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As the year is approaching towards the end, let’s go back and see the songs Bollywood gave us this year which will stay with us for a longer time. Definitely, you made some more additions to list. Don’t forget to mention those in the comment section.
- Ik Kudi – Udta Punjab – Song sung by Shahid Mallya gives chills in bones every time. Lyrics by Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi brings the pain and agony of being lost. But at the same time it gives undying hope.
2. Jeete Hain Chal: Song starts with Mahamrityunjay mantra, and that itselfs gives goose bumps. Hope and meaning of life put in one of the best motivational hindi song of all time. Dynamic trio of Prasson Joshi, Kavita Seth and Vishal brought us the magic of music through this song.
3. Channa MereyaM So one more reason to keep loving Arjit Singh is “Channa Mereya”. Pain of one-sided immortal love and separation will remain with us forever with this song.
4. Kho Gaye Hum Kahan: We all might not love this movie but everyone one was in love with the music of “Baar Baar Dekho”. Jasleen Royal & Prateek Kuhad, the rising talent prove their presence with the innocence of love in this song.
5. Love You Zindagi: Amit Trivedi always comes with a new breeze and freshness in his music. Love you zindagi gives a nice message without even being preachy. Jasleen’s voice soothes our ear and mind.
6. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: One more fabulous track by Arjit and Pritam. The sufism of this song touched the agony of every lover. I am quite sure that this song is still in everyone’s playlist. Why not listen it again.
7. Bolna: B Loved by everyone, ‘Kapoor and sons’ is one of our favorite movie this year. Though it was a family drama still all the tracks especially ‘Bolna’ counted as most melodious romantic track of the year. Arjit and Asees voices are soothing and pleasure for ears.
8. Soch Na Sake: This song from one of the most critically acclaimed movie ‘Airlift’ clicked to all romantic song lovers. Voice of Arjit again created magic for ears and we all love to keep this in our playlist for long.
9. Aave Re Hitchki – ‘Mirziya’ one of the best music album of the year. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy proved once again that they are still very much in the game. Though all the songs of this movie were awesome but ‘Hitchki’ remain stuck in the tongue of every music lover.
10 Dangal : At last the title track of Dangal. A movie that is giving chills in whole nation having a strong support of its music. Voice of Daler Mehndi brought the determination and strength to the dreams of Characters in the movie. You can feel the rush every time song played in the movie.
Special Mention- Sairat Zaala Ji- Sairat: Though its not a hindi song but needs to mention amongs the most memorable film of the year – ‘SAIRAT’ a marathi film which broke all the borders of language and become biggest earner of Marathi Cinema ever. Enjoy the faboulos track by Ajay-Atul (Agneepath fame). I am quite sure you all win enjoy this track and all other song of this movie.
Movie buff by passion, a medical student by profession. Got stuck with Cadavers instead of Cameras
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You must have often come across the phrase, ‘Content is the King in Bollywood’. Given the success of films like ‘Queen’, ‘Kahaani’ and the latest ‘Pink’, I too agree with this saying. But many a times, movies which were high on content, failed to grab enough eyeballs at the box office. Blame it on their faulty promotional tactics or their unconventional approach of storytelling, these films received a not-so-warm welcome at the box office. Here’s a list of eight most underrated films of the decade (in no particular order):
This Anurag Kashyap directorial might have won him humongous critical acclaim outside, but back home it was an average box office grosser. A winner at the Deauville Asian Film Festival and Puchon International Festival, ‘Ugly’ can be touted as one of Kashyap’s best work in recent times. Talking about the film, what I believe makes the film class apart is that it dares to be ugly; it doesn’t shy away from reflecting the dark, yet realistic face of the society. The Police Station sequence where Shouvik confronts Rahul is one of the most hard-hitting scenes I’ve seen in recent times. Ronit Roy’s power-packed performance and a gripping screenplay are bound to give you goosebumps!
Aligarh is a biographical drama, based on the life of Professor Lt. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was sacked from his position of a reader of Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University, due to his sexual orientation. The movie depicts the harsh conditions homosexuals are subjected to in our country. This solicitous film really made me wonder what exactly is the limit of morality, as said in the movie. With its thoughtful content, spectacular performance by Manoj Bajpai (which won him a Dadasaheb Phalke award) and a tear-jerking climax, ‘Aligarh’ stands high on my recommendation list. However, the film failed to set the cash counters ringing at the box office.
This classic tale of two lovers Neeru and Manu, separated by destiny, who meet again after six years, won my heart with its sheer simplicity. While many filmmakers have portrayed love in various ways, Raincoat does the same with just one scene- a scene which forms the soul of the movie. Based on the story ‘The Gift of the Magi’, Raincoat stirred my heart with the way it defines love. However, despite winning a National Award, the movie couldn’t perform well at the box office.
