Thursday, October 16, 2014

FINDING FANNY Music Review: Goa's New Symbol

Granted. Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny has enjoyed a fair number of accolades since its recent release this October. However, the Hindi Cinema Blog would like to focus today solely on the film's music. Yes indeed, we all have been particularly dead set on listening to the soundtrack's four songs by world music ace Mathias Duplessy (known for his work in films such as Peepli Live and Delhi in a Day) and Sachin-Jigar every time we get a chance since August and have become so seduced by them that we are recommending the album to friends and family in India and around the world. Here is why!
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Monday, December 31, 2012

TOP TEN 2012 BOLLYWOOD SONGS

Bollywood Hindi hits of 2012 greet the New Year. - Picture by: Thitimon Toyai
At the sound of crackers and cheer, the Hindi Cinema Blog welcomes 2013 with a celebration of the best 2012 Bollywood songs and albums that will continue to move audiences beyond the holiday season. Here is our humble pick for a TOP TEN (plus one!) songs classified into categories as we raise a toast to a very groovy 2013! Happy New Year!
Check our memorable Romantic, Dance and Atypical Top Ten Hits for 2012:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

THE DEWARISTS BRONZE AT CANNES LIONS!

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The novel music series THE DEWARISTS by Only Much Louder Entertainment and Babblefish has made Indians proud by being awarded the Bronze Lion at the Cannes 59th International Festival of Creativity for Best non-fiction program, series or film where a client has successfully created a reality, documentary or light entertainment show around a product(s) or brand(s).
"Dewarists" has become a new term to designate those people who believe in passion and things worth doing. "What better language to convey that passion than music, so some things are worth doing", may have thought the young team behind such a successful programme showcasing the best of Indian contemporary music and featuring some of its finest performers, from the cinema world an outside of it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Climb on a ROWDY RATHORE Musical Ride

Taking the risk of sounding snobbish or of disappointing some readers, I have to own up to the fact that Sajid-Wajid have seldom been my favorite soundtrack composers. I acknowledge that they are talented and I do believe they have their moments of brilliance but I have sadly never been 100% captivated by a full album of theirs and have always thought that creating a high quality masala soundtrack is a titanic task. The Rowdy Rathore soundtrack however has the merit of having definitely caught my attention and I therefore could not ignore the opportunity of writing something positive about the composers. What follows is a brief account of each track and our recommendations.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

KAHAANI Music Review: Kolkata, You Sexy!

 
In recent days, the only full recent soundtrack running on my computer is Vishal-Shekhar's powerful and quirky Kahaani, with which I have been very pleasantly surprised, feeling that the duo have just delivered one of their best soundtracks to date, expanding their scope of musical expression and delighting us with a titillating new sound.
Bengali, English and Hindi greet the listener with Aami Shotti Bolchi, in which cold-jazz transforms into metal rock and back, hitting a home run with Usha Uthup's and Shekhar Ravjiani's oodles and bundles of attitude. People hailing from Kolkata have a new and ferociously catchy urban song to impress with!  The track has been paired to a promotional video that is currently making my cinematic "mouth" water. Read the full review here


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ALI ZAFAR SINGS FOR LPNY

No sooner had we written about the various talents of Purab Kohli and Neil Nitin Mukesh and the interest of other Bollywood personalities entering the world of music, we discovered that the golden voice of talented Ali Zafar (who starred in the acclaimed film Tere Bin Laden and later starred opposite Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif in Mere Brother ki Dulhan reviewed here) had just finished composing and recording the album of his upcoming promising film venture London Paris New York (alias LPNY) in which he and actress Aditi Rao Hydari (Rockstar) personally sing. The rights for the album have been purchased by Sony Music and we are enjoying listening to the very youthful and fresh sound of all seven tracks as we write. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NEIL NITIN MUKESH Makes Music Happen

Music in Bollywood has been filled with generations of brilliant composers and lyricists working behind the scenes. This new year will see the musical limelight shifting a bit towards celebrities who are making an incursion into the world of song.
Priyanka Chopra is set to be launched as a new pop star (click here to read the scoop), Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan both attempted to set their hands on the raging hit Kolaveri Di by negotiating with Southern star Rajnikanth to buy the rights for its use in Hindi movies and the newest buzz is that young star Neil Nitin Mukesh is composing and singing several tunes for his very own upcoming film production, taking this starry interest in music to a higher and more comprehensive level.
The year therefore has melodic surprises in stock.