Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Yaaram" - Ek Thi Daayan

The first song from "Ek Thi Daayan": I found the English lyrics a little off-putting, but perhaps it'll take time to get used to. Also got a "O Mamma" ("Saat Khoon Maaf") vibe from the song - Vishal has had a few songs featuring a person on a guitar.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

"Ek Thi Daayan" - trailer

How's this for a trailer:

1. As we have noted before, the film was earlier just called "Daayan".
2. Much was then made of Emraan Hashmi's presence; post-"Shanghai", he is a lot more palatable to everyone.
3. The film is co-written by Mukul Sharma; once again, we presume this is the person who gives Konkona Sen Sharma one of her last names, who also used to write the Mindsport column in ToI years ago. We had reported his writing of another to-be Vishal project "Dream Sequence"; it's not clear whether that was a separate project, or got shelved, or just part of "Daayan".
4. Interesting to see three very well-regarded actresses; a rarity in B-town.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Matru... music is out (at least online)

One place to listen to it is here at

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Monday, December 17, 2012

"Matru..." tracklist

The track list according to Flipkart:
  1. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot
  2. Khamakha - Vishal Bhardwaj, Prem Dehati
  3. Oye Boy Charlie - Rekha Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Mohit Chauhan
  4. Lootnewale - Sukhwinder Singh, Master Saleem
  5. Shara-Rara-Ra - Prem Dehati
  6. Badal Uthiya - Rekha Bhardwaj
  7. Chaar Dina Ki - Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Prem Dehati
  8. Chor Police - Pankaj Kapur
  9. Nomvula - African Umoja
  10. Badal Uthiya Reprise - Prem Dehati
  11. Lootnewale Reprise - Sukhwinder Singh

Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Oye Boy Charlie", Kartik Vijay, and the Emil Kusturica connection

"Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola" is being described as a absurdist mad-cap movie, and the next song trailer, "Oye Boy Charlie", to be released fits in with that description:

1. A couple of in-jokes: "Charlie" and "Dolly"
2. Shankar Mahadevan sings for Vishal for the first time (another example of a music composer singing for Vishal)
3. The brass band named "Kusturi-ca Brass Band", referring to the Serbian director Emil Kusturica (who is also known for his zany comedies and his brass bands, which has inspired songs such as "Emosional Atyachar")
4. The song's mukhDaa has a resemblance to the Mukesh song "Tauba Yeh Matwaali Chaal" from "Patthar Ke Sanam"?

The Kusturica connection is also hinted at in this Mint interview with the film's cinematographer, Kartik Vijay, who also says: "The story is about a capitalist who turns into a socialist when he starts to drink"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola - the first trailer

Where have we been? It's been over a year since this blog posted anything; now it returns with the trailer of Vishal's next directorial film.

Here is the teaser to "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola":

From this, we glean the following tidbits:

  • The film is slated to release on Jan 11, 2013 (so there's another three months to go)
  • We now know how to pronounce "Matru" (it's "मटरू")
  • There's Shabana Azmi as well, returning to work with Vishal after playing the eponymous role in his debut film "Makdee"
  • No surprises on the musical credits: Gulzar saab, Clinton Cerejo et al.
  • The two-seater airplane is almost out of Tintin
  • Though perhaps lacking the immediate impact of trailers for Kaminey and even Saat Khoon Maaf, there are enough intriguing elements: just what is the Meena Kumari complex? What's with the pink cow (or is purple? Should we ask Seth Godin)? And will Imran Khan's Haryanvi accent hold?
And to remind you that the origins of this film are in a Haryanvi play recommended by Pankaj Kapur himself.

A post on the Fight Club blog with some more nuggets.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola

Following up on 'Vishal's Next(s)', the title for Vishal's Kumar Mangat-Ajay Devg(a)n-Fox production is "Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola" (see this HT report).

Apparently based on a Haryanvi play recommended by Pankaj Kapur, the movie stars Kapur, Ajay Devgan, and Anushka Sharma.