Posts Tagged ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’

Anurag Kashyap’s two-parter Gangs Of Wasseypur has been animated by Ashutosh and Aditya Yadav. And it’s just 3.35 minute long. Good to see some fan art here in India too. The end credit with rhymes of Giridih-Jharia-Dhanbad will remind you of a familiar sound in Dhanbad – the way sharing autorickshaws call for passengers.


At some point most cinema discussion always move towards that rather simple question – who’s your favourite actor in the current lot? And to answer that question, my current favourite is Pankaj Tripathi. But the tragedy is sometimes i do have to explain who this actor is. It was the same for my other favourite – Yashpal Sharma. All these actors are always good, in any bad film or bad role.

A graduate of National School Of Drama, Pankaj has been acting for quite a few years. He got his much deserved visibility with YRF’s tv show Powder in which he played Naved Ansari. And then got recognition with his portrayal of Sultan in Gangs Of Wasseypur. Since we hardly care about actors who play character roles, so it’s rare to see them in mainstream media. Much thanks to Komal Nahta who he did this long interview with Tripathi where he talks about his theatre days, village, parents’ aspirations, struggling days and much more. And it’s quite an honest interview. DO WATCH.

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Abhishek Kapoor’s new film Kai Po Che has released today. The reviews so far have been unanimously positive. But does it mean anything beyond that – The Big picture? Over to filmmaker Hansal Mehta who connects the dots.

Kai Po che

4 reasons for not watching the increasing number of films released every week –

  1. I am perennially broke
  2. I am lazy
  3. I need to work
  4. My wife is not in the mood
  5. I am hoping I get invited for a preview/premier.

The past few weeks have been different though. The spate of films released and due for release stared at me in the face because

  1. They featured friends in lead roles
  2. They were directed by friends
  3. They were produced by friends
  4. I was looking forward to the films
  5. I felt compelled to watch them

I am going to limit my post to the Hindi films I saw because in the case of foreign films:

  1. I feel inadequate commenting about commenting on them
  2. I did not feel like watching many of them
  3. I am waiting for uncensored DVDs of some of them
  4. I don’t get invited for previews of these films

In the past few years, most significantly 2012, I am seeing a pattern in films that are successful (relatively) and appreciated. A majority of them stand out for their choice of actors, their choice of subject, their non-formulaic narratives and a host of other similarly intellectually stimulating reasons.  One factor that has begun to increasingly stand out in these films is sheer audacity. The more I think about what drew me to watch the films, to like some of them, to dislike some of them and to find some of them memorable was the lack of apologetic film-making that has mostly led our films towards pathetic levels of mediocrity.

I’ve noticed that many film-makers no longer feel pressured to make the same formulaic nonsense with the same boring people over and over again. Many of the older directors also seem to realize the futility of formula and are trying hard to reinvent. Those who aren’t will soon be history.

Ever since I made Shahid, I’ve been asked over and over again about how the trend of biopics is on the increase. The media unfortunately reads trends very poorly and looks for convenient analysis. Trade pundits who have in the past thrived upon silly generalization are very shallow in their understanding of artistic/creative decisions taken by film-makers or in analyzing the success of films that don’t fall into their formulaic comfort zones. The truth is that book adaptations, biopics and stories inspired by true events are an indicator and not trends in themselves. We now have film-makers looking for newer stories to tell. We have film-makers looking for new ways to tell stories. We have film-makers who are fearless. We have film-makers who are not afraid of audacity.

Whether it is Talaash, Gangs of Wasseypur, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Vicky Donor, Special 26 or Kai Po Che, I notice a fearless streak in the directors and the team that has made these films possible. Even potboilers like Dabangg, or before that Wanted, or the recently released ABCD have displayed a certain audacious vision. Rockstar had the audacity to be deeply philosophical and sometimes mendering while pretending to have commercial trappings. A certain Anurag Kashyap whose films either got banned or termed as jinxed is now celebrated because of his delightfully indulgent Gangs of Wasseypur or his subversive take on Devdas. Sujoy Ghosh redeemed himself with the surprising Kahaani. Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Pan Singh Tomar was commercially successful. English Vinglish marked the successful return of a Bollywood diva who churned out some of the most cringe-worthy films of my growing up years. The list could be exhaustive and I’m sure it will soon dominate successful box-office lists. On the other hand there has been a steady increase in films (Ship of Theseus, Miss Lovely, Peddlers etc.) that have found appreciative audiences in international film festivals and critics. These films have shown a fierce independence in their making while giving alternate Indian cinema a new lease of life and an unpretentious, fresh form of expression. They have been audacious in their abandonment of what we perceived as ‘art-house’ or ‘parallel’ cinema in India. They were unabashed in their treatment, style, narratives and expression. These and many other films that I have viewed over the past year and this year have challenged audiences, provoked critics and subverted formulaic convention with amazing audacity. Even more encouraging is the fact that producers, actors (including some stars) and trade have begun to embrace the audacious breed, backing them to the hilt.

So what is the point I’m trying to make? It’s simple. Audacity is in. Safe is not safe anymore. Take the second installment of Dabangg. It disappointed because it succumbed to ‘ingredientization’ and failed to live up to the fearless audacity of the first part. Films like ‘Zila Ghaziabad’  or ‘Jayantabhai Ki Love Story’ are passé. They will continue to get made. They will continue to remind us of everything that is unimaginative and about how we have allowed ourselves to be taken for granted all these years.

