Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Monday September 27, 2010 18:33

Coke Studio in India? A wish-list!

Supriya Nair’s piece on Coke Studio, in OPEN magazine is l-o-n-g overdue! While it explains beautifully about what makes the show and its music unique, what it leaves is for me to opine and ponder. Here goes! If we (as Indians) are left wondering about the future of non-film music in India, I see the […]

Saturday September 25, 2010 09:17

The Return of The CommonWealth Games Theme song!

Nice return, that is. The last time I was complaining and asking if Rahman was given a brief. It looks like the entire country (VK Malhotra, Aadesh Shrivastava and mainstream Indian media, in particular) has given the brief, in the form of feedback, based on the draft version released earlier!

I recently came across a few tweets by @allusirish, on sci-fi films in India. Our prev gen of filmmakers were better of than us. “Karuda Rathrikal” starring MGR, Bhanumathi was an alien visitation film in 1960.. (Link) Satyajit Ray & Columbia Pics attempted 2 make a film “The Alien” in 1960 with Marlon Brando based […]

Tuesday August 3, 2010 10:55

Mark my words, it is going to be a super-hit!

One of the often-cited logic to counter a negative review of mine is, ‘Mark my words, it is going to be a super hit’…or its variants. Now, let us deconstruct that logic. Film makers often use a tactic in the first week to promote their films – they advertise that their film is a super […]

As one Milliblog loyalist (Yaju Arya) so thoughtfully noted in Aisha’s review, it looks like Amit Trivedi is the only composer who has got maximum 200 word review from me! Yaju also traced…or recalled a comment from me about how I felt, way back in February 2008, that Amit is a talent to look out […]

I have written about single songs rarely, but Ayyanar’s Paniye demands that honor. This is one song in recent times that I can truly call a homage to the Ilayaraja genre! And it is not by his sons, but by a rank outsider! To be fair, it starts a bit too mod for comfort and […]

A R Rahman recently composed theme songs for 2 states – the first was for Gujarat, scored for Gujarat’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and the second was the theme song composed for World Classical Tamil Conference. Now, what would be the shelf life of such songs, composed for specific occasions? In case of Bharatbala’s Vande Mataram […]

Thursday February 25, 2010 19:00

Heard about The Secret of Kells?

Up? Yes, seen it and loved it. The Princess and the Frog? Heard about it; don’t feel like seeing it. Fantastic Mr. Fox? Wes Anderson – must see. Soon. Coraline? My hot favorite for Best Animated Feature Film Oscar – over Up! Brilliant film and it’s a pity it is releasing in India almost an […]

Monday February 1, 2010 07:18

Double Grammy for A R Rahman

No point in stating the obvious, since the news sites have carried it adequately – AFP and NDTV. But, this double-win should put to rest the murmurs that Slumdog Millionaire’s score is ‘not one of Rahman’s best’. I’ve heard it being said so many times, every time someone started the Oscar topic – and I […]

Monday December 28, 2009 22:08

The decade definers!

As we near the end of another decade, more than listing the top XX songs/ soundtracks/ films of the decade, I’d like to highlight 2 relatively unsung things that have enabled ground-breaking changes in the way we perceive entertainment – the file formats (and the technologies behind) MP3 and Xvid. Despite Apple’s iconic iPod and […]

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