Every time we watch a film, there are certain elements from the movie which leave a lasting mark. From the music to the background effects to the script, everything comes together in a manner which could either break or make the movie. While some movies became an instant hit purely because of the actors or the script, others have become famous for their amazing songs and background scores. Today, we take a look at how the Piper sang and drew people to the theaters not in singles, but in massive numbers!
1. Mughal E Azam
A period drama showing the much talked about love between Saleem and Anarkali, what made this movie so great was not just the movie, but the background score and music as well! More than 50 years after its release, the songs from Mughal E Azam are always at the back of our minds. From songs about proving your love (Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya) to songs about eternal hope (Shubh Din Ayo,) all the songs were perhaps some of the best Bollywood could offer. Listen to Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya here.
2. Umrao Jaan
While Umrao Jaan tells the story of a girl sold to a brothel for revenge, what makes the film so remarkably beautiful is the songs. Exploring different sides of love, heartbreak and pain in a manner like never before, songs like Dil Cheez Kya Hai and In Aankhon Ki Masti Main address exactly how one feels during heartbreaking times. For those who would like to know, the mujra Rekha performs during In Aankhon Ki Masti Main still gives everyone electrifying goosebumps! Listen to the song here!
An epic movie in the sense that it had Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan in the lead roles, the film broke all records when it released. However, what made this movie so great is it had some of the best songs of the time. In fact, even before the film hit the screens, the title track of Silsila instantly stuck in the minds of the listeners. With lyrics that calmed your aching soul and music that made even the tone deaf sit up and listen, the title track was the perfect balm to cold hearts. If you do not know what I am talking about, then you absolutely have to listen to it here and now!
4. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
The entire album from this movie has been named as perhaps the best music album in the Bollywood world at the time. While the movie in itself was really good, the songs were the perfectly delicious cherry on the top. While the title track was beautiful, to say the least, it was the song Salaam E Ishq that put Muqaddar Ka Sikandar on the map of great films! Listen to the song here!
5. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Who can say no to a love story revolving around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol? While the story had everything you would want (family drama, the stoic father and the rich brat with no real future,) what really drew everyone to the theaters in numbers even years after the release was the wonderful music. With both Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar giving their voice to this beautiful film, songs like Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna and Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaana Sanam are still among our top ten favourite songs list! Listen to Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaana Sanam here!
While the script for this particular Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan film was slightly contrived, what made the film better was the amazing music. An all time favourite song from this overly dramatic movie was Boro Boro because it was sung by the eternally famous Arash! Starring Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles, this song was the main reason for the film to become a success! Listen to the song here!
7. Rock On
Rock On, as a movie was amazing on its own, there is absolutely no denying the fact. However, what made Rock On so much better was the brilliant music. What came as an added bonus was this film was perhaps the first time Farhan Akhtar sang a song himself! A movie about exploring oneself, growing in and out of friendships and realising music was the characters’ first true love, Rock On still gives viewers goosebumps every time they watch the movie! Listen to Sinbad the Sailor here!
8. Band Baaja Baaraat
While Band Baaja Baaraat was known for marking the Bollywood debut of Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh, not many know it also marked the debut of international singer, Natalia Di Luccio. An Italian Canadian singer famous for her YouTube channel, Natalia’s voice was so strong in this film that she gave her voice to not one, but ten films after! Listen to the song here.
What is your favourite song and film? Comment and let us know!
Bollywood Movies Making It Hard To Wait For 2019
Move over 2018, your reign is coming to an end. With the new year coming upon us, it is only befitting to bid adieu to some of the truly brilliant films released in the past year to welcome some amazing movies in the new year! From Kesari to Brahmastra to Super 30, here’s our list of movies you have to watch in 2019!
Perhaps one of Karan Johar’s most ambitious projects to date, not only does Brahmastra have an impressive cast, it also has a wonderful storyline. Directed by Ayan Mukherji, this film is going to be released in multiple parts and is going to have Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead roles. Touted to be a romantic fairy tale with a supernatural spin to it, the first part of Brahmastra is scheduled to hit the screens on 15th August, 2019.
With Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead in this political thriller, Thackeray talks about the life of Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Indian political party, Shiv Sena. While not much has been revealed about what to expect from this film, with such an exciting script and lead, the movie definitely seems to be promising. Thackeray is scheduled to hit the screens during January next year!
Starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles, Kesari tells the story of the Battle of Saragarhi. With a focus on the life and times of Havildar Ishar Singh, who fought hard to earn the respect of his daughter, Kesari tells a compelling story. Kesari is scheduled to hit the screens on 22nd March next year!