So here is my two bit gyaan. Whether you aim for the mainstream or the alternate space, make it audacious. Just making it big will soon cease to work – neither for the makers or the audience. Yes, we will have regular installments of successful franchises. We will have ridiculous remakes. We will have mindless, story-less films – but my guess is that all of them will work for their audacity and not for their adherence to convention.

Audacious will soon be safe. Safe is already dangerous. It could soon be suicidal.

Toronto International Film Festival’s focus in this year’s ‘City To City’ program is Mumbai and its showing Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja (The King of Mumbai), Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Mohit Takalkar’s The Bright Day, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid along with Anurag Kashyap’s two-parter Gangs of Wasseypur, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade, Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai and Vasan Bala’s Peddlers.

TIFF has made the presser video online where are all the directors were present and they talk about various subjects – festival, female directors, reviews, bollywood vs indies, changing film making scenario,

16:50 onward – On reviews. Waah, Vasan!

19:80 onward – Ha! Good try, Mr Habib Faisal to defend the regressive Ishaqzaade.

39:15 – Balaji took bits and pieces from Miss Lovely and made The Dirty Picture – Ashim Ahluwalia.

40:15 – If you send a script like this, i will file a criminal complaint with the police.

Shubha Shetty is a journalist and a writer who says she is still in the process of learning the art of diplomacy. Blurting out what she feels strongly about, and then repenting at leisure is how she kills her free time. Over to her now – An open letter to Anurag Kashyap.

I like people like Anurag Kashyap. This guy comes from nowhere and in spite of adverse conditions and zero support, with the sheer dint of an enviable amount of confidence and conviction, cocks a snook at the largely untalented and hence averse to risk film-makers. He does what he wants to. Without any compromise. Who doesn’t love an immensely talented underdog?

A decade later, his talent still shines bright. Watch Gangs of Wasseypur part I and you will need no further proof. And admirably he continues to use the power he has gathered over the years, in supporting other deserving film-makers.

But unfortunately, the very power has changed the man in a not so nice manner too. In recent times we have been witness to an unbridled bully, hidden inside this otherwise grounded man, rearing its ugly head once in a while This bully also attempts to cock a snook at his critics, but with not the same amount of confidence, also this one seems to operate more from ego than earnestness.

It is this bully who tells entertainment journalists that they shouldn’t care to criticise him because he has stopped reading entertainment supplements long back, but then we see him paying (?) and posing for an entertainment supplement of a leading newspaper.

I am more disheartened that this bully seems to be forcing entry into his films too. While Gangs of Wasseypur part II is excellent in parts as expected, you see unmissable traces of cockiness of the director in the form of self-indulgent long sequences and unexplained trail of characters.

To me, Kashyap now seems like this super brilliant boy from small town, an outsider, wasting his energy trying silly antics to just prove a point to a posh but mediocre group of city bred teenagers in college. I am concerned, like perhaps an old friend of that boy would be. After all, the friend knows that this boy can do wonders, only if he just stayed true to the genius that he’s blessed with.

But now that’s my opinion.

You decide which path you want to take, Mr. Kashyap. Do you want to be that all powerful, all successful film-maker who thinks he can sway people’s opinion by pushing his way through, with little help from his newly acquired sycophantic coterie or you want to continue being the awe inspiring film maker that you were, without wasting even an ounce of energy over thinking how powerful your craft and talent makes you.

You are already a successful and admirable man. It is time you stopped proving points to anyone. In the meanwhile, as much as I despise that bully inside you, I am still holding on to that faith I have on you. I am sure millions of others are too.

QOTD : Gangs Of Wasseypur – Part 1 or 2?

Posted: August 9, 2012 by moifightclub in cinema, QOTD
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The second part of Anurag Kashyap’s two-parter Gangs Of Wasseypur has finally released. Once you have seen both the parts, then only you can imagine how daunting task it must have been to make these two films, and still hit the right notes at the right places. (Aha, we will be again accused of being biased for his films. Not a single day passes without the accusation anyway.)

The opinion is still divided on whether 1 is better or 2, but one thing is for sure 1+2 = Epic Masterclass in Filmmaking! A rare feat which only few can dare to imagine and then translate it onscreen into cinematic orgasm of almost 6hours. There are few theatres across the country which are showing both the parts back to back (see pics). If you can, you must go for one of these marathons.

And so here’s our QOTD – Pick your favourites. If you are bit confused with who played which character, click here to access the family chart and then vote.

As for me, i would say Part 1 was like wine – slow, smooth and acquired taste. Part 2 is like beer – fast, popcorn-ish and fun! Full dhickiyaoon!

Do put your reasons in the comments section. Let the gang war begin!

Toronto International Film festival (TIFF) has announced 10 Indian films in its “City to City” segment where the focus this year is Mumbai.

Out of the selected ten films, four film will have its world premiere at TIFF. These four are Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja (The King of Mumbai), Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Mohit Takalkar’s The Bright Day and Hansal Mehta’s Shahid. The other six includes Anurag Kashyap’s two-parter Gangs of Wasseypur, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade, Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai and Vasan Bala’s Peddlers.

