Archive for November, 2008

Rahman’s Interview on Slumdog

I cant wait for this movie to be released in India… Have only heard positives about this Danny Boyle flick. It is said that this movie can bring home an Oscar for Rahman. 

Here goes the A R Rahman Interview on New York Times for Slumdog millionaire… 

 

In India, fans love A.R. Rahman almost as we love David Archuleta — and he’s reportedly sold a few more albums: 100 million records and 200 million cassettes. A huge pop star in South Asia, he’s famous for scoring Indian classics like Rojaand Lagaan (among the dozens of other films) — and he’s recently begun to cross over into Hollywood with Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Bombay Dreams. We spoke with him about his Slumdog Millionaire score — which Fox Searchlight is pushing for an Oscar — and his collaboration with M.I.A.

How’d you hook up with Danny Boyle? 
I literally had to leave another film to do this. When Danny met me, he said, “I’ve heard a lot of your stuff’ and he talked about it. That’s about the first time I’ve heard a compliment from a Western director, apart from Andrew Webber. He’s a good human being.

Was it different working with him than a Bollywood director?
Usually, it’s very different. Danny used my stuff in a very different way. I really loved the film, so I would compose pieces to fit the images, so I would do a lot of templates. With this, there’s not many cues in the film. Usually a big film has 130 cues. This had just seventeen or eighteen: the end credits, beginning credits, that stuff.

What were you going for?
A lot of things. I had to do stuff from modern India, eighties Hindi film soundtracks, mixing modern India and the old India.

What did Boyle suggest?
He wanted something very pulse-y. He said he hated sentiment, hated cello. No cellos! He said, “Never put a cello in my film” — he was funny. I worked fast, like him. It took two months of planning, two weeks of completing. Usually it takes six months with the musical films I’m doing in India.

The soundtrack really drives the film. That seems like something Boyle has in common with Bollywood. Do you think so? 
What’s good about [Boyle] is that he likes how Indian films mix music. You push it and it comes out. We wanted it edgy, upfront. He said every piece of music was going to be a piece by itself. Normally some directors suppress music — they always want the effects to be loud and the music to be softer. Danny wanted it loud.

And you worked with M.I.A. on a new track. 
We met before but never worked before. M.I.A., she’s a real powerhouse. Somebody played me her CD and I thought, Who’s this girl? She came here and knew all my work, had followed my work for ages. I said “Cut the crap,” this “my idol” crap. You have to teach me. We started working in India, then we e-mailed the track back and forth. She did the vocals in England. I did the rest in India.

How does the film’s Mumbai compare to the real thing?
For me, it’s not about India at all. It’s about human emotion, how we suppress so much and it all comes out. It’s a human film, not about India at all. The soundtrack isn’t about India or Indian culture. The story could happen anywhere: China, Brazil, anywhere. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is on in every damn country.

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Phir Milenge… will meet again!!

Kuch Khushbuyen
A whiff of fragrance
Yaadon Ke Jungal Se Beh Chali 
drifted out from the wilderness of memories
Kuch Khidkiyan
Windows
Lamhon Ke Dastak Pe Khul Gayi
opened with the knocking (on the door of my memory) of past moments
Kuch Geeth Purane Rakhe The Sirhaane
Some old songs came into my head
Kuch Sur Kahin Khoye The Bandish Mil Gaye
Some forgotten melodies found new verses

Jeene Ke Ishare Mil Gaye 

Signs of (new) life appeared
Bichde The Kinare Mil Gaye
The separated shores joined together

Meri Zindagi Main Teri Baarish Kya Hui 
Your rain fell into my life;
Mere Raste Darya Bane Behne Lage
my roads became a river and began to flow
Meri Karvaton Ko Tune Aake Kya Chhua
You came and soothed me when I was tossing and turning;
Kahin Khwab Neendon Ki Gali Rehne Lage
and my dreams began to stay within the bounds (lanes) of sleep

Jeene Ke…Kinare Mil Gaye

Meri Loh Havaaon Se Jhagadkar Lee Uthi
(lau, as in flame?) The flame of my spirit was lifted up in the winds (I have no idea what jhagadna – to fight – is doing there; perhaps it’s jagakar, as in “to wake up”)
Mere Har Andhere Ko Ujale Pee Gaye
The light drank up all my darkness
Tune Hasken Mujhse Muskurane Ko Kaha
You laughed; smiling, you spoke to me
Mere Man Ke Mausam Gulmohar Se Ho Gaye
My mind’s season turned to spring
Jeene Ke…Kinare Mil Gaye

Kuch Khushbuyen, Saanso Se Saanso Me Ghul Gayi
Our breaths mixed into a shared fragrance
Kuch Khidikyan, Aankhon Hi Aankhon Me Khul Gayi 
Our eyes met and windows opened
Kuch Pyaas Adhuri
An unsated desire
Kuch Shyam Sindhoori 
a scarlet evening
Kuch Reshmi Gunahon 
in silken sins
Main Rate Dhal Gaye 
our evenings passed
Jeene Ke Ishare Mil Gaye
Bichde The Kinare Mil Gaye

 


Rubaroo Roshni…

On public demand by my friendz.. here goes the translation for the song which impacted a generation … 

aye saala
Dude …

abhi abhi huaa yaqeen ki aag hai mujh mein kahi
hui subaah main jal gaya
suraj ko main nigal gaya
ruu-ba-ruu roshni heyy – 2
I just realized that I have a fire inside me somewhere
Its a new morning and I am aflame
I overpowered the sun
I’m face to face with light

jo gumshuda-sa khwaab tha voh mil gaya voh khil gaya
who loha thaa pighal gaya kichhaa kichhaa machal gaya
sitaar mein badal gaya 
ruu-ba-ruu roshni heyy
I have found my lost dream and it had started to blossom
It was a block of iron before but now it has melted, stretched
And has transformed into the melodious strings of the sitar
I’m face to face with light

