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:

Notes:
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"

6 comments:

Avrohi said...

There are also many references to Timbuktu, which was the name of a Vishal Bhardwaj film that didn't take off.

Ramanand J said...

Avrohi: good catch. No references to "Barf" anywhere yet, I think :)

suparna said...

what would the charlie-dolly in joke be? its killing me not to know :)

Ramanand J said...

(first, it's a guess that it's an in-joke - too obvious not to be :-) )

Both are characters in previous VB films, no? Charlie in Kaminey and Dolly in Omkara.

suparna said...

ah ....

George said...

I keep thinking of namak from Omkara each time oye boy plays -- Rekha, the arrangements.