Since we have been covering Gangs Of Wasseypur, Miss Lovely, Peddlers, Ishaqzaade and Sanghai extensively, we are going to put out the info about the rest of the films now.

—> Shahid. Director : Hansal Mehta

Shahid is the remarkable true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was killed in 2010 by unidentified assailants in his office. From attempting to become a terrorist, to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law, to becoming a champion of human rights (particularly of the Muslim minorities in India), Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights, while following the rise of communal violence in India. This story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice and inequality, whilerising above his circumstances is an inspiring testament to the human spirit. Starring Raj Kumar, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur.

—> Mumbai’s King (Mumbai Cha Raja). Director : Manjeet Singh

Rahul roams the streets with his balloon-seller friend Arbaaz. These two kids escape the grim realities of their lives by gambling, roasting stolen potatoes, stealing an auto rickshaw for a joyride, and chasing girls. But soon Rahul has to “take care” of his violent father, who has forced him to live on streets. Starring Rahul Bairagi, Arbaaz Khan and Tejas Parvatkar.

—> Ship of Theseus. Director : Anand Gandhi

For Poster, Stills and Official synopsis of the film, click here.

—> The Bright Day. Director : Mohit Takalkar

Yearning for meaning in his life, a coddled young man abandons his girlfriend and family to set out on a spiritual quest across India. Shot with sophisticated DSLR cameras and reflecting a new passion for personal filmmaking, The Bright Day finds images to chart a soul’s progress.

Though the music CDs are still to hit the stores, the music of Gangs of Wasseypur – 2 is out online. Our regular (almost in-house) music critic Rohit has sent in this post. Padho aur suno!

(Rohit wrote on GoW-1 music too, here. And a recent post on GoW-2 lyrics by Varun Grover, here.

Over to Rohit…


Even Apple isn’t so tight lipped about their new products! We don’t know if it was the music company or the production house but the fact remains, the music being released 3 odd weeks before the film is to be released isn’t a great idea no matter what logic is thrown at us. The songs need some space of their own as well. Anyway, let’s get down to business.

1. Chicha ledar – The song starts with that familiar sound that all the people who lived near a cotton extracting/beating shop would easily identify. (Those huge sitar-like equipments) and then with appropriate ‘building up’ the song launches into a constant beat arrangement and in comes Durga. Backed by extremely good lyrics the song grabs you and runs and runs. Special mention of the amazing use of words like ‘cheecha ledar, sarau, word play (whether i like the weather)’. The constant ‘joota joota joota’ gives the song a ‘remixed’ feel and then the ‘dub step’ comes in. Maha-amaJing! My grouse with the song is that it is JUST 4 minutes. Clearly a GAJJJJAB start to the album! (Varun insists that the usage of ‘sarau’ is a tribute to Lucknow, I must add).

Special mention of Durga (the 12-year old singer), listen carefully how she says ‘dil’ in the song. Everytime. That’s called hugging the lyrics and not just singing it. Kudos!

2. Kaala re – Sneha khanwalkar. at. her. best. If the ‘keh ke loonga’ made us all hear Sneha launch into her ‘catty’ avatar, this one explores the playful undertones (with a very dark and haunting cello/bass arrangement). Saiyyan kartey ji coal-bazari. A song that’s helped a great deal by excellent lyrics. (Kaala bilkul surmey wala). All shades of black, explored. very. well. Perhaps some parallel will be drawn with the sound of A.R. Rahman.

3. Electric piya – Rasika D Rani starts off (and must say the pronunciation of ‘elektric’ is very very ‘chic’!’), then a very bhojpuri (Trinidad Tobago also?) music setting takes over (aided by ‘casio’like sound, harmonium, dholak and manjeeras). Dholak and Harmonium are quite prominent in addition to the vocals. A very naughty (in a very un-womaniya way) song. This is more like leg pulling of your ‘piya’. The words are pronounced in a flow and might not be able to get into the mind immediately. Repeat the song and you will find yourself smiling.

4.  Bahut Khoob – I am VERY interested to see the way this is going to be filmed. Very theatrical in the way it uses the voice of the kids (And at times Sneha in between). Hear it to make an opinion on the song. Mix and scratch and mix and scratch again and again!

5. Taar bijli – Harmonium with a lot of female backup singers (and some ‘chammach’ on dholak) leaves us with Padamshree Sharda Sinha to weave magic. The setting is very playful. Lyrics full of gentle banter directed towards her in-laws by the bride. ‘Na idhar na udhar hi sihaare piya’…! excellent lyrics. The song is NOT another ‘womaniya’. While Womaniya was more ‘intimate, naughty and personal’, this one puts out the banter in open and poses some questions to the entire family about the bridegroom. The song is actually a satire on the worsening condition of Bihar in 80s and 90s. Perhaps the most conventional song of the pack. Sweet and melodious.

6. Aabroo – Starts with bulbul tarang and dholak. The setting is very ‘gali mohalla’ style. Piyush mishra (and you can picture him sitting on a ‘chowk’ surrounded by people. A little different from his normal style, Piyush Mishra emotes ‘ekdam ghus key’. Bhupesh singh very smartly contests Piyush Mishra (not teams up, contests). An election campaign song, it’s the ‘compteesan’ that has been got music as a background. Kudos to Piyush Mishra! Hilarious to the core. A genre that has resurfaced after a long time,

7. Perpendicular theme – Using a mix of brass band and other sounds, this less than a 2 minute track ends too soon (May be weird just for me, because I am used to the ‘themes’ being longer). A kid’s playful voice a shehnai (may be) and drums at times. Also, the brass band plays a tune in between. I have heard it somewhere and can’t put a finger to it. Who can remember it? I liked the song but disliked the fact it’s too short. The theme is paced so well that you would want to listen to it for a longer duration but then, it ends.

