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KAHAANI 2 - A casually written crime thriller based on a sensitive subject that happens to be a forced, unrelated sequel with just a better first half. (Review by Bobby Sing).

ARRIVAL (English) - One might have different views overall, but this should not be missed and essentially needs to be seen in the theater as an unmissable audio-visual marvel spreading the message of PEACE. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MOH MAAYA MONEY - Such immature and outdated crime-deceit drama in the present times could have only been made by a team not well familiar with many crime mystery films or (Hindi/English) novels to be straight. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DEAR ZINDAGI - Unexpectedly repetitive and a wannabe kind of film from a promising director, irresponsibly wasting the earnest performances of both Alia and Shah. (Review by Bobby Sing).

MERE SAPNO KI RANI - The one exceptional phrase connecting K. L. Saigal, Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna together. (Did You Know - 88).

CHAAR SAHIBZAADE : RISE OF BANDA SINGH BAHADUR (Punjabi/Hindi) - With no energetic & exciting portrayal, this can strictly be watched for some lesser known historical facts of the early 18th century, but not as any detailed, insightful account of the era. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DOCTOR STRANGE (English/Hindi) - Begins like a classic but ends on the same routine note with some splendid, worth watching graphics in 3D. (Review by Bobby Sing).

TUM BIN 2 - An emotional first half, likable performances and the nostalgic cult song results in a fairly watchable (average) film, sadly based on an almost exact (cliched) format of its original. (Review By Bobby Sing).

FORCE 2 - If only you interpret a spy movie as nothing else than continuous action, chases, guns, explosions and foreign locations. Strictly avoidable! (Review by Bobby Sing).

ROCK ON 2 - It has a few mature sequences but not recommended even if they offer the tickets in return of the old currency notes. (Review By Bobby Sing).

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December 06, 2016 Tuesday     
ShahjehanIt’s not an unknown fact that Kundan Lal Saigal was the inspiration for many renowned singers of Hindi film music including Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. And the exceptional singer-actor is widely considered as the first superstar of Hindi films too, though the term later came into existence with the arrival of Rajesh Khanna.
Revealing his admiration for the blessed performer, Mohd. Rafi approached Naushad with the wish to sing with Saigal in the mid-40s and providing the dream opportunity to the then young singer, Naushad gave him two lines to sing in the song ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Ruhi, Ruhi, Ruhi” apart from performing in the chorus for film SHAHJEHAN (1946). One of the last films of the star, it also had one of his most famous tracks, ‘Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya’ becoming the swan song of Saigal who died in January 1947 at the age of just 42. Incidentally the hit song, which he reportedly wished to be played on his funeral too!
So among all the true admirers of the singing legend, it was only Rafi who got the rare opportunity to sing just 2 lines in a song as ‘‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Ruhi, Ruhi, Ruhi” in the year 1946 that were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri who interestingly also made a debut as a lyricist with film SHAHJEHAN.
However the song still later found its connection with both Kishore Kumar and Anand Bakshi post two decades in ARADHANA released in 1969, when Bakshi wrote another hit with the same opening phrase ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ and Kishore Kumar made it a rage in the melodious composition by S. D. Burman.
AradhanaConcluding it in a musical manner, where the first “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” was sung by K. L. Saigal along with Mohd. Rafi in the composition of Naushad and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri in the year 1946, the second ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ was sung by Saigal’s admirer Kishore Kumar under the music direction of S. D. Burman with the lyrics by Anand Bakshi in the year 1969.
But sadly where the first is included among the swan songs of the superstar leaving at such an early age, the second announced the arrival of another making a grand musical entry winning hearts all over as Rajesh Khanna.
(Thanks to Jupe Jones and Rakesh Anand Bakshi for giving the idea through their valuable comments and tweets)
Tags : MERE SAPNO KI RANI The one exceptional phrase connecting K. L. Saigal Mohd. Rafi Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna together, Did You Know facts by Bobby Sing at, Rare unknown facts about Hindi Cinem at, One superstar to another, Mere Sapno Ki Rani Ruhi Ruhi, Articles on Music and Cinema by Bobby Sing at BTC.
23 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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Na Jhatko Zulf Se Paani - Bobby Talks

