You have composed the breezy song Haule Haule for singer Sadhana Jejurikar. Why did you not also sing a duet with her for the album?
Yes. I have composed the lilting song Haule Haule for Sadhana Jejurikar’s single which is being brought out by T-Series. It is a breezy romantic number which highlights the mystic element in a romantic relationship. The reason I did not sing a duet with her is that I wanted her to hog all the attention that she gets for the song. I told her that I wanted her to establish herself with her album first and only then sing with other singers.
What made you say yes to her when the offer came to you to compose the song?
Though I am a singer by profession, I would say that music direction is my hobby. Sadhana Jejurikar has painstakingly written the biography of Ghulam Aliji after waiting for almost three years and is very passionate about singing. I saw her lagan for music. It isn’t the first time that I have composed the song for a female singer. I had composed Aabshaar E Ghazal way back in 1984 for Asha Bhosle Ji too.
You are known more as a singer than a music director. Why?
The reason today I am known more as a singer than a music director is because I have never believed in promoting myself as a music composer though I have composed for not only Aabshaar E Ghazal but also Leslie Lewis and come up with an album with him called Colonial Cousins, besides several films in Tamil. Though I have been active in the industry as a singer since (the) 80s, I have mostly composed songs only for myself.
Though you had given a break to music director A.R. Rahman when he entered the industry with “Roja” way back in 1992, you do not seem to sing for him these days. Why?
I didn’t give Rahman his break as a music director. It would be pretentious on my part to say that I had given a break to A.R. Rahman though I had sung his first song in “Roja.” His style keeps on changing from year to year and he keeps brisk pace by giving a break to new voices. Besides he is also into singing.
I am practical enough to know that my sound belongs to the 90s and people will be automatically reminded of the songs of 90s as and when I sing today. Hindi films today do not need artists who belong to my age group as sound has changed to a great extent today and its timber is quite different. From the 90s till 2010, it was only me and hence a change is really needed. Also, singers from the earlier era are actually not needed at all today. It’s actually the law of nature or calls it mathematics.
Yet no one can deny that you are busy today too!
You bet. I am in fact more busy than what It was in the 90s because of the proliferation of the music reality shows today, which gives mass education. When I hear the kids today, I feel it is good that I have receded from the scene and glad that my time is over. However, I can never be a part of a musical reality show anymore today because I cannot be harsh on kids and admonish them when they sing a wrong note in front of me.
Your son Akshay Hariharan is today a music director in his right and that too on his own steam.
Yes. I am indeed proud that my son Akshay has branched on his own as a music director today without asking me to help him out. You should listen to the thumri based song that he has composed in Black Home to know his versatility as a music director. He has also composed an International pop album. I’d say that his clarity has sprung from me.
Though an Iyer, Akshay has also composed for the Marathi film Kokanasth for producer Mahesh Manjrekar.
Yes. Besides Black Home, his mellifluous compositions in Kokanasth have also been appreciated. Soon, Akshay and I will be collaborating on an EDM. It will be a Hindi fusion album
Your son Karan Hariharan has taken up acting.
Yes. My son Karan made his debut with the film ‘Missing on a Week-End’ which was released last year
PM Narendra Modi Trailer Released
After a long wait (and just short of the Lok Sabha elections,) the trailer of the biopic about PM Narendra Modi was released today. With Vivek Oberoi playing Narendra Modi, the trailer maps out the Prime Minister’s life from before his entrance into politics to being a Prime Minister. With subtle prosthetics and makeup done the right way, Oberoi has pulled off Modi’s character perfectly.
Opening to the days of Modi’s life as a tea seller at a railway station, the trailer moves forward to show how Modi ended up as one of the most important persons in India. With hard hitting slogans, the tri colour fluttering with pride and hints of anti Pakistani sentiments, this movie is a tribute to Modi. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) March 20, 2019
Apart from giving us an insight into Modi’s life, the trailer also shows us what to expect from the different characters in the film. Furthermore, it also shows us Modi’s life as a child and about his self imposed exile from family and marriage life. From rescuing Muslims, to saving a burning Gujarat and to the victory of Modi’s party in 2014, this trailer shows Narendra Modi as not just a leader, but a man of action.
While some people argue, this movie is about furthering and promoting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections, others say it is a dedication to the Party’s leader. Also starring Boman Irani, Manoj Sinha, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht, Darshan Rawal, Akshat R. Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar, this biopic is directed by Omung Kumar.
With most of the film shot in Gujarat, the biopic is co produced by Sandeep Ssingh, Suresh Oberoi and Anand Pandit. Initially scheduled to release on the 12th of April, the release date of PM Narendra Modi was changed. This movie is now slated to hit the screens on the 5th of April this year.
Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now
After keeping us all waiting with bated breath for something other than just a teaser, the makers of Kalank have finally released a brand new song! Titled Ghar More Pardesiya, this new song doesn’t have a conventional pair as the lead but is instead, centered around Alia Bhatt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s characters.
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the voice has been given by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade. The song opens to Alia Bhatt’s and Varun Dhawan’s characters entering a Ramleela performance. While on the one side of the stage, Laxman draws the epic Lakshman Rekha in front of Sita, Madhuri Dixit’s character is seen swinging on the other side. Listen to the song here.
GHAR MORE PARDESIYA 💃 https://t.co/Lerpmqz3sW#Kalank @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial @remodsouza @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies @ZeeMusicCompany #GharMorePardesiya
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 18, 2019
What makes this song stand out is the way the attention to detail and the old school charm the song has. From the way the song was picturised, to the way Madhuri and Alia are dressed, the picturisation of this song has been perfectly done.