8. Moora – Guitar and mandolin together and you know the song will make you smile. Sneha khanwalkar gives a whispering start to the song. Chiefly using Mandolin and Guitar (just ‘by the side’ arrangement), the beauty of the song is that the vocals are also understated. Would have liked a little more ‘energy’ in the vocals. The lyrics anyway talk of hope so found this version a little dim. The interesting part of this version is a faint male voice. It’s the voice of Robbie styles from Trinidad who played cuatro and mandolin in the song. Best part – he doesn’t know Hindi.

9. Tunya – Bulbultarang’s excellent use with the members of ‘Baal party’ (and if you hear attentively I guess there is a bit of Sneha in the background too). This is just 1:22 minutes track and boy is it sticky or what? As I continue to complain about the duration of this track I can’t help but feel this will make a great ringtone too!

10. Bahut Khoob (8 Bit dubstep) – Excellent use of the 8 bit dubstep arrangement has made this piece (which is still less than 3 minutes!) breezy and intriguing at the same time. From 1:50 minutes, Sneha uses Super Mario music (with altered tempo) and then constructs a bit of her own tune around it. This is sheer brilliance! (90s kids, rejoice!). Although in the lyrics post, it was mentioned that the words are random, I am quite sure that the kids are referring to the movements of a train. Varun (the lyricist) points out that the song refers to the movement of ‘Ganga, the river’. Hear hear and then let’s discuss?

11. Electric piya (Fused) – Not remixed, Fused! Pretty straight forward ‘fused’ version. Harmonium remains and is aided by uniform beats and at times echo. Didn’t like this version much. May be you will. Try it out.

12. Moora (Morning) – Compared to the previous version of ‘Moora’, this one starts with more instruments and the mandolin makes way for  The ‘Humni ke chori ke nagariya’ boy Deepak gets behind the microphone again to give us a more soulful rendition of this song. Lyrics, excellent. Energy (and music arrangement) – Up to the mark! No guitar. Some echo. Some trance like sound. Kabir-sque lyrics. Ends very very techno istyle! My pick of the album, this.

13. KKL – Sneha! Sneha! echoes ‘KKL’ which is nothing but Keh ke loonga. This version will tickle all the ‘techno junkies’ at the right places. If we remember right, the ‘loonga loonga keh ke’ (from part 1 isn’t used in Gangs of Wasseypur part 1, the film). This track features the all male chorus from the song and then mixes up with tiny bits of Sneha’s voice. Sneha has used the bits from the part 1 song superbly! This is what you can easily call as a ‘ball busting ass kicking’ music arrangement. (Try getting the ‘चीख’ of sneha out of your head when she goes ‘Teri keh ke longaaaaaaa’.) What I shudder thinking about is – our reality TV shows will kill this song by ‘performing’ on this.

 A lot of talk has happened pointing directly towards how some of the tracks in Gangs of wasseypur sound like ‘Sound trippin’. If we are to go back in time by say 2 years (when Gangs of wasseypur’s music was being made), MTV had no idea of Sound trippin. Could it not be a possibility that Sound trippin came AFTER viacomm heard the music and sounded off their Music channel to make a show around these ‘unique’ songs and sounds that Sneha accumulated? Think about it.

With the Music of Gangs of Wasseypur 1,  sitting pretty already and other credentials in her bag (rather backpack!), Sneha Khanwalkar delivers a different sound with this album. While the Gangs of Wasseypur 1 album was tilted heavily towards the folk sound, this one is more contemporary. The selection of singers and lyrics continue to play a smart role in the overall feel of the album. Piyush mishra appears for just one song and hits a home run. Varun Grover should probably start preparing for a speech already because kala rey will cause a lot of cheecha ledar and might make a moora of a lot of lyricists this year. All we shall do is just celebrate the arrival of a deeply rooted (to the story line and narration) lyricist and yes the words bahut khoob will be incidental.

Our pick – Entire album. With so much prem pritam pyare and bro-jid-esque music around, if any album is worth your full time, it is this.

The much awaited music (by Sneha Khanwalkar) of part 2 of Anurag Kashyap’s gangster-political-crime-drama Gangs of Wasseypur is finally out. Just 3 weeks before the film’s release on 8th August. A tad bit late, some may feel but der-durust and all that.

Given the film’s bhojpuri-mixed-Hindi dialect, we thought of doing another post (like last time) with lyrics. And embedded the songs too from soundcloud, so that you can read and sing-along if in the mood. Over to album’s co-lyricist Varun Grover.


२ साल, और उन दो सालों के हर दिन के चौबीसों घंटे लगे यहाँ तक पहुँचने में. इतना intense क्रियटिव प्रोसेस मैंने इससे पहले कभी नहीं देखा था. और थोड़े दिन पहले तक भी मुझे लग रहा था कि वो दिन कभी आएगा ही नहीं जब वासेपुर के गानों का काम खतम हो जाएगा. लेकिन आ गया है. सारे गाने एक-एक कर के यहाँ नीचे हैं…शब्दों के साथ.