4. Super 30
While one would have thought the biopics trend was for this year and the last, Bollywood seems to think otherwise. A biopic about the life of Anand Kumar, a professor credited for making the dreams come true of those who could not afford to study, Super 30 stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead role. With debutant Mrunal Thakur playing the female lead, the film is scheduled to hit the screens during January 2019!
5. Hera Pheri 3
If you are an avid Bollywood films’ fan, then you cannot be more excited for the release of the third installment in the Hera Pheri series. With most of the original cast like Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal, this new part will see a smattering of new faces! While the release date hasn’t been finalised yet, the excitement levels certainly are at an all time high!
6. Gully Boy
Based on the lives of the extremely popular rappers, Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy, who are primarily known for their song, Mere Gully Mein, Gully Boy is one of the most anticipated films for the coming year. With Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, the movie is scheduled to hit the screens on Valentine’s Day next year. You know what you are going to do then, right?
With its fair share of ups and downs, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika is finally scheduled to hit the screens next year. Based on the epic life of Rani of Jhansi, the movie sees Kangana play not only the role of the lead actress, but also the role of a director for the first time in her career. Originally scheduled to hit the screens at the end of this year, Manikarnika is finally going to release on the 25th of January, 2019!
With so many films to look forward to, 2019 is definitely going to be an exciting for Bollywood. What movie are you waiting to watch? Comment and let us know!
Simmba Song, Aankh Marey, Is Here
“Oh God! One more remake!” is Karan Johar’s opening line in Aankh Marey (a remake of the song from the 1996 movie, Tere Mere Sapne,) the just dropped song from Ranveer Singh’s and Rohit Shetty’s upcoming film, Simmba! While the last few years were all about the makeovers and revised versions, this old favourite has been remade quite well! Unlike the other remakes which released this year, Aankh Marey seems fresh and entertaining, without destroying the feels of the original song.
Written by Shabbir Ahmed, this song opens to Karan Johar dancing to the beats. Moving through the song, there are different scenes with Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh grooving to the tunes of this peppy number. Listen to it here.
Old-skool jam <—> Nu-skool cred !!!
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— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) December 6, 2018
The makers also give us a special performance in the middle of the song! While there was talk about a special appearance, not many would have thought it was going to be made by the Golmaal cast! Halfway through the song, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade and Tushar Kapoor join Arshad Warsi in paying respects to the original song from Tere Mere Sapne. While the original version of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, this new song is sung by Neha Kakkar, Mika Singh and Kumar Sanu.
Simmba is a remake of the 2015 Tollywood super hit movie, Temper. Directed by Rohit Shetty, this film sees Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan playing key roles. Furthermore, Simmba also sees Sonu Sood in a very strong negative role. Simmba is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to hit the screens on the 28th of December this year!
Uri Trailer Released
After keeping us all on tenterhooks with stills and teasers from Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal’s next film, the makers finally dropped the trailer a little while ago. Although the teaser and the posters had already set the anticipation levels quite high, the trailer increased the hype all the more.
The just dropped trailer tells the story of how the Indian Army conducted a series of surgical strikes in retaliation to the alleged attacks by a terror group from Pakistan in Uri, a district in Kashmir. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) December 5, 2018
The trailer opens with Yami Gautami (playing the role of an intelligence officer) interrogating a suspect. The two and a half minute trailer then moves forward to show Vicky Kaushal training his team and delivering a hard hitting speech which makes his soldiers fight for India with renewed vigour. The line, “Indian Army didn’t start this war, but we will bloody hell finish it,” forms the central crux of this thrilling movie and is seen resonating throughout the trailer as well.
It’s refreshing to see Bollywood deliver such a hard hitting and intense drama after such a long time. With Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautami and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, Uri: The Surgical Strike promises to be an exciting watch, to say the least. Directed and written by Aditya Dhar, Uri: The Surgical Strike has all the leads putting their best foot forward.
Speaking about Uri: The Surgical Strike, Dhar earlier said, “This is the story of what happened in those eleven days. It’s an honour and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true-life incident.” Uri: The Surgical Strike is scheduled to hit the screens on the 11th of January, 2019!
World AIDS Day 2018: Movies That Raised Awareness On AIDS
Over the years, Bollywood has tried hard to broach subjects which are considered a taboo. AIDS is one such issue. On World AIDS Day, here’s taking a look at movies which tried to remove the stigma around HIV and tried to raise awareness about the subject!
