Lata Mangeshkar ji… kudos to you.

  Now this is a story about conflict between two of Indian Cinema's biggest names who had worked together with great success since the beginning of their major film careers. A fall-out between the two occurred when Lata ji asserted herself raising the issue of royalty to be paid to her; while Raj Kapoor believed … Continue reading Lata Mangeshkar ji… kudos to you.

Drawing Parallels: “The Railway Man”

Last evening I watched "The Railway Man" (2014), a film based on the true story about this British officer, Eric Lomax from Edinburgh up north in Scotland, who at age 24 in 1943 was held PoW at a Japanese camp in the Far East. Inhumanly tortured while in the clutches of the Kempeitai until end … Continue reading Drawing Parallels: “The Railway Man”

Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Music buffs wonder why. "Main Sunder Hoon" (1971)... Just that one film? Die-hard fans of music composers Shankar-Jaikishan, will immediately pipe in with their reasoning for aisa kyun!     Simplistic arguments of S-J fans range from, "Anand Bakshi's songs lacked lyrics; they were a string of words with mere 'tukbandi' (rhyming)." "Anand Bakshi's lyrics … Continue reading Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Another Take on Art, Music, Film, Remix… Priceless!

"... Remix voh hota hai ki kisi ka bhi banaya hua gaana aap pakadiye, yaa chura leejiye. Phir uss mein chaar naye saaz ander daaliye, phir ussey record keejiye, remix keejiye, aur khud maalik ban jaaiye. Bhai kalaa toh kalaa hoti hai, chaahe apni ho yaa paraayi; buss, Laxmi aani chaahiye, chhan-chhan, chhan-chhan, chhan chhan..." … Continue reading Another Take on Art, Music, Film, Remix… Priceless!

A sassy lassie asked her sexy chum, “Umm, so what’s hidden behind the choli?”

Coyly her chum replied, "That's my heart behind the choli"... Sassy lassie, saucy again, asks, "Pray, what's behind the chunari?" Sexy lady shot back, "That's my heart behind the chunari". As these two rustic young girls danced away on screen over two decades ago, off screen, given a chance, some Indians still scream, "Blasphemy! Anand … Continue reading A sassy lassie asked her sexy chum, “Umm, so what’s hidden behind the choli?”