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November 30, 2015 Monday     


Keeping the initial phase apart, if we divide the history of Hindi films broadly into two segments, namely before and post the ‘90s, when the cable and digital revolution made its foray in India, then only two legendary artists, Amitabh Bachchan and R. D. Burman, have been able to leave a mark on every generation of these times through their amazing body of work. So either we talk about people born in the ‘60s, ‘70s or the ‘90s, these two legends have millions of fans from different age groups and are still continuing to win hearts in the present decade.
Incidentally the latest proof of this continuing love affair is the release of two new films in the week when this piece went to press. Wherein one is ‘Piku’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in the key role of a cute, eccentric father and second a comedy ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’ featuring a remixed song of R. D. Burman, ‘Jaane Do Na’ from the film ‘Saagar’ (with all newly conceived antras/verses) picturised on the infamous Sunny Leone and Ram Kapoor.
However, returning to our key subject, the master composer is widely known for his melodious tracks, innovative orchestrisation and wide range of compositions made for various film and non-film projects. But not many are aware of the fabulous background scores composed by the veteran in his illustrious career apart from the evergreen familiar sounds of the epic ‘Sholay’. And one of those lesser-known projects, largely depending upon its background music alone, was O. P. Ralhan’s comic-thriller ‘Hulchul’ released in 1971.
OP Ralhan creates HulchulIn fact, it’s the only film of R. D. Burman that had no songs as such but just a title track with the word ‘Hulchul’ sung by RDB and Asha Bhosle. Plus a more than seven-minute long, superbly choreographed dance sequence (beginning with the commentary by Amrish Puri) performed by Helen on a well-composed instrumental track representing various cultures of the world and our own traditional dance forms with RDB singing some abstract phrases occasionally.
Based on a mysterious plot of a husband planning to kill his wife, ‘Hulchul’ was promoted with a tag line ‘Most Unusual Motion Picture Ever Made’ introducing both Kabir Bedi and Zeenat Aman on screen (as mentioned in its titles)and had an unpredictably entertaining climax, which was never seen before in a Hindi film. The timely use of its title track at regular intervals with an apt background score did bring up the thrilling moments in the film quite beautifully and thus one has to acknowledge RDB’s evident contribution made to its mysterious story progression.
So if you are a true, die-hard RDB fan, then either you must have already seen ‘Hulchul’ or would be going for it at the earliest to witness the only project of the maestro with no songs but a powerful background score making a solid impact.
Bobby Sing

(This article was published on IBNLIVE website on 13th May 2015 with the following title)

"When an R. D. Burman film had no songs in it" - By Bobby Sing
Tags : Did You Know facts about Hindi Cinema at bobbytalkscinema, Unknown Hindi Films Facts by Bobby Sing, Lesser known facts about Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing, RD Burman and his only film with no songs, RD Burman's background scrore, Bobby Sing at IBN Live, Rare Facts on Bollywood by Bobby Sing
14 May 2015 / bobbysing /
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Sahir Ludhianvi