1. AIDS Jaago
Directed by Farhan Akhtar, Mira Nair, Santosh and Vishal Bharadwaj, AIDS Jaago was a series of four short stories which aimed to spread awareness about AIDS. Addressing the issue and breaking the myths related to this disease, these short stories conveyed strong points. Called Migration, Blood Brothers, Positive and Prarambha, the four short stories came from different parts of the country and each had a different point to make about AIDS.
2. Phir Milenge
Directed by Revathi with Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan in the lead roles, Phir Milenge talked about how an employee was wrongfully terminated after being diagnosed with HIV. Inspired by Philadelphia, Phir Milenge worked primarily because it didn’t sensationalize AIDS and talked about the things people who contract it have to go through in their lives post the diagnosis.
3. My Brother…Nikhil
Directed by Onir, the film My Brother…Nikhil had Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri in the lead roles. Based on the story of Dominic D’Souza, an AIDS activist and a man who worked at the World Wildlife Fund, this film focused on the issue of not just HIV/AIDS, but on homosexuality as well! With Nikhil as the protagonist, the movie maps his life after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Not only does he get thrown out of all the teams he was a part of, his parents also disown him. What makes this movie so beautiful is that despite the amount of things Nikhil faces, his sister stands by him through thick and thin!
Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Nidaan tells the story of a girl who contracts HIV/AIDS because of a blood transfusion that goes horribly wrong. Unlike the other movies mentioned in this list, what makes this particular film so special is the emotional angle the director takes on with the film. While the technical aspects of the movie aren’t spot on, the fact that the family wants to spend whatever time they have with their daughter is what makes one empathize with the story!
A short film directed by Farhan Akhtar, Positive talks about how a man finds out his father was diagnosed with HIV a long time ago. With only a little time left, the story talks about how the son has to come to terms with his father’s extra marital affair and about how he chooses to deal with the little time the two have left. With Arjun Mathur, Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani playing the lead roles in this film, Positive tries to bring out what a family goes through when hit with a news like this.
6. 68 Pages
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan, 68 Pages talks about the relationship between an HIV counsellor and the five patients who come to her for therapy. Perfectly showing the different stigmas around AIDS as a disease and showing how people deal with the disease once diagnosed. An emotionally detached movie, 68 Pages was apt in more ways than one, even more so because the counsellor talks about how she feels in the 68 pages of her diary!
Today, on World AIDS Day, here is looking forward to more movies which address this issue. If you think we missed out on other movies which have to be on this list, comment and let us know!
Robo 2.0: Five Reasons To Watch
Rajinikanth’s and Akshay Kumar’s highly anticipated film, 2.0, is all set to hit the screens tomorrow and people cannot be more excited. With all the buzz going around the sequel to Enthiran, there is definitely more than one reason to watch this amazing film, right? Still not convinced? Worry not, because we have a list of reasons which will definitely make you want to watch this unique movie on the big screens tomorrow!
1. Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth
While there have been other films where Tollywood and Bollywood actors acted together in key roles, it is definitely going to be the first time Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth are going to share the silver screen. While Akshay Kumar plays the super villain all set to bring down a world of pain, Rajinikanth is going to play the role of the good guy! What could be more interesting than watching one of Bollywood’s finest play the bad guy opposite the Superstar of Tollywood? Interestingly, this is also the first time Amy Jackson will be seen sharing the same screen space as these two stars!
2. Akshay Kumar as a super villain
Akshay Kumar, who won the National Film Award for playing the role of a good guy, is going to play a super villain for the first time in his career. Be it in movies like Toilet Ek Prem Katha or in Holiday, Akshay Kumar has always played the good guy and to see him play the opposite character in 2.0 is going to be interesting, to say the least!
3. The huge budget of this movie
While there have been other movies made on a massive budget, Rajinikanth’s and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 is perhaps one of the most expensive ones to date. Made with Rs. 545 crores, the makers of 2.0 spent a lot on the promotions as well. In fact, when the first poster was launched, the team spent a whopping Rs. 6 crores on the launch party alone!
4. Music and VFX
The makers made sure they left no stone unturned to ensure 2.0 is a visual treat like no other. With advanced technology and a VFX team that made sure they gave this movie their all, 2.0 is going to be one of the most technologically advanced movies ever made in recent history. Furthermore, with the music of the film composed by A.R. Rahman, excitement is definitely what can be expected.
5. The plot
Not only is Robot 2.0 a crossover film like no other, it also has a really interesting storyline. While the prequel to the film ended with parts of Rajinikanth’s character,Chitti, the robot, scattered all over the screen, it is going to be intriguing to see how the script forges his body parts back together and to see what path the characters follow through the movie!
With so many firsts coming together in one movie, this movie is going to be worth the wait for sure. Hurry and book your tickets now, if you haven’t already!
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