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Karz - The Making Magazine Scans

The year 1980 had a pleasant musical KARZ, coming from the (then) Hit machine Subhash Ghai, which was surprisingly based on an unusual but unique idea of reincarnation & revenge. The film was an unexpectedly decent earner (not a big Hit) as the trade pundits were not convinced enough of its core subject before the release. But KARZ more or less proved them all quite wrong due to its strong likable content and went on to become one of the 'most daring and well attempted classics' of Hindi films in the later years, post its initial release. Though not close to Ghai's other huge box office hits, it did marginally well particularly in few cities and not in other centers. Certainly an ‘ahead of its times’ kind of project, KARZ had a novel treatment and execution involving the supernatural in an entertaining manner. And probably that is the reason why it is now widely considered to be a Cult Musical due to its various appreciable merits including the soundtrack.
Interestingly KARZ can easily be quoted as one of the most influential films of 80s too, which later inspired many other big projects in more than one way. Its title was re-used as “Karz - The Burden of Truth” released in 2002 and its basic subject as well as some substantial footage, along with a song was used in Farah Khan’s “Om Shanti Om” in 2007 (which also featured Subhash Ghai in a cameo). Next after almost three decades, the film was remade by Himesh Reshamiya as “Karzzzz” in 2008 featuring himself and Urmila in the lead roles, which did not do well at the box office.
Further praising its fabulous soundtrack, the hit songs/lyrics of KARZ, melodiously composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal (winning the Filmfare award) & superbly written by Anand Bakshi, gave birth to six fresh titles of Hindi films later as "Dard-e-Dil" (1983), "Paisa Yeh Paisa" (1985), “Main Solha Baras Ki" (1998), "Ek Hasina Thi" (2004), "Aashiq Banaya Aapne" (2005) and "Om Shanti Om" (2007).
However, the other hidden truth behind this famous musical classic remains that it was in fact hugely inspired from "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" released in 1975. And its still hit music had very strong inspirations from the west, namely from 'We as love' from George Benson's 1977 album 'Weekend in LA' and Lord Shorty's song “Om Shanti Om” from his 1974 album titled, 'Endless Vibrations'.
Making Of KARZ ScansBut here instead of writing more on the subject, I would like to share a valuable scan from the past, wherein the captain of the ship, director Subhash Ghai is himself talking about one of his favourite creation, KARZ and its making. The article has many interesting mentions and confessions on all those controversial decisions he took while executing his dream and thus truly deserves the attention of all like-minded friends here loving those great times. Moreover as a concluding note, it needs to be added that in the present world there are not many who would be ready to accept as well as confess about their inspirational sources so clearly as done by the veteran in the shared scans.
The article was published in the magazine TINSEL TOWN in its November 1991 issue. And you can just click on the links of its individual pages given below to read it easily.
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Hope you enjoy this journey back in time!


