Monday, May 31, 2010
I thought I’d up the ante a bit and post something a bit more risqué. I tried finding some info on this album but only found some pathetic references in Wikipedia and IMDb; but luckily, there is a really good review on the movie and songs by fellow blogger and friend, Greta of Memsaab Story. Check out her post and blog HERE.
After reading Greta’s blog, I wish I had the LP to this OST instead of just the EP. Luckily Shemaroo, the copyright owners of this movie, has downloaded all the music videos on YouTube, to which I have converted to MP3s. I have listed these as bonus tracks on this post and the upload. FYI, an extended play (EP) is a vinyl record (but could also be a CD or music download) which contains more music than a single (one song), but is too short to qualify as a long play (LP) record. The speed on a record player to play an EP is usually set at 45 rpm, as opposed to 331/3 for an LP.
The music for Call Girl is by Sapan Jagmohan and lyrics by Naqsh Lyallpuri. Again, I could not find much info on Sapan J except from a small article on IMDb which lists 17 movie compositions under his name, none of which I am familiar with.....maybe if I heard them????
Having said this, I quite like this album. It has a nice mixture of sentimental, funk and cabaret. Really good, I say, for a lesser known composer and movie. You be the judge.
Call Girl 1974: The Original Soundtrack EP
1. Ulfat Mein Zamane Ki – Lata Mangeshkar
2. Jawani Mere Yaara – Kishore Kumar and Ranu Mukherjee
1. Dil Jale To Koi Kya Kare – Asha Bhosle
2. Hum Hai Jahan – Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle
Bonus Songs (converted from YouTube)
1. Ulfat Mein Zamane Ki (M) – Kishore Kumar
2. Title Music – Instrumental
Watch the full movie on YouTube HERE, courtesy of Shemaroo International.
Veen’s rating: 4 stars
Get the album HERE.
Friday, May 28, 2010
By now most of you would have realised that my choice of albums seem to be sentimental albums. Mind you, I like fast paced songs too but when I come home from a hard day’s work, I really like to unwind with slow paced songs. I tend to save most of the English pop, Hindi funk, cabaret or Punjabi ‘balle-balle’ music for the weekend. Also, my kids tend to complain if I play sentimental music during the weekend when they are home too. “Who died” is the usual comment I get. Cheeky brats!!! If only they knew the beautiful music and poetry that they are missing. Partly my fault – I should have spoken Punjabi to them from birth but it is so hard when one, I don’t speak Punjabi too well myself and two, when kids are brought up in a mixed culture household! My choice, so I have to live with it I guess.
Also, my favourite Hindi records appreciation blog, Music From The Third Floor, reviews lots of Hindi funk and cabaret albums. No point for duplication, I say (though I may still upload duplicate albums, with my own slant of the music). Make sure you check out this awesome site to get your fix of Bollywood music too.
Back to this album. The music is from Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics are from Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. It’s really hard for me to say which are my favourite song/s from this OST, for I think all the songs are quite melodious, especially for that vintage where most composers were trying to revolutionise the Hindi music industry with the new wave of music coming from the west. If I had to chose, my preferences would be the ‘Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai’ duet and ‘Allah Jane Kya Hoga Aage’. I think Mukesh and Lata just sizzle. What do you think? Oh, and I want to thrown in ‘Kho Gaya Hai Mera Pyar’ too. Only because I so love Mahendra Kapoor’s voice!!!
Hariyali Aur Rasta 1962: The Original Soundtrack (EMI: ECLP 5436)
1. Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai (Duet) – Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar
2. Allah Jane Kya Hoga Aage – Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
3. Kho Gaya Hai Mera Pyar – Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
4. Yeh Hariyali Aur Yeh Rasta – Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
1. Teri Yaad Dil Se Bhulane Chala Hun – Mukesh
2. Lakhon Tare Aasman Men – Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar
3. Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani – Lata Mangeshkar
4. Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai – Lata Mangeshkar
Veen’s rating: 4 stars
Get the music HERE.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab in 1942, Jeetendra got his foot into the Hindi film industry whilst supplying imitation jewellery, from his family business, to director V. Shantaram. The filmaker offered him a role and cast him as a double for famous actress Sadhana, in the hit movie Navrang (1959). However, Jeetendra’s major break came when Shantaram cast him in two of Shantaram’s movie, Sehra in 1963 and Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne in 1964. He has since acted in over 200 movies. He last appearance (cameo) was in the hit movie Om Shanti Om, in 2007.