और सबके बारे में २-२ लाइनें भी.

छीछालेदर: Singer: Durga, Lyrics: Varun Grover

‘छीछालेदर’ शब्द अनुराग कश्यप ने दिया. उनको एक बिना लॉजिक का गाना चाहिए था. कैरेक्टर स्केच की तरह. बस टुकड़ों-टुकड़ों में किसी बंदे की व्याख्या करते हुए. गाया है १२-१३ साल की दुर्गा ने जो मूलतः आंध्र प्रदेश की है.

Mera joota fake leather,

Dil chichha-ledar

Wo humse poochey whether,

I like the weather

Chamcham waali goggle, bhool ke sarahu bhaage,

Makhmal waala maflar, chhorh ke sarahu bhaagey

Tere naam ke raadhe bhaiyya

Najar kateeli laser.

Mera joota fake leather,

Dil chichha-ledar

Wo humse poochey whether,

I like the weather

Hedar-dedar hedar-dedar

Dil chhichha-ledar

Maar tamaam haraamkhori,

lambi lambi chhorhe

Kare tikalla, jaat aghori,

Bani banaayi godhey…

Maar tamaam haraamkhori,

lambi lambi chhorhe

Daant se kholey beer botal,

Nain se loha modey-modey…

Nakshebaaji haath mein lekar,

Sab rangbaaji saath mein lekar,

Dar se farr se bedar…(2)

Hedar-dedar hedar-dedar (4)

Dil chhichha-ledar…

काला रे: Singer: Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyrics: Varun Grover

फिल्म का इकलौता ‘रोमांटिक’ गाना. लेकिन क्योंकि हीरो (फैज़ल खान) गैंगस्टर भी है और काला भी, इसलिए गाना भी थोड़ा dark और haunting बनाना था.

Kaala re, saiyyaan, kaala re…

Mann kaala re, tann kaala re,

Kaali zubaan ki kaali gaari….

Kaale din ki kaali shaamein,

Saiyyaan karte ji kolbazaari…

Bairi kol kol kol, chheney tol tol tol,

Chhat aangan chaar deewari…

Saiyyaan karte ji…saiyyaan karte ji…

Saiyyan karte ji kolbazaari…

Kaali mitti, kutta kaala,

Kaala bilkul surmey waala,

Kaala kauvva, hauvva kaala….

Kaala baadal ghirne waala,

Kaala moti, girne waala,

Kaala jhanda, danda kaala….

Kaala batua, paisa kaala..

Kaali aankhon jaisa kaala,

Kaali agni…

Kaali garmi, sooraj kaala,

Kaala beegha, aur gaj kaala,

Kaali baaati…haathi kaala…


Bairi coal coal…

Bairi kol kol kol,

chheeney whole-sole-tol….

Rang paani aur pichkaari…

Saiyyaan karte ji…saiyyaan karte ji…

Saiyyan karte ji kolbazaari…

बहुत खूब: Singer: A group of school kids (एक बच्चे का नाम, जिसकी आवाज़ में कविता सबसे ज़्यादा है: पड़फूल था.)

यह किसी ने नहीं लिखा. बिहार में फिल्म पर रिसर्च के दौरान स्नेहा मुज़फ्फरपुर के बेरिया गाँव में पहुंची. स्कूल से लौटे बच्चों ने टेक्नोलोजी से लदे ‘शहरी’ ग्रुप को घेर लिया. स्नेहा ने  बच्चों से कहा कोई कविता सुनाओ, मैं रिकार्ड करूंगी. वही आवाजें रिकार्ड की और फिर उन्हीं को जोड़ कर यह गीत बना.

Bahut khoob Bahut khoob Bahut khoob

Chakachak kumari..

Chattanon se krida karti

Kal kal karti, chal chal karti

Chattanon se krida karti

Kabhi idhar mud, kabhi udhar mud

Ban parbat mein lipti chhupti.

Dharti ke har kisi chor se,

Ban parbat ke kisi mod se

Boond boond se bana hai, kaun

Chaar dhaamon se juda hai, kaun.

Bahut khoob Bahut khoob Bahut khoob

मूरा: Singer: Sneha Khanwalkar/Deepak Kumar Lyrics: Varun Grover

इस गीत के दो versions हैं. एक स्नेहा की आवाज़ में और दूसरा दीपक कुमार (जिसने Gow-1 में ‘हमनी के छोरी के’ गाया था) की आवाज़ में. कोशिश थी एक tongue-in-cheek pep-talk song लिखने की. IT-BHU में रहते हुए hostel में ‘फ्रस्टियाओ’ और ‘नर्भसाओ’ बहुत सुना था. वो काम आया. इसमें भी स्नेहा की संगत में एक कैलिप्सो बैंड है, उसके कैरिबियन रिसर्च के दौरान ढूँढा हुआ.

Moora Morning (sung by Deepak Kumar)

Frustiyaao nahin moora,

Narbhasaao nahin moora,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Jo bhi wrongwa hai usey,

Set right-wa karo ji,

Naahin loojiye ji hope,

Thoda fightwa karo ji…

Jo bhi wrongwa hai usey,

Set right-wa karo ji,

Naahin loojiye ji hope,

Thoda fightwa karo ji…moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

Kaahe muthhi mein pakad,

Raha paniya re moora…

Kaahe muthhi mein pakar,

Raha paniya re moora…

Rahe paani ki na yaad

Naa nisaniya re moora

Startey startey startey..