In the early decades of Hindi films post-independence, when lyricists and composers used to heartily appreciate the memorable works of their fellow artists, there was a rare instance when a socially relevant song in film Nastik (1954) was answered later in a comic-parody form in film Railway Platform (1955) by an entirely different team of known creative men in all good spirits.
The memorable, realistic song depicting the inhuman aftermath of partition and hypocrisy practiced in the society was both penned and sung by the respected Kavi Pradeep in the composition by C. Ramchandra (film directed by I. S. Johar) and is still remembered as one of the most iconic songs of Hindi cinema surprisingly relevant even today in the present scenario. And its true to life lyrics go as:
Dekh Tere Sansaar Ki Haalat Kya Ho Gayi Bhagwaan,
Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan….., Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan,
Sooraj Na Badla, Chaand  Na Badla, Na Badla Re Aasmaan
Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan….., Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan!
A quite bold poetic statement for those nation-building times, the song took the entire country by storm and was answered by Sahir Ludhianvi in the next year along with Mohd. Rafi, S. D. Batish (as singers) and Madan Mohan (as composer using the same tune of C. Ramchandra) in film Railway Platform (1955) directed by Ramesh Saigal (the first movie of actor-director-politician Sunil Dutt). The song was a funny parody also shot in a comic setting on screen, mocking at the hypocrite social standards revealing the wide gap between the rich and the poor in relation to the supreme Almighty. And its lyrics using the subjects in reverse order were:
Dekh Tere Bhagwaan Ki Haalat Kya Ho Gayi Insaan,
Kitna Badal Gaya Bhagwaan….., Kitna Badal Gaya Bhagwaan,
Bhookhon Ke Ghar Mein Phera Na Daaley, ‘Sethon’ Ka Ho Mehmaan,
Kitna Badal Gaya Bhagwaan….., Kitna Badal Gaya Bhagwaan!
No doubt the lyrics of the parody presented a much more sarcastic vision of our society as an answer, blaming it all on the supreme power only in return. But at the same time, using the exactly similar thought, meter and composition of another team, certainly gives us a clear idea of the healthy creative environment existing among the talented creators of those times who mutually had an honest wish to have a better and peaceful society ahead in the independent India and did believe in “Imitation as the sincerest form of flattery” complimenting each other.
Interestingly a few years later in 1958, Sahir came up with another introspective answer to two highly esteemed poetic expressions of the most respected Urdu poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal (also known as Allama Iqbal), titled Tarana-e-Hind’ or ‘Tarana-e-Hindi’ (Song of the nation Hindustan) and ‘Tarana-e-Milli’ (Song of the Religious community).

To simplify the terms, we know ‘Tarana-e-Hindi’ by the countrywide popular phrase of “Saarey Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara” and its opening lines go as:
Saarey Jahan Se Achha, Hindustan Hamara,
Hum Bulbuley Hain Is Ki, Yeh Gulsitan Hamara!
Whereas ‘Tarana-e-Milli’ talked about the Islamic community alone beginning as:
Cheen-O-Arab Hamaara, Hindustan Hamaara,
Muslim Hain Hum, Vatan Hai Saara Jahaan Hamaara!
Taking the two expressions together, Sahir again came up with an exceptional, hard hitting parody using similar phrases in film Phir Subah Hogi (1958 – based on Dostoevysky’s Crime & Punishment) sung by Mukesh in the music direction of Khaiyyam (film directed by Ramesh Saigal). And the answer very daringly depicted the cynical realities of life simply rejecting the optimistic vision of Muhammad Iqbal in a rebellious manner as:
Cheen-O-Arab Hamaara, Hindustan Hamaara,
Rehney Ko Ghar Nahin Hai, Saara Jahaan Hamaara!

Jitni Bhi Buildingen Thi, ‘Sethon’ Ne Baant Li Hain
Footpath Bambai Ke Hain Aashiyaan Hamaara
Soney Ko Hum Qalandar, Aatey Hain Bori Bandar
Har Ek Coolie Yahaan Ka, Hai Raazdan Hamaara

Cheen-O-Arab Hamaara, Hindustan Hamaara,
Rehney Ko Ghar Nahin Hai, Saara Jahaan Hamaara!
It is said that the song became a youth anthem at that time, just a decade after the Indian independence when all educated unemployed youngsters had no clear directions of where to move ahead with their individual careers. Considered as ‘controversial lyrics’ it was well-noticed by the authorities too for its unpleasant but true representation of the times by the one and only Sahir Ludhianvi, who till date finds no parallel when it comes to such poetic-satirical comment on the sad state of our society and its changing mindsets. For instance just look at the word “Seth” (Capitalists) used in both the songs mentioned above painting an ugly picture of the wide divide, painfully exploiting the poor.
However the biggest irony is that the meaningful lyrics written by the blessed poet in the mid 50s are still equally relevant in the present, after more than half a century gone and many generations changed. In fact that’s what perfectly represents the introspective, futuristic vision of an extraordinary poet with incomparable writing skills fondly known as Sahir Ludhianvi.
Incidentally Sahir too got a sharp answer for his “Taj Mahal” nazm by another renowned poet-lyricist Shakeel Badayuni in film “Leader” (1964) directed by Ram Mukherjee with music composed by Naushad and the track beautifully sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi.
To give you the exact phrase, towards the end of his famous nazm Sahir wrote,
“Ik Shahenshah Ne Daulat Ka Sahaara Le Kar
Hum Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Urhayaa Hai Mazaaq,
Meri Mehboob Kahin Aur Mila Kar Mujh Se!”
And in answer to that Shakeel expressed it in his lyrics as,
“Ik Shahenshah Ne Banwa Ke Hasin Tajmahal
Saari Duniyaa Ko Mohabbat Ki Nishaani Di Hai,
Iske Saaye Mein Sada Pyaar Ke Charchey Hongey
Khatm Jo Ho Na Sakegi Woh Kahaani Di Hai”
Again two exceptionally talented poets/lyricist of our ‘Golden Era’ at their creative best!

