Joined: 14 November 2004
thanks ash for posting that article - so sweet of himani to say that himeshji treats her as his own child - that really is a lovely thing to say
i hope ur all well - im busy revising for exams - will be free from 27th may onwards - i know its a long time away naa
par keep posting articles n stuff as i will post here at least everyday if poss..
luv u all,
Joined: 14 November 2004
Himesh is ruling the charts. What do you think of the music of 36 China Town?
I think he is very lucky for me. I got such a great song. Himesh is fantastic I love his music. He is everywhere at the moment. But he is not in my video. He is great guy and his songs are superb. People are going crazy about this title song. It's everywhere! We spent three crores just on one song and so we are saving it for the theatre. The remix by Himesh is superb. I like another song too, featuring Kareena and Shahid, 24/7 I think of you. I think whatever he touches turns gold at the moment. I like his other song from Tom Dick and Harry, Jhoom, Jhoom
Found this from our very own Bollywood section...
Except lagta hai ke Upen doesn't know that Akbar Sami did the remix not Himeshji
Joined: 31 December 2005
Joined: 31 December 2005
|On a success roll|
|Rajiv Vijayakar speaks with Himesh Reshammiya who has taken the Indi pop scene and film music by storm with his voice and music. |
He's sensation incarnate. "The process of becoming a rock star has already begun!" declares Himesh Reshammiya. The smile may be too low-voltage for the term, but the attitude is just right, and that's what has worked big-time in his videos as well. A frayed baseball cap, a cheek adornment that can be best described as a stubble-meets-beard, a trademark jacket without which the man does not step outside his suburban duplex, and a melancholy, wistful, pain-laden expression that is studiously maintained even on celebratory occasions like his music launches or award speeches – like with his music, Himesh Reshammiya has tailored even the rock star leitmotif to a homeland that is more known for kheer than caviar.
Himesh today can afford to be magnanimous to past critics and present detractors who term him a huge bubble that will burst soon, and to those who ridicule his voice and singing abilities, calling him a lucky man in the right place filling a void in which contemporaries and music sales are floundering so badly.
"Rehman lavishly complimented Aashiq Banaya Aapne and called it the most rocking album of 2005. And T-Series tells me that Aap Ka Surroor, my first album as a composer-singer, is the biggest seller ever in Indian non-film music," crows the composer. "For over six months, I have also topped the film charts with Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aksar and now Tom Dick And Harry. I can only thank the Almighty and my fans for this, apart from my writer Sameer and T-Series."
Move over Karunya and Sandeep, here is the new Indian Idol. At a time when music sales in physical format (as in CDs and cassettes) are plunging by the day, Himesh albums sell like hot cakes across the nation, bridging the gap, as only a few composers like Shankar Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal and R D Burman (incidentally Himesh's idols) have accomplished before, between the small-town and rural masses and the pub-hopping metro youth. And what is truly unprecedented besides his complete takeover of the charts is that this son of musician and small-time music director Vipin Reshammiya and the protg of actor Salman Khan has done it in two capacities – as music director and singer.
"My voice is taiyyar and classically trained," says Himesh. "When they wrote me off for my nasal rendition in the high octave in the title-tracks of Aashiq.. . and Aap Ka Surroor, I showed my range by doing Jhoom jhoom (Tom Dick And Harry) and my latest hit Aashiqui hai meri (36, China Town) in the middle octave and Chhed de pyar ki baat in my album in the lowest one, which were not at all nasal.'
He scoffs at the overkill theory (over 20 tracks as singer within six months when other music directors sing just a few songs every year) and says, "I must be doing something right if almost every song I have sung has become a hit. Successful albums do not just benefit me but the entire industry. In the past, the music of Kya Dil Ne Kahaa, Chura Liya Hai Tumne and Yeh Hai Jalwa did well even when the films bombed. That is because when I take up a film I only concentrate on doing my best!"
The Gods are raining fame and fortune on him in a mega-dose: how does he react to that? Is he cocksure he knows the public pulse, insecure of whether he may fall soon, or doubly motivated?
The music maker ponders for a few seconds and replies, "The only thing I am sure about the public is that they want something new every few weeks, not every few years as it was earlier. You are only as good as your last release, and so I intend to keep bringing changes fast – before I lose my audience. At the same time, I cannot afford to think of my recent successes when I am making music, but must keep doing my best. Music is one field where the more you work the better you are – the great music makers of yesterday did their best work in their busiest phase."
He adds, "I have made it a practice to compose two to three good melodies every day. That sounds impossible but it happens on most days and I can only thank divine intervention for that."
He presents a footnote: "But what I will always maintain, irrespective of whether I am experimenting with different sound, styles or packaging is the solid core of Indian melody. All my hits have had the base of Indian raags regardless of their beats, which is why every kind of listener has liked them. The melody must be strong and must dominate over the orchestration."
