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August 24, 2014 Sunday     

Heer Ranjha

If you have read the timeless classic creation HEER by Punjabi Sufi poet of the eighteenth century Waris Shah and also heard any soulful rendition of the same in the melodious traditional composition famous since ages. Then you must be aware of the lyrical beauty, emotional depth & heavenly feel in its soulful words. And are sure going to cherish this unique & original attempt from the master film-makers of Hindi Cinema which till date remains the only film ‘completely made in verse’ like an unforgettable expressive poem written on the silver screen.
Conceived by one of the most under-rated director Chetan Anand along with another magician of words Kaifi Azmi (dialogues & lyrics), HEER RAANJHA remains the most exemplary visual interpretation of Waris Shah’s Heer and can easily inspire all the young viewers to explore the actual poetic creation by the Sufi poet, respectfully read and sung in the literary circles.  Based on the traditional/historical love story of Heer & Ranjha hugely famous in Punjab and its surroundings, the film transports you into an amazing world where characters converse with each other in rhyming verses offering an entirely novel or never seen before kind of experience to its viewers with a highly touching emotional appeal. And that is the reason its original publicity artwork says, “The Story of Heer Ranjha – Spoken & Sung” and the film thoughtfully begins with a poem having a couplet (probably in the voice-over of its director Chetan Anand) saying,
“Dard Punjab Ke Seeney Se Chura Laya Hun,
Chand Tukdey Dil-e-Waris Ke Utha Laya Hun,
Aag Meri Na Sahi, Iska Dhuan Mera Hai,
Heer Ranjha Ki Kahani Hai, Bayaan Mera Hai”
Its each and every sequence clearly shows the kind of effort put in by the entire creative team ranging from the writer, composer, art director, cinematographer and the captain of the ship, its director. Interestingly, even the colours of the costumes are carefully chosen according to the look & feel of their particular scenes. And its lead pair strongly gives you the impression as if you are watching the real Heer-Ranjha emoting on the screen with an immense depth and feel. Raj Kumar excels in an unusual role different from his actual reel-image, Priya Rajvansh looks stunningly beautiful as Heer (though many would find her as a straight faced beauty at few places to put it honestly) and Pran is simply unbeatable playing Kaido, the cunning uncle of Heer who plays the real villain in her eternal love story in the end. Also Prithviraj Kapoor, Jeevan, Ajit, Kamini Kaushal and more give their own contribution to the epic supporting the lead pair superbly.
A spectacular musical masterpiece, the film’s immortal music is unanimously considered as one of the best original soundtracks in the 100 years history of Hindi cinema, brilliantly composed by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi. And its various unforgettable songs remain among the most soulfully performed tracks by their renowned singers led by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi. In fact even in this present net-age, no sad song compilation on ‘separation’ gets complete without two memorable songs, “Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil” and “Do Dil Toote, Do Dil Haarey” giving their much deserved due. The Punjabi flavor is brilliantly used in “Naache Ang Ve” & “Jo Mama Mera Aa Jayega”. Plus the traditional “Heer” truly is capable of bringing tears down your eyes undoubtedly.

To give you the truth, the theme of HEER RAANJHA was later adapted both in Hindi as well as in Punjabi featuring some of the leading stars of their respective era by two well-known directors. But such was the stature of this epic creation of Chetan Anand that the attempts could stand nowhere close to the original classic frankly and the 1970 gem still remains the only film one remembers the moment any discussion comes to the historical love saga of HEER RAANJHA.

So as a sincere suggestion, this film essentially needs to be seen by every serious fan of Indian cinema as it still doesn’t have any parallel of its kind till date. And no one can even dare to attempt such a loving project made straight from the heart ever again in the coming years, since crude commercialization has widely taken over the emotional involvement in our projects, unfortunately. Hence do yourself a favour and watch HEER RAANJHA at the earliest, to understand, feel and experience how movies used to be made by all our gifted masters in the past, rightly known as the ‘Golden Era of Hindi Films’.

