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July 23, 2014 Wednesday     
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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Every passionate reader loves the sight of countless books nicely stacked in big racks in major book shops or reputed libraries with proper titling or numbering. And in 99.9% cases this vision of books always has them placed vertically with the text at the spine readable with a 90 degree angle tilt.
However you would be surprised to know that though almost every shop or library keeps its books in the more famous vertical style only, it actually is not a perfect or ideal way of keeping them all when it comes to the marginally thick HARDBOUND ones.
Luckily I came to know about this rare fact through a monthly newsletter of ‘Hind Pocket Books’ read in the late 90s. And thought of sharing it today with all my readers here after a recent incident at a friend’s house, who had many big fat LAW books in his personal collection, but all in pretty bad shape with their binding coming out due to a specific reason.
Library-Tip-at-bobbytalkscinema.com10Now getting on to the valuable tip, it more deals with the Hardbound books and not the Paperback editions which we all have in our personal collections in a decent number. So if you take a look at the first picture in the left, it shows a paperback edition with all its pages touching the ground properly which indicates that it can be kept both ways, i.e. vertically as well as horizontally without causing any harm.
But when it comes to our Hardbound editions then they do have a visible marginal difference in their page dimensions and the thick outer cover holding the book together. Now if you look at the picture 2 & 3, it clearly shows that when we keep a good fat hardbound book vertically then there always remains a gap between its pages and the base level of our shelves touched by its thick outer sides.
Now this doesn’t cause any damage in the first few months. But as time goes by, the bunch of pages start bending with a tilt towards the base due to their own heavy weight, which in turn causes the gum tearing off from the top as highlighted in the picture number 4. In fact, more the thickness of the book more will be the weight of its pages causing the gum tearing off sooner. And that is the reason all the thick hardbound books always have a loose kind of binding after a few years. But on the other side, if we place them all horizontally, then the entire weight of the pages gets evenly balanced and there is no gap causing the gum coming off with time.
Hence it can be easily concluded that where the paperback editions of our valuable collection can be placed in both ways (vertically as well as horizontally), there the thick hardbound editions essentially need to be kept only in horizontal position, in order to give a more longer life to their binding, staying the same for many more years.
Now as I explained the same to my dear friend, the next time I visited his house, he had all his thick Law books lying flat one over the other and he was quite happy saving his true guides taking an extra care of them all, after a long gap.
Having said that, no doubt in a big library, its easier to compile books in the same old vertical form, following the set routine of ages. But adding a new life to the big books placing them all in the other way doesn’t seem to be an inconceivable idea at all, which cannot be incorporated. Interestingly that will also make the titles readable in a much easier manner to a person searching for his one desired book amongst all.
Anyway, leaving the libraries to decide on their own, we can at least begin the same from our own lovable collections at home. And even if it causes a major reshuffle to be done spending a good amount of time and effort, it is certainly going to add a few more years to the life of our beloved books for sure, quite logically.
So in case are now watching many of your thick hardbound books lying vertically in the shelves, then do take out some time and get on to the task of placing them all horizontally at the earliest.
(© Bobbytalkscinema.com June 2014)
Tags : Valuable Tip for Home Library, How to add more life to your hardbound books, Articles on Books by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing, How to take extra care of your best friends- your books.
25 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Surender-Mohan-PathakApart from the world of cinema, the other domain I love to visit on regular basis remains the world of detectives, crime investigations and thrillers in a pure Indian style, found in ‘Hindi Detective Novels’ penned by authors led by Surendra Mohan Pathak from the front (along with Ved Prakash Sharma, Col. Ranjeet & more) . In fact in my teenage years, when the other kids used to read comics, I always had my eyes on the fat crime thriller novels placed in the racks of those small book shops from where we could get them all (along with the desired comics) on a very nominal rent ranging from 50 paise to 1 rupee only.
But unfortunately (and without any clear reasoning too), there was always a certain kind of repulsion expressed for these detective novels by the elders and we forcibly had to read them either away from our home or hiding in a lesser visited zone of the house becoming the rebellion kid. Now in those years the restriction was quite logical since such books were not supposed to be read by children in their early teen years, which was very right if considered from the parent’s mindset.
However much time has passed (almost three decades) and I simply fail to understand the same sick mindset which still considers these Hindi Detective novels written by our own authors, as some cheap publications having a low-grade content, even after all these years of new age development & education. Yes, there was a time when they were all published on a very low quality paper without any standard typesetting or printing as followed by the other big publications. But thankfully, the scenario has entirely changed now and even reputed international publishing houses like HARPER COLLINS are now releasing the same authors (like IBNE SAFI & SMP) with an immense pride and publicity in a grand style (in Hindi).
