Archive for the ‘Past perfect’ Category

Taufiq Qureshi’s gradual build-up in the percussion really kick-starts Tu paas hai beautifully. Shankar’s handling of Javed Akhtar’s lovely lines, by extending each line without a break is a neat touch before he opens the melody with the ‘Harpal yahi’ connection. There’s some fantastic guitar work for the interludes, even as Shankar’s tune for the […]

Note: This is a long (I called it 4-page post!) write-up I did back in June 2000. I was working in Delhi, in my first job, back then. I had very limited writing experience or maturity and all I wanted to do was to show-off my love for Maniratnam. The coarseness in writing makes me […]

Thursday January 6, 2011 14:15

Roja (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

With a definite, but mutated fusion reggae sound and dew fresh vocals by Minmini, Chinna chinna aasai doesn’t sound like anything one has heard before in Tamil film music. Vairamuthu’s lyrics, in particular, is a captivating word play on the ‘aasai’ theme, while the composer makes a lovely uncredited vocal appearance mid-way. Rukkumani rukkumani opens […]

Wednesday October 8, 2008 14:00

Jotheyali (Kannada – Ilayaraja)

This is a first for Milliblog – 100 words for just one song! And the song that, in my opinion, deserves that respect – Jotheyali from Ilayaraja’s 1980 Kannada film, Geetha! It may be that absolutely stunning backgrounds by Ilayaraja…could be that mesmerizing tune – it all just works like magic, together! This song has […]

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 […]

Chor aur chand must be one of those rare films where a plethora of incredible tunes were wasted on an utterly inane script. As many as 6 songs are worth raving about, even today. While Anuradha Paudwal was present in every song, the choice of SP Balasubramaniam was rather surprising – and he pulled it […]

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