Posts tagged Amitabh Bhattacharya
Raj Kumar Gupta convinced the lead pair of Ghanchakkar to shoot a fun song from the start to the end without a break
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 9, 2013)
After getting his lead pair to shoot in trains and on the streets of Mumbai, Raj Kumar Gupta has now convinced Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi to seamlessly shoot a fun song for Ghanchakkar from the beginning to the end.
But while Vidya and Emraan agreed, it’s one of the most difficult numbers they have ever shot, the reason being one mistake from either of the two and they have to do it all over again from the start.
A source from the sets told Mirror: “Shooting has begun in the Filmalaya Studio, where a house has been created, with green, yellow and orange colours splashed on separate walls. Emraan is dressed in casuals styled by his favourite designer Rick Roy whereas Vidya is seen in a black number with dark red lipstick and dark glares. Her top bears marks of a kiss (or shall we say serial-kisser Emraan). The spacious set is done by art designer Sukant Panigrahy.”
The Amit Trivedi-composed song, Lazy Lad, has lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Elaborating on Vidya-Emraan’s track, the source said: “Emraan is this lazy husband and Vidya keeps complaining about his habits like watching TV, piling up his clothes and so on. It’s dedicated to all lazy husbands.”
Before this, a song from the movie Cash had been shot without any cuts. Similarly, Farah Khan had shot a song with Amrita Rao in Main Hoon Naa.
He may have forsaken his singing dream, but Bollywood’s most sought-after lyricist is certainly on a song. Amitabh Bhattacharya on having his biskut and eating it too
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 28, 2013)
Five years ago, late into the night at his Juhu studio, composer Amit Trivedi asked his friend and reluctant lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya to record a scratch. It was for Dev.D’s now iconic track Emosanal Attyachar, which Bhattacharya had scribbled a few hours ago at a Lokhandwala coffee shop. Since it was to be picturised on two archetypal brass band front-men who sing with touching sincerity but sound unintentionally funny, Bhattacharya sang an over-the-top “Shabbir Kumar-Mohammad Aziz kind of version.”
The following morning, director Anurag Kashyap, in a flash of eccentricity, insisted on retaining both his and Trivedi’s voices. Bhattacharya fell off his chair. “I thought I had blown my eight-year-long struggle to be a singer over one glorious spoof. My first song sounded ready to destroy my playback singing dream,” laughs Bhattacharya, when we meet at his sister’s Andheri residence. He says he convinced Kashyap to give singing credits to the fictitious ‘BandMaster Rangeela and Rasila’ instead. Although, by then, Bhattacharya had almost given up his playback singing aspirations, he was unable to see how fate had planned it out for him.
Fourteen years ago, he, like all strugglers, left his Lucknow home for Mumbai. Soon enough, he was queuing up outside music More >
Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya comes clean on his style of writing and what sets him apart
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; October 14, 2012)
He wanted to be a playback singer but ended up as a lyricist in Bollywood. However, Amitabh Bhattacharya is more than happy with the way things are. Though the Lucknow-born wordsmith started his career with the film Aamir, Dev D got him noticed. As of today, it’s a set routine for his lyrics to attract controversies followed by acclaim. However, the National Award-winning songwriter’s creations make you laugh as well as think. But that’s not the entire story. Amitabh speaks about his passion for words and music…
First of all, what makes you click while writing? Primarily, it has to be the script. The story and the situations give you an idea and a route through which to pave emotions. Most of my work is based on the given melodies. I create the mood via words.
Did you receive any reactions for Dreamum Wakeupam song (Aiyyaa) from Tamilians? I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t find the song humourous. It wasn’t meant to offend anyone. Besides, adding ‘mum’ to words is basically a Malayali trait, not necessarily Tamil. The underlying idea was to Sanskritise the lyrics.
How do you react to those who say that it is obscene? All I can say is that my job is pretty clear-cut. I’m a lyricist who writes for movies. I work as per the requirements. If you listen to any song from Aiyyaa or a DK Bose, bear in mind that the director and the music More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; October 4, 2012)
Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film Aiyyaa could well resemble a melting pot of ideas and emotions. After all, the project has a Marathi director, Bengali actress and a South Indian actor and Anurag is originally from Uttar Pradesh.
The director-producer talks about his wakda team and a few other things about his film…
Your upcoming film Aiyyaa seems to be quite an amalgamation of all things wakda! The most wakda among the team was definitely my director Sachin Kundalkar. The others (Rani Mukerji and Prithviraj Sukumaran) were already on board. The addition of Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya made this amalgamation all the more interesting!