Jeetendra developed his own fashion and dancing style and this unique flair paid off in the movie Farz. Wearing a t-shirt, drain pipes and white shoes he picked up from a retail store, he started a fashion sensation within the male youth of India. The song "Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq", sung by Mohammad Rafi, became a superhit and his signature style. Also, his vigorous and extremely stylized dance routines in Farz, Banphool and Humjoli won him the epithet ‘Jumping Jack’. Jeetendra however never won an award, except for Lifetime Achievement Awards, due mainly because of the tough competition in Bollywood during his acting career.
He was frequently paired with actresses Mumtaz and Leena Chandravakar in the early 70’s, along with Hema Malini, Babita, Jaya Bhaduri, Saira Banu, Rekha, Neetu Singh and Moushumi Chatterjeej. Whilst most of his fellow male peers were aging quite quickly and putting on a lot of weight in their 30’s and 40’s, Jeetendra managed to maintain his youth into the 1980's, continued acting and was frequently paired with younger actresses (such as Sri Devi, Jaya Prada, Madhavi, Reena Roy and Anita Raaj) and in remakes of South Indian potboilers.
Jeetendra is married to childhood sweetheart Sobha, whom he met when she was only 14. She went on to college and became an Air Hostess with British Airways. It was not until the release of 'Bidaai" (opposite Leena Chandavarkar) on 18 October 1974, that Jeetendra and Shobha decided to get married. They have two children, daughter Ekta (a TV producer), and son Tusshar (also an actor).
He is one of the few Bollywood actors that have not been plagued with controversies in his acting career.
Friday, May 21, 2010
If you are feeling rather melancholy, then Mere Humsafar has the music for you. Apart from the first songs on both sides of the LP, the first, a nice Punjabi song sung so beautifully by Mukesh and Balbir Singh, and the second from the queen of Hindi dance songs Asha Bhosle, the rest of the album is filled with sweet love songs. The music in this OST is by the Kalyanji-Anandji duo and the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.
My favourites from this album? “Kisi Rah Men Kisi Mod Par” and “Tum Hamse Mile”
FYI, most of the songs from this LP come with intro dialogues. You can quite easily cut the dialogues out of the music using music software such as Audacity (available free from the internet HERE), though I personally think it will detract from the authenticity of the album. But each to their own…
Hope you enjoy the album. Let me know what you think.
Mere Humsafar 1970: The Original Soundtrack
(EMI: ECLP 5411)
1. Mausam Hai Baharon Ki – Mahendra Kapoor, Balbir and Chorus
2. Kisi Rah Men Kisi Mod Par – Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh
3. Title Music – Instrumental
1. Mar Gai Mit Gai – Asha Bhosle
2. Mera Pardesi Na Aaya – Lata Mangeshkar
3. Tum Hamse Mile – Lata Mangeshkar
Veen’s rating: 3.5 stars
NB: Track 3 of Side 2 should actually read “Tum Hamse Mila” instead of “Tum Hamse Mile”. Obviously a typo on the album cover. But I have left it as it is.
Get the music HERE.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Take for example ‘The Ring’. It is undisputed that the Japanese version fares much better than the Naomi Watt movie. Then there are Chinese movies like ‘The Eye’, Thai movies such as ‘Nang Nak’ and ‘Shutter’ and Singapore with it’s offering of the ‘The Maid’ (I will post a blog on this soon). Then there is ‘A tale of two sisters’.
A Tale of Two Sisters is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film. It is directed by Kim Ji-woon and is both the highest-grossing Korean horror film and the first to be screened in American theatres.
The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", which has been adapted to film several times.