Bobby Sing
© Bobbytalkscinema.com April 2015 
Tags : Sahir Ludhianvi answers Kavi Pradeep and Allama Iqbal, Did You Know facts about Hindi Cinema at bobbytalkscinema, Unknown Hindi Films Facts by Bobby Sing, Lesser known facts about Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing
09 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Ek Baap Chhe BeteMahmood, the most successful comic artist in the history of Hindi cinema, whom distributors insisted to be given a separate individual track in a film despite presence of many big stars, had to deal with a tough personal life unfortunately. And not many know about the versatile actor’s unique film titled EK BAAP CHHE BETE (1978), inspired from his own life story featuring his six sons as suggested by its title and the American wife Tracy playing their respective characters.
Written (story) and directed by the legend himself, the film begins with the words “True Life of Mahmood In A Filmic Way”, boldly showcasing the veteran’s flirting nature resulting in severe personal losses giving an important social message to the audience. And it certainly needs a lot of courage and insight to accept that publically in a project featuring his six grown up sons and wife.
The film has Mausami Chatterjee playing the role of his first wife Madhu and Mrs. Tracy Mahmood herself playing the second (American) wife gracefully (the mother of his two youngest kids). Mahmood’s sons Masood Ali aka Pucky Ali, Maqsood Ali aka Lucky Ali, Maqdoom Ali aka Macky Ali, Masoom Ali, Mansoor Ali and Manzoor Ali play the six brothers in the family who were also seen in films like Kunwara Baap (Macky - 1974), Yehi Hai Zindagi (Lucky – 1977) and Hamare Tumhare (Masood, Lucky - 1979). Later Lucky Ali made a name for himself in the Indi-pop scene of the late 90s and Macky was also seen in a hit song video “Yaaron Sab Dua Karo” sung by Ram Shankar.
With its soundtrack composed by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri & Mrs. Tracy Mahmood, EK BAAP CHHE BETE has fine songs such as “Ghadi Milan Ki Aayi”, “Daddy Don’t Go” and more sung by Kishore Kumar, Sulakshana Pandit and all kids. In addition it also has a track sung by Mahmood towards the end with the opening lines “Buddhi Teri Chaal Buddhi" along with Sulakshna Pandit, Vijeyta Pandit and Lucky Ali.
Another exciting feature of the film is the long list of entertaining cameos in it by renowned artists like Jaya Bhaduri, Kishore Kumar, I. S. Johar, Keshto Mukherjee, Yogeeta Bali, Shobha Khote, Bindu, Mukri, Mohan Choti, Jr. Mehmood and Nutan in a surprisingly modern avatar.
Produced by Ashok Shinde, though the film might not be rated as a well made attempt looking into the life of a once highly successful film-star father of six sons, EK BAAP CHHE BETE still remains a well intentioned project that makes you meet a different Mahmood willing to accept his mistakes of life honestly, ending on a thoughtful note addressing all the husbands saying,
“The End.......... BUT Be Faithful To Your Wife”
Indeed a very sincere and courageous effort from the legendary artist Mahmood.
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14 January 2015 / bobbysing /
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