Beautiful Song – Children by Robert Miles

Beginning a Series where I would list down some of my all time favorite songs both Hindi and English.

No other song’s rhythm has haunted me for years than the song ‘Children’ by Robert Miles.

Robert Miles is mainly known for providing electronic trance music and many of his songs sound similar to one another like most trance music ( or maybe I dont understand trance music much). This particular song along with ‘Fable’ and their various versions have remained on my favorite playlist for years. Very soothing to listen to especially when you are dead tired after a long day at work.

Pakistan Cricket – New Trouble

Pakistan Cricket has been pushed into yet another crisis after some of its team members were punished with disciplinary actions. The Pakistan Cricket Board has struck against its players with a venom unseen in recent memory. Ex Captains Younis Khan and Mohhamad Yousuf has been banned from playing from Pakistan in any format of the game. Another Ex Captain Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Rana Naved ul Hassan has been banned for a period of 1 year. Further, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal are under probation period of 6 months. All this is in wake of a disastrous tour to Australia where Pakistan lost every match they played.

What would happen to the Pakistan team now with T-20 World Cup just over 6 weeks away ?? Who would captain their side? Will it be Afridi – he is under probation – or will it be Misbah Ul Haq ( if he is selected in the team). There is no other senior player in the side who can lead this ‘wild’ bunch of a team.

Good Song in Bad Film – Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo

Here I am beginning a series where I would list down songs which are good otherwise but part of a really bad film. There are several such ‘hidden gems’ deep buried inside mindless films.

Here’s one of them.  The song is titled “Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo” , a classic Asha Bhonsale number with trippy disco music and a classic  Rajesh Roshan tune that would make even Sunny Deol dance in rhythm.

The song features Simple Kapadia and Kalpana Iyer and is set in a typical 80’s style bollywood discotheque. Dev Anand, Mehmood and Prem Chopra make the appearances in song at various times. However the song clearly belongs to the singer Asha Bhosle and composer Rajesh Roshan.

The film’s name LOOTMAAR describes everything about the film and explains how bad it was. The film was directed, produced and acted by none other than evergreen Dev Anand. Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Nirupa Roy also starred.

The film released in 1980 to a disastrous box office performance. The song however was an instant hit around the party circuits and is even today a favorite in every Bollywood themed disco party.

Little Known Actors and Characters of Sholay

Sholay as we all know is the biggest blockbuster Hindi cinema has ever seen. Released in 1975, the movie created box office history and its actors and characters are well known even today. Characters like Thakur, Gabbar, Jai, Veeru, Basanti, Kaalia, Sambha, Soorma Bhopali, Jailor etc. are household names and a stand up artist is considered incomplete unless he has some of these characters in his acts.

Sholay has affected the lives of every Hindi cine-goer and the actors and characters are popular even today

But apart from these mega characters, there were quite a few lesser characters made immortal by character actors and junior artists. These actors and characters were small yet so overpowering that it was very difficult for most of these artists to come out of their ‘Sholay’ character in films they did later. Some of them still continue to play their respective  characters even today, 35 years after the film release.

A. K. Hangal played the character of Blind Imaamsaheb who loses his son Ahmed played by Sachin. A.K. Hangal has repeated his Imaamsaheb act in several other films after Sholay and almost copyrighted the blind-father act in Hindi Cinema. Keshto Mukherjee, Asrani and Jagdeep played Hariram Nai, Jailor and Soorma Bhopali respectively and they went on to repeat their acts in many of the film later to come.

Satyen Kappu played Raamlal , helper to Thakur, assisiting Thakur in virtually everything he does. ( Numerous jokes on that – not to be printed) . Mcmohan’s Sambha act and Viju Khote’s Kaalia act still haunts them in almost all of their subsequent films. Leela Mishra played the perfect Mausiji and repeated her loving chachi, mami, bua, maa act in films to come. Jalal Agha danced and played banjo in the most famous son of the film and was known more for that than any of his innumerable films to follow.

Little know artist Mushtaq Merchant was the luckiest actor of all, he got to do 2 different roles in the film. First as the train driver and then as the Parsibawa whose Bike the Jai-Veeru duo steal. Mushtaq went onto play many such insignificant characters in almost all his films and repeated the parsibawa act quite a few times. Small time comedian Birbal played role of a prisoner with half cut moustache. Even he repeaed this half moustache act in many of the films to come.

Apart from the above there were many small characters in the film made memorable by small time actors and character artists. I still remember Om Shivpuri playing the Policeman, Helen as the Gypsy Dancer, the actor playing the arms supplier Heera, Iftekhar playing Jaya Bhaduri’s dad and many more.