Can you speak in Marathi? No, I don’t as I never felt the need to learn the language. But I can understand Marathi.
Do you like Maharashtrian food? We were shooting in Pune and so we did try some Maharashtrian fare. One thing that I know for sure is they make their food really spicy!
In your film Rani says, ‘Mujhe gore nahi kale ladke pasand hai.’ What do you have to say about the furore the line has managed to create? Huwa tha aisa kuch drama… People do and say many things. But I don’t take them seriously.
We heard your film Lootera with Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh has been preponed. Really? I have no clue! You should get Vikas Bahl (co-producer) to respond on this.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2012)
Rani Mukerji donned the South Indian avatar and unveiled the first item song of her upcoming film Aiyyaa in the buzzing South Indian locality of Matunga. The number, Dreamum Wakepum, also introduced South sensation Prithviraj Sukumaran.
“It was a celebration of South Indian culture and the best way to let people know about our hero, Prithviraj,” smiles debutante director Sachin Kundalkar.
The song was launched amidst much fanfare, keeping the Southern culture in mind. The drummers and dancers were dressed in traditional South Indian attire to retain the inherent Southern flavour of the track.
Interestingly, Aiyyaa portrays Rani harbouring a fascination for South Indian men. Explains Kundalkar, “It is a carnal desire of a Maharashtrian woman for these men that is expressed in the song. It is conveying a South Indian man’s physicality but very gracefully. It is not about the emotions but more about the body of a man.”
Sachin has a soft corner for Southies and thus wanted his heroine to have an attraction towards them.
“I am very fond of South Indians and to show Rani’s character longing for her hero came very naturally to me. Amit Trivedi has strung together Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics through his mesmerising tunes. This film was the best vehicle for South superstar Prithviraj to make his Hindi film debut.”
The entire team came up with the idea of launching the song in a perfect South Indian style in Matunga, and the song More >
BOMBAY TIMES (June 25, 2012)
If the music of a film makes it to chartbuster lists before it even releases, half of a producer’s job is done. And in the case of Cocktail, producer Dinesh Vijan seems to be experiencing the same kind of high. His next Cocktail, a fresh youthful entertainer, which marks Saif Ali Khan’s comeback as a loverboy and also features Deepika Padukone in a smouldering new look, has received a tremendous response for its music. Following the first two chart-thumpers, Tumhi Ho Bandhu and Daaru Desi, the recently released track Yaariyaan too has become quite popular in a short while.
Pritam has created the tracks of Cocktail, and having worked earlier with the team on Love Aaj Kal and Agent Vinod, Vijan says that the music composer from the beginning knew the kind of music they wanted. “Although the film, set in London, is about modern characters, the basic emotions are Indian. So, the soundtrack is essentially folk in flavour. But, we have also incorporated rock and electronic sounds,” he explains, adding that the folk influences have worked for them.
For instance, the song Tumhi Ho Bandhu, which took 45 days to make, became viral with positive word-of-mouth within a short span. With simple yet poignant lyrics like ‘Jag mujhpe lagaye pabandi, main hoon hi nahi iss duniya ki’ by Irshad Kamil, Tumhi Ho Bandhu has been sung by Kavita Seth and lip-synced by Diana Penty in gorgeous locales of Cape Town. Says Pritam, “We got the melody very early, but we More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 25, 2011 – 21:13 IST
Now this is what one calls a perfect project in the making. Salman Khan, Anees Bazmee, Pritam, Bhushan Kumar and that promise of an out and out entertainer – one strongly believes that the music of Ready can’t really go wrong. There are movies that are termed as popcorn entertainers; now here is a soundtrack which one believes would be the kind that would be best enjoyed when being a little high. Though four different lyricists – Amitabh Bhattacharya, Neelesh Misra, Ashish Pandit and Kumaar – are roped in for a song apiece with Devi Sri Prasad also chipping in as a guest composer, you look forward to whether Ready indeed has enough ‘dum’ in it to be the biggest commercial soundtrack of the year so far.
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Pritam lends a fantastic start to Ready with ‘Character Dheela‘ and what actually catches your instant attention is the fact that despite this being a Salman Khan entertainer, the song has the trademark sound that the composer is known for lending to his songs. If one has liked the kind of tunes that Pritam has composed for Shahid in films like Kismat Konnection, Jab We Met and Badmaash Company, he is bound to totally lap up ‘Character Dheela‘ due to the Salman element being cleverly integrated by Amitabh Bhattacharya through his smart lyrics (don’t miss that reference to ‘Munni‘ and ‘Sheila‘).
