5 items from 2015
In what looks like an instant replay of the scenario in 2013, Dadasaheb Phalke award winner Shashi Kapoor won't be attending the National awards ceremony next month. "Too frail and unwell and unable to talk, Shashi would have to regrettably give the big moment a miss," informs a friend. It may be recalled here that in 2012 the Dadasaheb Phalke recipient Pran, wheelchair bound and unable to attend, had to be given his award at his home in Mumbai. Says a source very close to Shashi Kapoor, "Why must we wait until an artiste is gone or seriously unwell before giving him or her Dadasaheb Phalke award? Luckily in 2013 for us Gulzar Saab was hale and hearty and able to collect his Dadasaheb Phalke award on his own two feet. But why must so many artistes get it when they can't attend or have to attend on a wheelchair?" »
Following the outcry against Pahlaj Nihalani's list of banned words in films issued on Friday, which includes a long list of expletives, Nihalani spoke out to explain why the list (which includes 13 English and 15 Hindi words) had to be sent out, and to whom. Baffled by the protests Nihalani says, "Firstly, I don't know how the list came out in the public domain. We didn't send out the list to the media or even to members of the censor board. Therefore one board member (Ashoke Pandit)'s hue and cry that he wasn't consulted about the list is not only invalid it is also unethical." The Chairperson says the list of words not to be used in films, was prepared and sent as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to film producers. "It is meant to provide a safety platform to film producers. These are »
- Subhash K. Jha
The event this week to commemorate Ilayaraja's completion of a 1000 movie scores was personally supervised by Amitabh Bachchan. That is how we saw Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, with Sridevi thrown in, on the same platform. Apparently, the two Tamil superstars were hesitant to share the same platform. "Even for Ilayaraja whom both Rajniji and Kamalji revere, they were not willing to come together on the same platform to honour him," says an insider. It was a call to each from Amitabh Bachchan that did the trick. Says the insider, "Bachchan Saab rang up Rajniji and Kamalji and told them how much their presence mattered on that special evening honouring the living legend of Tamil film compositions." Sridevi too received a personal invitation from Amitabh Bachchan. And Gulzar who seldom attends any event, was gently reminded by the Big B of the Sadma connection between Ilaya Sir and Gulzar Saab. »
- Subhash K. Jha
2014 covered an expansive genre of music with a strong focus on complimenting the respective film’s tone and background rather than opting for safety of conventionalism. Sneha Khanwalker re-defined the rom-com landscape with Khoobsurat while Highway and Queen mapped two very different but unforgettable coming of age journeys with equal parts skill and heart. Read on to find out which albums. Read on as Bollyspice unveils the top 10 albums of 2014.
10. Kill Dil
The soundtrack of Kill Dil was a labour of love from Shaad Ali, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar. It is clearly apparent from the brilliant mix of tracks delivered. The orchestrations and melodies employed were some of the best ones from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The range of vocal artists ranged from the veterans like Sukwinder Singh to novices like Nihara Joshi making the album all the more enjoyable. Moreover, the expansive genre and brilliant renditions (Arjit Singh – ‘Sajde’, Sunidhi Chauhan and Siddharth Mahadevan »
- Sheetal Tiwari
2014 was a fantastic year for music in Indian Cinema. We saw a definite shift from formularistic numbers to more nuanced tunes in step with the respective screenplays they would be featured alongside. Music directors were bold and brave, breaching familiarity and conventions to taking risks and we could not be more mesmerised by the results. Hamlet was adapted to a gritty and raw musical by Vishal Bhardwaj. Ankit Tiwari and Mithoon basically defied gravity by re-creating the magic of Aashiqui 2 with Ek Villian. Read on as Bollyspice closely chronicles 2014’s top 10 music directors.
10. Jeet Gangulay
Jeet Gangulay’s Citylights was the silent hit of 2014 with Arjit Singh’s Mukurane becoming a crowd favourite from the get-go followed closely by Mohd. Irfan’s unplugged version of the song. While Youngistan did not do well at the box office, Gangulay’s ‘Sangemarmar’ definitely left a mark. Similarly, ‘Sun Le Zara’ from Singham was equally effective. »
- Sheetal Tiwari
5 items from 2015
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