Days before the song was released, Alia teased everyone with tiny bits and pieces about how the shoot for the song went, “A song that gave me sleepless nights, days & months is coming very very soon.. I think you can safely say that I have never been SO nervous for anything in my life.. *screams frantically and hides under bed* You may have to send a search party to find me. Meanwhile watch this space for more.”
Directed by Abhishek Varman (known for other brilliant movies like 2 States,) this movie is the most awaited film of this year. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles, Kalank is all set to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!
Photograph Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a street photographer who walks the streets of Mumbai trying to create special memories through polaroids. Into his frame walks Miloni (a CA, played by Sanya Malhotra.) However, while Rafi seems to think Miloni should definitely get a picture clicked, the latter is reluctant. Miloni finally succumbs to Rafi’s charms and persuasion skills and gets a picture clicked. The moment Rafi takes the picture, a conversation strikes up between Miloni and Rafi. The rest of the movie maps out to a family meeting on pretense and a slow romance in the works! With Miloni pretending to be Rafi’s fiancé Noor, the movie shows how the leads start getting closer even though they are playing a facade.
Despite being part of a world which is constantly obsessed with social media and staying connected, Ritesh Batra has created a setting similar to old school romance. As always, Ritesh Batra has breathed magic into every scene. Something as simple as a photograph (not a selfie, mind you,) is so powerful, it draws two strangers together. Who would have thought?
Photograph works for one basic reason. It pulls at the nostalgia strings of your heart! Miloni and Rafi realise they really do have a lot of things in common and these similar tastes and similar dislikes form the basis of a beautiful friendship between them, with hints of something more in the offing.
Like always, Nawazuddin’s acting skills are par excellence. With every line delivered perfectly and a perfect characterization of Rafiq, Nawazuddin delivers his dialogues with skills only a seasoned actor has. On her part, Sanya Malhotra also plays the role of Miloni really well. While in the beginning, she plays a reserved and slightly aloof character, Sanya seems to grow in a manner which shows her acceptance of the character she’s playing.
With some lines of resemblance drawn from Basu Chatterjee’s Chhoti Si Baat, Ritesh Batra has made quite a masterpiece with Photograph. All in all, with the cinematography and music adding a really fine feeling to the entire movie, this Ritesh Batra directorial is a delight. Watch it for the subtle nuances and the simplicity of the entire tale!
Kalank Teaser Out Now
After a long, long while, the makers of Kalank just dropped the teaser and by the looks of things, it is every bit worth the long wait. Painting a series of stories involving drama, love and multiple emotions, the teaser introduces us to the different characters of this film. A little longer than two minutes, the teaser is captivating in every sense of the word.
First comes Madhuri Dixit as Begum Bahaar, then Sonakshi Sinha as Satya and finally, Alia Bhatt as Roop. While the female characters of Kalank seem to be written well, the male characters have just as special a story to tell. From Varun Dhawan as Zafar, a daredevil bullfighter, to Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhary and to Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhary, Varman has truly thought out the cast! Watch the teaser here and now!
The world of #Kalank coming to life! Presenting the #KalankTeaser! https://t.co/LislwpoSSd@duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial #SajidNadiadwala @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 12, 2019
While the teaser doesn’t give a big clue about whose love story it is going to adress, the hints are certainly dropped with amazing subtlety. With only two dialogues forming the crux of this teaser, the visuals give an insight into what to expect from the film. “Kuchh rishte karzon ke tarah hote hain. Jinhe nibhana nahi, chukana padhta hai,” says Varun Dhawan at the beginning, while Alia Bhatt says the last dialogue, “Jab kisi aur ki barbaadi jeet jaise laage… toh humse zyada barbaad aur koi nahi hai iss duniya mein.”
Directed by Abhishek Varman, this particular movie is set during the last few years of a British governed India. From giving us a glimpse of the beautiful dance sequence by Madhuri Dixit, to showing us different scenes from that point of time, this teaser was needed to see what to expect from the movie. Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank is scheduled to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!
Badla Movie Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
An almost direct adaptation of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest, Badla tells an extremely gripping story. Opening to Naina (played by Taapsee Pannu) pleading guilty, the movie follows the story of how Badal Gupta (played by Amitabh Bachchan,) fights to protect her, no matter what. Naina is accused of killing her boyfriend, Aryan and Badal’s biggest challenge lies in proving how Aryan was killed by someone from outside the house, despite the police finding no external footprints or break in evidence! With the story in itself being so hard hitting, the movie progresses and through every twist, new skeletons are revealed!
Fast paced and quick to the very end, Badla works really well because of the way the story is rendered. Starting with how the story unravels, to moving forward and showing the multiple layers of the different characters in the film, the quick cuts and the multiple transitions between each scene keep you hooked to the very end.
What makes this movie such a treat to watch is how both Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu fit so well into their characters. Furthermore, the way Sujoy Ghosh narrates the entire story, makes Badla an extremely compelling watch. With the way the songs pull the film forward and the way the scenes are done brilliantly, one can really can’t help but marvel at the brilliance and effort which goes into directing a movie like this!
Known for directing other amazing films in the past (like the Kahaani series,) Sujoy Ghosh has once more proven, in order to tell a really great story, there is a certain way to get your message across. All in all, with the storytelling being what it is and the entire cast putting their best foot forward, Badla makes for a very entertaining watch!
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