How confident is he of sustaining, which is where most sensations fizzle out? "I have always opened my cards slowly," he declares. "I composed my first melody as a kid. I produced TV serials from my own stories (like Andaz) wherein I tested my tunes on the masses as their title-songs. Then Salman bhai gave me the break he had promised with one song in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Branded as a traditional melodist in my first few films, I showed my youthful shade with Mohabbat hai mirchi (Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne), gave raag-based melodies in Tere Naam (the biggest-selling film soundtrack in the last five years), a Sufi-rock blend in Aashiq Banaya Aapne and the Banaras gharana style in Banaras – A Mystic Love Story. There are so many cards to go!" For Himesh, success has never been a gamble. It's about having the right tricks up the sleeve.
Joined: 31 December 2005
FILM REVIEW: 36 CHINA TOWN (2006)
Star Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Isha Koppikar, Johnny Lever, Upen Patel, Paresh Rawal, Payal Rohatgi, Rajendranath Zutshi
Directed by: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
Writing credits: Shyam Goel
Produced by: Subhash Ghai
Original Music by: Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography by: Ravi Yadav
Film Editing by: Hussain A. Burmawala
Art Direction by: R. Verman Shetty
First thing First; e36 China Townf is no way comparable to 1974 cult classic suspense potboiler eChinatownf starring Jack Nicholson. 36 China Town isnft even a thriller. 36 China Town is at best a moderate masala film with a medley of songs, comedy, romance, murder, suspense, bikinis and bums.
Abbas-Mastan who gave us hit like Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Humraaz have a strange habit of dishing out half hearted attempts like Daraar, Baadshah and more recently Taarzan: The Wonder Car. At 36 China Town, loaded with an atrocious script they again find the going tough, try too hard and eventually mess it all up.
Produced by Subhash Ghai and directed by Abbas-Mastan duo, e36 China Townf stars Shahid Kapur, Kareena Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, newcomer Upen Patel, Payal Rohatgi, Isha Koppikar, Tanushree Dutta, Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever.
The film opens with a Reshammiya song, and Upen Patel makes his (thankfully dubbed) debut. Immediately after the song the focus shifts towards Sonia (Isha Koppikar) runs a casino in Goa. When her little son goes missing, she declares hefty reward money for anyone who finds her son and brings him back to her.
A movie geek and Shahrukh wannabe, Raj (Shahid Kapur), Malhotra at that, and Priya (Kareena Kapoor), a runaway bride, accidentally spot the kid and decide to decide to split the reward money. But when they finally reach Soniafs mansion late at night, they find her murdered! In shock and panic, Raj and Priya flee the scene of crime but they forget behind a suitcase.
Enter Inspected Karan (Akshay Khanna), the clueless know it all detective who keeps wringing lips, raises eyebrows but does nothing.
The suspects are equally tedious; a Casanova (Upen Patel) and two couples (Paresh Rawal-Payal Rohatgi and Johnny Lever-Tanaaz). While Paresh Rawal is a gambler and Payal Rohatgi hates him for that, Johnny Lever-Tanaazfs marriage is on rocks.
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Raj and Priya sing one song after another as wary viewer become edgy, Paresh and Jonny Lever try too hard, women shriek, while Akshay tires to solve the seemingly impossible case and then comes the anticlimax of the century. The identity of the killer is such an anti-climax that it will make you ask - why and how did Abbas-Mastan agree to direct a stupid film like e36 China Townf.
36 China Townfs main flaw is that its story keeps veering off the track and into other sub-plots that seem to have been incorporated in the story just for the heck of providing all-round entertainment.
Shahid-Bebo pairing sadly lacks the juice and mojo. Shahid Kapur has no screen presence. He tends to go over the top. He needs to control his facial expressions. Kareena is passe as ever. Upenfs dubbed voice and terrible acting is nothing to talk about.
Himesh Reshammiyafs music is the only saving grace for the movie. The eAashiqui Merif, e24 x 7Œ and eBadi Dilchaspi Haif numbers are foot-tapping and gel well with the narrative.
Cinematography by Ravi Yadav is commendable as well.
36 China Town is a dim-witted and grossly distasteful experence.
Joined: 14 November 2004
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How is everybody doing? Thanks for the great articles.
hey badi ......
i'm fine ....wat abt U
long time no see ............becoming very rare ...
neways ...nice to see U here & there..
Thanks for asking Ash - I am doing fine but very busy at work and since the weather is good now for us here in Canada(Spring after a long cold winter) tend to be busy on the weekends too. But I read all the articles and keep my self informed.
I really miss not seeing Himesh on a regular basis - I dont get to see any of the videos or dvds like some of you so I dont have much to write about.
Thanks for your great postings and keep well.
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