Set over a 24-hour period, Firaaq depicts the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots. Several plots intermingled with each other efficiently illustrate the aftermath of the riots and Firaaq can best be described as a potpourri of human emotions and inner conflicts, set against the backdrop of a riot. What I loved the most about Firaaq is the way it brings out the emotions on screen and keeps you glued to it. This Nandita Das directorial went on to receive rave reviews and win two National Awards as well. However, it was a box office failure!
An excruciating depiction of the saying- “Power doesn’t corrupt. The fear of loss of it does”, Gulaal is set against the political backdrop of Rajasthan where power is the ultimate desire of every individual. A hard-hitting political drama, ‘Gulaal’ has received a cult status due to its grittiness and gore. Gulaal has received rave reviews, thanks to a solid plot and Kay Kay Menon’s phenomenal performance. However, it received a lukewarm response at the box office.
My all-time favorite, Udaan is all about breaking free from the clutches of dominion and realizing your dreams. What I think makes the movie stand out from the rest is its treatment; with zero melodrama and dollops of realism, the movie never goes over the top. Also, Rajat Barmecha’s docile-turned-rebellious character makes me feel for him, every time I watch the film. Upon release, it met with extremely positive reviews as well. This one is a must watch on every movie aficionado’s bucket list!
I bet many have not even heard of it, but this masterpiece from the house of YRF is a brutally honest depiction of the suburbs of Delhi, where Titli is a member of a carjacking brotherhood. While not many would have expected Titli to make it to this list, what I feel is that its unconventional storyline and a toned, yet utterly convincing performance by its lead (Shashank Arora), makes Titli one of the most real among the chunks of crime dramas produced these days. While Titli won dozens of awards internationally, it sank without a trace at the box office.
When I entered the hall to watch this one, I had little expectations from it. But what I was served with, left me amazed. The opening sequence itself gave me a taste of what’s coming next and from there on, the narrative engulfed me completely. Two lives, converging on the banks of the Ganges, makes up for an innovative concept and the way director Neeraj Ghaywan weaves the narrative, is a sheer example of brilliance. Although the film won Neeraj Ghaywan a National Award, it was a box office disaster!
This was just a short compilation. The list of the most underrated movies is endless. There are hundreds of other movies like Shahid, Aamir, Shor in the City, Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi, Shaitaan, Talvar etc, which despite the good content, failed miserably at the box office.
High time that we change our taste, isn’t it?
Bhopali studying in Bangalore. Crazy at heart! Guest Blogger at Scriptors.
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November marks the beginning of the winter. And at this time of the year, romancing to the tunes of Bollywood is indeed a bliss. Romance is in the blood of the Hindi cinema.
Our cinema is all about music and so are the people of this country. From Mohammad Rafi to Arijit Singh, we all have our personal musical collections which can make us dance, cry or forget the world anytime we want.
We are presenting here the most romantic songs of the past 6 years which sparked the romantic feeling in us. They might not be on your top 10 list right now but they are sure to bring back the same magic.
1. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
A mismatch Jodi of Prem-Sandhya got its voice through Papon. This song explains how we fall for people . The insecurity, the attraction, the initial feelings of love, the internal conflicts. Varun Grover penned down all these emotions for us and also won National Award for the same song.
My best line from the songs is ” Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage Tere Ungliyoon Se Ja uljhe” – I just got attracted to you, fell for you and was in love with you, without even knowing about it.
“kehte hain khuda ne is jahan main sabhi liye kisi na kisi ko banaya hain kisi ke liye” the song is about finding your soulmate, the connection, the raabta you find with someone. The song is just breathtaking. It’s the most beautiful thing in the whole movie. Please listen to its other versions too. The visual of this particular song is quite ironical as violence is quite prevalent on screen but technically it’s a unique as it’s a single shot song. Watch it carefully.
The name of the movie was “shor in the city”, but it was the most peaceful song of the year. It’s a song about how people slowly fall in love and that phase of the relationship when you are accepting your feelings. The music starts with this small beats and then Shreya’s and Tochi Raina’s voice begin the magic. My favorite lines are:-
”Man Yeh Saheb Ji Jaane Hain Sab Ji, Phir Bhi Banaye Bahane”
4. Agar Tum Saath Saath Ho
This was one of the best songs of 2015. We just can’t thank Alka Yagnik, Arjiit Singh, A. R Rahman and Imtiaz Ali enough for giving us this song. It just strikes at the heart, doesn’t it? It narrates the pain of being left alone in love through its lyrics and music. It has so much meaning in it, The whole concept of how a person is fighting for his love to come back and how life will be easy if he is there. The lines sung by Arijit does bring tears to our eyes. ‘be dard thi zindagi be adard hain”.