You are intrigued from the start and because you know it is a horror movie, you are forever on your guard but the scary bits arrive when you least expect it. That for me adds to the appeal. You feel the love that the sisters’ share and you share their hatred for their step mother and anger towards their father. Horror aside, it actually is a really good movie and I recommend that you watch this….but if you are faint hearted, preferably with someone who is not easily ‘disturbed’ with supernatural themes. It is also a bit of a tear jerker, so have the hankies handy. And watch out for that closet!
Veen's rating: 4 stars
Friday, May 14, 2010
Two of my favourite Mohammad Rafi songs are from this great OST (original soundtrack) from composer Ravi Shankar Sharma (no this is not Ravi Shankar, the famous sitar player). He is often simply referred to as Ravi in the 1960s and 70s; and then as Bombay Ravi in the mid 1980s onwards. Ravi received numerous Filmfare awards (the Hindi movie industry equivalent of the Academy Awards) for his music, namely for Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Do Badan (1966), Humraaz (1967), Ankhen (1968) and Nikaah (1982). Sahir Ludhianvi is credited with the lyrics in this OST. The singers in this soundtrack are Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey. They lend their vocals to actors Raaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar and Waheeda Rehman for this movie. Waheeda Rehman won the Filmfare best actress award for her role in this picture.
The two Rafi songs that I am referring to above are “Aaja Tujko Pukare Mera Pyar” and “Babul Ki Duayen Leti Jaa”. The latter is often played at Indian weddings as it tells the story of a father giving his blessing to his daughter-bride as she leaves her birth home for that of her husband’s.
The first song however is synonymous with lost love, broken hearts and reincarnation (if you believe in rebirth). It is about a lover calling out to his sweetheart to come back to him. The first and second verses are as follows:
Song: Aaja Tujko Pukare Mera Pyar
Tujko pukare mera pyar, ho…x2
My love calls to you, ho… x2
Aaja main to mitaa hoon teri chaahe mein
Come, I am destroyed/engulfed in your desire
Tujko pukare mera pyar
My love calls you
Aakhiri pal hai, aakhiri aanhen tujhe, dhundhe rahi hain
It is my last moment, my last sigh is searching for you
Dubati saansen, bujhati nigahen tujhe, dhundh rahi hain
My drowning breath, my final gaze is searching for you
Saamane aaja ek baar
Show yourself to me just once
Aaja, main to mitaa hoon, teri pyar main, tujko pukare mera pyar
Come, I am destroyed/engulfed in your desire, my love calls to you …….
Now, does it get any more teary or mushy than this????
BTW, also check out the great music in “Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta” which combines rock and roll and bhangra music. Fusion was obviously well and alive in the 60s too. As usual, Asha Bhosle is just awesome in this song. And then, there’s “Yeh Zindgi Jo Thi Ab Tak Teri Panahon Me” and “Rom Rom Meh Basne Wale Ram”. It just goes on to show the versatility of Asha Bhosle, from rock and roll, to ballads and bhajans (hindu hymns). Just awesome. Do not just take my word for it; let me know what you think of Neel Kamal.
Neel Kamal 1968: The Original Soundtrack
1. Aaja Tujko Pukare Mera Pyar – Mohd Rafi
2. Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta – Asha Bhosle and Chorus
3. Khali Dabba Khali Botol – Manna Dey
4. Dance Music
1. Yeh Zindgi Jo Thi Ab Tak Teri Panahon Me – Asha Bhosle
2. Babul Ki Duayen Leti Jaa – Mohd Rafi
3. Sharma Ke Yun Na Dekh – Mohd Rafi
4. Rom Rom Meh Basne Wale Ram – Asha Bhosle
The soundtrack is available HERE.
Veen’s rating: 4.5 star
PS: Apologies for the “Rom Rom Meh Basne Wale Ram” track. There is a scratch on my record and it jumps during the last part of the song. If you are a pro with music editing software, I would appreciate a cleaned up version of the song. Ta.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Black and White is a 2008 hindi movie from director Subhash Ghai. The movie is very unlike Ghai’s style as he usually makes movies in the typical Bollywood style. There may be some factual and reality flaws in the movie, but those aside, it makes good entertainment!
