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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  crimson king on Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:49 am

Thanks DM

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Post  Raaga_Suresh on Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:00 pm

Nice CR. I have left a comment in the blog.

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Post  Raaga_Suresh on Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:21 pm

BTW, my Shamitabh review got translated and published in Solvanam. http://solvanam.com/?p=38028

Interesting our own Ravi Natarajan explains genetics with help of Raja !!! : http://solvanam.com/?p=37971

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Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:47 am

Digression

http://profit.ndtv.com/news/tech-media-telecom/article-shamitabhs-d-street-connection-rakesh-jhunjhunwala-radhakrishnan-damani-736351

Stock market & Shamitabh

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Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:56 am

ROTFL stuff

The writer of this piece is "reminded of" telephone mani pOl sirippavaL ivaLA when hearing Asaya kAththula thoodhu vittu's latest Shamitabh version Laughing

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:04 am

off-beat'AmAm


Claps Or Slaps:

We give Claps to Illaiyaraaja who has impressed us with his off beat music yet again in Shamitabh. And though the audience may not find the tracks engaging initially, once the film releases, they will surely be hooked on to it.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:07 am

bizasia 5/10


FINAL WORD

Ilaiyaraaja might be a legend on the final step of becoming the first music composer to have composed 1000 soundtracks but he sure does not impress much with the OST of ‘Shamitabh’. His work is clean but not awesome to stand the competition with the mainstream Bollywood composers. The music on all songs sound very flat with not much depth or real instrumentation. The casio keyboard sounding compositions are rather unattractive to listen to at times. Suraj Jagan is the vocal lead of the album although Big B steals the show with Piddly Si Baatein which is the best musical piece on the album. Stereophonics Sannata has good vocals by Shruti Haasan as well but like most other songs the lyrics fail them. A lot better was expected from Kirkire and Munir with their pens on the lyrics front as some of the songs are just plain bad work. But considering these two lyricists usually do a great job I guess the combination of R. Balki and Ilaiyaraaja working with them just doesn’t work. Overall the album lacks creativity and a good wholesome sound that will work in Bollywood as the musical standard has shot up too high for this soundtrack to make a mark.

BizAsia Showbiz Rating – 5/10

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Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:20 am

stereophonic silence

So, sannAttA means silence.


She has the throw and the range and the way she pronounces Sannata is fabulous. No other singer could have pulled off this song, Raja sir was categorical that this was the voice he wanted," he says. The recording was just half a day's work at Ilayaraja's sprawling studio in Chennai which has a series of booths but also a huge hall where you can record with a string quartet. "After recording in matchbox size cubicles, it was wonderful to go back to this old school studio in Chennai and record a song under the baton of my first composer," Shruti smiles. 

The piddly story is funny :


Swanand points out that you don't need singers and song writer when the hero is mute and his song is silence... Sannata. "It was great fun jamming with Balki and Raja sir who I have worked with earlier in Paa. He's an institution in himself who pays minute attention to words, nuances and tonality. I came up with Piddly because of him. I had started out with the word Alam Ara but he insisted he wanted something small and threw me some Tamil words, one of which was idli from which Piddly came about," informs Swanand. "Fortunatelym in this case we already had Sannata. The word has different connotations, from terror to danger, but in this case we've brought in an element of humour." 

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Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:27 am

So, reviews are after all personal opinions


Ilaiyaraja’s least interesting track also sounds more interesting than most of what our Bollywood composers usually offer. His magic lies in the curious yet brilliant juxtaposition of techno new-age beats with timeless compositions making Shamitabh an album you can listen to over and over again.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  crimson king on Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:38 am

While Thappad/Lifebuoy may not prove to be timeless, the review makes a point with merit.  There's a lot of quirk in the music of Shamitabh which Raja has pampered us enough to take for granted but which is very unusual in jaded Bollywood.  Esp a song like Piddly with its funky syncopation that still accommodates an interlude with no percussion (WUT!) and string sweeps where one actually hears the vibrato.  Even Amit Trivedi has become formulaic over the last year or so (Queen OST was like a xerox of English Vinglish/Ishaqzaade).  Raja brings back some old world dramatics dressed up in modern sensibilities.  Ironic because he would have as a young composer leaned on the shoulders of the Hindi giants to acquire that very fine sense of drama.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  irir123 on Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:45 am

app_engine wrote: off-beat'AmAm


Claps Or Slaps:

We give Claps to Illaiyaraaja who has impressed us with his off beat music yet again in Shamitabh. And though the audience may not find the tracks engaging initially, once the film releases, they will surely be hooked on to it.