Startey brainwa re moora,

Charh trainwa re moora,

Startey brainwa re moora,

Charh trainwa re moora,

Naahin pagla re bann,

Act sane-wa re moora..

Anytime anytime,

Hai yeh retiya kaa ghar,

Anytime anytime,

Bharbharaao nahin moora..

Anytime anytime,

Diye chance-wa jo life,

Refuse-aao nahin moora…

Sakpakaao nahin moora,

Latpataao nahin moora…

Sakpakaao nahin moora,

Latpataao nahin moora…

Anytime moodwa ko,

Anytime moodwa ko,

Upsettaao nahin moora…

आबरू: Singer: Bhupesh Singh, Piyush Mishra, Lyrics: Piyush Mishra

कव्वाली-मुकाबला जैसी शैली में रामाधीर सिंह और फैज़ल खान के चुनाव प्रचार के लिए एक गीत बनाना था. पीयूष मिश्रा ने अपने धुरंधर अंदाज़ में लिखा और गाया.

Hum zahar se bhare, bicchhuon mein paley

arey tu humein kaatne ki saza payega

Arey aabroo ki kasam, cheer denge tujhe

Dum kate saanp sa.. bil bila jayega

Aabroo ke jane, draupadi ki kasam

Kauravon ki sabha mein jo aa jayega

Arey Dushaasan hain hum, kheench lenge tujhey

Aabroo jo bachi hai luta jayega

Aabroo ki kahi aaj sun le abhi

Choli lehanga pehan ke kahan jaayega

Jo har ik chhed mein goliyan jo padi

toh har ik chhed bansi baaja jayega

chhedo.. chhedo chhedo.. chhedo

oh chhedon key khuda meri sun to zara

beech baazaar mein tu toh aa jayega

le aa gaya beech bazaar mein, ab bol.

Toh ruk…

Sand ban ke nache-ga, sarey aam tuu..

Bhaand ban ke muhaley mein chaa jayega.

Hum to duryodhan ke poot, saath mein raavan ke chele

Hum to  bhari-putna surpanakha ki godon mein khele

hum to aise hain chandal cheer ke kutta khate hain

hum to aise teer-andaj aadmi ain chabate hain

hum to shakuni hain, hum kansraj hain kulta shulta neech

hum toh narbhakshi hain, gaay bhains ka chara khaan ley kheench

arey hum maar tamancha, bail pe nikley, bail bech aaye

hum to kirkit ka balla chodo hum khel bech aaye.

Haaji maula Haaji maula Haaji maula, Haaji maula Haaji maula..

तार बिजली: Singer: (Padmashree) Sharda Sinha, Lyrics: Varun Grover (Mukhda from traditional/folk)

फॉर्मेट से शादी का गीत है. लेकिन शब्द पोलिटिकल हैं. ‘८० और ‘९० के दशक के बिहार की बिगड़ती दशा पर एक दुहाई है देश के ‘पालनहारों’ से कि ये क्या कर दिया ‘हमारे पिया’ के साथ. Surreal मान सकते हैं…कि ऐसा गीत अब इस फिल्म की दुनिया में लोकगीत बन गया है और शादी में गाया जा रहा है. और गाया है legendary शारदा सिन्हा जी ने. बहुत सालों बाद फिल्म संगीत में वापसी है उनके लिए यह.

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…(x2)

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…(x2)

Sookh ke ho gaye hain chhuaare piya…(x2)

Bechaarey piya…

Sab haarey piya…

Kuchh khaatey nahin hain…

Kuchh khaatey nahin hain…humaarey piya

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Taar bijli se patley humaare piya….

Kha dhatoora ji sutley humaare piya,

Maara dhakka na uthley dulaare piya, (x2)

O re bapu bata tuney yeh kya biya,

Yeh kya biya tuney yeh kya biya…

(chorus) Gulaabi Chachha…

Gulaabi Chachha ki kyaari mein kaanta bhara…

Na idhar na udhar hi sihaare piya…

Taar bijli se…

Ghupp andhera mein chaltey, dulaarey piya,

Ghupp andhera mein chaltey, dulaarey piya,

Jindagi kolbari, phoot paani bhara,

Aarra Chhapra ke Babuji yeh kya kiya?

Loknayak jalaaye yeh kaisa diya? (x2)

Bhaav koyla ke bik-lay dihaari piya…

Nihaari piya….Bihaari piya….

