After the Golden Globe, our dear Rahman has made us proud again by winning not one but two Oscars together this year. Everybody from the young & old is celebrating this historic event with pride and joy. The channels are busy showing the reception of the winners back at home. And the Fans are eager to congratulate the history makers on their websites and blogs.
But I was sad and surprised to see that the main lead singer of the award winning song “Jai Ho” was missing from the celebrations all over the country. Sukhwinder, the owner of that powerful voice which impressed the OSCAR Jury, was not there in any news channel or newspaper coverage of the event. The lyrics writer of the song “Gulzar” even requested the media persons, not to forget the singer, but still no one was really interested to put the limelight on Sukhwinder and his contribution to the song. On the other hand a few channels were keen on getting some more TRP by finding any controversy in the matter.
Sukhwinder in his interview very calmly and intelligently wiped of all the doubts and declared that it was not anybody’s fault as he was not able to get the VISA in time. But in the same breath he also said that he was sad to miss the opportunity of singing at the OSCARs and if somebody from the producers had tried harder then he may have got the required documents to reach there.
I was unable to understand the reasons, why the lead singer of a song nominated for OSCARS, was denied his VISA. And I also strongly believe that Rahman too must have felt sad, not to have his friend, Sukhwinder by his side while performing in front of all the Hollywood stars.
Another person who was not there in the Slumdog Millionaire group at the OSCARS was Gulzar, the third stalwart behind the award winning song. His absence also was not given much mileage by the media here. May be Gulzar, himself chose to have a backseat and enjoy the celebrations at home.
Whatever may be the reason of their absence and whoever was responsible for this mis-happening, the main point is that the world missed seeing all of them together on the stage receiving the award.
Sukhwinder with his sky-ranging voice would have shaken the Kodak Theater and Hollywood in just 5 minutes of his time. It was purely the loss of Hollywood to miss out a performance of a true singer.
Personally I was waiting to see Gulzar in white Kurta-Pajama and Rahman-Sukhwinder in an elegant Sherwani holding the Golden Lady together. Anyway…May be next time….!
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It’s one of the most under-rated films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. You will find more written about his other movies rather than “I Confess” in books and articles on his style of film making. But the film is truly a memorable experience as it includes thrill and emotions in the right dosages. The film got mixed reviews at the time of its release as it was way ahead of its time.
The amazing feature of the movie is that the viewer is shown the murder and the murderer right in the first scene itself and then the killer also confesses to the priest for his crime. But interestingly when the suspicion shifts on to the priest himself who had heard the confession, then just imagine the restlessness felt by the priest, as he knows the truth, but ethically cannot speak for himself.
Hitchcock romantically uses flashback in the story which gives a soft touch to an otherwise crime movie. The climax is brilliantly written and directed, saving the priest by the changing circumstances alone and he doesn’t has to break his vow. The movie proves the mastery Hitchcock had in choosing his stories and subjects right from his start. A must see for all Hitchcock fans and lovers of quality thrillers.
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While living the later years of his existence, a lonely male character suddenly meets a lady (in a railway station’s waiting room), who was once the most important part of his life but had parted and gone onto living her own path, in her own way. What happens when two such persons meet unintentionally, how they remember the loving, personal moments they had shared and how they see the reasons of their separation once again with a new perspective is the subject of “Ijaazat”.
A very intense, emotional and loving movie from one of the most expressive poet, writer and director, Gulzar. The plot even gets more enjoyable with two great artists Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha coming together on the silver screen. Anuradha Patel completing the triangle also gives the most memorable performance of her short career. And another major asset of the movie is its melodious music by R. D. Burman. In fact he has done a great job in putting the unconventional lyrics by Gulzar into his beautiful compositions. The songs blend into the scenes and the narration beautifully.
For a certain section of audience, the movie may be slow and unmoving. But as an answer to that, you got to have a loving heart to feel “Ijaazat”. There are moments of silence in the movie having a language of their own, and there are some well written one liner dialogues to enjoy as an emotional visual treat offered by the director. In simple words, it’s another not to be missed gem from the master film-maker, Gulzar. You are sure going to find this movie and its soundtrack both in the collection of almost every bollywood movies fan living anywhere in the world.
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OSCARS could not deny us this year, and they had to give our dear Rahman his deserved recognition. And surprisingly they were generous enough to give him two Golden Ladies together. Truly, Rahman deserved this from long and finally got his due from the highest rated authority in film making all over the world. We are proud of OUR NATIONAL TREASURE – A. R. RAHMAN who should be now treated as precious as the one of the most important persons of the country.
And what a simple & loving person he is, standing at the OSCARS podium, telling the whole world that he is here because of his mother and rightly saying “Mere Paas Maa Hai”. Every proud Indian must have felt great on this long awaited moment when our dear Rahman was there holding two OSCARS in his hands along with the entire team of the movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”.
The truth is that the West got to give us this time as they are now in need of us and our vast, unexplored economy. They cannot keep on ignoring the talent we have in our people here. And if the big production houses of the west have to move in here then first they have to give our creative geniuses their deserved recognition. And A. R. Rahman is the right person to start with, having a mammoth amount of quality work associated with his name.
But this is only a start as there should be many more coming in from the OSCARS soon.
May be this was possible because of one person, Danny Boyle, may be this happened because of the big foreign production house behind the movie, may be the award was there for an over-rated flick based on poverty and may be Rahman has undoubtedly given more better scores than this…..but forgetting all the controversies and arguments…,
I am…., rather we all are extremely happy to see Rahman achieving the phenomenal success and now known all over the globe as one of the greatest music creators on earth.
He has made a record of a sort by getting two together for his music alone and for anyone else, even to equal this will be quite difficult.
Only one man can do it again…….Rahman himself.
Congratulations, deep from my heart to Sir A R Rahman and to all Indians feeling proud at this moment.
Three Cheers for Rahman!
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