For all young and old friends, this is about a song which you must have heard for sure but might not have noticed the magic worked in it with a specific ‘unusual’ word and a unique expression used to define beauty, probably not to be found in any other love song with such sensitivity and sensuality as I strongly feel.
Firstly, we have a word in Hindi language as "PHOOT" used for breakage (Phoot Gaya Gharha!) or for rudely asking a person to leave in a state of anger (Chal Phoot!). The word is also used for denoting the springs flowing out of the mountains (Jharney Phoot Padey!), a bud transforming into a flower (Konplein Phir Phoot Aayin!) and may be for cursing the destiny too in a comical manner (Phoot Gayi Kismat!) or for crying (Phoot Phoot Ke Rona!). So it’s quite difficult to use this particular word in a sensual love song without making it sound awkward, fitting in the rhythm just perfectly.
However, the task is beautifully done by three masters as the lyricist, composer and singer together incorporating the peculiar word describing a beauty, looking at the tiny droplets of water shining in her hair referred as some precious pearls. And the opening lines go as,
“Na Jhatko Zulf Se Paani, Yeh Moti PHOOT Jayenge,
Tumhara Kuchh Na Bigdega, Magar Dil Toot Jayege”
In fact the creators use the word ‘Phoot’ in such a rhythmic and rhyming manner in the track that unless someone points it out to you, one doesn’t even feel like hearing something inept or lesser poetic in the verse from any angle.
Next you must have heard many ghazals, couplets, nazms or Hindi film songs describing the beautiful lips of a woman using various expressions and delightful poetic comparisons in their respective ‘sheyrs’. But the way they get visualized with an adorable sensuality in this absorbing song, takes the collective creation to a completely different level, again using the word ‘PHOOT’ in an entirely new perspective quite amazingly. And the antra (stanza/verse) goes as,
“Yeh Naazuk Lab Hain Ya Aapas Mein Do Lipti Hui Kaliyan,
Zara Inko Alag Kar Do, Tarannum PHOOT Jayenge,
“Na Jhatko Zulf Se Paani, Yeh Moti PHOOT Jayenge,
Tumhara Kuchh Na Bigdega, Magar Dil Toot Jayege”
The song has been penned by Rajendra Krishan with music by Ravi and rendition by Mohd. Rafi for film SHEHNAI (1964) which was produced and directed by S. D. Narang. On screen it has been picturised on Biswajeet and Rajshri as a couple taking shelter post the rains in an abandoned temple like structure.
You can listen, see and cherish the mesmerizing musical creation at the following link:
Tags : Unique Lyrics in a song from SHEHNAI (1964), Unusual words used in Hindi Film Songs, Lyricist Rajendra Krishan, Music Director Ravi, Mohd. Rafi, SD Narang, Biswajeet, Rajshri, Sensual Hindi Film Songs, Rain Songs
08 September 2016 / bobbysing /
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In the last few years, we have repeatedly seen Hindi Film Music officially borrowing old hit Punjabi tracks from private albums/artists and presenting them before the audience as new melodious film songs playing a smart game. And the names include big ventures such as last decade’s LOVE AAJ KAL to the recent AIRLIFT and the latest BAAR BAAR DEKHO featuring Amar Arshi’s ‘Kala Chashma’.
(Click here to read in details about many recent borrowed Hindi film songs from Punjabi music)
Interestingly a similar kind of smart act can now be found in the soundtracks of few recent hit Punjabi films too, wherein a complete composition of a cult Punjabi track from the past is adapted for a fresh film song, but without any official credits given to its original creators.