Screenplay & Directed By Chetan Anand
Starring : Raj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh, Pran, Prithviraj Kapoor, Ajit, Jeevan, Kamini Kaushal and more.
Music By Madan Mohan     
Dialogues & Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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Tags : Heer Ranjha (1970), Movies To See Before You Die Love Theme, Not To Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Worth Watching Films List by Bobby Sing, Must Watch Movies List by Bobby Sing.
 
 
29 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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As I finished watching this highly realistic look into the future talking about our newly found friends in the world of electronics, there was all confusion in my mind to be honest. And the confusion was that whether to praise this well-made movie for its insightful projection of a lonely human mind satisfied living with his own set of machines all alone. Or should I take it as a concept making fun of we all who are readily giving away to these gadgets slowly and steadily missing the actual gifted life to be lived in a normal mode. So leaving the decision on every individual friend reading this with his own perception of the issue I would like to begin with a brief of the movie itself followed by few personal observations which might help you to take a wise decision in the end.
Revolving around a lonely man working in the cyber world as a letter writer, on the verge of taking a divorce, HER is about his strange virtual relationship formed with his newly bought operating system talking to him as a woman named Samantha. Backed by a powerful intelligent software, this non-existing friend gets closer & closer to the man through her sensual voice and immensely likable persona. And spending more & more time with Samantha he eventually falls in love with her, only to be left alone again as per the software’s pre-set programming designed cunningly. An extremely well-conceived concept by director Spike Jonze, the film basically works due to its lead performances by Joaquin Phoenix as the lonely man along with Scarlet Johansson as the sexy voice behind the computer generated woman without a face. And together they do give you a real feeling of a lively romance developing between the two in an inviting virtual ambience of computers.
So as a film, this can easily be rated as a great achievement in terms of futuristic story-telling, highly inventive yet realistic concept, commendable sound design, well composed musical score, brilliant camerawork, believable performances and an introspective direction by Jonze. The execution pulls you in right away and one can feel as if in a direct relation with its lead character completely in sync with his thoughts, emotions and actions. The extreme close ups make you understand the expressions more naturally and you simply have a novel experience watching this highly emotional science fiction winning the Best Original Screenplay award and four other major nominations at the OSCARS this year quite deservingly.
However the reason for including HER in the must watch movies list here is nothing related to its technical or thematic excellence. But it actually has been added as the film which might become a high alert alarm for many of us, fast heading towards becoming a person close to the film’s main protagonist to say the truth.
In other words, leaving the technical achievements apart, if one doesn’t appreciate this movie at all then I would like to call it a real bright positive indication, as it means that you couldn’t find any instant connect with its characters, which is in fact GOOD. But in case you loved the movie and could easily identify with its leading lonely character enjoying a virtual love, then in my opinion it raises a serious alarm and is quite dangerous too. Since it reveals that you are also somewhere feeling like him only from the inside, looking for that imaginary solace in the machines around taking most of your available time of the day in a questionable manner.
And that is the exact reason why HER has been included in the ‘must watch list’ here, as I wished this movie to become an instant WARNING for all my friends somehow falling into the same fictional trap as depicted in its script.
Putting it in more stronger words, I don’t want any of my friend living with this kind of silly ‘HER syndrome’ as I would like to call it. Because all kinds of technical developments in this new-age century are being made by us, to be used as a means to grow and live a better life ahead. But only dumb minds give away to technology in such a manner like the main protagonist of HER.
So I want all my friends to watch HER to learn the lesson of ‘what’s not to be done’ in all positivity and become beware of such idiotic virtual practices which can easily win us over taking much of our valuable time just for nothing.
I wish you all to see the film, as it will make you understand that how we ought to enjoy the weather going out in the nature feeling it on our own and not by reading the weather reports on our cellphones.
I would like to recommend HER since it may make you realize that its not fair to avoid your innocent kids just to get back to your work or to the kitchen by giving them a game to play on a tab, phone or laptop. In fact that remains the first stage of developing the typical ‘HER kind of generation’ in the coming future.
