Showing posts with label theme songs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label theme songs. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Raga based Bollywood Songs- Raga Bhimpalasi


In one of my earlier blog-posts, I had explored the Raga ‘Pahadi & Thumri in Hindi Film songs. In this post, I am looking for the songs based on this one of the most popular ragas among our music composers.
As per the classical text, Bhimpalasi is a rag that is very much associated with a hot Indian afternoon. It evokes a feeling of deep-rooted love and yearning for the lover. Usually, it is sung in the late-afternoons when the harshness of the sun rays recedes. It has five notes ascending and seven notes descending. This Raaga is also used in Carnatic Music where it is called 'Abheri'. It is more used in South Indian languages. This raga is one of the favorite ragas of A R Rehman.
The scale of Bhimpalasi is equivalent to the Western scale Blue scale. Many western Pop songs look similar to this raga. If you listen carefully to the very popular song of Ed Sheeran 'Shape Of You'. This song is influenced by Bhimpalasi.



Song of Afsar 1950



Song of Aan 1952



Song of Anarkali 1953



Song of Amar 1954



Song of Chandrakanta 1956




Song of Amar Deep1958


Song of Kala Bazar (1960)



Song of Saheb Bibi Aur Gulam 1962




Song of Kohra 1964



Song of Ghazal 1964




Song of Mera Saya 1966



Song of Sharmili 1971



Song of Rudali 1993



Song of Criminal 1995



Song of Rangeela 1995



Song of Yaadein 2001

Song of Lagaan 2001



Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran



Brilliance of Shubha Mudgal | Raag Bhimpalasi 










Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Bollywood’s Obsession With Fair Skin


Black Lives Matter movement gave me a thought to write a blog on the obsession of Bollywood with fair skin. There are are many songs related to dark skin or fair skin. From Hum Kale Hai Toh Kya Hua to Chittiyan Kalaiyan, take a moment to consider how offensive all these songs are.

In Mother India (1957), the good son is shown as light-skinned and the bad son has decidedly dark skin, with actor Sunil Dutt blackening his face for that role. The bad son is later shot dead by his own mother
A few months back I saw a Hindi movie 'Bala': The film portrayed the story of a woman facing prejudice based on her skin tone. I remember a film in which  Zeenat Aman darkening her skin to play the role of a domestic worker in the 1982 movie Pyaas, In Bollywood, often the roles of protagonists are reserved for fair-skinned artistes. Dark-skinned actors are either reduced to making jokes about their grotesque bodies, or they play detestable villains.
In 1972 film Gora Aur Kala, which translates as black and white, identical twins are separated at birth and grow up with dramatically different skin tones. The fair one grows up to be a nobleman. The one with darker skin becomes a dacoit 
1986 movie Naseeb Apna Apna starring Rishi Kapoor as Kishan and his "dark-skinned and ugly wife" Chando played by Raadhika Sarathkumar. The problematic storyline has Kishan being married to Chando without his consent. Kishan who is clearly unhappy with the marriage marries a "light-skinned and beautiful girl" Radha. So Chando decides to go through makeup to become fairer and desirable to her husband.
The first song that I recollect on the dark skin was written by Rajendra Krishan for the film Payal, 1957, though it's not racist but talks about the skin, referring to Lord Krishna


Song of Payal 1957


 Next song by Gulzar in Bandini(1963). Incidentally, this was the debut song of Gulzar. This is also not a racist song but tells about the color of skin.
Song of Bandini 1963

The next song about the skin color is from the 1965 film Gumnam, written by Shailendra
 
Song of Gumnam 1965

This song was again picturized in 1968 film Brahmachari on Jr Mehmood.


Song of Brahmachari  1968



Song of Roti 1974


Song of Apne Rang Hazar' 1975



Song of Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978

In 1982 film Desh Premee, superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan and his A-list leading lady Hema Malini both put on blackface to portray Afro-Caribbean singers for the song Gore Nahin Hum Kaale Sahi


Song of Desh Premee 1982


Song of Aaj Ka Arjun 1990

This song is based on Kashmiri's poem Bhumbroo from 2000 film Mission Kashmir The song talks about the black colored Bee
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Song of Mission Kashmir 2000




Song of Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ 2002



Song of Roy 2015


Friday, 5 June 2020

Bollywood's Love for Bicycle


Two days back I heard the news that one of the oldest bicycle manufacturers(Atlas cycle) of India closes its factory. This made me upset, I started to think, how useful is a bicycle to us. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Bicycle remained an important part of our life, many films or scenes were created in this mode of transport. Cycle scenes or songs have been picturized on a variety of actors from the Black &White era to the recent films. The first Hindi film on this subject was Khajanchi released in 1942. In this film a cycling chase was picturized on character actor Janki Das, who was introduced in this film, he was a ‘World Cycling Champion’The highlight of the film was the cycling feat of Janki Dass through the lanes and bylanes of Lahore. 
Jankidas served as the only Indian member of the International Olympic Committee at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and was the only Indian to have broken the world record in cycling between 1934 and 1942. He broke eight cycling world records between 1934 to 1942.  

