Rabindra Sangeet in Films – This Millennium

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The songs composed by Rabindranath Tagore have always been a lifeline of Bangla films. For decades, they have been the voice of soul in our films, and when at the turn of the century a decision was taken to allow experimentation with the arrangement in Tagore Songs, there was a fear that it would be a disaster as far as preserving the sanctity of these songs was concerned. Has it really been the case in the whole?

Yes, there has been a Oo lala added to a Pagla Hawa in some cases, but Rabindra Sangeet has stood firm with its soul and its form preserved for the most, a few modern rhythmic adaptations like Jagorane jaaye bibhabori have actually worked, and in most cases even the form has remained as pure as possible. How much ever our storytelling might have changed, our filmmakers still fall back to the ever reliable and the deepest emotions of Rabindra Sangeet even today, and rightfully so.

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The charismatic children in the world of Ray

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Apu & Durga (Pather Panchali & Aparajito), Kajal (Apur Sansar), Ratan (Postmaster), Mrinmayee (Samapti), Mukul (Sonar Kella), Ruku (Jai Baba Felunath), Pikoo (Pikoo), Dingo (Shakha Proshakha), Satyaki (Agantuk), or the ‘Two’ kids…

Just these characters can continue reminding us for decades to come how brilliant a film maker the Maestro was… It takes a genius to get the best and most natural out of children in cinema, and He did it every single time with each one of them. The characters above have become legendary, not just with their writing, but also with the kind of performances these kids could deliver under the guidance of Ray..

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Happy Birthday Basu Chatterjee!

The world of Hindi Cinema has got a lot of its simplistic and heart felt beauty courtesy the warm and endearing cinema of Basu Chatterjee. Along side Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he made those evergreen everyday commoner stories that we could all relate to, revolving around protagonists who were so very you and me. A Chhoti si Baat, Baaton Baaton Me, Khatta Meetha or a Rajanigandha hence become any time watches for many. At the same time, there is the brilliantly adapted Ek ruka huya faisla, or Swami, or Apne Paraye, which have their own emotional and cinematic appeal. With Kamla ki Maut, a story and a style was chosen much ahead of the times. That is the versatile talent of the man, as much as we try to box him within a sugary sweet zone.

Happy 89th birthday Basu’da! The treasure chest of Hindi cinema looks far more richer for the gems you added to it.

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Amol Palekar- celebrating simplicity!

One Man! Many Moods! One great filmography!

Happy 74th Birthday to the quintessential common man next door! Yet each character made so memorable by sheer craft!

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Tabu – Magic on Screen

To the most talented actress of this generation possibly… Happy Birthday! Keep surprising us!

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Classics Revisited – Justjoo jiski thi

जुस्तजू जिसकी थी उसको तो न पाया हमने
इस बहाने से मगर देख ली दुनिया हमने…

तुझको रुसवा न किया, खुद भी पशेमाँ न हुये
इश्क़ की रस्म को इस तरह निभाया हमने…

कब मिली थी कहाँ बिछड़ी थी, हमें याद नहीं
ज़िंदगी तुझको तो, बस ख़्वाब में देखा हमने…

ऐ अदा और सुनाये भी तो क्या हाल अपना
उम्र का लम्बा सफ़र तय किया तन्हा हमने…

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Piya Tose – Timeless Composition!

While the day has been spent listening to the brilliance of the Master in each of his creations from Guide to Pyaasa to Sujata to Jewel Thief to Kaagaz ke phool to Bandini to Tere ghar ke saamne and more, here is one of the brilliant recreations of one of his best composed songs ever! This shows how relevant SD Burman and his tunes are even today, and how fresh they still can be! There won’t be another music composer ever like Burman Dada 🙏🎼🎻🎹🎤❤️

A big thumbs up for Jonita Gandhi too!

Happy birthday SD Burman !

Hrishikesh Mukherjee – Cinema For The Soul!

These are the few of my favorite things!

Remembering one of the greatest magicians of Indian Cinema on his 96th birthday! He did not make films, he just portrayed life as it happened to you and me!

In absolute awe of his craft! Forever!

#HappyBirthday #HrishikeshMukherjee #AllTimeFavorite 

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Tanuja turns 75!

Vibrant, spunky, elegant and classy at the same time – she is always so full of life, and breathes her beautiful free spirit to all characters she plays!

Always endearing, always a favorite!

Happy 75th birthday Tanuja!

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MahaNayak – Shubho Janmodin !

Nayak – MahaNayak – Shubho Janmodin !

Remembering the ultimate matinee idol through Ray’s masterpiece on the legend!