Yet somehow, the basic projection about these so called Local detective novels remains the same in the vision of general public which is nothing but a sad & shameful approach of looking at our own creations with an inferiority complex. 
Interestingly I recently had a personal experience of such sickening show of double standards followed by our own people, when I was just reading (again) the first novel of Vimal Series written by the pioneer of this particular genre, Surender Mohan Pathak – a living phenomenon in this field, undoubtedly.
Maut Ka KhelThe novel was titled MAUT KA KHEL and it had a filmy hand-drawn picture on its cover of a scared lady and the hero with a revolver, as shared in the left. A friend just entered my room (as we had a plan to go out in the evening together) and finding me still lying in the sleep mode, he sat down along the bed and picked up the novel placed on the side table, just like that.
After looking at the book casually, turning a few pages reading some random lines here and there, he carelessly threw it back on the table as if it was something useless and said,
“You still read such kind of cheap stuff?”
Having noticed his entire process of examining the book and listening to his sarcastic comment passed, I quickly got up and asked him a few simple questions calmly. And my questionnaire put to him was:
“Have you ever read any such kind of Hindi Detective Novel before?”
The answer was….. “NO”
“Do you know anything about the writer Surender Mohan Pathak and his various self-created characters be it a newspaper reporter, a private detective, a professional vault breaker and more?”
The answer was again…… “NO”
“Have you read any of Surender Mohan Pathak’s investigative novel in particular?”
The reply remained the same…..“NO”
“In that case, kindly enlighten me that how did you jump at the conclusion that this is something very cheap and not readable at all by any standards by you or any of your dear friends?”
Beginning with a fumble he said, “It’s true that I haven’t read any of these Hindi crime thrillers, but just this title and the look of the cover gives me an impression of something below standard frankly!”
“Ok” I accepted calmly and continued, “The title of this novel is MAUT KA KHEL …….. right!”
“Right” he said vaguely.
“Fine, now answer this one question honestly like a sincere friend………….that,
Had this been an English Novel lying beside my bed with the title THE GAME OF DEATH written by any foreign author let’s say by a Jonathan Hackman (???)……….., then would you have the same things to say about the novel like you have just said about the Hindi one?
My friends stared at me for a while, had nothing to say in his defence and then whispered these few words in a very low volume,
“NO, May be I would have not said anything inferior about the novel then, frankly!”
I was really glad to hear that since he had answered it without any hiding or without any deliberately made-up line and that was exactly the point I wished to make in front of him regarding the inferiority complex hidden in our minds about the language ……….and I said,
“Yes brother, this is exactly what I wish to say here that when its written MAUT KA KHEL by Surender Mohan Pathak, then you feel like having read something cheap due to your own inferiority complex towards such content published in Hindi. But on the other hand if I translate the same title in English becoming THE GAME OF DEATH written by a foreign name then you suddenly feel the opposite as if it is something great to read and a reputed thing too cause its all written in English.
Putting it differently, MAUT KA KHEL sounds cheap to you but THE GAME OF DEATH doesn’t or in a similar way BANK DACAITY would look like something downgrade to you but BANK ROBBERY will not……………..which in my opinion remains a sheer display of a double standard mentality full of hypocrisy and inferiority complex felt towards your own national language.”
Being a well-educated person eager to learn more, my friend readily understood the argument presented and accepted his mistake of just passing some rude comments on something which he had not even read or experienced himself………… only because of the language and the weak presentation.
Now luckily, my friend did get the point and I hope many friends reading this piece would also understand the pain expressed regarding this particular genre of Hindi Detective Novels, struggling hard to find their due respect and recognition even after more than half a century since 1960s.
However accepting the bitter truth, I have to admit that despite having all the love for the language deep in our Indian hearts, many friends would still prefer reading a book titled AFTER THE MIDNIGHT in English instead of AADHI RAAT KE BAAD in Hindi, since its not easy to get away with that avoidable complex deep engraved in our psyche since ages.
Still I would like to end with a positive hope that no doubt HISTORY is sure going to remember them all playing a major role in this specific genre since 1960s, but I do wish our talented writers soon get their due respect and fame (in their lifetime only) with HIS BLESSINGS.
Tags : Hindi Detective Novels, Hypocricy and Complex felt for Hindi Novels as compared to English, Surender Mohan Pathak, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing, Nostalgic Articles on the good old 80s, King of Pulp fiction in India SMP
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