Actress Shubha Khote was a National Cycling Champion and was given a special chase scene on cycle in her debut film Seema in 1955. In 1959 film a love story started with a cycling accident. Incidentally, Shubha Khote was also in this scene among the girls singing and cycling.
Another film Shor 1972 the hero of the film enters into a cycling competition to win the prize money for treating his son. 

Jo Jeeta Woh Sikander, the 1992 film was based on cycling. The film story revolves around cycle races. First in a school competition. Aamir Khan trumped over the conniving Deepak Tijori.
Dil Dhadkne Do 
 Piku
Barfi
For the last 10 years, many films had cycle scenes, there was a cycle chase in Burfi, Amitabh Bachchan cycling on the street of Kolkata in Piku, paddling away in the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world along with your new-found love. Anushka and Ranveer show us exactly what to do after you fall for each other in Dil Dhadkne Do 

Salman Khan who is an avid cycle enthusiast in real life asked director Kabir Khan to keep a cycling scene in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.  Salman Khan gave a lift to his ladylove Kareena on his cycle.
Song of Khajanchi 1941


Song of Paying Guest 1957


Song of Anari 1959



Monday, 1 June 2020

Bollywood Songs Picturized in Foreign Location


It is believed that Sangam 1964 was the first film shot in Foreign but on researching, I have found that Naaz(1954) was the first Bollywood film shot in Foreign Locations. The film starring Ashok Kumar and Nalini Jaywant. This movie was shot in England and Egypt. 
In 1960, two films Bewqoof starring Kishore Kumar and Singapore starring Shammi Kapoor had songs picturized in Italy and Singapore.
There was another film "Hongkong" released in 1962 was shot in HongKong and Singapore. A couple of songs were picturized on Helen and Om Prakash. Yes, it is true it was Raj Kapoor's Sangam that popularized  Rome, Venice, Vatican, Switzerland.
In the 60s films like An Evening In Patis, Love In Tokyo, and Humsaya encouraged more producers and directors to shoot songs on foreign locations. Yash Chopra had a fascination for picturizing songs on foreign locations starting from the evergreen  'Dekha Ek Khwab....' song from his 1981 film 'Silsila' in the Netherlands, and his film 'Faasle' (1985), in Switzerland. 
The video of Naaz 1954 film is not available so the first song of my this blog is from the film Bewqoof 1960 which was picturized on Kishore Kumar and Mala Sinha. The sing was picturized in Italy. This song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle, with one line in Manna Dey’s voice, slipped in.
Song of Bewqoof 1960

Singapore (1960) was an Eagle Films Production movie. It was produced by F C Mehra and directed by Shakti Samanta. the movie had Shammi Kapoor, Padmini,A couple of songs were picturized in Singapore

Song of Singapore 1960

Hongkong 1962. This film was produced by the actor Omprakash
The song is picturized on Helen where she is seen wooing Omprakash.on a beach in Singapore.
Song of Hongkong 1962

Sangam was the first film that was shot in Switzerland. the famous multi-lingual song in the voice of Vivian Lobo. The song is built from the lines ‘I Love You’ said in five different languages. English, Russian.German, and French. The song was picturized in the background when Raj Kapoor and Vijyantimala visit Europe after their marriage. 

Song of Sangam 1964

The success of Sangam and the craze of the Indian public to see the foreign locations encouraged Indian filmmakers to shoot or picturise songs..
 Love in Tokyo was one of those rare Hindi films of the 60s that was set almost completely in Japan, and it had several songs that were shot outdoors. 

Song of Love In Tokyo 1966


“Around the world” (1967) was another film of the 69s, many songs were picturized in this film,this song Dunia Ki Sair Karlo was shot in the USA 

Song of Around the world” (1967)

An Evening In Paris is a 1967 film that revolves in the French capital city of Paris. The movie stars Shammi KapoorSharmila Tagore The title song was picturized in Patis, Another song Akele Akele Kahan Ja Rahe Ho was shot in Switzerland.