(dhuaan chhataa khula gagan mera
nayi dagar naya safar mera
jo ban sake tu hamsafar mera
nazar mila zara) – 2
The fog clears and I can now see my open blue skies
I can see new paths and journeys ahead of me
If you could be my traveling companion
Match your stride with mine …

aandhiyon se jaghad rahi hai lau meri
ab mashaalon si bhad rahi hai lau meri
naamo nishaan rahe na rahe
ye kaaravaan rahe na rahe
ujaale mein pee gaya
roshan huaa jee gaya
kyon sehte rahe
ruu-ba-ruu roshni heyy – 2
My ardent desires fight with hurricanes
My ardent desires burn bright like torches
I don’t care if I disappear without a trace
I care not if these caravans no longer exist
I soak in the sunlight
I am radiant and alive
Why keep suffering?
I’m face to face with light.

dhuaan chhataa khula gagan mera
nayi dagar naya safar mera
jo ban sake tu hamsafar mera
nazar mila zara
ruu-ba-ruu roshni heyy – 2
The fog clears and I can now see my open blue skies
I can see new paths and journeys ahead of me
If you could be my traveling companion
Match your stride with mine…
I’m face to face with light.

 

Probably this was the best ever movie made in bollywood… far more better than sholay!

Capturing the light…

I love to click.. and I hate artificial lighting (i.e. using flash)…  I love to click pictures with the available natural light, and the best time I love to click is early morning.. before the sun rises… but still it throws some light… if u check out the header image of my blog… it was shot at such a time.. say around 5:45 to 6:15 am…. 

Santosh Sivan, who is a genious in capturing the perfect light says.. “Worship light..Adore it, appreciate it and steal it when you can.” …. and I agree with him. Probably “Light” is something which attracts any photographer… and a good photographer is someone who creates a magic using light and his lenses… 

And if you are also one like me .. who is crazy about capturing light… do visit Santosh Sivans website… read this http://www.santoshsivan.com/html/eng_cin3.htm

He is the one who cinematographed movies like Roja ( Picturisation of Dil hai chota sa song is amazing! )  and Dil Se ( The title song picturisation is enough to prove his abilities to play with light!) … 

Live with the light… and capture that light, it would help you kill the darkness !

World Music…. World of Music!

Truly said… music has no barriers. The genre called ‘World Music’ truly supports the statement. Listen to the amazing tracks from any Buddha Bar collection, in one track you are taken through the pyramids of egypt and in the very next you would reach rajasthan. I love the tracks most where you have a mix of indian folk to the electronica, with a backdrop of tabla or ghatams in the background and taking you to the next level is the sarangi with the flutes… to experience this try listenin to Karsh Kale or Tavlin Singh or Nitin Sawhney… 

Whenever you are feeling low, turn of the lights, close your eyez, put on your ear phones and try playin a Karsh Kale or a Karunesh track… in sometime, you will find your self floating in music. It works for me… and I bet it would work for any human who has a good ear to music!

Office Politics and music…

I was listening to this wonderful track from the movie Company after a long time…. when I heared this song during my college days.. this didn’t make any sense to me …. now when I am in a ‘corporate’ world… I unerstand how this track makes sense…  I can relate to most of the song now!!  – probably its this ‘ganda dhanda’ thats going on in my office nowadays!! .. no blames to anyone whoz playin it … coz… as the song goes ” Sab ganda hai par dhanda hai yeh!” which translates to “Everything Is Dirty, But This Is The Business” ! 

Here goes the lyrics with the translation … 

Vote Mein Note, Dhoti Pe Hai Khot, Dil Pe Chot 
Money In Ballots, Diplomats (in Dhoti) Are Hiding Shortcomings, Wounded Hearts

Matlab Ke Yaar Aage Se Pyaar, Peechhe Se Waar 
Friends Of Selfish Reasons, Love Up Front, Attacking From The Back

Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai Yeh – 3 
Everything Is Dirty, But This Is The Business

Chandan Sa Badan, Chanchal Chitwan, Yaaron Se Jalan 
Body Like Sandalwood, Restless Mind, Jealousy Among Friends

Vote Mein Note, Dhoti Pe Hai Khot, Dil Pe Chot 
Money In Ballots, Diplomats (in Dhoti) Are Hiding Shortcomings, Wounded Hearts

Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai Yeh – 3 
Everything Is Dirty, But This Is The Business

Haddi Pasli Ek, Seedha Saadha Pet, Donon Ghutne Tek 
Work Hard Physically For The Simple Stomach, Bend Both Your Knees

Baaton Ki Dhaar, Haathon Mein Taar, Ek Aur Do Chaar 
Stream Of Talking, Wire In The Hand, One And Two Make Four

Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai Yeh – 3 
Everything Is Dirty, But This Is The Business

Badle Ki Mithaas, Gusse Ka Gilaas, Kuen Jaisi Pyaas 
Sweetness Of Revenge, Glass Of Anger, Thirst Like A Well’s

Vote Mein Note, Dhoti Pe Hai Khot, Dil Pe Chot 
Money In Ballots, Diplomats (in Dhoti) Are Hiding Shortcomings, Wounded Hearts

Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai Yeh – 4 
Everything Is Dirty, But This Is The Business

 

Would advice my friends.. don’t be a rebel !! Close your eyes to whatever is happening!

I wouldn’t mind if someone shoots me dead for the above statement that I made… for such a statement, I feel I deserve it!


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"Music has no destination. It's endless. Music is the thing that unites people. There's so much of hatred in the world, that I'm just blessed to be a musician." - A R Rahman

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