And its picturization just sinks our heart. Generally, visuals distract us from music, but not this one. Deepika and Ranbir gave their best performances here. The way she tries to stop him and the tears they share, it made us all cry. Through this song, Imtiaz simply shows that no one captures the pain of love more beautifully than him.
“Tere Sang Beete Har Lamhe Pe Hume Naaz Hain, Tere Saath Jo Na Beete Uspe Aitraz” it’s a beautiful song in every sense. The music, lyrics and the cuteness of Parineeti and Siddharth just make it more delightful. When you love someone unconditionally you can’t stop yourself from humming this song.
6. Sawaar Lo
Probably for the first time the bubbly and dhinchak actors of Bollywood- Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh gave a poise performance through this song. The music really did justice to the 1950’s setup. When you listen to the song you feel you are listening to an old romantic song.
7. Phir Le Aya Dil
The voice of Arijit Singh with the classical touch against the backdrop of Calcutta, I couldn’t have asked for more. This song defines how our heart tries to go back to our love. Sometimes we are back to square one, but this time the person is not same anymore. The Rekha Bharadwaj version is equally good.
So, if all thoughts of your loved ones are coming back to your mind then this song is relatable.
As always A.R Rahman surprises us, this time it was Ranjhaana. The title track ‘Ranjhaana Hua Main Tera” defines the whole movie itself. How love can never be bound, it is selfless and it always will be and how your life is dedicated to that one person.
9. Tum Ho
This song is still played on the loop. ‘Tum Ho Saath Mere Pass Mere” don’t we all want to be in love and sing this song? Mohit Chauhan’s voice, Nargis- Ranbir romance and A.R. Rahman’s music– this song in all sense is one of the most romantic songs of the decade.
The song that bring the breeze of love right through your window into your room and you will start feeling estatic. The voice of Kavita Seth will melt even the stone-hearted people. Wake Up Sid and Wake up every one and listen to this melody.
So, feel romantic this season and listen to these songs with your loved ones.
Bhopali studying in Bangalore. Crazy at heart! Guest Blogger at Scriptors.
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We like each other, we want to be together, but there is no future and marriage is a definite no. So what should we do? I’m sure this is the story of 8 out of 10 couples of current generation.. Our career is our first priority. We date as long as we can and then move onto our respective paths. That is the only thing we can do there no other option. But is it really true?
This was the first Tamil movie I watched, enjoyed and now I am absolutely in love with it. It’s the story of Taara and Adithya who like each other but they have very different paths to follow. Taara wants to go to Paris and Adhithya has a job and is not looking for something “serious”. But they just can’t kill their feelings for each other and why should they? So like many of us they start dating and soon they get into a live-in relationship. Both believed that marriage is not for them.
Parallel to this story, the movie also shows the story of Bhavani and Ganpathy, an elderly married couple. Ganpathy’s love for his wife, who is an alzheimer patient, amuses them everytime.
However, time doesn’t stop for anyone, no matter whether you are in love or not. Soon Adithya and Taraa have to break up as they both have to leave the country. Taara has to pursue her masters in Paris and Adhithya needs to go to the US.
This comes as hard, yet expected, on the couple. They try to enjoy each others company as much as they could and then they call it off. At this point, it becomes the story of many of us who don’t want to give love a chance; we are practical people, aren’t we?
But unlike many of us, they do realise the importance of love. They understand that marriage is not a burden and if they really love each other nothing will be difficult for them, except the separation. They marry each other and still pursue their dreams.
Marriage and commitment are considered as dangerous words. These days. Not to forget, people are scared of them. We think it will hamper our career and don’t see a possibility of a supportive & a stable marriage. However if there is love one should not give up easily. If your partner is the right person then just say, ‘Ok Kanmani,’ to him/her and be committed to them. Nothing will stop you from living your life.
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The first time I heard about Bangalore Days was the day i landed in bangalore. My sister-in-law told me that the only way to get my 2-year-old niece to not switch to self-destruct mode was to play the catchy number Maangalyam from the movie.
Little did I know that I would not be able to stop myself from going gaga over it. Love at first song it was!. The popularity of the film and its uniqueness spread like wildfire. For the extreme sceptic that I was, it took three non-Malayali friends and two cups of hot chocolate to convince me that the film was worth watching.
The movie changed my perspective about the Malayalam film industry completely. I had successfully stereotyped and neatly packed all Malayalam films in the auto-reject corners of my brain (without good reason, I admit) . But the film ensured that I opened those boxes and peered carefully before I side-lined them.