Song of  An Evening In Paris 1967



Song of  An Evening In Paris 1967

In 1967 another film Aman was released which was shot in Japan. There was a song picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Saira Bano


Song of  Aman 1967

The film ‘Spy In Rome’ was released in 1968, starring  Dev Kumar, Jaimala, Rajendra Nath, A couple of songs were picturized in the beautiful and historic city of Rome. We can see Dev Kumar and Jaimala strolling through the streets of Rome,
 
Song of Spy In Rome 1968 

1968  popular song De Data Ke Naam from Aankhen was shot in Beirut


Song of Aankhen 1968

The 1970 film Prem Pujari was Dev Anand's first film as director, the song " Pholon Ke Rang Se" was shot in Switzerland.  Grimsel Hotel can be seen in Background.

Song of Prem Pujari 1970 

Purab Aur Paschim  was also 1970 film, one song of this film "Koi Jab  Tumhara Hridaya Tod De"   this song was actually filmed at Oxford University in London

Song of Purab Aur Paschim 1970

In 1972 actor Feroz Khan turned into Producer, Director with the release of Apradh starring Mumtaz and himself. It was the first Hindi film introducing Formula One Car racing. This film was shot in Germany. A couple of songs were shot in Europe
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Song of Apradh 1972

In 1974 Dharmatma was the second film of Feroz Khan as producer and director. This film was shot in Afganistan. This song was shot in  Bamyan Valley. 

Song of Dharmatma 1975

More songs in Part 2






Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The Great Boat Songs of Bollywood



Yesterday's blog of the songs near the seashore once again attracted more than 2000 visitors, this gave me encouragement to search songs picturized on a boat or a cruise.
You would be surprised to note that Boat songs were very popular in the 50s and 60s. Whether it was a necessity due to the lyrics or the situation in the film or just to provide a scenic relief to the viewers, a boat has featured in many songs in our movies. 
The first boat song in my list is from the 1948 film Nadiya Ke Paar where Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal are singing the song "More raja ho le chal nadiya ke paar" sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lalita Deolkar 


Song from Nadiya Ke Paar 1948

Those days many songs were picturized on the boatman seen in between a song singing Haiya Ho or something else, here in this singing chinkola chinkola chinkola rather than Haiya ho. Watch this song from the 1950 film Babul starring Dilip Kumar and Munnawar Sultana
Song from Babul 1950

Here is a funny boat song from Dev Anand's Funtoosh (1956)

Song from Funtoosh1956

This song is not picturized on the hero and heroine but with many women dancing and singing on board while the men row. The folksy feel of this song and the excellent picturization make this one of the list.


Song of Chori Chori 1956

This another boat song where hero and heroine are not singing but others are singing. Meena Kumari and Ashok Kumar, she a widow and he a sort-of-sadhu, are going downriver in a rowboat. Watch this peppy love song of a girl talking about the pardesi she loves so much.

Song of Savera 1958

This great song from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, 1960  is a great boat song, here heroine is singing the song while the hero is also on that boat.


Song of Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, 1960

The 60s had many boat songs. One  such song is picturized on Suni Dutt and Nanda, sung by Mohammad Rafi

Song of Nartaki 1963

The popular boat song is from the film Kashmir Ki Kali. This song was picturized on Dal lake of Shrinagar. Shikara is a kind of boat popular in Kashmir.

Song of Kashmir Ki Kali 1964

The same year Raj Kapoor also sang on a boat but the very first time on a motorboat.

Song of Sangam 1964


This song was picturized on Kishore Kumar he also sings this song along with Lata Mangeshkar. This one begins on the shore but moves to the mighty Ganga.

Song of Ganga Ki Lahren 1964

After two elder brothers, its time now the younger brother Shashi  Kapoor to sing on a boat. He does it gracefully in Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965

Song of Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965

This year another boat song, that too in Kashmir was very popular. picturized on Asha Parekh and Biswajeet

Song of Mere Sanam 1965


Another boat song is from Chhoti-Chhoti Baatein, 1965, picturized on Nadira and Motilal It was sung by Meena Kapoor.

Song of Chhoti-Chhoti Baatein, 1965

This song was picturized on the evergreen Dev Sahab....most good looking actor ever in the history of cinema and smashingly beautiful Saira Banu
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Song of Pyar Mohabbat  1966


This a sad boat song from Jewel Thief released in 1967. Song was picturized on Dev Anand and Vyajantimala both on separate boats.
Song of Jewel Thief 1967

A great song picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman in the 1969 film Khamoshi

Song of Khamoshi 1969

Picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh on the beautiful lake of Nainital
Song of Kati Patang 1971

This is the third song of Rajesh Khanna on a boat, this time with Sharmila Tagore

Song of Amar Prem 1972

This song from the classic Pakeeza, undeniably the most romantic of all the boat numbers.  The singer and the actors take us along the beautiful ride. Raj Kumar wooing the eternal beauty Meena kumari in a boat on a moonlight night 

Song of Pakeezah 1972


Watch this beautiful song by Kishore Kumar written by Gulzar, picturized on Jeetendra

Song of Khushboo 1975

Shot on a Gondola(A type of boat) in Venice, this song was filmed on Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman. It is sung by Asha Bhosle, Sharad Kumar, and Amitabh Bachchan.