Going totally by Salman’s on/off screen image which in any case is hardly More >
Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; April 21, 2011)
Mumbai’s leading radio station, Radio Mirchi, completes nine years in the city and the celebrations are on! Mirchi brings to you the first ever live on-air musical concert. Abhishek Bachchan, who has sung Thayn Thayn in Dum Maaro Dum that releases tomorrow, will kickstart the day on Hi Mumbai with Jeeturaaj. Apart from playing songs from his film on the morning show, Bachchan junior will sing Thayn Thayn for Mirchi listeners.
Then from noon until 9 pm, Radio Mirchi will turn into an acoustic music destination with various artistes singing live. The artistes include Amit Trivedi, Richa Sharma, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Master Saleem, Mohit Chauhan, Anu Malik, Bappi Lahiri, Shilpa Rao, Neelesh Mishra, Sona Mohapatra, Lalit Pandit, Neeraj Shreedhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Aditi Singh Sharma. Catch them as they dish out their favourite tracks live on air.
And what’s a birthday without return gifts? Mirchi, through this musical initiative, will be supporting an NGO called Hamara Footpath, which educates children from the streets of Mumbai in an open air class through their unique ideology of teaching through sports, dance and fun. Listeners can pledge their support to the NGO by simply sending an SMS. Type Radio space nau to 58888 and for each SMS received, Radio Mirchi will contribute Rs. 5 to the NGO.
So tune your radio sets to 98.3 FM, enjoy the music and while you’re at it contribute for a good More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 5, 2011 – 09:51 IST
Best Film Band Baaja Baaraat Dabangg My Name Is Khan Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Raajneeti
Best Direction Maneesh Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Guzaarish Karan Johar – My Name Is Khan Milan Luthria – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Performance In A Leading Role Male Salman Khan – Dabangg Hrithik Roshan – Guzaarish Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan Ajay Devgn – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Ranbir Kapoor – Raajneeti
Performance In A Leading Role Female Anushka Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Kareena Kapoor – Golmaal 3 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Guzaarish Vidya Balan – Ishqiya Katrina Kaif – Raajneeti
Performance In A Supporting Role Male Mithun Chakraborty – Golmaal 3 Arshad Warsi – Ishqiya Emraan Hashmi – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Arjun Rampal – Raajneeti Manoj Bajpayee – Raajneeti
Performance In A Supporting Role Female Amrita Puri – Aisha Dimple Kapadia – Dabangg Ratna Pathak Shah – Golmaal 3 Shernaz Patel – Guzaarish Prachi Desai – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Performance In A Comic Role Paresh Rawal – Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Johny Lever – Golmaal 3 Riteish Deshmukh – Housefull Anil Kapoor – No Problem Pradhuman Singh – Tere Bin Laden
Performance In A Negative Role Naseeruddin Shah – Allah Ke Banday Sonu Sood – Dabangg Emraan Hashmi – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Manoj Bajpayee – Raajneeti Ronit Roy – Udaan
Music Direction Salim – Sulaiman – Band More >
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 11, 2011)
After reported love-birds Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh belted out their box office smashing Band Baaja Baaraat trade sources close to Aditya Chopra told BT that he is set to have Anushka and Ranveer recreate their magic on screen again. “The Ranveer and Anushka pair has a magical quality. Aditya is certainly exploring that proposition with them,” says our source.
Titled Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, the film is based on a story developed by Adi. It is a fun-filled romantic comedy as it narrates the story of a smooth and charming conman, Ricky who smooth talks women for a living; but finally meets his match in Anushka. To be directed by Maneesh Sharma who directed BBB, the film will roll in early April. It is slated to release on the same weekend at Band Baaja too with Adi planning a worldwide release on 9th Dec 2011.
The winning team of BAND BAAJA BAARAAT is back.
After the heartwarming success of BAND BAAJA BAARAAT, director Maneesh Sharma is back with his team, in YASH RAJ FILMS’ next offering.
LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL
Starring Ranveer Singh, who has won everyone’s heart with his endearing and scintillating performance, as well as the Best Actor (Debut) at all the award shows this year, and the accomplished and charismatic Anushka Sharma, the film is produced by Aditya Chopra and is based on a story developed by him. Habib Faisal has written the dialogues, the screenplay is by More >