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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rabbi Shergill

In times of Kolaveri Di, I thought of writing on something that is provoking, meaningful and pure bliss (that doesn't mean I hate Kolaveri Di, I love it, not because it is technically brilliant, but it's highly addictive).

Rabbi Shergill, the name behind Bulla Ki Jaana (2004) is truly a rock star. Right from the lyrics (that are so deep, insightful and touching) and the music of many different genres like rock, sufi and pop, he is a divine figure in urban Punjabi music. There are several blogs for this genius, so to envelope his work in a blog post is tough. These are my personal bests from Rabbi.

Bulla Ki Jaana (Rabbi 2004)

Tere Bin (MTV Unplugged)

Heer (MTV Unplugged)

Avengi Ja Nahin (Avengi Ja Nahin,2008)

Bilqis (Avengi Ja Nahin, 2008)

And this one is from his next album, Ganga (Rabbi's upcoming album)

And yes, do check out the lyrics and translation of Rabbi's work from the following sources:
Rabbism .If you want lyrics and meaning of any song from Rabbi, comment down.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Don 2 Music Review (BD)

BD Music Review : Don 2 Chase Continues
Don 2: Another duh in waiting?
Don 2
Music Directors: Shankar - Ehsaan - Loy
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
BD Music Rating: ❤ ❤ 

Ra.One was a musical treat. And the previous installment of “Don” was hip musically. But Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy has consistently failed in recent times (exception: ZNMD) and this one could be their comeback album. So expectations are obviously high, let’s see if we have another musical blast here after Rockstar. Excel Entertainment has always served good music (take it the previous: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara).

Aa Raha Hoon Palat Ke
Singer: Shah Rukh Khan

The soundtrack commences with dialogue that I have already heard as ringtone of many phones. Yes, the dialogue that made people whistle and screech in Don 2 trailer and it seems that the album will take it to the next level. A very promising start, I must say.  

Zara Dil Ko Tham Lo
Singers: Anusha Mani, Vishal Dadlani

The song starts off well with Anusha Mani crooning some good notes, but alas! As soon as Vishal Dadlani comes into the scene, the song starts sounding ordinary. I have heard him singing so many good songs in this genre, but this is epic fail. The typical Shankar-Ehsaan –Loy song with the typical Javed Akhtar lyrics is a big letdown. Sorry but that’s the truth.

Hai Yeh Maya
Singer: Usha Uthup

Okay after the disastrous opening, the album seems to be coming on track. Saxophones around 0:10 are pleasant surprise, but wait! This is again the same sounding composition. The trio has wasted Usha Uthup’s voice here. She is in fact the apt choice for this genre, but again, poor composition and lyrics are to blame, the song never connects to the listener.

Dushman Mera
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Sunitha Sarathy

Oh! I am fed up now, seriously. This is not at all happening. Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy seriously need to rediscover them. Lyrics, composition and music, everything is just not up to scratch!

The King Is Back
Singer: Sunitha Sarthy

Okay, this track is nice. Beats are catchy (not innovative), music production is slick, guitars are rocking and overall, the song emerges out to be the front-runner of the album after previous distress.

Mujhko Pehchan Lo

The reprised version of Don’s Title Track lacks the tempo and energy of the previous version. KK does a good job but I still can’t get Shaan out of my mind. This song is good not because it is better than the previous version but because the initial songs were complete mess and the album seems to be recovering. But I hardly see any change in music section. It seems that all the songs of Don 2 are composed at one go with same beats and are trimmed later. This album is nowhere close to the previous one.

The Don Waltz
Instrumental (Thankfully!)

Thank god! The Don Waltz is blissfully relaxing. The soft melody gives the much-needed massage to head as well as ears that just got malfunctioned after listening to the trans-world music genre that sounded second – rate. This piece does some damage control and I expect something better from the Trio next time.

One Line Music Review: Don 2 Music is epic fail! Don't buy!

Rating: ❤ ❤

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rockstar Movie Ending (BD)

Rockstar Movie Ending

An ending of a never ending saga

Dear folks, Those who has not seen “Rockstar” yet, please don’t read the article. Those who don’t complain about ending, probably because they paid more attention to the movie, this article is a waste of time for you. Many people will find this post amateur probably because they have understood the movie very well. Guys, please don’t read ahead, this article is not for you.

This post is for my friends who could not pay attention to the movie due to incoming calls (pun intended), or those who missed the movie due to late arrival post interval. Some people left cinema halls even before the ending; this article is my dedication for them.   


This is the first time I am writing two articles for a single movie, so it is palpable that I really love this movie. The movie according to me is the greatest love storytelling in recent times in Bollywood. Most of the Bollywood movies nowadays have adapted screenplay from Tollywood movies, most of them have a predictable start, interval and more importantly the end. But Rockstar is far beyond the conventional movie making.