‘Bangalore Days’ has a simple storyline. It talks about three cousins who reconnect after migrating to Bangalore. Aju, Kunju and Kuttan lead their lives (on their terms, maybe?) but maintain a strong friendship throughout the various ordeals in their lives. Apart from the to-the-point performances by the lead actors and equally strong performances by the supporting actors, there were a number of things that helped the movie earn brownie. I was extremely impressed with the direction and screenplay of the film. The moment when Aju stops the bus for (Sarah and the subsequent dialogue gave me goose bumps.
The greatest part about the movie is very relatable and to a large extent, realistic. Each character has a reasonable back story as to why they behaved a certain way. The female characters are strong and are not mere adornments in the film. Each character evolves through the movie. A very bubbly, immature and indecisive Kunju becomes a strong, independent and self-sufficient woman and eventually becomes her husband’s emotional support system. A highly judgemental, orthodox and stubborn Kuttan understands the complexities of life, adjusts to his surroundings and broadens his mind and heart to new possibilities. A reckless, conflicted and impulsive Aju learns to understand other perspectives, lives his dreams and channelizes his passions in a more responsible and profitable way.
One more thing that sets the movie apart is the representation of the city and the people of Bangalore. It manages to capture the essence of the silicon valley of India, showing off its metropolitan character. The multi-ethnic city has been showcased in all its splendor with references to it’s never-ending, slow-moving traffic and it’s ever-busy, fast-paced life. Bangalore is described as the land where dreams come true. A place with confusing yet a pleasant climate. A city that helps one understand their dreams, explorere life and relationships. You can party, travel, gorge on all kinds of food, indulge in crazy shopping sprees and do everything that you have ever desired to do. It’s hard not to feel that the city belongs to you, as the track ‘Namma Ooru Bengaluru’ suggests.
All in all, malayali or not, as a film studies student I would urge any film enthusiast to give ‘Bangalore days’ a try. Keeping the blatant overselling aside, it leaves you with a good feeling towards the end. It’s like a breath of fresh air! It is a movie about love, life, friendship, fun, growth, understanding and acceptance. It also is a witty take on the protagonist’s life that assures to leave you touched in the end.
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“If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies” Quentin Tarantino.. I am not a big fan of Hollywood movies. Although I do watch few of them, but still I carry a lot of ‘Shudh Desi Romance’ in my heart. But the reason I quote Quentin Tarantino here is because the other day, when I watch my always loved hero speaking in an interview with Rajeev Masand, he tells him he is how inspired and star struck he is for him. Yes, my readers , he is no one but Ranbir Kapoor. And today this article is to wish him a very Happy Birthday . And irrespective of the age he attains , he will always remain forever young in my heart. The only reason behind is solely his acting skills. Perhaps some of which has passed down his genes, considering the hierarchy he carries.
His few remarkable performances etched in my heart :
I will not discuss the movie , but a particular scene that made me first acknowledge his devotion to his films. In the song sequence ‘ kuyn faya kuyn’ there remains a particular scene where despite the presence of camera, he simply stares blank and tries to make a conversation with God. It is beyond words to describe that particular sequence , only a true actor and audience can understand the connection.
Another largely less understood movie by Imtiaz Ali and by ex-lovers Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor is a chemistry that delves in deep thinking. The particular sequence between the two lovers Ved and Tara on the song ‘Agar tum saath ho’ where Tara in a desperate effort to save her relationship with her beau and Ved resisting it, is something beyond acting and making a true connection with audiences. It is one movie particularly , I felt exploited the skills of both the actors to its best.
Yeh Jawaani Hae Deewani
Although being labelled many a time as the ‘young generations’ come back movie. Their remain a few scenes that again create a impact in the mind of audiences like me. Remarkable amongst them, is the one in which even after confessing their love, Naina (DP) decide to part on the note that ‘Tum galat nahi ho, bas mujhse bohot alag ho’ with Bunny’s desperate attempt to hold her in an embrace ..saying 5 minute, 1 minute, 10 second…
Wake Up Sid!
Although I cannot specifically mention a particular scene but the little nuances in the character he played always touch my heart. Like helping his stranger friend ‘Ayesha’ in looking for an apartment, scolding his friend on failing ‘tere sath time waste nahi karta toh main bhi aj pass hota’ , to obliging his neighbour lady and child with candid pictures, learning to make Egg poach from another, making a cake with bread and jam for a surprise birthday, can I name just one ?
I will cut short my words here. And just end it with loads and loads of love from millions of his admirers. May he continue to entertain us always, and fingers crossed for “Ae Dil Hae Mushkil”…