Rabindra Sangeet in Films – This Millennium


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 Enchanting Female Duets


Recently with a few films trying to explore a rare genre of female bonding in Hindi cinema, it got me excited to explore how has this genre shaped up in the past years through cinema.. Come to think of it, forget cinema centered around female bonding, even good and impactful female duets have been few and far in between, although Bollywood is blessed with the two of the most enchanting voices ever in the two legendary sisters!

So given that it is a relatively rare genre, here are my favorite picks of the best female duets and in no particular order… (And I did not want the space to get crowded with the likes of relatively mediocre ‘Hastaa huya noorani chehra‘, ‘Mere mehboob me kya nahi‘, ‘Reshmi shalwar‘ or the more recent ‘Dola re‘, ‘Pinga‘ and their likes, which may be popular but not impactful to my musical sensibilities!)

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Classics Revisited – Jiya Laage Na

Kya jaane kyun hai
Kya jaane kaisi andekhi si dor
Jo khenchti hai, jo le chali hai
Ab yun mujhe teri ore

One of the most misunderstood films of our times, but a brilliant brilliant take of heartbreaks, personal trauma and seeking closures.

#6YearsOfTalaash #UnderappreciatedGem #WhenLoveHurts

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…


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 !

October – Happiness Blooms!

Good morning October! 🌸💗

A great time to remember the best film of the year once again!

A great song that spreads life and happiness to the times.. times that mark the beginning of the festive season for many!

Chal chhoti chhoti seeli seeli shaamein jee lein chal..
Chal aadhi aadhi thodi jhoothi chai pee lein chal…
Chal thodi si hain meri saasein dono jee lein chal….


Samvedna – and a lot of respect

Along with many other things, he was also a fabulous poet, and his album Samvedna is a treasure house of emotions..

A great scholar and a deeply respected human being across everyone..

Prayers for peace for Vajpayee’ji through his own creation..

Amar dukkho gulo…

‘Amar dukkho gulo jhaptaye dana, su-neel akash tobu udte paare na..’

.. The only take away from the film, and a beautiful one at that.. All soul..

Bombay Velvet – An Exotic Musical

A very rare album that presented Jazz in its sizzling grandeur as its core theme reflected across all songs..

Brilliant collaboration between Amit Trivedi & Amitabh Bhattacharya yet again post the magic of Lootera..

Terrific vocals from Neeti Mohan, Shefali Alvares, Suman Sridhar, Shalmali Kholgade, Paapon, Mohit Chauhan, and Trivedi himself..

Fascinating treasure of musical erotica across gems like ‘Dhadam dhadam’, ‘Behroopiya’, ‘Naak pe gussa’, ‘Mohabbat buri bimari’, ‘Durbaan’, ‘Aam hindustani’, ‘Sylvia’ or ‘Fifi’..

A flawless period setting created by the on point costume design & production design team, beautifully captured by Rajeev Ravi’s camera, realizing the grand vision of Anurag Kashyap..

Brought to life on screen by the scintillating Anushka Sharma and the intriguing Ranbir Kapoor..

… the overall musical experience of Bombay Velvet is nothing short of Gold Class!!



Classics Revisited – Meri Bindiya

When she looked like an absolute princess and danced like a dream…