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Kolaveri di – A song which has brought the nation together!

Do you know Dhanush? Ever heard of movies like Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai and Aadukalam? Do you know what’s Tanglish? If these questions are put to a North Indian they would normally respond to only the last one with “I think you are referring to the fact of Tamilians bringing in phrases of English while speaking Tamil.” Now don’t get me wrong. There maybe some ‘Northies’ who may know who is Dhanush and may have seen his movies. But generally he is more famous probably up north now as Rajnikanth’s son in law than anything else.

The North – South divide whether its the language or the culture or the dressing sense, has existed for ages. Though things like Rajni movies, the recent remakes of South flicks into Bollywood and collaboration in the field of music has tried to bridge the gap, the divide still remains. In all this, Dhanush could be the least expected person to bridge that gap.

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Music Review – Break Ke Baad

Break Ke Baad starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone is Kunal Kohli’s next offering (though as a producer). From its looks it seems to be another mushy love story in the mould of Anjaana Anjaani or I Hate Luv Storys. The combination of Vishal Shekhar as music director, Prasoon Joshi as the lyricist and Kunal Kohli (known for pretty good music in Tara Rum Pum and Hum Tum) makes you look forward to the first song.

“Adhoore” sung beautifully by Alyssa Mendonca and Vishal could be in any of love stories mentioned above. The song is an expression of how one person is incomplete without the other. But rather than the regular Judaai songs, the amazing husky vocals by Alyssa and combination of Vishal with a good choice of instruments makes this a fantastic hearing. The remix version is too high pitched and spoils the song quite a bit. Sad ūüôĀ

“Ajab Lehar Hai” is sung by Neeraj Shridhar and Rhys Dsouza and supported by Vishal and Shekhar with the English lyrics. Talking about the beautiful neighbour which most likely would be introduction of Padukone, this song makes for interesting hearing. The jazzy, rocky and trumpet feel of the song makes one go back a couple of years. “Ajab Lehar Hai Meri Padosi, Ajab Chheete Ajab Ishaare”

Dhoop Ke Makkan is a soft number about life, love and journey sung by Shekhar and Sunidhi Chauhan with background vocals from Caralisa Monteiro and Mikey McCleary. Though the number is slow, the crescendo it reaches is really great. I am sure it would sound even better during the movie. The acoustic version of the song is an unplugged version with the music mostly on guitars rather than any other arrangements of music. The new vocals by Shekhar sound interesting.

Dooriyan Hai Zaroori is the one of the raciest tracks of the movie if I may call it. It talks about couples who keep breaking and making up again and again and the necessity of giving space to each other in a relationship. Sung by Monica Dogra and Vishal, the song has the potential to be the theme song and be played at the loudest volume on the highway in a convertible. The English version is more of a situational number.

Main Jiyoonga is a pretty decent number sung by Nikhil Dsouza (Mere Bina from Crook). It is more of a situational number and it is to be seen where it would be positioned in the movie.

Dont worry about me is an English number sung by Vishal. It’s a decent hearing but being in complete English will have a bearing on its chances of mass appeal.

All in all, one can say Vishal Shekhar know what the youth expect. And all said and done, they deliver again!

Rating – 3.5/5 (Good)

And that’s one year since I started blogging and tweeting!

6th July 2009 was when I made my first post on this blog. I give the sole credit to Himanshu Bhagat (2008-10) batch of SIBM Pune MBA Marketing for “indirectly” bringing out the social media guy in me. A team called the Internet Communications and Blogging team was established a year back to maintain the Official SIBM Blog and the entire online communications of SIBM Pune. I applied, got selected and the rest is history.

As my first post says, I used to write earlier in bits and pieces like some articles in Times of Oman and had been a part of editorial teams at college. But my real writing began when I started blogging. Be it my love life, friends, political issues, social issues, economic issues, I began writing about anything and everything. While writing, I realised that there was so much I wanted to speak about but probably wasnt able to. So if one isnt able to communicate very well in terms of physical communication, writing is the best medium to reach out to the world out there.