The story begins with Ranbir escaping Prague Police and somehow managing to perform at the show. But that’s not the beginning neither the end. The movie begins when we see Ranbir singing Jo Bhi Main for girls waiting at the bus stand. And the movie progresses in continuation till he departs from Nargis in Kashmir. 

In mean time we see that Aditi Rao Hydari is personally interested in Jordan’s character and she interviews some people who seem close to Ranbir but, are not. Then she interviews Kumud Mishra. Here is when the next flashback part of the movie begins where we see that Ranbir was thrown out of his home and he lived in a Dargah and the story continues till he is seen publishing his first music on recommendation of Shammi Kapoor.

hen, Kumud Mishra fixes the interview of Ranbir with Aditi (In a short flashback, we see the row between Ranbir and Piyush Mishra where Ranbir mocks over Mishra’s advices) and the story moves on without any more flashbacks, Ranbir now heads to Prague and reunites with Nargis. 


After Interval the story moves straight without any flashbacks till the point where Nargis, is diagnosed to have bone marrow.

Now heading towards the ending….
We see that Nargis is in coma and her condition has worsened. Then her younger sister calls Ranbir as she wants to confirm if Nargis is pregnant. Ranbir is soon to perform at the concert but as soon as he receives the phone, he leaves the concert and goes straight to meet Nargis. Meanwhile, we see a flashback where we shockingly realize that Nargis is pregnant. In ICU, Ranbir realizes that Nargis has stopped responding (she doesn’t kiss back Ranbir, obviously, she is in coma :-P). This is when Ranbir realizes that Nargis will die soon. Ranbir then surrenders to cops. He is bailed from Patiala Court and he does his "middle finger act". He saw this thing done by Jim Morrison, and now   he realizes why JM did so.


Ranbir sings Nadaan Parinday in a hope that Nargis’ condition will improve and they both will reunite (lyrics are haunting BTW!) meanwhile, Ranbir feels that Nargis is with him on the stage, but she is not. The end credit rolls as soon as we see Ranbir and Nargis superficially together on the stage. The ending suggests that Nargis has died in coma and the naive falcon (Nadaan Parinda- Nargis) has returned home (reunited with Ranbir, not in physical way, probably her soul is now omnipresent with Ranbir). The abrupt end at this point indicates that Love is eternal.

Ranbir is not dead.Nadaan Parinday indicates that Ranbir is still alive, more heartbroken and tragic. There is a scene where Ranbir pukes and later we see Ranbir in bath tub and his burning guitar, indicating that he is still burning inside and is not happy anymore! So tragic and yet so subtle.......

Dear Imtiaz,

It needs great guts to present a simple but effective love story in a different way. It needs more guts to convey the poignant ending in a positive way. You did it, and did it very convincingly. I absolutely loved the way screenplay is written.

Dear Folks,

Those who complain that the movie is dragged in second half, I disagree with you. This is the time when we see pure passion amidst the lovers (Aur Ho song is poetically describing the love at its passionate best). This is the time where the viewer is allowed to gulp in the quick storyline that covers a span of almost a decade in hundred minutes. 

To those, who complain that there was no emotional attachment with the story, my heartily condolence to them!

UPDATE: Article edited and thanks to Mitesh Saraf and AJ Rox for pointing out goofs.

(P.S : This is my interpretation of an open ended movie, discussions with logic are welcomed...)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rockstar Movie Review (BD)

Bollywood Dil Se Movie Review: Rockstar

Rockstar: Old wine new bottle romantic saga with music as backbone.
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Movie Information: IMDB, Wiki
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fhakri, Piyush Mishra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shammi Kapoor, Shernaz Patel
Direction: Imtiaz Ali
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical,

Movie Overview:

From the maker of “Jab We Met”, “Love Aaj Kal” and “Socha Na Tha” (Abhay Deol – Ayesha Takia starrer unnoticed gem) and writer of “Ahista Ahista” (Abhay Deol – Soha Ali Khan, a beauty) comes once again, the much hyped and anticipated Ranbir Kapoor’s in and as “Rockstar”.

First things first, Rockstar is not about music, it’s about love. A love that is pure passion; A love that needs more of feelings and emotions rather than modern life logical conclusions and reasoning. The movie is all about Imtiaz Ali style romance, where a lover is drifted along with the highs and lows in a beautiful cinematic journey. Rockstar is thus, much about love and a little about music. Am I complaining? No, not at all.

Let me bluntly state the problem first: Editing in second half and open-ended story telling. These are the only goofs in Rockstar and it seems that Director wanted to keep it that way only. That is why Rockstar is classy!

