Bangalore Literature Festival 2013 – Day 1

This was the first time I went for this festival. I got to know only a few months ago that last year Gulzar Saab came to Bangalore, gave a public appearance, and I missed it. So this time I had decided to finally see him. Yep, that was the first and foremost reason for going to the literature festival.

Anyway, the reason told, here is some idea of what I saw on day one.

The day had to begin at ten in the morning, but I was a little early. Deliberately, though I had no plans as to what I’d do there. Things were slightly late too, and the opening ceremony began something around 1020-1030.

There, after the Dollukunita dance, Chandrashekhara Kambara, a Kannada poet-playwright presented a small good-wish speech, while Nabaneeta Dev Sen objected to the use of word ‘bhasha’ as just regional languages in India. Ramchandra Guha gave a little Tamil-in-Bangalore lesson and Ashok Vajpeyi tried to keep the mood light with his short-light talks. Finally when Christoph Bertrams was selling us some Seagull books after Vikram’s someone-even-postponed-his-wedding-for-this-event story, we decided to take a round of book stall, with my G-Mitra Mohit Kataria there too.

After finding and not finding some books, we sat for a few minutes to hear the panel discussion on ‘Vision for India’ but heard only some views of Mohandas Pai, before we were out for something again. And then around 1245 it was Sri Sri Ravi Shankar whose full session was watched. The session was okay, but some of the questions from the public were so ordinary that they made Sri Sri look like a genius there.

Farhan at BLrLitFestAround two, it was Bollywood time. Rakeysh Mehra, Prasoon Joshi and Farhan Akhtar were there for a session and Bhawana Somaaya had a good time talking to them, as did the audiences, where Rakeysh said Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was ‘not a true blue biopic’ but an inspired story. Prasoon talked about things that would have been as shown in the movie, had they been at all, taking the example of the scene where Divya Dutta wears Milkha’s India jacket, and Farhan even had to sing four not-so-sureelee lines with an to-the-core besuree audience. It was Rock On title song, if you must know.

Zindagi na Milegi Dobara: Music Review

Kab tak ginen hum dhadkanein, dil jaise dhadke dhadakne do has that soul that is found in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy-Farhan combos, that gives you the confidence to ‘do’ something, a Lakshya thing. Joi Barua sings for SEL in this one. Ik Junoon (Paint it Red) is a poppish one that goes to its limited highs in a way that it will be slowly, but highly addictive.

Khwabon ke Parindey has Alyssa singing a beautiful song in her sweet, eclectic voice, while Mohit supports her. Alyssa does a Caralisa in this one, almost going the Phir dekhiye style, though the song is slightly higher on notes compared to that one.

Senorita sung by Hrithik, Farhan, Abhay and Maria Del Mar Fernandez is gonna be the attraction of the album as the three actors seem to be doing good not only in singing but dancing as well. Lovely.

Shankar Mahadevan gives his first solo appearance in Der Lagi Lekin, Maine jeena seekh liya. I think the line says a lot about the song. Javed Akhtar’s positive lyrics have been sung by Shankar with all ease and in a way that the song appeals to you the very first time, to grow on you more, every time you listen to it. DO listen.

Loy, Dominique, Clinton Cerejo. You know what type the song is gonna be as soon as you read the names. A techno-techno Sooraj ki Baahon mein is nothing too new as far as arrangements are concerned, but the composition has got some simple-addictive-good beats and you learn four lines the first time you listen. You know what it means, don’t you? Hey Yeah!

In To Zinda ho tum. Farhan Akhtar renders his dad’s words as a poem with some music in the background, something that tends to inspire you, but though the words are good and well rendered, probably they are a bit too less. Could have been more, and thus better.

As for remixes, Ik Junoon remix is even more addictive than the actual song I guess, though Senorita Remix is not as interesting as the original.

Overall, ZNMD is something to celebrate, like you see in the movie. Do go for it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are there again.

Uff Teri Adaa (Karthik Calling Karthik): Lyrics n more

I don’t think I have any doubt anymore regarding Uff Teri Adaa being the best song of Karthik Calling Karthik. I have heard the song a number of times and I am getting superb responses on the song. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy give some electric music and it’s working like anything. People are in love with Alyssa Mendonsa’s voice and it’s only in two days of music release.

And while Alyssa has been great with her voice, I cannot say what exactly is the song’s USP. Is it just the voice, or the upbeat and experimental, fresh music, or Javed Akhtar’s flirting lyrics, Uff teri adaa, I like the way you move, Uff tera badan, I like to see you groove, Uff teri nazar, it says I wanna dance with you, though the music seems most strong.
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Karthik Calling Karthik: Music Review

You are free to disagree with me, but I do not think Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are the best in Bollywood. It’s Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy-Farhan who are the best. Be it Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Rock On, or Karthik Calling Karthik. Yes, you know what I mean, they rock. Once again. So no more bakbak. Straight to the review.
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Karthik Calling Karthik: Music Preview

(REVIEW of the album Karthik Calling Karthik is HERE.)

Karthik calling Karthik is the new movie of Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone directed by Vijay Lalwani. The music, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, will be out on 18th January 2010. The promos of the movie are already out and we already have good reviews on Hey ya, the first song out.

So here is a preview of the music album, with some guesses as to what it may have to offer.
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Hey Ya! Karthik calling Karthik

It’s for the first time that I am posting two links for one movie, and almost one song only, for the second time in 24 hours. But then Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is so addictive, that I cannot help it. Here it comes.

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Karthik Calling Karthik: Farhan sings again?

I can’t believe how good 2010 sounds. I mean the music of 2010 movies of Bollywood. After Ishqiya and My Name is Khan, there is another movie that seems to be bringing some great music with it. Karthik calling Karthik. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar (did I see Javed Akthar written in the promo? Deliberate mistake?) combination is here again. And in the promo the voice I can here in the lovely song seems to be of Farhan himself (even though the list of singers for the movie on BollywoodHungama doesn’t have Farhan’s name). Guess you can check for yourself. I am already in a celebration mood.

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Farhan Akhtar on Twitter too!

OK. So this had to happen. But it has happened differently. Farhan Akhtar is finally on Twitter, with a strange name, that is, he is there as his film’s name and not his.

Yes, the Farhan has come to Twitter with a handle @KarthikCalling so that he can promote his home production (with Excel Entertainment) Karthik calling Karthik.

By the way, the movie, which is supposed to be a psychological Thriller, has Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah also and is expected to release in the last week of February.

UPDATE: Farhan Akhtar has changed his Twitter Username to @FarOutAkhtar.

Jaago

It’s the world AIDS day today and I decided to give you all the links to these wonderful movies made on AIDS. No. They are not documentaries but some really good pieces of work by the greatest directors of this age, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And the best part is that they are free. On Youtube. Do watch them if you haven’t yet.

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