Saturday, March 9, 2013

On the death anniversary of Joy Mukherjee, his deadly combination with Rafi would be remembered for generations.


Veteran actor Joy Mukherjee died on 9th March, 2012. He was the son of noted filmmaker Sasadhar Mukherjee and Sati Debi. Sasadhar Mukherjee was the co-founder of Filmalaya Studios. Joy Mukherjee stormed bollywood films with his debut in the film Love in Simla in 1960. It was directed by RK Nayyar. Iqbal Qureshi composed the music of the film. From that time the everlasting combination of Joy Mukherjee with Mohammad Rafi stormed bollywood music for the next 10 years. After acting in the films Umeed and Hum Hindustani, Joy Mukherjee stormed bollywood with the film Ek Musafir Ek Haseena in 1962. Raj Khosla directed the film. The magic of OP Nayyar with Rafi made the audience spellbound. All the songs were masterpieces including “aap yuhi agar humse milte rahe”, “phir tere shahar me mitne ko chala aya hoon”, “humko tumhare ishqne kya kya bana diya”, “bahut shukhriya bari meherbani”, “mujhe dekhkar aapka muskurana”, to name a few. The songs just intoxicated the audience. Ek Musafir Ek Haseena the second biggest hit film of 1962. The Joy Mukherjee, OP Nayyar and Rafi magic continued in the film Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon in 1963. It was produced and directed by Nasir Hussain. Again the songs were masterpieces including “zulf ke chayon me chehereka ujala lekar”, “nazneen bara rangeen hai wada tera”, “banda parwar thamlo jigar”, “lakhon hai nigahon me”, “anchal me saja lena kaliyan”, “aji kibla mohe tarma”, to name a few. It was par excellence. Probably OP Nayyar and Rafi combination was at the zenith. The film ended up being the third biggest hit film of 1963. In 1964, Joy Mukherjee’s film Ziddi did great business. This time it was directed by Pramod Chakravarty. The music was composed by SD Burman. Rafi’s songs “janu kya mera dil ab kahan kho gaya”, “teri surat se nahi milti kisi ki surat”, “pyar ki manzil mast haseen” were all melodious songs and became superhit. Rafi Joy Mukherjee continued in the films Ishaara, Door Ki Awaaz and Ayo Pyar Karen. Joy Mukherjee again stormed bollywood in the film Love in Tokyo. Shankar Jaikishan’s composition of music in the film rocked bollywood. Lata’s songs “sayonara sayonara”, “hume tum mil gaye humdum” was as popular as Rafi’s “Japan, love in Tokyo”, “aaja re aa zara aa”, “o mere shahekhuba”, and Manna Dey’s “mai tere pyar me bimar hun kya arz karun”. The westernized andaz of Rafi mesmerized the audience along with Japan’s exotic locations. Joy Mukherjee and Rafi again created magic in the film Shagird in 1967. This time Laxmikant Pyarellal stormed bollywood. Rafi’s songs “o bare miya diwane”, “o hai zara khafa khafa”, “duniya paagal hai” all created magic. Joy Mukherjee’s online chemistry with Saira Banu attracted the viewers. From Humsaya in 1968, gradually Joy Mukherjee’s box office popularity declined. OP Nayyar composed the music of the film and Rafi’s song “dil ki awaaz na sun” again became hit, but the film did not do great business. From that time onwards Joy Mukherjee gradually faded out of the industry. His later films like Ek Kali Muskai, Dil Aur Muhabbat, Dupatta, Ek Baar Muskurado did very ordinary business. Rafi sang notable songs in some of these films, but neither the compositions nor the songs did touch the souls of the audience in the same way, the way it did in Love in Tokyo. Joy Mukherjee had given lips in more than 200 songs of Mohammad Rafi. His songs and the films should be restored to remember the great combination of evergreen Mohammad Rafi with the romantic actor.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Happy birthday to Shreya Ghoshal.


