incorporated in the script.)

Inspired Movies from Literature and Books
1. Dedh Ishqiya – The writers pay a very smart and hidden tribute to the famous progressive Urdu writer “Ismat Chugtai” by intelligently adapting her controversial story “Lihaaf” in the script partially and mentioning the name too in one of its dialogues.
2. 2 States – An official adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel with the same title.

(Note: Please do let me know if you are aware of any other inspired movie which came in the period of Jan-Jun 2014 but is not listed here by chance.)
Tags : Half Yearly Inspired Hindi Movies List of 2014 Till June with Borrowed or Similar Themes, Articles on cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Inspired Films of 2014, Official Remakes released in 2014, Borrowed Hindi Films of 2014.
21 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya HaiFeroz Khan’s mega venture DAYAVAN (1988), a remake of Tamil cult classic NAYAGAN/NAYAKAN (1987), didn’t get a great response at the box office due to various reasons. But its soundtrack is still remembered for its quality tracks composed by veteran music director duo Laxmikant Pyarelal.
Returning to that era of late 80s, those were the days when film music used to reach the market months before its actual release and particularly a Feroz Khan film’s music was much awaited eagerly due to its own brand value built by the banner’s earlier big musical hits like DHARMATMA, QURBANI & JAANBAZ. Plus Vinod Khanna had just returned to the Industry after a long gap (coming from OSHO’s commune in America), hence his every project was looked upon with great expectations both by the industry people as well as the viewers together.
The soundtrack released by T-Series became famous right away in the mid of 1988. But interestingly its major hit was “Chahey Meri Jaan Tu Le Le” sung by Jolly & Sapna Mukherjee penned by Indivar, instead of the now more famous “Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai” soulfully rendered by Pankaj Udhas & Anuradh Paudwal written by Aziz Qaisi. However the preferences were not the same once the news was out about its never before kind of kissing scene between the lead pair of Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit, which till date remains one of the most erotic bedroom scenes ever in a Hindi film.
Now those were not the days of internet connectivity, 200 TV channels or all these social networks. Therefore just the news of such an intense scene (spread through the film magazines) was enough to create a huge curiosity for the film in the trade circles. As a result, it got an ‘A’ certificate from the censors and we were denied our entry into the theater in the first 12 pm show since our school dresses revealed it all to the gatekeepers. So we had to go for another film right away (it was HERO HIRALAL as I can recall) and then later watched DAYAVAN in the night show quite excitedly without any entry problem.
Somehow the movie couldn’t fulfill the expectations raised by the general public widely but DAYAVAN did become hugely popular just because of that one song alone having the controversial kissing sequence between its lead pair. In fact such was the excitement around that particular ‘less than 1 minute’ sequence, that the musical beauty of the melodious track got completely overshadowed by its erotic picturisation and the song simply became more of a visual treat for majority of people all over, ignoring everything else about its melody, lyrics or arrangements.
Decades have passed and in the present net age, the track is still more seen and less heard in the web circles for the obvious reason mentioned above. And I am sure the makers of HATE STORY 2 also selected this particular track for their erotic film just because of the song’s preceding history alone and not for any musical brilliance at all looking at the way it has been used in their mediocre film deliberately.
However here I would like to draw your attention towards the quality difference between the two tracks musically, which clearly reveals the amount of hard work our veterans used to put in while making every single song in the film’s soundtrack unconditionally……, a practice which now seems to be only a part of our rich musical history of the last century.
To explain it in a layman’s language just listen to the two tracks simultaneously and focus on their Antras (stanzas) plus the music coming in between these stanzas which is technically termed as Interludes. Now in the DAYAVAN track both the antras and their interludes have been composed beautifully (& distinctively) making some extra efforts with the use of flute and other instruments along with the outstanding rhythm breaks played wonderfully. Whereas in the current new age version, the interlude music is simply there as a required filler without any soul of its own or melody.
Further in the lyrics section, the master lyricists and music directors of the past never allowed any forced-in words/lines in their songs which actually are not fitting into the meter of their composition properly. So you will never find any word/line sounding awkward in a track or not gelling well with the flow since everything was roped in so smoothly looking after each and every word very carefully.
However in the present HATE STORY 2 version, the words are not fitting in well in the line,
“Phir Zarrey Zarrey Mein Deedaar Aaya Hai” (pushed into the meter)
& the message sounds weird in the expression
“Aur Tu Hi Woh Firaaq Hai Jisko, Hai Silsilon Ne Mere Paas Laya ??????????”
Still the singer goes on singing it forcefully and the music director has no problem in keeping this awkward ‘take’ like an ignorant creator because they are actually just concerned about the opening lines to sound good and nothing else. Moreover the market response also supports them strongly since how many of today’s young listeners actually know or care about the antra-lyrics and the interlude music composition putting it bluntly?
So no doubt our film music has lost its original path somehow in these two recent decades for sure. Since now instead of making a song with a team putting all its creative efforts collectively, the tracks are openly being purchased as a readymade product from the vendor as per the requirement of the producer to use it in his promotions. And that exactly is the reason a well-made LP song as “Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai” continues to be known for all wrong reasons even after 25 years since the makers were just interested in re-using the avoidable controversy it created back in 1988 and were least interested in any of its meaningful lyrics or melodious composition written by the masters.
Still the situation can change taking it positively.
But this change has to come from the listeners alone becoming more responsible and demanding in the future. Because the producers are obviously going to make whatever sells like soaps and detergents in the market fetching them their desired profits and they damn care about the quality of music stored in your hard disks, phones and USB drives in the current net age.
To give you an idea about how we always keep ignoring all the better things, the moment any one says DAYAVAN, the first thing comes to your mind is the kissing scene in its song “Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai” featuring Madhuri and Vinod Khanna. But rarely any one would recall another memorable sad song in its soundtrack (written by Indivar & sung by Mohd. Aziz) with the words, “Dil Tera Kisne Torha, Yun Tanha Kisne Chorha” which was the best track of the film as per my personal choice along with a Holi festival song “Diwani Tum Jawano Ki Toli" featuring a fabulous musical arrangement.
But sadly, that’s how we have been conditioned to live our lives so casually on whatever is fed by the marketing forces through the media and I hope listening to these enjoyable tracks, you start realizing what all we have been missing in our film music since these last few decades………unfortunately!
Tags : Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyar Aaya Hai - A Song known for all wrong reasons, Dayavan music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, Famous controversies of Bollywood, Most Erotic Scenes in Hindi Films, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Nostalic Articles about the 80s Hindi Cinema.
20 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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