I wish everyone reading watches this because it might make you aware that its criminal to forget picking up a pen and paper to write and always do it on your digital screens. Yes, we ought to use these machines to save our time & energy both. But we are not supposed to allow them to take over us completely turning into some lifeless, action-less beings entirely dependent over them 24x7.
And in support of my above expressions, I would like to share a recent personal experience related to the heavy load-shedding seen in our area (in Delhi) in the last few months which you must have read or heard about in the news too.
Now its about a decent middle class locality I am referring to, wherein every household is fully equipped with cable TV, internet connectivity, high end mobile phones, tabs, laptops, digital games and much more in terms of electronic gadgets.
So it was around 7pm in the evening when the lights went off and there was a complete black out with the natural light fading out in the next few minutes only. As few people made some phone calls we got informed that it was a long load-shedding being done which might go to 6 to 8 hours to be exact. The first few hours didn’t make much difference as most of the houses had inverters installed and the impact was not much. The television sets were off but the people were still busy using their laptops, phones or tabs along with their kids and nobody was feeling the void since all their gadgets were calmly running on their available batteries as expected.
But things didn’t remain the same for long and post 3-4 hours around 11pm, the park in the middle of the area was full of clueless, restless, irritated, abusive ZOMBIES. Their computers, laptops, tabs, PSPs and phones had stopped working due to the drained out batteries, the inverters had gone off too and they had now got nothing to do at all as per their fixed routines. Many of them were just roaming around looking at their wrist watches repeatedly and many had opted to go for a car-ride taking their families along to make an immediate escape. The scenario became pretty tense towards the mid-night and one could easily see only disturbed faces all around looking for only one thing to get back on track so desperately.
However, there was one old aged sane person in this silly chaos, a learned man who very well knew how to use this time in the best possible manner and luckily I found him in the end of all parked cars sitting inside his Wagon-R with the cabin light on. The old man already knew me and my interests through my website, so the moment I hesitatingly knocked at his side of the window-glass, he rolled it down a little keeping away the book he was reading and said,
“If you have got something to read then bring it fast and get into the back seat…….., as I don’t want any of these mad creatures to waste my valuable time with their stupid gossips.”
Taking the clue like an obedient student, I ran towards the house, took out one of my ongoing books and in just 2 minutes was reading it sitting at the backseat of the car with the AC on at the minimum. And we kept reading for about two hours when he turned back and said,
“You know what we used to do 20 years back when load-shedding happened to be a routine part of our lives, especially at nights and we didn’t have any cars to spend the time in. We used to play carom board, cards or other children games like Ludo, Saanp Seerhi and more borrowing them for a night, in the light of few small candles. And I still cherish those nights as one of the most enjoyable times of my life spent with all the dear friends.”
I really loved listening to the old man’s unforgettable memories and could easily relate to them personally since we too had spent our childhood in the same manner, watching the adults enjoying our games borrowed for the night playing in any selected corner. But then remembering the good old times for a while, we both soon came back to the present returning to our individual books. And the moment light came back just before the sunrise, we had finished reading them all and had only smiles to exchange, shaking hands together saying “Thank you” to each other.  
Coming to the moral of the story, the old man righty knew how to use the available technology (the battery & petrol of his car) to his own benefit and was not distressed when all his gadgets were not available for more than 8 hours. Using the right words, he was not yet bitten by any ‘HER Syndrome’ at all whereas almost everyone else in the locality went through an extremely difficult phase in those long hours without the electricity.
So relating this enlightening experience with the movie here, I would really like you all to watch HER and try to learn ‘what not to do’ from it with a clear positive mindset, as I don’t want any of my friends or their kids living his or her life with such a silly ‘HER syndrome’ today, tomorrow or in the coming future.
Written & Directed by Spike Jonze
Starring : Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson and more.
Tags : HER (2013), Movies To See Before You Die Love Theme Drama, Not To Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, HER Review by Bobby Sing, Life Teaching Films to be seen as a must, OSCAR winner movies of 2014, HER Syndrome by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life, Inspirational articles by Bobby Sing
 
