Archive for June, 2007

Thursday June 28, 2007 16:42

Anaganaga Oka Roju (Telugu, Sri)

Despite the musically-aware gang in Chennai going ga-ga over Keeravani’s music in Kshana kshanam, back in the 90s when it was more fashionable to trash Telugu music for being over-the-top, I personally cherish one particular Telugu film album and that is composer Sri’s Anaganaka Oka Roju (1997). This was a film started by one of […]

Wednesday June 27, 2007 21:07

Naqaab (Hindi, Pritam)

Despite the temptation to sneak in questions of plagiarism, let us agree that Pritam is innocent, until proven otherwise. So, we have a scintillating latino-styled track sung with super verve by Javed Ali, sounding a bit like Abhijeet. But, Zubin sounds awkward in the remix. Aa dil se, despite the heavy-duty middle-eastern inclusions, peters into […]

Tuesday June 26, 2007 06:28

Kreedam (Tamil, G.V.Prakashkumar)

The instantly pleasing ambient sounds, exotic orchestration and luscious melodies in Akkam pakkam and Vizhiyil sound much like early-day Rahman but Kaneer is a serious letdown considering its a routine ‘pathos’ song we had forgotten! The composer and his tune go haywire in the mandatory intro number for the severely hackneyed Vilayaadu and even the […]

Monday June 25, 2007 21:07

Shut up n kiss me (Alisha Chinai)

As if the cheesy title isn’t enough, Alisha continues to insist on singing every song like a woman in heat, for no apparent reason. To be fair, UK-based composer Ravi Bal’s orchestration is crowd-pleasing with Sohneya aaja and Tra la la making the cut as far as catchiness goes. Sachin Gupta’s repertoire is similar with […]

Monday June 25, 2007 15:27

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Shaad Ali)

Despite severe media drubbing, I finally watched Jhoom barabar jhoom, thanks to one sole voice of approval – Baradwaj Rangan! And…I loved it! After Jaan-e-mann, here’s another film maker who innovates on the format! We Indians have a low threshold for stories that happen over short periods of time and also insist on all 42 […]

Monday June 25, 2007 14:56

Defying logic or illogical opinions?

What’s this obsession with logic in the recently-released Sivaji? Every single Tamil weekly review adds a line saying that a particular scene defies logic. Examples quoted include the hawala transaction, Rajinikanth’s cable-cutting act (!), Rajinikanth resurrected after being declared dead etc. Is a puny (Think Dhanush!) hero fighting 15 guys logical…and to think, that’s been […]

Sunday June 24, 2007 12:52

Bow Barracks Forever (Hinglish, Neel Dutt)

Jab maine has Shaan jiving to cute, school-boy angst and a neat, stereotyped rock and roll. Dominique does well in Home – a nostalgic solo, while Usha Uthup’s Teri meri – however lively it sounds – is seeped in monotony. Anjan Dutt’s evocative, John Denver’ish title song is no patch on his better Bengali tracks […]

Saturday June 23, 2007 21:13

Saadgi (Lata Mangeshkar)

No more nubile young things lip-syncing to Lata Mangeshkar. Thankfully, Saadgi is not a soundtrack and can be listened to, for simple and straight reasons as Lata’s vocals and some mellifluous tunes by Mayuresh Pai. The consistently moody album’s highlights include Mujhe khabar, Andhe khwaabon and Main kahan – with Javed Akhtar, Meraj Faizabadi and […]

The only reason why I even ended up watching Ne le dis à personne (Tell no one) is that the plot reminded me of one of my favorite European films, the Dutch ‘Spoorloos’ (remade as the godawful ‘The Vanishing’ by Hollywood’s dumb money-machines). The source book by Harlan Coben makes fantastic fodder for a taut, […]

Tuesday June 19, 2007 18:15

Sivaji (Tamil, Shankar)

Rajinikant Ver. 2.0 Receded hairline…uncheck. Age lines all over the face…uncheck. Slightly tired swagger…uncheck. Down market dress sense that wishes to address other markets…uncheck. Same ‘ol explosive and predictable intro scene…uncheck. Shankar Ver. 0.5 A one man crusader hero…check. Larger than life image for the lead character…check. Semblance of a story…check. Mega ambitious song picturisations…check. […]

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