Mentioning the most recent example in Punjabi Cinema, just a month back we had Diljit Dosanjh’s SARDAAR JI 2 having a well-made catchy track as ‘Poplin or Jatt Da Pajama” taking its entire composition from an immensely popular 90s song ‘Husna De Maalko” that was composed by veteran Charanjit Ahuja and sung by the renowned Sardool Sikandar in his private album with the same title. In fact “Husna De Maalko” was one of the most successful and highest selling album of that decade with all brilliant songs.
For reference just check :
Sardaar Ji 2’s “Poplin/Jatt Da Pajama”
and “Husna De Maalko” (featuring Yograj Singh in its video presentation)
Second instance is of the film receiving wide appreciation all over for its fabulous content and performances released just last Friday titled BAMBUKAT. And here we have two songs highly inspired from the cult tracks of the past. The title song “Koi Virla Hi Launda Note Bambukat Te” is again based on the composition of Charanjit Ahuja, sung by ‘Kaliyan Da Raja’ Kuldeep Manak as “Goli Maaro Eho Jahe Banuati Yaar De” in one of his famous private albums.
For reference :
Bambukat’s “Koi Viral Hi Launda Note Bambukat Te”
“Goli Maaro Eho Jahe Banuati Yaar De”
And the song “Kainthey Wala Pavey Boliyan” takes it all from Dilshad Akhtar’s famous song “Ghund Kad Lai Pataliye Naarey, Sohreyan Da Pind Aa Gaya”, which ironically had its origin in Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Yaadan Vichhre Sajan Diyan Aayian"
For reference :
Bambukat’s “Kainthey Wala Pavey Boliyan”
Dilshad Akhtar’s “Ghund Kad Lai Pataliye Naarey, Sohreyan Da Pind Aa Gaya”
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Yaadan Vichhrey Sajan Diyan Aayian”
Incidentally both the above mentioned films SARDAAR JI 2 and BAMBUKAT have a common music director as Jatinder Shah.
Third in the list is an upcoming film 25 KILLE which also features probably the first ever ‘Single Take’ song in a Punjabi film as “Wah Oh Rabba Mereya” with music by Jaidev Kumar, that is completely based on a composition in which the Late Hazara Singh Ramta used to sing his immensely enjoyable comic poetry in the last century.
For reference :
25 Kille’s “Wah Oh Rabba Mereya”
“Ramta Navi Delhi Wich”
Continuing the trend in a different manner, another upcoming film MAIN TERI TU MERA has a song “Shama Pai Gayian” with music by Gurcharan Singh, taking its entire inspiration from a Pakistani singer Bushra Sadiq’s track “Aaja Ve Akhiyan Rondiyan”, which was earlier there on Youtube, but now has been taken off for some unknown reasons. And this particular track is a true gem to cherish, if you haven’t heard it before.
For reference :
Main Teri Tu Mera’s “Shama Pai Gayian”
and Bushra Sadiq’s
“Aa Ja Ve Akhiyan Rondiyan”
As a personal opinion, it’s really great if the music directors wish to make the present generation aware of our rich Punjabi music heritage by adapting these compositions as their fresh film songs enhanced with the new-age advancements. But deservingly mentioning the original source, would have certainly taken these inspired creations to a much higher respectable level unarguably.
(Note: Sharing the above instances, I did check the details posted at their official Youtube links but couldn’t find any mention of the original sources. So please do let me know if they are anywhere mentioned by the makers that I might have missed reading the long lists of the credits shared at their individual pages.)
Tags : New Inspired Songs in Punjabi films, Punjabi Songs inspired from Old Punjabi hits, Copied from Charanjit Ahuja compositions, Copied from Hazara Singh Ramta, Rich Punjabi Music Heritage, Bambukat, Sardaar ji 2, 25 Kille, Main Teri Tu Mera Inspired Songs, Bushra Sadiq Inspired song, Inspired Punjabi Music
03 August 2016 / bobbysing /
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