Yes, Rockstar is classy and not massy. The movie will stay out of reach for those who love typical Bollywood Masala where a hero goes dishoom-dishoom with a funny bad guy or a hero who tries to lure heroine with not so original one liners and his hot looks. In this flick, hero never uses his brains to lure heroine neither he is that intellectual to understand love. The movie has uncanny romantic angle where love is never discussed but is always understood. Imtiaz ali has rendered romance so well in the movie via lovable situations and witty dialogues, which makes you forget all loose threads of movie. At some point, the love may seem unconvincing but Rockstar is based on Rumi’s words and this says it all:

“Away beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there”

The slick screenplay manages to portray flashbacks with style, but this can get a layman confused at places. The abrupt ending over which, I will write a whole article soon, may disappoint the popcorn people. That is why I said, Rockstar is classy not massy.

To overcome all the goofs, we have Ranbir and Rahman. Ranbir has proved with this movie that he deserves to fix in the slot of top Bollywood actors. He single-handedly manages to lift up the whole movie and takes it to another level. This is the role of a solo hero, which is yet not done by Imraan Khan or John Abraham (Shahid did it in Kaminey, BTW). Ranbir deserves accolades from people as well as critics. He should win some awards or at least nominations for Janardhan Jakkar a.k.a Jordan and a.k.a JJ. His character is an open diary, something easier to read, tough to understand. And how Janardhan turned to Jordan, that journey, is cry of an anguish by a rock star.

Rahman did it once again! I found his songs the bliss in second half (the couple next to me found it bore!).

What’s more? Nargis Phakri in a hot-cool avatar, eye candy locations of Kashmir, Prague, Delhi etc. thanks to brilliant cinematography. And an ending that needs guts.

UPDATE: Re-rated the movie as the first five star movie on Bollywood Dil Se. I didn't want to regret later. I know the movie is not perfect, but lets keep it as it is. The article on Rockstar's ending is done. Click Here!


Quick Review:

Brilliant performances! Ranbir, Shammiji, Piyush Mishra, Aditi Rao Hydari all are outshining. Kumud Mishra and Shernaz Patel are noteworthy.

Story And Screenplay:
Story and screenplay are flawed but yet intriguing. Dialogues are bang on and will be remembered easily. As said earlier, ending is uncanny.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is brilliant in parts but somehow gets loose in second half. Aarti Bajaj's cinematography is first rate.

Music And Background Score:
Music is already a rage among people. Rockstar rocks and Rahman makes it rocking by his music. Background score is outstanding too. I am waiting for its background release as there are some good pieces (for example say, Electric Guitar version of Tum Ho and a medley of Shehar Main and Katiya Karoon)

Imtiaz Ali, you did it man!!
Final Verdict:
The critic which rates it poor has no right to judge love stories  (personal point of view, sorry if that was rude)! I rate it a five!

Box Office collection report:
Rockstar will not find it tough to recover its money. Hit!

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

(P.S: This is a pure passionate love story where neither Ranbir or Nargis say “I Love You” (oh Ranbeer didn’t mean it when he said so in the famous “girlfriend banja meri” scene). Imtiaz, you are the man!)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ra One Vs Robot Vs Bodyguard Vs Enthiran Collections

There are buzz in B-Town about Ra One Vs Robot or Ra One Vs Bodyguard collection. Figures are hallucinating and so are the people. Here is the clear comparative table of Ra One Vs Bodyguard Vs 3 Idiots Vs Enthiran. 

All these figures are stated officially by the production houses and Bollywood analysts. I have not stated any figures from my side, just collected the exact figures and represented them bluntly for analysis.
Have a look.

Ra One


3 Idiots


Cost Of Production
150 crores (approx)
60 crores
35 crores
132 crores*
Print and Publicity Costs
52 crores
10 crores
25 crores
30 crores
Total Budget^
202 crores
70 crores
60 crores
162 crores
First Day Net Collection
18 crores
21 crores
13 crores
20 crores
Seven Days Net Collection
96 crores
103 crores
79 crores
117 crores
Net Box Office Collection
170 crores (approx)
227 crores (approx)
358 crores
265 crores
Overseas Net Collection
42 crores (approx)
38 crores (approx)
29 crores
61 crores
Additional and Ancillary Collection
55 crores
40 crores
35 crores
49 crores
Total Collection^
225 crores (approx)
305 crores (approx)
423 crores
375 crores
Total Profit
23 crores (approx)
235 crores (approx)
362 crores
215 crores*
All Time Block Buster
All Time Block Buster
All Time Block Buster

 *Excludes 45 crores salary (profit + fees) of Rajnikanth.
^ For all versions
Additional and Ancillary Collection includes Satellite Rights, Music Rights and Other Collections from merchandise and media partners

(All Figures In INR)

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