IR anaalum romba kusumbu!

oru damaal dimeel adidhadi album koduthhaadhaan sarippattuvarum

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:48 pm

lot of reviews


In their third collaboration together, R Balki and Ilaiyaraaja have worked on the music of Shamitabh. This is the 999th album of Ilaiyaraaja's career and it definitely has that distinct mark of the music maestro - subtle and inviting. 

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:50 pm

Digression

Lot of curse words it seems, U/A

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  kiru on Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:24 am

I could assert under oath that I have heard the first interlude of piddly before in NEPV or Megha. I went back to listen to these albums and it was not there. Can some body else chime in on this ? But I had a awesome time listening to these albums. Gautam Menon and Megha directors/producers deserve all the kudos for enabling IR to produce these benchmarks. I think the Hindi audience is missing out on these wonderful masterpieces.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:29 pm

gAnA Prabha review of movie

Looks like typical Balki way (of not having full song videos but use bits and pieces of songs as they fit into the flow of the movie)...very much my preferred way Smile

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:47 pm

Yet another music review


Ilaiyaraaja doesn’t dole out Hindi songs very often but when he does, they are special.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:54 pm

India Today marketing for the movie


Music
Illayaraja doesn't dole out songs for Bollywood films everyday but when he does, he makes sure that they cling onto the listeners. Be it the title track Sha sha sha mi mi or the quirky Ishq-e-Filum, the tunes do not easily get out of your mind. Even Amitabh Bachchan's Piddly Loo is quite catchy.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  app_engine on Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:40 pm

Gulf malayALi PoV


‘Shamitabh’ makes for an engaging one-time watch primarily due to the superlative performances from Bachchan and Dhanush

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  AbhiMusiq on Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:20 am

http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/shamitabh-movie-review-drop-everything-and-watch-amitabh-bachchan-dhanushs-highly-entertaining-flick-asap/


Another one

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/shamitabh-movie-review-roundup-watch-it-amitabh-bachchan-dhanush-brilliant-performances-622626


Music will be a smash hit for sure

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  kamalaakarsh on Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:22 am

Reviews on twitter do not seem to be pleasing. This one for instance: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/suprateek-chatterjee/why-shamitabh-is-a-traves_b_6627312.html?utm_hp_ref=india

This --> "What is hard to imagine is that grown men and women with undeniable talent worked hard to make and promote a movie this infantile and badly-thought-through. That dichotomy sticks out even in the technical department. PC Sreeram's cinematography is horrendous (I lost count of the number of frames that featured out-of-focus objects blocking up to a third of the screen), while the great Illaiayraja's overly lush background score is manipulative and obtrusive, often drowning out dialogue to comical effect (much like enthusiastic acceptance speeches are cut off at awards ceremonies)."

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Post  Drunkenmunk on Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:37 pm

kamalaakarsh wrote:Reviews on twitter do not seem to be pleasing. This one for instance: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/suprateek-chatterjee/why-shamitabh-is-a-traves_b_6627312.html?utm_hp_ref=india

This --> "What is hard to imagine is that grown men and women with undeniable talent worked hard to make and promote a movie this infantile and badly-thought-through. That dichotomy sticks out even in the technical department. PC Sreeram's cinematography is horrendous (I lost count of the number of frames that featured out-of-focus objects blocking up to a third of the screen), while the great Illaiayraja's overly lush background score is manipulative and obtrusive, often drowning out dialogue to comical effect (much like enthusiastic acceptance speeches are cut off at awards ceremonies)."
Yeah this seems to have divided folks (Kudhish Samath, Raja Sen, Supratik LOLJK (don't rate him highly as a critic) din't like it). But in general, noted this from the trends on FB, people are impressed, especially with Dhanush. As a Dhanush fan, I am relieved. Film will make money for sure.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  Drunkenmunk on Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:51 am

Friend, reviewer for the New Indian Express, here: http://t.co/yUSQ1sQgl9

Mixed review for the film, as in Amitabh, Dhanush rock the floors, but inconsistent writing. But thumbs up to Raaja's music. This is a guy whose views I respect and trust. This is all I need to go confidently into the film.

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  irir123 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:52 pm

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-02-06/Shamitabh-review-rating-130000

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  jaiganesh on Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:06 am

Drunkenmunk wrote:Friend, reviewer for the New Indian Express, here: http://t.co/yUSQ1sQgl9

Mixed review for the film, as in Amitabh, Dhanush rock the floors, but inconsistent writing. But thumbs up to Raaja's music. This is a guy whose views I respect and trust. This is all I need to go confidently into the film.
Does he frequent this forum or follow any of our twitter kuroopp?
He uses 'Raaja' which only we use for reference... :-)

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Re: Balki's next project - Shamitabh

Post  jaiganesh on Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:06 am

Oh ff.... i mustve known - he is gradwolf - regular to rangan blog..

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