Maarey dukh ke ji phootey fuhaarey piya…

Haan fuhaare-fuhaarey-fuhaarey piya…

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…

Taar bijli se patley, humaare piya…

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O ri saasu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O ri bhauji bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O re Bapu bata tuney yeh kya biya…

O re Chacha bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Loknayak bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Jan-nayak bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Baba Saaheb bata tuney yeh kya biya…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya…

इलेक्ट्रिक पिया: Singer: Rasika Rani, Lyrics: Varun Grover

यह गाना स्नेहा ने कैरिबियन में रिकार्ड किया. वहाँ वो चटनी म्युज़िक ढूँढने गयी थी और रसिका से मिली. इसका पूरा अरेंजमेंट चटनी है इसलिए शब्द भी fusion हैं. ‘तार बिजली’ को लोकगीत का surreal जामा पहनाने में भी यह गीत मदद करता है. फिल्म में यह गीत एक पार्टी में बज रहा है. मतलब एक ऐसी दुनिया है जहाँ यह (और ‘तार बिजली’) पहले से प्रचलित हैं. इसमें भी मर्म वही है…दुहाई है…लेकिन इसमें मूड एकदम अलग है. यह सत्ता के iron curtain के दूसरी तरफ खड़े लोगों का गीत है. ‘तार बिजली’ से ठीक उल्टा. (फिल्म देखेंगे तो पूरा subtext समझ आएगा.)

Electric piya…electric piya!

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

Arre taar taar taar…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Ghar aate hain deri se, tutli hai road…

Road road road…arre tutli hai road…

Roj roj roj roj…

Baba-saaheb kathin kitna rasta diya,

Jan-Nayak re haalat kya khasta kiya,

Riding donkeys, my horse-rider piya…

Getting tangled in web of spider piya…

Electric piya…electric piya….

Electric piya…electric piya….

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

My loveless, and luck less, and messed-up piya…

Arre messed-up piya… Arre messed-up piya…

Aandhi-maata bata tuney yeh kya biya,

100-baras jeeney waale re yeh kya kiya,

Slipping out of my hands, humaarepiya,

Falling into quick-sands, humaare piya…

Electric piya…electric piya!

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

Arre taar taar taar…

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

Taar bijli se patle humaare piya..

As thin as a wire, humaare piya

He is a certified boob-yist. Well, i remember he won a contest on twitter where you had to figure out the faces from just the cleavage pics. And he got all six of them spot on! But that story is for some other day. Shivam Sharma masquerades as GhantaGuy on twitter (#FF) and describes himself as “Passionate movie-buff. Not a critic”. Over to him. on Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Even after seeing the movie twice I could not bring myself to review it because there was so much in it, so much to take in all at once and I was not sure from where to start. The following post started out as about some amusing reactions and things that I have observed in the last week regarding Wasseypur. Things that surprise me and make me laugh at the same time. Though there is a lot that I still want to write, it’s still a start. Read on.

‘गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर’ को रिलीज़ हुए एक हफ्ता हो चुका है. समीक्षाएं पढ़ी जा चुकी हैं. पिक्चर को पसंद-नापसंद किया जा चुका है. पर वासेपुर अभी भी दिमाग पे छाई हुई है, ज़ाहिर है कि और कुछ हो न हो, ये एक ज़रूरी फिल्म है.

“The Magic of Cinema”.शायद वही.

पर कुछ बातें जो मुझे खटकी हैं वो हैं audience के अलग और कुछ अजीब reaction. मैंने ये फिल्म नागपुर के एक ठसाठस भरे पिक्चर हॉल में देखी थी (गौरतलब है कि नागपुर सलमान खान का गढ़ माना जाता है और ‘दबंग’ के all-India collections में नागपुर सबसे आगे था.) पिक्चर में करीब ७०-८० बार गालियाँ आती हैं. फिल्म सच्ची घटनाओं पर आधारित है और गालियाँ ज़रूरी हैं क्योंकि वासेपुर कि गलियों में घूमने वाले, बात-बात पर कट्टा चलाने वाले जिन लोगों की ये कहानी है वो गालियों का प्रयोग रोज़मर्रा में करते हैं. आप और मैं भी गरमा-गर्मी में इनका प्रयोग करते हैं और कुछ अपने मन में ही देकर सुकून का अनुभव कर लेते हैं.

बहरहाल, फिल्म में जितनी बार भी गालियाँ आयीं, लोग जोर से हँसे. जोकि मुझे खटका क्योंकि ये लोग भी आपस में गालियाँ देते है पर हर बार उसे मज़ाक के तौर पे नहीं लिया जाता और न ही ठहाका मार के हंसा जाता है. फिल्म में भी सब जगह इन्हें मज़ाक के तौर पर नहीं डाला गया. जहाँ हैं वहां सही हैं. पर शायद हमें सच्चाई को मज़ाक में और मज़ाक को सच्चाई की तरह लेने की आदत पड़ गयी है.

ये कहानी उस जगह की है जहाँ की ख़बरें ‘अमर-उजाला’ और ‘दैनिक जागरण’ के क्षेत्रीय पन्नों पर छपती हैं. अर्नब गोस्वामी और राजदीप सरदेसाई के आदी शायद उससे relate न कर पायें और क्योंकि हम उनसे काफी दूर हैं इसीलिए वो गालियाँ हमें या तो हंसाती हैं या discomfort महसूस कराती हैं.

क्या एक normal reaction देना इतना मुश्किल है? शायद हाँ.

कुछ लोगों का कहना है कि पिक्चर बहुत vulgar और cheap है.

