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Top 10 Hindi Songs: August 2013

Top 10 Bollywood Songs of August 2013 1. Lungi Dance (Chennai Express): Yo Yo Honey Singh is the flavour of the season. His rap rocked big time in movies like Cocktail, Son Of Sardar and Khiladi 786. But this time he has not only rapped but composed and sung the most popular song of the biggest hit of 2013 so far. Lungi Dance is rocking the charts everywhere with its unique lyrics like ‘Ghar mei jaake tum google karlo, mere baare mei wikipedia pe padhlo’.

Best Hindi Songs: July 2013

1. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2): Songs are coming and going but ‘Tum Hi Ho’ is undettered and unaffected at the numero uno position. The music album of ‘Aashiqui’ composed by Naddem-Shravan in 1990 had been a benchmark of success in the industry and Mithoon,Ankit Tiwary & Jeet Ganguly have successfully managed to live up to this huge challenge. 2. Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani): Noone expected the kind of moolah ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ has generated at the ticket window. Pritam’s music has played an important role in the phenomenal success of the movie. Although the movie is now on its way to move out of the theatres, Badtameez Dil is steady and rocking the dance floors everywhere. 3. Tum Tak (Raanjhanaa): Master composer A.R. Rahman’s quality music always takes time to find appreciation. Going with the unexpected success of ‘Raanjhanaa’ at the box-office, the songs are steadily growing up on listeners. A song with a blend of romantic and spiritual elements, ‘Tum Tak’ has been beautifully crooned by Javed Ali. 4. Sawaar Loon (Lootera): Although much-appreciated Lootera failed to set the cash registers ringing at the box-office, the music of the movie especially ‘Sawaar Loon’ is getting universal popularity. Song features a great combination of meaningful lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya, mesmerizing vocals by Monali Thakur and an addictive tune by Amit Trivedi. 5. Jeene Laga Hoon (Ramaiya Vastavaiya): The duo of Sachin-Jigar have composed some noteworthy tracks in F.A.L.T.U , ABCD, Oh.. My God and Go Goa Gone. But ‘Jeene Laga Hoon’ is by far their best and most genuine attempt in the genre of seasonal romantic melodies. Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal are top-notch as they croon mesmerizing vocals together in this track. 6. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag): This passionate and inspirational track from ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ has been energetically sung by Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth. Prasoon Joshi’s tough lyrics (e.g. ‘kanchaa toote choora kaanch kar de’) combined with background guitar music make the song very encouraging. 7. Titli (Chennai Express): Here comes the King Khan! Any SRK starrer is incomplete without a love melody and the Vishal-Shekhar duo boast of this uncanny knack of churning out genuine unadulterated melodies. ‘Titli’ has been sung magically by Chinmayi and Gopi and the Tamil chorus reminds of SRK’s ‘Jiya Jale’ from Dil Se. 8. Sun Raha Hai (Aashiqui 2): Even after ruling the charts for past couple of months, the love anthem of the year still finds a place in the list. The magical track is sung by Ankit Tiwary and written by Sandeep Nath. Female version is more of an unplugged kind highlighting the sweetness of Shreya’s deep soothing vocals. 9. Balam Pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani): Yet another track from ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ that strikes the right chord from the word go! Vocals by Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade raise the tempo further. Ranbir and Deepika have given energetic and memorable performance in the song. 10. Ye Tune Kya Kiya (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara): While YJHD still in the charts, Pritam enters again with his next biggie ‘OUATIMD’. Sung beautifully by Pakistani singer Javed Bashir, ‘Ye Tune Kya Kiya’ grows on the listener on repeated hearings. Dialog writer Rajat Arora has penned some extraordinary lyrics for this song picturized on Akshay Kumar. The last month’s music albums which are out of July’s list include – Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 while three new albums have entered the list – Chennai Express, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Do let us know about your favorite songs of the month in the comments section below. Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma

