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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009 edited
    Steven wrote
    IF THE BUTTERFLY FLAPS ITS WINGS!!

    I UNDERSTOOD THAT!

    applause
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2009
    Bollywood is hip in Hollywood!
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/aladin/

    vomit
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorBhelPuri
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Bregt wrote
    Bollywood is hip in Hollywood!
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/aladin/

    vomit


    Amitabh in a fantasy, adventure movie? He did something like that a long time ago with Ajooba which is so friggin' hilarious that you have to check it out, Here's a clip- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRO4jDoK4o
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    Let me get ma buckit. Who's scoring this crap?
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
    BhelPuri wrote
    Bregt wrote
    Bollywood is hip in Hollywood!
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/aladin/

    vomit


    Amitabh in a fantasy, adventure movie? He did something like that a long time ago with Ajooba which is so friggin' hilarious that you have to check it out, Here's a clip- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRO4jDoK4o


    BRILLIANT! applause biggrin
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorSunil
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2009
    BhelPuri wrote

    Amitabh in a fantasy, adventure movie? He did something like that a long time ago with Ajooba which is so friggin' hilarious that you have to check it out, Here's a clip- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quRO4jDoK4o


    Do you know that south Indian Superstar Rajinikanth is acting in sci-fi action flick named Enthiran (Robot)? When i heard this news first time, i couldn't control my laughter lol Rajini in Sci fi? Oh my God! I believe movie is going to be huge flop, just mark my words.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2009 edited
    Bregt wrote
    I'm back from the event! This was MASSIVE!

    While not much Bollywood music was used, we were taught a choreography to dance the typical moves from Bollywood songs. All this with 10 000 people TOGETHER.

    Hilarious. Remembering the moves, doing them quite fast, and since it was all happening on a beach, it wasn't that easy going either. But man, this was fun.

    When the video clip is finished, it will be used for the coming climate top in Copenhagen, as a 'pressure' tool, or at least to let the politicians know they'd better do something more than the current vague promises. Do something! The event was supported and organised by all major 'green' organisations, like Oxfam, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, ...

    I'm looking forward to the result, because all these people together, wow!

    Here's the final clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDk43Pr6vps

    Will be aired around the world.

    I wished there would be a bit more dancing on it, because our dance was more than this. But it's a great ad! What an awesome view at 46 seconds. shocked
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010 edited
    It's not exactly Bollywood, but I recently saw an independent animated flick called SITA SINGS THE BLUES which was up the same alley. Here are my thoughts on it, as also posted elsewhere:

    "This is a peculiar (animated) project from 2008. Due to various problems connected to rights issues and costs, the filmmaker, Nina Paley, eventually decided to give the film away for free. Read more about it here: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/

    It's basically a highly original retelling of the classic Indian mythology story The Ramayana. It's told in no less then FOUR different narrative layers - a struggling, current-day couple (mirroring the mythology), one with three native storytellers, one with the actual Ramayana story and one inside the Ramayana story wherein the Sita character (Prince Rama's wife) shares her feelings through songs. Each layer has its own unique animation style. It's difficult to explain, and it really has to be seen.

    There are several layers of music too. There's the Sita songs, mostly 20's blues and jazz standards by the likes of Oscar Levant and Irving Berlin, performed by Annette Hanshaw (these are the ones that caused copyright clearance issues). Then there's some contemporary jazz music for the couple, lots of indigenous Indian music and even more traditional scoring. Todd Michaelsen is credited with the main original score, but there's a long list of other contributors too.

    TOY STORY this ain't, but if you're in for something more original and colourful, I suggest you give it a chance. It's FREE, after all! (see link above). And Roger Ebert liked it too."

    Have any of you Indian members seen it?
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      CommentAuthorDemonStar
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    I watched some of it on Youtube but didn't like it much. Will watch it fully later.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    DemonStar wrote
    I watched some of it on Youtube but didn't like it much. Will watch it fully later.


    It's an acquired taste, that's for sure.
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      CommentAuthorBhelPuri
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    Thor wrote
    It's not exactly Bollywood, but I recently saw an independent animated flick called SITA SINGS THE BLUES which was up the same alley. Here are my thoughts on it, as also posted elsewhere:

    "This is a peculiar (animated) project from 2008. Due to various problems connected to rights issues and costs, the filmmaker, Nina Paley, eventually decided to give the film away for free. Read more about it here: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/


    Have any of you Indian members seen it?


    I've seen parts of it over the years. I'm yet to sit down and watch it in full. My previous comments on it are here.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2010
    BhelPuri wrote
    Thor wrote
    It's not exactly Bollywood, but I recently saw an independent animated flick called SITA SINGS THE BLUES which was up the same alley. Here are my thoughts on it, as also posted elsewhere:

    "This is a peculiar (animated) project from 2008. Due to various problems connected to rights issues and costs, the filmmaker, Nina Paley, eventually decided to give the film away for free. Read more about it here: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/


    Have any of you Indian members seen it?


    I've seen parts of it over the years. I'm yet to sit down and watch it in full. My previous comments on it are here.