As I went on writing, I also realised that if I was interested in something, I could write a post about it in just 20 mins. Many people have always asked me as to how I choose the topics for my blog posts. I would like to say that whatever I write, I strongly feel about each of those things. I never make a conscious attempt to think much before on a topic and then write. Whenever I get an idea to write on something, I just pen down my thoughts.

Interestingly on the same day I joined Twitter too. This was also too for the team work. But I did create my account because I was told to do so. Truthfully speaking I didnt know anything about Twitter before and had the usual question as to what should I tweet about. Till November I had just about 150-200 tweets. But then all of a sudden I started tweeting like crazy. As I started getting the hang of it, I realised the importance of networking. This is the reason I improved my Linkedin account to what it has become today.

And so today, I am connected to 280 odd people on Linkedin, have 12,600+ visits on my blog with more than 7000+ new visitors with a rank of 72/100 by Indiblogger and 550 odd followers on Twitter. The statistics apart, I have realised the importance of having a very good social media presence in these times.

There are a couple of things I know I still have to improve on my blog like the design, making it interactive etc. Its all a work in progress and I am sure with time I would able to improve a hell lot.

Lately I have began my biggest ever project ever – Writing a novel. I have miles and miles to go before I sleep and I really want to be in this field for a long run.

Pyaar Impossible – Music Review

Pyaar Impossible has been directed by Jugal Hansraj (In case you forgot who he is..He has acted in Papa Kehte Hain, Mohabbatein and directed Roadside Romeo) and produced by Uday Chopra. Doesnt sound interesting surely..Does it? Especially considering the fact that Uday Chopra (who I really hate cuz I seriously feel that he looks like a monkey who hasn’t evolved properly into a homosapien) is acting in the movie. But one thing is for sure – the role he essays in the movie of a stupid, dumbo who falls in love with the amazingly hot “Priyanka Chopra” suits him to the T. Salim – Sulaiman are the music composers.¬† So lets see hows the music of the movie.

From the first song “Alisha” one gets an idea about the youth feel of the movie. Its been the first promo on television. The best thing about this song is Anushka Manchanda (of VIVA fame). Her husky rendition which brings a lot of attitude to the song is apt considering that Priyanka’s character in this film is supposed to be this hot-difficult to get kinda gal. She does a good job in the “Remix” version of this song as well. Her change of pitch as well as tone in this song deserves a thumbs up.¬† Salim Merchant also does a good job whenever he comes behind the mike. All in all a good start to the album.

Soon after, Dominique Cerejo along with Vishal Dadlani come up with the title song – “Pyaar Impossible”. This is yet another Westernized song confirming the theme of a rom-com musical. Dominique is as soothing as always in her beautiful voice as she takes the lead here. Vishal comes behind the mike intermittently throughout the whole song. The remix version is also really well done. Good!

Neha Bhasin and Benny Dayal do a good job with “You and Me”. Benny Dayal shows his versatility with this song after his “Kaise Mujhe Tu Mil Gayee”. This mushy love track would be there in any kind of urban love story. It has shades of some English songs (which I don’t sadly remember!). But nevertheless, this number has the potential to be played in clubs, lounges and parties across the nation.

However the best part of the song comes with “10 on 10” where its firmly established that this a complete girlie album. Mahua Kamat and Anushka Manchanda bring amazing energy into the song with their tremendous rendition. For some reason this song reminds me of little Avril Lavigne in the beginning and the video kind of reminds me of the prom nights in English movies. The video also establishes Priyanka Chopra’s popular and difficult-to-get status in the movie. Naresh Kamath comes towards the end with a few lines. But eventually the girls take the cake in this song.

Finally comes “Ek thi Ladki” which is crooned by Rishika Sawant. It has a story telling setting to it and doesn’t disappoint at all. She tells this story of a girl meeting a guy who falls head over heels in love with her. Though its more of a situational song and would sound well when one watches the movie, the music sounds really nice.

All in a well the music of “Pyaar Impossible” sticks to its urban youth rom-com feel throughout. It delivers what it promises. Highly recommended for the youngsters! A job well done :).

Rating – 3/5

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