The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to sweet singer Shreya Ghoshal on 12th March, 2013. From national awards, Zee Cine Awards, Starscreen awards and filmfare awards, she had remained a frequent recipient of the awards due to her sheer brilliance. Bollywood films in the 50s, 60s and 70s were dominated by Lata, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, Suraiya, Sudha Malhotra, Suman Kalyanpur, etc. In the 80s and 90s Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurty made a very notable contribution in bollywood films. Shreya Ghoshal had established herself the future singer of bollywood cinema for the last few years. Born in a Bengali family in Rawatbhata, in Kota district of Rajasthan, Shreya Ghoshal learnt classical music from Mahesh Chandra Sharma. She participated in the musical competition in the TV Channel titled Saregamapa, and when she reached the finals after defeating renowned female singers, the producers, directors and composers were moved by her performance. She made her presence felt with her song in the film Devdas, directed by Sanjay Leela Banshali, with the song “bairi piya” and after that she never had to look back. Just like Sonu Nigam had created a gharana by himself and composers agree about his versatility, similarly Shreya Ghoshal is undoubtedly the future of Indian playback singing. She received the filmfare award for the best female singer along with Kavita Krishnamurty for the song “dola re” from the film Devdas, picturised on Madhuri Dixit and Aiswariya Rai. Her other hits songs include “jadu hai nasha hai” from the film Jism. She also amazed the listeners with the song “piyu bole, piya bole” picturised on Vidya Balan, from the film Parineeta, where Sonu Nigam sang it for Saif Ali Khan. The sweetness of her voice matched the period (late 19th century) when singers of the Bengali traditional families used to present their talent in soft style She also the song “apne aansoo peene ke liye” from the film Paheli, very well, along with powerful performance from Rani Mukherjee and Shahrukh Khan in the film. She also received filmfare award for the best singer for her song in the film Guru, titled “barsdo re” composed by AR Rehman. She had song notable Bengali songs like “pagla hawa” in The Bong Connection, “mon diye mon niye” in Agnipath, etc. In 2010, her song “bahara bahara” in the film I Hate Luv Stories was striking. She was extremely sweet in the duet song “tu ne to palbhar me chori kiya re jiya” with Sonu Nigam, in the film Dabanng, which went to do a business worth 150 crores. She sang brilliant songs in 2012 in different films like Agneepath, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. With a number of songs which are going to be released in different films in 2013, she is expected to continue her good work and the viewers and listeners expect her best in the years to come.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Rachana Banerjee stormed Zee Bangla Mirakkel Program.


Anchor Rachana Banerjee of Zee Bangla Didi No. 1 came and conquered everyone in the show Zee Bangla Mirakkel 7 Program on 4th March, 2013. Rachana Banerjee was invited as the guest judge in the show. The two other judges Paran Banerjee and Rajatavo Dutta were present. Srilekha Mitra was the other judge who had not been present on that day. Rachana Banerjee announced that there was Chaitra festival in the march of March, 2013. There will be huge number of prizes in that program. Participants will get an opportunity to go to foreign countries, get cars and huge numbers of expensive prizes. The new participants did well in the program. There were two girls who presented together. One talked about the actresses during the 1950s and 1960s. The other talked about the actresses of the present period. There was an old person of the age of 72 years who came and told jokes relating to old age. There was an act played by ex-finalists like Vicky, Partho, Sangeet Tiwary and actress Sneha. They acted a part related to the conversation of Adam and Eve. They did a great job. Vicky played the character of Isaac Newton. At the end of the show Apurbo Roy came and stole the show. He played the character of ghost. He said “jekhane bhooter bhoy” ,“sekhane Apurbo Roy”. Rachana Banerjee, Paran Banerjee and Rajatavo Dutta appreciated him a lot. They also appreciated his make up. Mir Afsar Ali said all the new participants are talented and brave to perform before a big panel.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sandip Ray created the suspense in the thriller film Goroshane Sabdhan.