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30 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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Talking about the film’s production strategy first and the reason why I have called it an intelligently produced venture, WARNING is one of those very few films made in Hindi cinema, revolving around the sea and its under-water sequences. In 1982, it was SAMRAAT and then in the new millennium it was BLUE (2009), whereas both couldn’t achieve any major success at the box office, mainly due to the costs involved (particularly in case of BLUE).
So taking a valuable clue from the same, producer Anubhav Sinha planned this 3D/2D film to be made in a very limited budget with a fresh star-cast, organizing its entire shooting in Fiji with the help of subsidies provided by the Fiji government. Following the same vision, he next hired all his equipment and technicians from countries hit by recession at a very low price (as mentioned in HT CITY’s news) and then gave its direction to a new name Gurmmeet Singh, completing the film way below 5 crores quite intelligently. So studying it from that angle, WARNING is a pretty safe game played by Anubhav Sinha which is in fact the need of the hour too, looking at the current scenario of Hindi Cinema mostly dependent upon and being run by ‘The STARS’.
Now coming to the project presented before the audience after taking care of all the backstage precautions and budgeting, WARNING more or less remains an average to good watch depending upon the time, money and place you are watching the film in. To be clearer, watching it in a multiplex might give you a feeling of getting less satisfied or entertained compared to the resources spent. But watching it on a channel or DVD you probably are going to rate it as a good watch due to its fresh and engaging plot. The film does have strong merits in few of its well conceived sequences but at the same time also becomes a bit droning and less impactful in absence of that required thrill, fear or excitement promised initially.
Revolving around 7 friends, caught in a difficult, life threatening situation in the middle of a sea, WARNING starts of in a cool style introducing them all and then moves on to its main plot slowly. At first, the tricky trap they all fall in, excites you well. But post intermission the amount of excitement doesn’t reach the next level and one misses all those chilling, nail biting or frightening moments in the narration as desired. No doubt a few sequences do make you sit straight and feel the anguish too. Like the rope making act, the dog taking a jump, the child crying on the bed all alone and those moments when few of them are just close to their end, expressing it differently. Yet, neither the fear of that shark moving around freely makes you shiver (like in JAWS), nor the cracks appearing in their friendship involves you emotionally. Moreover a song ‘Bebasi’ doesn’t get well after being used again and again in the narration followed by a weak climax leaving the viewers in a baffling mode. Also released in 3D format, WARNING doesn’t have those ‘coming on to you’ scenes too, which should ideally be there in a 3D movie to make you jump out of your seat. And that does become a major drawback if one has specifically gone there to watch it with the magic glasses.
In technical terms, director Gurmmet Singh shows his competent skills in few well conceived sequences in the first hour. But the repetitive feature of his screenplay, doesn’t let him deliver the best and the audience connect gets lost in the second half. Background score could have added a lot more to its scary moments and it was really sad to see a fine, innovative & well shot song of Sonu Nigam being wasted in the end credits. However one of the key achievements of the film remains it Cinematography which surely makes you feel the nausea or fatigue felt in the sea waters, strongly.
As the performers, Manjari Fadnis plays the lead well being the helpless mother and a loving wife. Jitin Gulati, Sumit Suri and Suzana Rodrigues also play it fine along with Madhurima Tuli providing the forced-in skin show confidently. Varun Sharma is good but not as entertaining as we remember him watching in FUKREY (Choocha). But it was Bakshi’s (Santosh Barmola) careless act and strong screen presence which turned out to be more impressive for me right from his first scene.
Talking about its inspired status, WARNING might make you recall the recent LIFE OF PI (due to its similar caught in the waters theme) or few old English films too like JAWS. But in reality its reportedly (as it is said) an official adaptation of OPEN WATER 2 : ADRIFT (2006) which is supposed to be based on some true events. The makers stay religiously close to the original (scene wise) but honestly I am quite doubtful that how much percentage of our Indian audience would be actually familiar with a Private Yacht and its height dimensions which basically cause the whole problem in the film.
Nevertheless, despite its shortcomings, the project needs to be appreciated as it does provide the much desired change in our Hindi films as far as their subjects are concerned. Hence in totality WARNING remains a well attempted, fresh yet uneven adventure-thriller, which is sure going to impress you more while watching it on your TV sets instead of theaters. So do give it a chance when it will be aired soon on any famous cable channel in the coming months.

Rating : 2.5 / 5
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27 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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Do Bigha Zamin

Widely acclaimed as one of the most famous masterpieces from the first decade of independent India, DO BIGHA ZAMIN has a highly respected and reputed status in the 100 years history of Indian Cinema, without any doubt. Much has been already written and discussed about this magnificent achievement of director Bimal Roy and the film soulfully depicts the painful trauma of the helpless farmers, caught in the cunning web of poverty, debt and spineless Zamindars willing to acquire every bit of their land forcefully. But in honest words, Bimal Roy couldn’t have made this without one person alone, who single handedly converted the truthful attempt of the visionary into a classic, through his own earnest effort and the man is none other than, the most natural actor of Hindi Cinema, Balraj Sahni.
Referring to a specific measure of land used in those times, the film was aptly titled DO BIGHA ZAMIN featuring the social theme in a very true to life manner, which was even noticed by the maestros of World Cinema. As a result, it not only won many prestigious awards within the country, but was also showcased in many film festivals abroad, becoming the next Hindi film getting an international acclaim post NEECHA NAGAR (1946).
Revolving around a father and his son’s experiences in the urban land, DO BIGHA ZAMIN does have its basic structure derived from Vittorio De Sica’s realistic classic BICYCLE THIEVES (1948). But Bimal Roy used this foreign reference in the Indian context so beautifully that it can easily be called as a perfect tribute to the World Cinema from the maestro in those initial years, when the Indian Cinema was still passing through its first decade post independence. In fact, BICYCLE THIEVES evidently inspired many other renowned genius film-makers like Satyajit Ray too, who later came up with his own original gem to win over the world audience as PATHER PANCHALI in 1955.
However DO BIGHA ZAMIN is still considered among the pioneer ones made on this particular theme till date because it does paint a very authentic & emotionally touching picture of that exploitive era as thoughtfully explained in the famous stories of Premchand. The problem of ‘Class-Division’ and ‘Flight From Land’ has been tackled so well that the viewer feels like living along with its central character Shambhu till the final moment and sincerely wishes that he is able to earn some money to pay his big debt back. No doubt, this instant relation found with Shambhu is simply due to that blessed actor playing it with his full devotion and the film needs to be seen for this one reason alone unarguably. Yes, watching it in the present times you might feel it to be a little melodramatic in its execution towards the end. But once you get into the mood, realizing the hardships faced by its lead characters helplessly, the film sinks deep inside your soul and makes you the feel the magic on the screen in an admirable style.
Not to miss the other valuable contributors to this epic effort, DO BIGHA ZAMIN is the fruitful result of an immensely creative team lead by Bimal Roy himself. It has a fabulous cast with names such as Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Ratan Kumar, Murad, Nasir Hussain & Meena Kumari (Guest Star) playing their respective roles effortlessly. And the film has a melodious soundtrack with songs like “Mausam Beeta Jaaye”, “Hariyala Saawan” or “Aa Ja Ri Nidiya”, well composed by Salil Chaudhary and thoughtfully penned by Shailendra forming the musical team. But not many know that along with the music, DO BIGHA ZAMIN was also based on a story written by the master of chords, Salil Chaudhary himself.
Interestingly along with Kamal Bose, beautifully canning the film in Black and White, the project also has two other master film-makers involved in its creative team behind the curtain, namely Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Moni Bhattacharjee (Usne Kaha Tha & Mujhe Jeene Do) as assistant directors. Besides Hrishi Da not only worked as an assistant director but also did the ‘Scenerio’ and ‘Editing’ of the film too as duly mentioned in its titles.
In short, DO BIGHA ZAMIN is like watching one of the foundation stones of our Hindi Cinema, laid by many renowned masters together. So if you consider yourself as an ardent fan of Hindi Films, then you got to see this ‘Cult-Classic’ as a must, may be more than once and its DVD has to be there in your home library for many future timely references, for sure.
Directed By Bimal Roy
Music By Salil Chowdhary    Lyrics by Shailendra
Starring : Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Ratan Kumar, Murad, Nasir Hussain & Meena Kumari (Guest Star)
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25 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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Ek Pyar Ka Naghma HaiBeing the third article in the series of discovering those rare and unheard stanzas of memorable hits from the Golden Era of Hindi Cinema, here we have two unrecorded antras written by Santosh Anand for the immortal song “Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai” from Manoj Kumar’s SHOR (1972). Melodiously composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and soulfully sung by Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh, the song is rated among the best creations of that era, explaining life and its games using very simple yet meaningful words, well chosen by one of our most talented but forgotten or under-rated lyricists/poets of Hindi Cinema Janaab Santosh Anand.
Such is the magic in this spirited song, that while singing it along with the new antras, I went on to write five more stanzas on my own as my humble tribute to all the maestros associated with the track. But first, here are the two precious additional ones mentioned above, added by the poet himself in his own impeccable style……!
“Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai, Maujon Ki Rawaani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kuchh Bhi Nahin, Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!