 
23 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Teesri Kasam

Based on the short story ‘Maarey Gaye Gulfaam’ by Phanishwar Nath Renu (who also penned the dialogues of the film) TEESRI KASAM, directed by Basu Bhattacharya holds a special place in the history of Hindi Cinema due to many exceptional reasons. Released in the year 1966, it firstly has a rare casting of Raj Kapoor & Waheeda Rehman playing the lead pair of a poor bullock cart driver and a courtesan travelling together. It was produced by the legendary writer Shailender with every possible effort to make it a worth watching film made straight from the heart. Has a poetic cinematography by Subrata Mitra who earlier shot famous Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray. And lastly, is still remembered for its outstanding musical score with an authentic regional flavour composed by Shankar–Jaikishan having some great soul-searching lyrics by Shailender & Hasrat Jaipuri.
An unconventional effort conceived by an energetic, talented team TEESRI KASAM portrayed the rural India and its life, representing simplicity & honesty in its purest form. Set in the interior regions of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, its story revolves around Heeraman who provides his bullock cart for hire and agrees to the job of taking a Nautanki (regional theater troupe) dancer to a small fair organized in another village. And it’s this 30 hours journey with the beautiful lady only, which makes him fall in love and then realize the harsh realities of life too after reaching the desired destination.
The film literally transports the viewer into the innocent world of its main protagonist through a mesmerizing narration, thoughtfully penned dialogues and some unforgettable songs giving many precious life teaching lessons in their lyrics. For instance, the world can still learn a lot from the lines saying, “Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo, Khuda Ke Paas Jaana Hai” and “Duniya Banaaney Wale, Kya Tere Mann Mein Samaayi”. Moreover the rich quality of its other tracks like, “Pan Khaiye Saiyaan Hamaaro”, “Aa Aabhija, Raat Dhalne Lagi”, “Chalat Musafir Moh Liyo Re” and “Sajanwa Bairi Ho Gaye Hamaar” certainly makes its musical score as one of the 100 best original soundtracks of Hindi Cinema till date without any doubt.
Dealing with many relevant questionable issues of our society, TEESRI KASAM subtly points towards the exploiting way women are treated in the profession of performing arts, mainly in the rural parts of the country. Plus it also depicts the various interpretations of a beautiful woman as seen by the men around. As for some she is a fairy like Goddess and for the other just an available virgin who could be easily bought with a price. But sadly, no one is even willing to see the real inner personality hidden inside her adorable body at all. Interestingly the introspective vision can even be seen in the names given to the two lead characters i.e. Heeraman and Heera Bai, both referring to their diamond (Heera) like persona not visible to the outer world.
Considered as a true classic (decades later!), the film was a commercial disaster when it was released in the mid-60s but at the same time was also awarded the National Film Award for The Best Feature Film too in the same year. However since awards do not bring back the investment put in, TEESRI KASAM was a big emotional as well as financial setback for its producer Shailender.
As a concluding message, I would like to give you one more reason to watch this enigmatic gem at the earliest. And that one big factor is a completely different RAJ KAPOOR one gets to meet in the film as a poor bullock cart driver, in contrast with any of his famous film or the more popular image of a friendly, fun loving lover. Yes, Raj Kapoor did try to break the set pattern in his JAGTE RAHO (1956) too. But the said film still had glimpses of his familiar mannerisms in few of its sequences as I personally felt, which are nowhere visible in TEESRI KASAM becoming another of its unique feature for sure. Plus with Waheeda Rehman also delivering a complete natural performance as Heera Bai proving the perfect choice made, TEESRI KASAM truly becomes a not to be missed cinematic classic indeed, giving a fitting tribute to every talented maestro associated with its team behind the making.
So if you haven’t watched it yet, then do it as a must and satisfy your passion for great cinema with all the blessed maestros of the past.
Directed by Basu Bhattacharya
Produced by Shailender
Story and Dialogue: Phanishwar Nath Renu / Screenplay: Nabendu Ghosh
Music: Shankar-Jaikishan / Lyrics: Shailendar, Hasrat Jaipuri
Choreography: Lachhu Maharaj / Cinematography: Subrata Mitra
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