Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Back in September this year, Kannada composer Gurukiran sued the producers of the Telugu film ‘Potugadu’ for using two songs from his film, Govindaya Namaha’ without his permission. Potugadu is the official (that is, rights sought and paid for) remake of Govindaya Namaha. The Times of India reported that Gurukiran was offered a tidy sum […]

I see a lively discussion about my review of Shuddh Desi Romance, though the discussion has moved on to ‘the best song of the year 2013’, going by my assertion in the review’s first line that Gulabi is it… at least so far this year. So, when pointedly asked, ‘In what universe is Gulabi the […]

Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:28

20 years of A R Rahman – what does it mean to me?

Note: Besides this one, by me, I found quite a few noteworthy pieces on the same topic. Here’s a list that I enjoyed reading (and listening, in some cases). I thought I’ll simply tweet this list, but that may get lost… so, adding it on top of my own post, so that it remains as […]

Wednesday October 12, 2011 17:23

Thank you, Jagjit Singh!

For a voracious music listener and reviewer now, I didn’t even own a music system (the one that plays cassette tapes) till 1992. That was the year I joined college (commerce – meaning, more than enough time in hand), in interior Tamil Nadu (Salem). 1992 was the year that I convinced my dad to buy […]

If you do not know about an Indian music magazine called ‘SoundBox’, I don’t blame you. It costs Rs. 150 and is available very, very selectively as far as I know. I – thankfully – get it, due to this blog of mine! And I love it! The latest issue has a cover story on […]

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 […]

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