हमें ‘शीला की जवानी’ और ‘मुन्नी बदनाम हुई’ आदि, जोकि सिर्फ अंग प्रदर्शन के लिए बनाये हुए item songs हैं, उनसे कोई आपत्ति नहीं है. अगर कोई शब्द अपने आपको सबसे आसानी से explain करते हैं तो वो है “item song”. साफ़ तौर पर ये वो गाना होता है जिसका प्रयोग सिर्फ लोगों को खींचने के लिए किया जाता है और उसके लिए अधनंगे खुले प्रदर्शन से बेहतर हथकंडा नहीं है. (ऐसे गाने ज़्यादातर उन फिल्मों में होते हैं जिनकी कहानी लोगों को खींचने के लिए काफी नहीं होती. यहाँ मेरा उद्देश्य इन गानों को बनाने वालों के विरोध में नहीं है पर हमारा दोगलापन दर्शाना ज़रूरी है.) जितना बड़ा स्टार उतना बड़ा गाना. और ‘aesthetically shot’ होने के कारण इन्हें public domain में accept कर लिया जाता है और ‘vulgar’ tag तो दूर-दूर तक नहीं दिया जाता.

इस समय मेरे मन में एक गाली ज़रूर आ रही है पर उससे मेरे अभिप्राय पर कुछ ख़ास फर्क नहीं पड़ेगा. छोडिये.

खैर, वासेपुर में कोई item song या kissing scene नहीं है. क्योंकि गाँव और छोटे कस्बों में मुंह पर चूमना कोई आम या ज़रूरी बात नहीं होती. बल्कि, kissing भी एक तरीके से यहाँ western (या french कहें) phenomenon है और पिक्चर में दिखाए गए उस २०-३० साल पहले के fridge की तरह ये भी अभी तक अंदरूनी भारत में पूरी तरह पैठ नहीं कर पाया है.

अगर तब भी आपको फिल्म ‘vulgar’ लगी हो, तो इसका मतलब है के आपका दिमाग स्क्रीन पर चल रहे scene से आगे निकल गया है. निर्देशक और किरदार, और किसी को न सही पर आपको उत्तेजित करने में सफल हो गए हैं और ‘vulgar’ शायद आपके दिमाग में बनी वो image है जिसे अब आप guilty-feeling के तौर पर बाहर उलटी करके निकाल रहे हैं. निकालते रहिये.

शायद कुछ देर बाद आपको अच्छा लगे.

और एक बड़ा मुद्दा उठाया जा रहा है के फिल्म में बदला तो हुआ ही नहीं, सरदार खान बाकी कामों में लग गया और यूँही बिना बदला लिए मर गया. दर्शक को उसके किरदार से कोई sympathy नहीं हुई और इसलिए फिल्म भी मात खा गयी.

जनाब, ये एक सच्ची कहानी पर आधारित है. फिल्म में कोई हीरो नहीं है. मतलब, conventional defintion वाला तो कतई नहीं. सरदार खान निहायती कमीना, शातिर, ठरकी और एक हत्यारा है. राह-चलते आदमी को जो चाक़ू गोद-गोद के मारने में हिचकी नहीं लेता उससे आपको बहुत sympathy तो नहीं होनी चाहिए.

अगर आप ऐसे इंसान को ढूंढ रहे हैं जो किसी महिला की इज्ज़त लुटने से बचाता है, या किसी गाँव को डाकुओं के आतंक से या फिर जिसकी बहन की हत्या हो गयी है और ऐसी ज़बरदस्ती थोपी हुई sympathy आपको चाहिए तो साहब ये गलत फिल्म है आपके लिए. यहाँ कहानीकार आपको ज़बरदस्ती कुछ “feel” करवाने की कोशिश नहीं कर रहा है. ये वो manipulative सिनेमा नहीं है जहाँ हीरो के आंसू निकलते ही पीछे से १०० violin मेघ-मल्हार बजाने लगते हैं और आपकी रुलाई फूट पड़ती है. वो काम आजकल के prime-time TV shows बेहतर कर लेते हैं.

इसे एक new-wave कह लीजिये या फिर सालों से चली आ रही इस तरह की फिल्मों का mainstream हो जाना कह लीजिये कि आज की हर फिल्म आपको manipulate नहीं करती बल्कि काफी कुछ आपकी judgment पर छोडती हैं और वासेपुर इस मामले में मील का पत्थर साबित होगी. आज से कई साल बाद तक इसका नाम याद रखा जायेगा जिसने सही मायने में unconventional और conventional के बीच की रेखा को पूरी तरह मिटा दिया.

वासेपुर भारत की underbelly को दर्शाता एक दर्पण है जिसमें हम झांकते हैं और हमें गंदगी दिखाई देती है. हमें दिखाई देते हैं रेलगाड़ियों का पाखाना साफ़ करते हुए छोटे बच्चे और एक ऐसा नर्क जहाँ इंसान की जान की कीमत कोयले से कम और कौड़ियों के भाव है. शायद इसलिए हम इसे देखकर या तो हँसते हैं या घिनौना समझ कर नज़रंदाज़ करने की कोशिश करते हैं.

ये कहानी बड़े शहरों को जोड़ते हुए किसी चौड़े highway की नहीं है, बल्कि उस highway से उतर के पांच मील अन्दर, इधर-धर दौड़ती हुई पगडंडियों और टूटी सड़कों की कहानी है.

Problem आपको तब होगी जब आप highway पर अपनी air-conditioned कार में बैठे हुए ही अन्दर की तरफ देखेंगे.

थोडा सा धूप में बाहर निकलिए और अन्दर जाकर देखिये..

क्योंकि ये भी ज़रूरी है.

(PS – Shivam blogs here and here)