Sandip Ray created the suspense in the thriller film Goroshane Sabdhan. In 2010, Sandip Ray, the son of Oscar winning director Satyajit Ray made the excellent film Gorosthane Sabdhan. It was based on the Feluda Series written by Satyajit Ray titled Gorosthane Sabdhan. Sabyasachi Chakravarty played the role of detective Prodosh Mitra, while Bibhu Bhattacharya played the role of Lalmohan Ganguly and Saheb Bhattacharya played the role of Tapesh Ranjan. Mou Roychoudhury produced the film. There was news of digging of grave in the heritage place, the Park Street graveyard in Kolkata where the graves of renowned personalities were there. Pradip Mukherjee, was injured by a falling tree on a stormy night in Kolkata. Sabyasachi Chakravarty who played the role of Feluda did his own investigation and got a card of Pradip Mukherjee, where the initials of a number of Publishers were there. From the coat of Pradip Mukherjee other details relating to Thomas Godwin were identified. Thomas Godwin was a cook in North India who received a lot of expensive bakshish during Colonial period. He settled in Kolkata in the 18th Century, but due to bad habit of gambling, he lost most of them. His heirs included Tinnu Anand and others, whom Feluda went and interrogated. In the mean time Dhritiman Chatterjee, a rich businessman with the help of Subhashish Mukherjee, the brother of Pradip Mukherjee, dug the graves to get a Perigal Repeater. That was the name of an expensive clock. Dhritiman Chatterjee did business in antique clocks and he used the will of Thomas Godwin to get the clock illegally. Feluda stepped in and stopped the invasion. There was thrill at every level. Feluda went to the graveyard a number of times, where Jatayu got scared. He went to the house of the Godwin, when one his descendants were doing planchet, he entered the room and stole ivory box. Lastly there was drama in the room of Dhritiman Chatterjee, who used his men to strike Feluda, Topshe and Jatayu and bring them to his house for getting the expensive clock. Satyajit Ray’s original story was excellent, giving reference of old Kolkata, and history of Thomas Godwin. Sandip Ray had the uphill task of making of film at least 20 years after the story was written. But he rose up to the occasion and gifted a thriller. Sabyasachi Chakravarty and Dhritiman Chatterjee were brilliant. Bibhu Bhattacharya acted well in the film. Saheb Bhattacharya played the role of topshe for the first time after Parambrata Chatterjee left the character of Tapshe. The film should be seen by the audience.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy birthday to Fardeen Khan.


The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to Fardeen Khan on 8th March, 2013. He had created an identity for himself inspite of being the son of popular bollywood star Feroz Khan. Most of the sons and daughters of the celebrities of bollywood films had always struggled due to comparison of them with their parents. In case of Fardeen Khan, he never tried to imitate Feroz Khan. Feroz Khan was famous for his stylish performance in action films including Oonche Log, Apradh, Dharmatma, Khote Sikke, Qurbani, Jaanbaaz, Yalgaar, etc. In most of these films he introduced Hollywood style of acting in Indian films. Fardeen Khan instead of imitating his father created a simple style of acting which suited different types of films. His performance in the film No Entry in 2005, requires special mention. He played the character of a journalist in the film in the company of Anil Kapoor. He had an affair with Celina Jaitley, but just because he had to save Anil Kapoor, he told a lie to Lara Dutta that Bipasha Basu was his wife. From that time onwards he just went on telling one lie after the other. He went to Mauritious for honeymoon. Even there he found Anil Kapoor and Lara Dutta and his relationship with Bipasha Basu was revealed. Both Lara Dutta and Celina Jaitley filed divorce suits against Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan respectively due to their relationship with Bipasha Basu. Salman Khan had to come all the way from abroad to save the situation. His playacting with Esha Deol had helped both Fardeen Khan and Anil Kapoor to ease out their relationship with their wives. Fardeen Khan’s lips in the song “kahan ho tum” was very impressive. The film had excellent songs and the comedy sequences appealed to the viewers. The film ended up being a blockbuster. The other notable films of Fardeen Khan included Bhoot with Urmila Matondkar, Jungle with Urmila Matondkar, etc. In Bhoot he played a negative character but expressed the horror feelings to perfection when Urmila Matondkar’s spirits haunted him. The film Jungle was based on the story of Veerappan in the forests of Karnataka where he became a smuggling don. Fardeen Khan’s performance in the film Dev was also worth mentioning. In 2009, Fardeen Khan’s film All The Best with Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan did business worth 60 crore rupees. He played the role of the brother of Sanjay Dutt who used the pocket money to do weird acts. His friend Ajay Devgan used to give him ideas but it created more trouble for Fardeen Khan. When Sanjay Dutt came for sudden visit to his house as his flight got delayed, the chaos and confusion entertained the viewers. Fardeen Khan’s docile image in the film balanced the aggressive image of Sanjay Dutt. Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse complimented the stars in the film. It is difficult for Fardeen Khan to match the popularity of Salmaan Khan or Shahrukh Khan or Hrithik Roshan in the present time. But even with his limited popularity he has created an identity with which he can be categorized. In 2014, his film No Entry Mein Entry will be completed. He will act with the same team that he acted in No Entry, including Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor. The viewers expect Fardeen Khan to explore himself further in bollywood films in future.