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Since the time we saw Nagraj Manjule’s debut feature ‘Fandry’, we have been shouting out from rooftop that it’s a terrific debut and a must watch. Click here to read our recco post. This week, Fandry is releasing outside Maharashtra, and with English subtites.

The show details – Date: February 28 to March 6

Delhi NCR
PVR MGF Mall 9:10 PM
DT Cinemas Vasant Kunj: 3: 30 PM

PVR Indore 5:00 PM

After the film’s release and the acclaim it got all over, Nagraj wrote a piece for Maharashtra Times. Much thanks to @GoanSufi who came up with the idea to translate it in English for wider reach, took the permission, and did it for us. Do watch the film if you haven’t seen it yet. And then read it.


Remembering   Fandry

Now that Fandry has released, I’m reminiscing about all those incidents that are linked with it. These…

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After a hiatus of over a year, finally Ajay Atul came with a song- a Marathi song and what a catchy song they have composed for a movie “Fandry”.

Sanjeev-Darshan, music composer duo had brief stint in bollywood and are still struggling to establish themselves. They are well known for lifting the tunes from western songs- Here they have used a music piece from Pancham’s song from movie Samundar (1986)- which in my opinion is one of the best album composed by Pancham in late 80’s. Check out video links below.

Now listen to this song composed by Pancham for movie Samundar

I am damn sure, they had Pancham’s song in mind because the piece used is at the same place in both songs- that is just before start of each Antara- Now this can not be a coincidence.

Don’t get dumbfounded by the title of the post. Ijaazat (1987) is a cult Indian movie directed by Gulzar has special place in history of Indian cinema and in the hearts of music lovers because of unbelievably beautiful soundtrack it had. Music was composed by Gulzar’s friend R.D. Burman, sung by Asha Bhosle and lyrics were penned by himself. Asha Bhosle won Filmfare and National Award for this movie.

All four songs from this movie has underlying emotion of emptiness and loneliness of an individual. Lyrics strikingly unusual to compose but brilliantly put into tunes by Pancham. Among those four song, the one which struck the chord of the nation and all the past and future generations was Mera Kuch Samaan Tumhare paas pada hai-Every living soul on this planet earth can listen to this song ad nauseum.

There is an interesting anecdote about this song- How this song was composed. When Gulzar came to Pancham with lyrics of this song- Pancham threw that paper and said to Gulzar that- “yeh kya lyrics hai? kal tu Times of India leke ayega aur bolega isko compose kar” (What kind of lyrics are these? Tomorrow you will come with Newspaper and tell me compose news). Still, Pancham took the challenge and as Asha Bhosle remembers he composed whole song within 10-15 minutes. Being friends Pancham and Gulzar always used to challenge each other through their creativity. To take revenge on Gulzar, R. D. Burman also composed the song (Katra Katra) from the same movie so unusually (asha bhosle’s voice overlapping on her own)- He then asked Gulzar “Ab dekhta hu tu kaise shoot karta hai yeh song” (Now I will see how you are going shoot this song).

Check out that song where Asha bhosle is singing with Asha Bhosle. 🙂

Mera Kuch samaan is such haunting melody- every composer wants to compose at least one such song- they want such song on their discography. In 2013, both Amit Trivedi and Vishal Bhardwaj paid their tribute to this song by composing songs which in their opinion on same spirit as that of mera kuch samaan. Unlike other composers, they did not simply remix the old song or used the tune create another song- they just took the essence, soul of that song and infused their own creativity to compose their version of Mera kuch samaan.

1) Amit Trivedi

He composed Ankahee song for movie Lootera (2013) which he said was inspired by Pancham’s Ijazat, Masoom soundtrack.

Watch Amit Trivedi talking about his version of Mera Kucch Samaan in the following clip. Check at 1:43

Lootera’s director Vikramaditya Motwane is saying its their tribute to Do Naina ek kahani- Masoom (1982). Check out at 1:25

2) Vishal Bhardwaj

In my opinion, he is the only composer after R. D. Burman who could understand and justify lyrics penned by Gulzar saab. Recently he composed music for movie Ek Thi Daayan (2013)- produced and written by himself and lyrics were penned by Gulzar saab. Movie had a song- Yaaram sung by Sunidhi Chauhan & Clinton Cerejo, which is his version of mera kuch saman- Listen to this song

While launching movie Vishal Bhardwaj talked about this; Check out at 8:20

They tried and succeeded in their own way, but Pancham’s work remains untouched. One can only hope to reach there where he reached, so easily and without even knowing.

Rahul Dev Burman, popularly known as R. D. Burman and fondly called as Pancham by his friends and fans, was the milestone as far as the Hindi film music industry is concerned. He changed the equations of Music industry in 70’s, he changed the way music was perceived by people (आम जनता) and he is the one who introduced Indian people to western music in a big way. He is the most influential music director in the history of Indian cinema, he influenced many of his contemporary music directors and he is still haunting current crop of movie makers and music directors. His style of composition and arrangement of music was beautiful, unusual, unique and interesting. Here I am posting links to contemporary movie clips, songs, trailers, music pieces which I find highly influenced by style of R. D. Burman- I am not accusing anyone of plagiarising- No art in universe is without inspiration- We call it inspiration and their way to pay tribute to R. D. Burman. Anyways, the fact remains that no MD in the history of HFM has influenced a generation to this extent as Pancham did- Here, I am listing some of the songs from movies released in year 2013 which sounded Panchamish to my year, or had some elements of Pancham.