The story is based on the true life terrorist attack on India’s Parliament on 13 December 2001, when a Delhi University professor (SAR Geelani) was held responsible for his links with the terrorists. Like Geelani, Professor Rajan Mathur (played by Anil Kapoor) also teaches Urdu in the Zakir Hussain College and unwittingly becomes associated with a suicide bomber, Nomair Qazi (played by newcomer Anurag Sinha) who comes all the way from Afghanistan to blow up the Red Fort in New Delhi on India’s Independence Day.
The bomber resumes the identity of an old poet’s dead grandson, who was a victim of the 2002 Gujarat riots and takes up residence with the old man. He also wins the sympathy of the college professor and his activist wife (played by Shefali Shah).
Nomair has fourteen days to plan his suicide mission and conveniently uses the simple professor and his emotionally exuberant wife to gain entry into the highly secured Red Fort. In those two weeks, Nomair learns that not everything is black and white. And that love is stronger than hate. You can check this movie out HERE.
Veen's Rating: 3.5 Stars
Monday, May 10, 2010
I thought I had to wait till end of this week before I could upload any music but then I realised that I had a couple of albums uploaded on Mediafire.com. I also realised that I have not shared the music for Dr Zhivago. I will do this sometime next week when my internet account resets for the next billing period.
So for the time being, sit back with a nice port or sherry and enjoy Mantovani and his Orchestra, and his take on the popular movie themes of the 1950s and 1960s. Chin Chin!
1. Born Free – Barry/Black
2. Lara’s Theme (from “Dr Zhivago”) – Jarre
3. Goldfinger – Barry/Bricusse/Newley
4. Ben Hur – Rozsa
5. A Taste Of Honey – Scott/Marlow
6. This Is My Song (From “A Countess From Hong Kong”) – Chaplin
1. You Only Live Twice – Bricusse/Barry
2. The Magnificient Seven – Bernstein
3. Tara’s Theme (from “Gone With The Wind”) – Steiner
4. Lawrence Of Arabia – Jarre
5. Zorba The Greek – Theodorakis
6. The Bible – Mayuzumi
Veen’s rating: 3.5 stars
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Too late for me! It may have taken me nine months at a time to download my kids, but they only took nine days to use up all of my 12 gbs of internet! Now I have to wait till mid this month before I can upload or download anything!!! Not a happy chappy.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A favourite movie and album when I was really young, with “Re Mama Re Mama Re” from Mohd Rafi being the favourite song then, because of the catchy tune and funny lyrics. One normally does not associate Rafi with humour, the forte is usually afforded to Kishore Kumar and his trademark yodels. But Rafi does a good job here and if you were looking forward to some yodelling from the Hindi king yodeller, you will not be disappointed with “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai” by Kishore Kumar. BTW, I have also included the Mohd Rafi version of “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai” , which I copied from the movie, as it was not on the LP. I wonder why??? Let me know which version is your preference. In case you are wondering why the voices change halfway throughout this song, it is because the first part is sung by Mohd Rafi (who lends his voice to Shammi Kapoor in the movie) and the second part is sung by Kishore Kumar (for Rajesh Khanna’s role in the film). Oh, and let us not forget that there’s the third version too by Asha. Maybe this is why the second version was not included in the OST – for fear of “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai” overload!!!!
I have to admit though that my favourite songs from this album now are “Mujhe Pyas Aesi Pyas Lagi Hai” and “Dil Use Do”. As usual, both Asha and Rafi are at their best. So sit back and enjoy this pleasant album from composer Shankar Jaikishan and songwriter Hasrat Jaipuri.
Veen’s rating: 4 stars
ANDAZ 1971: The Original Soundtrack
1. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai – Kishore Kumar
2. Hainha, Bolo Bolo – Mohd Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur, Sushma and Pratibha
3. Mujhe Pyas Aesi Pyas Lagi Hai – Asha Bhosle
4. Dil Use Do – Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Chorus
5. Re Mama Re Mama Re – Mohd Rafi (and Chorus)
6. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai – Asha Bhosle
Bonus Track From Movie
7. Zindagi Ek Safar Hai – Mohd Rafi and Kishore Kumar
You can download the songs from HERE.