    Thanks. I didn't remember those comments of yours.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2010
    The "Films from the South" festival is kicking off here in Oslo tomorrow, with films from all over the world - India, Taiwan, Pakistan, Japan, China, Iran etc. I'll be covering parts of it for montages.no, and I'll see two Indian films, one straight Bollywood act (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI) and one more indie, non-Bollywood affair (ROAD, MOVIE).

    I was wondering, however, if our resident Indian members could mention some noteworthy Indian film composers. I just realized I know very few...Rahman, R.D. Burman, Illayarayaa (sp.?), Shankar (if he counts)....who else?
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2010 edited
    Right, I'm guessing our resident Indians are absent.

    Meanwhile, I can never get enough of Rahman's famous BOMBAY theme from the film with the same name. Spiritual, uplifting, melancholic...:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm-l_zD- … re=related

    I think (and hope) even Demetris would like this.
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      CommentAuthorBhelPuri
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Thor wrote
    I was wondering, however, if our resident Indian members could mention some noteworthy Indian film composers. I just realized I know very few...Rahman, R.D. Burman, Illayarayaa (sp.?), Shankar (if he counts)....who else?


    Sorry for the late response. Perhaps you could email Demonstar or myself if you needed something quickly.
    Unfortunately there are very few sites that present a survey of Indian film music. I recall seeing an article in Filmfare or Screen but can't locate it now.

    This site has a quick summary- http://chandrakantha.com/articles/india … filmi.html

    I'd add the following to your list-
    Naushad, S. D. Burman, Shankar & Jaikishan, Madan Mohan
    Kalyanji & Anandji, Lakshmikant & Pyarelal
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      CommentAuthorDemonStar
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010 edited
    Hi Thor, sorry for the late reply... I haven't been coming online much lately. Regarding Bollywood music, I read a very good analysis of the middle era of filmi music by Mr. Randall Larson, I think you could find it quite helpful too - http://www.runmovies.eu/index.php?optio … rld-cinema

    Hindi music composers are generally divided into the older "Golden Age" ones and the modern Western/fusion influenced ones. The older ones are the ones considered most prominent and I think you and BhelPuri mentioned most of them. Of the modern ones, I would also add Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to the list (Shankar Mahadevan is a part of this trio), they've had quite a major role in trending the Bollywood music industry during the late 90's and 00's. Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja are the ones who are the most prominent on an international front, I think.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Cool guys, thanks a lot!
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    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2018
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2018
    Thanks for the tip. "Background score" releases from India are rare indeed. I'll check it out.
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      CommentAuthorDemonStar
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2018
    Nice review, Joep.

    Certain labels are releasing a number of scores from South Indian films on digital stores these days. I managed to pick up hidden gems by D. Imman, G.V Prakash Kumar, Sam C.S, Ghibran and many others that way. Worth keeping an eye out for new releases with the keywords "background score" (looks like its almost exclusively Indian score releases titled that way).

    I've also seen M.M Keeravaani's score for the hit film Baahubali up for pre-order on some Japanese stores. Over here, its an iTunes-only release. Wish there was some way to buy the CD here.
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    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2018
    Indeed, more digital releases have emerged in recent years. I'm kind of hoping for a huge increase, but their focus on the songs will overshadow them indefinitely.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2018
    Alas, yes.

    By the way, since the last time, I've filled up my Rahman back catalogue. I now have 22 Rahman albums, carefully selected from his entire filmography. So much good stuff.
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  2. Thor wrote
    Alas, yes.

    By the way, since the last time, I've filled up my Rahman back catalogue. I now have 22 Rahman albums, carefully selected from his entire filmography. So much good stuff.


    I’ve really loved some of Rahman’s orchestral scores (Couple’s Retreat, Viceroy’s House), but I’ve never heard any of his orchestral music for Bollywood films. I’ve tried a couple soundtracks, but they were all songs. You’ve found orchestral albums of his Bollywood scores, right? Could you suggest a few of your favorites for me to check out? I think he’s a phenomenal composer and I would love to hear more from him.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2018 edited
    No, most of the Bollywood soundtracks are songs. But I think he's an excellent songwriter, and many of them have cinematic qualities too. Like the gorgeous ROJA, his feature film debut.

    A few that are heavier on score include BOMBAY (well, only "Bombay Theme"), FIRE, BOSE THE FORGOTTEN HERO, WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, LAGAAN (if you can find the score-only "boot"), MUHAMMAD: THE MESSENGER OF GOD.
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  3. Thanks. I'll look for some of those. I've heard Muhammad, and I've seen LAGAAN, but I haven't heard the score away from the film. The rest will be new to me.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2019
    WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH is not one his Bollywood films, it is Chinese. It's his magnus opus, with great taiko drums and a very broad mixture of cultural influences.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2019
    Joep wrote
    WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH is not one his Bollywood films, it is Chinese. It's his magnus opus, with great taiko drums and a very broad mixture of cultural influences.


    I know. Artistic liberty on my behalf. So few Bollywood soundtracks with score, so I threw another alternative in there that wasn’t Hollywood.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    I also forgot: Check out Rahman's 2008 studio album CONNECTIONS. It has several instrumental tracks with cinematic qualities, and is just an excellent album altogether.
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  4. Thor wrote
    I also forgot: Check out Rahman's 2008 studio album CONNECTIONS. It has several instrumental tracks with cinematic qualities, and is just an excellent album altogether.


    Will do!