Song of Great Gambler 1979

This song is sung by Nitin Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. It is filmed on Hema Malini and Manoj Kumar. The song is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyrics are by Santosh Anand.

Song of Kranti 1981

Though there are many such songs I have selected only a few of these, the last song from my list is this song

Song of Kaho Na Pyaar Hai 2000


















Tuesday, 28 April 2020

The Bollywood Songs around Sea Shore


In the 40s and 50s, most of the films were shot at the studios. The trend of outdoor shooting began from the 1954 film Taxi Driver. Recall the song "Jayen To Jayen Kahan" it was shot on a beach. This brought a more realistic approach to the picturization.  The waves sticking the rocks, making a huge splash have been metaphorically used as an emotional explosion.
On the other hand, slow and peaceful waves, are shown to have calming influence. 
A seashore song creates a completely different mood or expression. In the 60s the beach or the seashore made its appearance in romantic songs, picnic songs, for obvious reasons. There are many songs, where a family is enjoying happily and denotes the delightful moments of their life.
One of the earliest songs, shot by the seashore. Of course, only long shots and the sea waves are in the song, that is shot on an outdoor location. The close-ups of the actor, Nisar Khan, must have been shot indoors. The conflict and the deep anguish of the character are shown very effectively with the waves hitting the rocks. The orchestration during these scenes also intensifies the tension in the song."Roun Mein Sagar Ke Kinare by C H Atma

Song of Nagina (1951)

A Talat song from ” Taxi Driver, pleasant picturization of sea against the sad mood of the song 

Song of Taxi Driver 1954

 The calm sea with soft waves makes the way for a sad song situation. In the 1957 fi[m Samundar, the heroine Bina Rai sings a sad song sitting on a seashore
  
Song of SAMUNDAR,1957.


. This song opens on a seashore, but later other locations near a beach, also make their appearance, only to end the song on the beach with sunset. The song is from 1958 film Mujrim

Song of Mujrim 1958

The tidal waves crashing on the rocks, scattering the water droplets is a delightful sight to watch. Recall the song "Sach Hue Sapne Tere" from Kala Bazar here Dev Anand in a sad mood sitting on the rock while Waheeda, in a simple saree, without any jewelry at all, with a simple hairdo trying to please Dev, as she does ‘chiki chiki chik chak’. Her encouraging gestures finally appear to work for him, who finally smiles at her.

Song of Kala Bazar 1960

A Trend of Picnic or Happy songs on the beach started from this 1960 film Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai Here Meena Kumari seen singing with her friends.



Song of Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai  1960

Another sad song picturized on Dev Anand in the 1963 film Kinare Kinare where he is walking on a beach with calm sea.



Song of Kinare Kinare 1963


Another hit song by the seashore is from the 1965 film Gumnam, The sea is calm with soft waves. The rocks, the sand, the umbrella with other accessories complete the picture of a perfect picnic by the seaside. Picturized on Helen
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Song of Gumnam  1965


 Here’s a somewhat different Seashore song. Not a serene beach, but rocks with the sea beating against them. This is creating a different mood for this song picturized on Dilip Kumar

Song of Aadmi 1968

Picturized on Juhu Beach, this song was shot on Rajesh Khanna. The beach with sea waves slowly folding on the shore. Nothing more to say!

Song of Anand 1970

One of the popular songs of Laxmikant Pyarelal, that is still remembered for its violin tune, the beach it’s an emotional song with the touchy notes of a violin. 

Song of Shor 1972

In 1981 this song was a great hit, The beach appears to be from a South Indian region. Long Beach, luscious green plantations in the vicinity and big rocks. The song is picturized on Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri from the film Ek Duje Ke Liye

Song of Ek Duje Ke Liye 1982

Sagar was the 1985 film, the film was picturized near the sea. The seashore formed an important part of the story and was there throughout the film. The fisherman’s boats, fishing nets, the rocky seashore, and sea waves. This romantic song was shot at the beach.

Song of Sagar 1985

This one of the great seashore songs At the start of the song Urmila Matondkar is seen running on the beach. The song was shot in foreign locations and captures the picturesque places, a beautiful sunset, and the greenery around the beach. 

Song of Rangeela (1995)


We see a very attractive seashore, with a soothing sea and whitish sand. The sea waves are delicate and suit the romantic song. 

Song of Papa Kehte Hai (1996)

 A very beautiful beach, greenish-blue water, whitish sand, picturesque nature. A charming pair on a stunningly beautiful beach. The dance step also became iconic.

Song of Kaho Na Pyar Hai 2000