Jo Beet Gaya Hai Woh, Ab Daur Na Aayega,
Is Dil Mein Siva Tere, Koi Aur Na Aayega,
Ghar Phoonk Diya Humne, Ab Raakh Uthaani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kuchh Bhi Nahin, Teri Meri Kahaani Hai!
Tum Saath Na Do Mera, Chalna Mujhe Aata Hai,
Har Aag Se Waaqif Hun, Jalna Mujhe Aata Hai,
Tadbeer Ke Hathon Se, Taqdeer Banani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kuchh Bhi Nahin, Teri Meri Kahaani Hai!

Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai(And with all my love and respect towards the original creators, here are the antras I wrote while flowing with the spirit of the track……….as per my own vision towards life…..!)

Tum Saath Agar Hotey, Aasan Yeh Dagar Hoti,
Main Chain Se Jee Leta, Tum Paas Agar Hoti,
Kuchh Beet Gayi Apni, Kuchh Aur Bitaani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kucch Bhi Nahin……………Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!
Sukh Hai To Dukh Bhi Hai, Dono Ka Bichhona Hai,
Ik Khel Hai Yeh Jeevan, Hota Hai Jo Hona Hai,
Umrhey Hue Baadal Ne, Bijlee Bhi Giraani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kucch Bhi Nahin……………Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!
Gar Dhoop Hai Yeh Jeevan, Yahaan Shaam Bhi Aati Hai,
Har Gham Ki Ghata Do Din, Aakar Chali Jaati Hai,
Aansoo Na Baha Aye Dil, Yeh Reet Purani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kucch Bhi Nahin……………Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!
Woh Dekh Raha Hai Sab, Tu Uska Khilona Hai,
Yeh Daur Hain Jeevan Ke, Aisa Bhi Kya Rona Hai,
Usi Ek Sahaare Ne, Bigrhi Bhi Banani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kucch Bhi Nahin……………Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!
Kuch Aur Thehar Aye Dil, Jeena Tujhe Aayega,
Ik Khaas Ada Tujhko, Dushman Bhi Sikhayega,
Baazi Jo Laagayi Hai, Woh Jeet Ke Jaani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kucch Bhi Nahin……………Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!
Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai, Maujon Ki Rawaani Hai,
Zindagi Aur Kuchh Bhi Nahin, Tere Meri Kahaani Hai!”

-bobby sing
With Cheers to the Masters,

(As an additional trivia, the lyricist used the opening lines of both his unused antras in a song “Dil Deewane Ka Dola” from film TEHELKA (1992) in its concluding part filmed on Dharmendra. And Manoj Kumar used the opening couplet, “Tum Saath Na Do Mera…..” in one of his own dialogues in film ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN released in 1974.)
(Note : You can hear the new stanzas and more from the poet himself at the following link)
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23 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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