1) Chashme Baddoor (2013) 

You must have listened to this song- from 2013 movie Chashme Baddoor directed by David Dhawan– remake old classic with same name which was directed by Sai Paranjape. Do you find this song similar (music arrangement, rhythm, singing style) to R D Burman’s Ek Mai Ek Tu – from Khel Khel Me. Typical 70’s R. D. Burman sound. Check it out and let me know what do you think.

Now listen to this one-

2) Go Goa Gone (2013)

Some influences are so blatant that we can easily catch them but some of those are so intelligent that you hardly find it after first listen. You have to tune to your aural best to get it. One of such example is this- Check out this trailer of Go Goa Gone (2013) directed by Raj-DK, Notice gargling at 1:58.

can you remember when you heard that gargling in background score of a movie- Well, its by none other than “R.D. Burman” for the movie- Satte Pe Satte- Remember entry of babu (Big B’s Humshakal) from Jail when Amjad Khan comes to pick him up. That Iconic gargling was done by “Annete Pinto” who did sing some songs for R.D Burman in 70’s. Only Pancham could think of such innovative use of gargling to create such an eerie feeling. At the same time, we should also appreciate how Sachin-Jigar (MDs of Go Goa Gone) who gave their own spin to the Pancham’s tune and used it in comic situation, and to our surprize it works there too. Although they have never acknowledged their inspiration behind this, I will not let this go without you watching this clip. Watch it.

3) Khiladi 786 (2013)

Himesh Reshammiya was never a fan of R. D. Burman, he was always from LP school and his compositions reflected that explicitly. He was on the peak of his popularity in mid 2000 but things started changing when he opted for career in acting and dished out some of the crappiest movies in the history of Indian Cinema. When he wanted to resurrect his career, he produced a film called Khiladi 786 with vision of 100 crore club in his mind with Ashay Kumar as crutches. For this he went full throttle and tried his best in music- which was apparently his weakest soundtrack targeting only masses. One of the song composed by him was a tribute (?) to R. D. Burman, you can figure that out with the audio of song itself but just in case if you miss that , you can see pictures of Burman being flashed in video. Although, composition wise song was not that bad, but lyrics (Sameer- Who else) were so cheesy- take this one- Tera rasta dekh rahi hu, Shigdi pe dil sek rahi hu…

4) Shootout at Wadala (2013)

Anu Malik, Although he has given some good music in his hey days , he has always managed to maintain his reputation as the musician who has plagiarized each and every tune. He has been out of limelight since almost a decade. Last big banner film he did was Mai Hoon Na (2004)- BTW- Farah Khan paid lovely tribute to her favorite music director R. D. Burman in this movie by using his most iconic tunes in the background music of the movie. Coming back to Anu Mallik, he recently did music for a film by Sanjay Gupta called “Shootout at Wadala”- It was obvious that music would be heavily influenced by Pancham as film was set in 70’s mumbai but Anu Malik surprised us by not only adopting Pancham’s style, he actually borrowed several tunes from Pancham’s songs without acknowledging it anywhere.

The tune of “Jane Jaana jao kal fir aana-Samadhi (1972)” was used in all the songs and also it was used in background score throughout the movie- Beautiful Sax piece- So damn Panchamish.

Check out the sax used in Shootout first- at 1:00

Check out original song by R.D. Burman

Anu Malik did not stop here, he again chose one more Pancham tune to create item song called “Babli badmash hai”- Listen from 0:32 and compare it with “Lehra ke aaya hai- Also don’t miss that typical sound of Pyar karne wale- Shaan (1980) at 1:03 which again to the Sax which is “lehra ke aya hai”- Check out.

Here is Waaris (1969) song composed by Pancham.

I don’t know if Anu Malik loved this so much or he was simply out of ideas but he did not stop here, he used that tune in another song from same movie- “Aala re aala”-

Sadly, he never acknowledged this during publicity of this movie, music launches, premiers, interviews- Nowhere. Check out this interview with Komal Nahta where is expresses his frustration being unemployed despite the fact that he is such a great music director in his own opinion. Notice that throughout interview he is all praise for R.D. Burman, his “Guru” and how he influenced his music but claiming the tune of Bubbly badmash as his own SO Shamelessly. There is no harm in getting inspired by some tune- but claiming someone else’s tune as our own is not only a PAAP but PAAP ka BAAP (Nassir Bhai style).

Catch Pancham in live action here- playing same tune on Harmonica- at 1:00

Even Pancham borrowed many tunes from western music and his father but he always made them his own by giving it a spin and still acknowledging source of it- Anu Malik considered Pancham as his Guru but he hardly learnt anything from him I guess.

5) Lootera (2013)

Music of this movie was largely inspired by Dada and Beta Burman, not only that but the whole album was promoted solely on the fact that music was typical Burman’s sound from 50’s and 70’s. Amit Trivedi and creators of this movie wholeheartedly promoted music being Burmanish. The only song where I could see a complete stamp of R. D. Burman was “Sawaar loon” which had that Pahadi rhythm so typical of “Ni Sultana re- Pyar ka Mausam (1969)’.

Check out Amit Trivedi’s Sawar loon-

and don’t miss the original one