Shah Rukh Khan’s surgery

January 28, 2009

Shah Rukh Khan had reportedly hurt his shoulders while shooting for the film Dulha Mil Gaya at Mehboob Studios last December. However, the actor did not take it seriously until recently when the pain became bad to worse. Though the doctors advised that he should undergo a surgery immediately, the King Khan is trying to put if off as he has to promote his home production Red Chillies’ Billu Barber. It is well known in Bollywood circles that SRK sets aside two weeks exclusively for promoting his films.

So the question remains if he will opt for the surgery before or after the release of Billu Barber. It may be recalled that Shah Rukh has earlier undergone knee and back surgery in London.

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Billu Barber Music Review

January 22, 2009

Priyadarshan movies are always looked at with a lot of expectation, and this one is much bigger. Shahrukh Khan the Baadshah of Bollywood is acting in it and has produced it. But interestingly, the Khan has only a special appearance here, with Irfan Khan being the protagonist. The music is by Pritam, and lyrics by Gulzar and Sayeed Quadri. The movie has seven songs with all getting a remixed version in the album. Let’s analyze if the songs live up to the hype the movie has created.

Marjaani

Marjaani has a South Indian flavour and the starting sounds like a typical Rajinikanth intro song. An item song which is very energetic with ample use of Punjabi words rendered by Sukhwinder Singh and Anushka. Interestingly, the remix version of this song is sung by a different female singer, Sunidhi Chauhan. But the song looks too ordinary and nothing is special to carry this to the top of the charts. The remix version is also average.

Love Mere Hit Hit

Love Mere Hit Hit is supposed to be a nonsense song and it is quite successful at that. The lyrics are quite cheesy as expected but the music is quite catchy. Again an item song with Shahrukh and Deepika shaking their legs -this one is quite clearly sung by Neeraj Sridhar and Tulsi Kumar. The song is decent enough for a second listen and with the visuals it could appeal to a larger crowd. The remix is more rapid but the instrumental usage is quite jarring.

Ae Aa O

A rock song which seems to be an intro song for Shahrukh. But does the starting of the song borrow so much from the tunes of its Tamil counterpart? But soon it goes on a different route. K.K., Rana Mazumder, Suraj rock with their vocals, but Pritam leaves a lot to be desired. From now on any rock song will obviously be compared to Rock On and this does not meet the expectations, but none the less it’s a decent track which can become a good hit with rock fans and obviously Shahrukh’s fans. And the less said about the remixed version the better, Pritam, please work on this front.

Kudhaya Khair

Kudhaya Khair is a family song picturized with Irfan khan and his family. A lovely melody and one of the best song of this album. The vocals by Soham Chakrabarthy, Akritti Kakkar & Monali Thakur are lively, which is needed for such a song. The beats and the instrumental usage is quite cleverly done and so is the chorus usage and the symphonic orchestra type music in the middle piece which elevates the song quite well. Overall a cute song which has potential to become a big hit and if the movie does succeed Khudaya Khair would clearly be on top of the charts for quite some time. The reprise version is also good.

You get me rocking and reeling

‘You get me rocking and reeling’ starts off with a hip hop song which is just an English version of Khudaya khair but sung by Neeraj Shridhar alone. It’s quite good but a small feeling of the music over powering the song can be sensed. Still a good listen.

The remixed version is too loud and the need for a remixed version of this already hip hop song will always remain a mystery.

Billu Bayankar

Billu Bayankar sung by Ajay Jhingran, Kalpana is a hilarious song sung by the villagers praising Billu. The song will be enjoyed by everyone if they can understand the wacky lyrics. The music complements the overall feel of the song and after hearing this we just can’t wait to see the picturization of this song which, under Priyadarshan’s direction, would be a crackling watch.

Jaoon kahan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Jaoon kahan’ is a melancholic rendition and quite clearly the pick of the album. The song picturized with Irfan Khan is a sure shot hit. Pritam’s music does not try anything jazzy which is quite needed for such a song.

Verdict:

Overall the music is just about average with a couple of good numbers. The music can become a good hit if the movie hits the bull’s eye -like any other Priyadarshan’s movie. But a sense of deja-vu while hearing the song tormented me and similarities to the Tamil version of this movie was quite striking. Coincidence? Not really!

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Starring: Nana Patekar, Arjun, Kajal Agarwal

Direction: Bharathiraja

Music: Himesh Reshammiya

Production: Therkathi Kalai Koodam

No white-gowned and winged fairies, no sugary sweet songs posing as interludes, no emotional turmoil of brother-sister or love struck couples. Bharathiraja’s Bommalattam is not what is usually expected out of the legendary director who delivered such fairy tale romances and intense movies with powerhouse performances. Instead, it’s a riveting and fast-paced suspense thriller set in the backdrop of the film industry. Not that the turf is new to Bharathiraja whose thriller Tik Tik Tik is still considered to be one of the most-watched pulp movies of his period.
Bharathiraja’s skill at crafting watertight screenplay is evident as the movie travels at jet pace without a moment of sluggishness in the narrative. Besides, the narrative is smart that is capable of holding the suspense quotient until the truth is unfurled on its own during the course of the movie.

Much can’t be revealed about the movie’s plot as it would be unfair; since the movie’s watching pleasure largely lies on the idea that the viewer is not informed beforehand – as is the case with most of the suspense thrillers.

The movie follows the murder and investigation of Nana Patekar’s crew members. Nana plays a renowned film director whose crew members are murdered in immediate succession. CBI is summoned for investigation and the truth unravels revealing the identity of the murderer – in the due course scoring out the prime suspects one by one.

Bommalattam also provides an insider’s look into the world of cinema. Nana asks the female lead of his movie for an ‘emerging out of the sea’ scene. However she refuses reasoning that her pedicure was done recently and the salt water could damage her cuticles. After much prodding she agrees but with a condition – she will wet her feet only in bottled mineral water. Same way, Vivek and Manivannan’s characters also tell a lot about the menaces a crew has to face during outdoor shoots.

Nana’s acting needs no elucidation – he fits perfectly into the shoes of a patient director, who is exasperated at the snootiness of his film’s lead and devastated at the murder of his allies. Arjun plays an intelligent and neat CBI officer and delivers a subtle performance, quite atypical of his usual deliver-a-kick-and-leap-into-the-air roles.

The songs Va Va Thalaiva and Check Check proclaims Himesh’s prowess in tuning catchy numbers. Mandy’s background score deserves a special mention, especially for its subtlety. Kannan’s camera captures the proceedings in perfect angles and assists in enhancing the movie’s flow.

On the downside, the movie largely seems to cater to the Hindi speaking audience – given the locale and the milieu in which it is set. Irregular lip-sync of actors also reveal that the movie is in fact dubbed into Tamil after having been shot in Hindi directly.

All said and done, Bommalattam is a perfectly crafted and executed investigative thriller. The surprise factor being Bharathiraja’s tautly woven screenplay – it negates the chance of tedium, even for a fraction of a second.

Verdict – Bommalattam – Hold on to your seats!

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s directorial debut Taare Zameen Par will be India’s official entry for the Oscar award for the best foreign film, the jury announced in Mumbai on Saturday.

The announcement was made by the Sunil Darshan, chairman of the jury set up by the Film Federation of India (FFI).

Taare Zameen Par, which won critical acclaim as well as mass popularity, is a story of a child’s bonding with his teacher.