Lootera Review – Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha

Vikramaditya Motwane made the fantastic ‘Udaan’ in 2010 and showed his class with his very first film. Even though the film failed to do very well commercially, it became somewhat a cult classic after the DVD release. Now, Udaan is taught at film schools around the world. So when Vikramaditya decided to make a film like Lootera as his second film, it made everyone stand up and take notice. He cast commercial actors like Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha and had a hefty budget to work with. Balaji co-produced the film and going by the fact that there have been no title changes (like Lootera transforming into Looyteira and so on), this clearly is more of a passion film than a money-minting project. Story: The makers have credit O Henry’s classic long story ‘The Last Leaf’ as their inspiration for making this film. But the writers (Bhavani Iyer and Motwane himself) have added a lot more layers, and amped up the thriller narrative a bit. The story is initially set in 1950s era Bengal when the Zamindari era was being brought down. Varun (Ranveer Singh) and his accomplice visit the rural village of Manikpur and pose as archeologists to loot a Zamindar’s treasures. After arriving in Manikpur, he meets Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) and through a series of sequences – stolen glimpses, playful conversations they fall in love. Pakhi accepts her love but Varun doesn’t. The story then moves forward in this tangent with the added incentive of an investigator (Adil Hussain) loose on the track of Varun. It will be best to discover the brilliant second half by yourself. Direction and Miscellaneous: Vikramaditya Motwane accomplishes the impossible. His Lootera is a throwback to the 50s era Bollywood films immortalized by the style of Dev Anand. There are subtle homages laden throughout the film. He effuses the screenplay with his apt detailing and his direction splatters all that detailing into living, breathing, moving characters. The film does not move as quickly as the normal Hindi film viewer is accustomed to. I didn’t mind the pace because a film like Lootera is all about absorbing the mood. The silence, the dim-lit frames, the moody music all make up the ethereal mood of the film. Lootera almost plays out like it is a film straight out of the Italian neorealist films of the 60s. Lootera Movie Review Most of the credit for the glum atmosphere goes to Vikramaditya Motwane for rallying his troops and making his crew members understand his vision. Melancholia rules the roost in Lootera just like it did in Udaan thanks to the emotional cinematography by Mahendra Shetty. The editing is not obtrusive because the editor (Dipika Kalra) lets the shots play out like they are meant to. The editing is particularly impressive in the startling chase sequence. Music: Amit Trivedi’s despondent music helped enormously by Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics, lend the film the mood it was aspiring to capture. The songs aren’t meant to be catchy, they aren’t meant to be sung at reality shows – they perform dual tasks. The songs help set the mood as I have already mentioned, and they also move forward the story in ways which aren’t perceptible very plainly. Acting: Vikramaditya Motwane has brought out the actor in Sonakshi Sinha in Lootera. Playing the ailing, failed in love Pakhi she oozes her pain and love through her eyes and coughs. Her stare will stay with you (as it did with me) for a long time. She is a revelation in the truest sense of the word and will manage to win over her detractors with this performance of hers. Ranveer Singh is also a revelation in the sense that he is so muted here; his acting and his dialogue delivery are so subtle. His eyes carry the pathos of his past and never for a moment did I feel that he was trying too hard. Ranveer Singh may come across as an impetuous guy in real life, but he is a darn good actor and Lootera sets that in stone. The other actors Adil Hussain, Vikrant Massey and Barun Chanda are all perfectly cast. Conclusion: Lootera is a terrific film to say the least. Vikramaditya Motwane has gotten almost everything right – the casting, the screenplay, the music, the sets, the production design, and the costume design. His assured direction made it all happen. Motwane is an auteur and he has the potential to end up as one of the greatest directors India has ever produced. Lootera is an intense love story that stays with you long after the film has been seen, and for that and that only it deserves huge credit. Box Office Potential: Lootera must have been a very difficult film to sell for Balaji considering it is a period film, with no commercial music, no Superstars of any kind, with a very serious intense story. The opening is not likely to be of gigantic proportions. I expect the film to have great critical acclaim but not much commercial success because Lootera is not for everyone. I am not sure the Hindi film viewer has matured enough to like and appreciate a film like this. It may turn out to be the Swades of this decade. But having said all that, every bone and nerve in my body will be hoping that Lootera becomes a huge commercial success. The Barfi path will be a good path to follow and replicate for Lootera. Positives: The assured direction The detailing of the period it is set in The Production design The atmospheric music and songs Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh’s acting The mood it creates in the theater Negatives: The oblique pace may turn-off a few Rating:

Most Awaited Bollywood Movies: July – September 2013

The first two quarters of 2013 are over, and the year has been a disappointing one with only two Blockbusters and a string of medium budget Hits. Big releases like Race 2 and Himmatwala have left everyone underwhelmed. The third quarter (July to September) looks promising as many big budget films starring the biggest superstars are slated to release. Let’s look at the

Lootera Lyrics – All Songs

All songs lyrics from ‘Lootera’, featuring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the music has been composed by Amit Trivedi. The lyrics of all songs from Lootera have been written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The film releases in theatres on July 5th 2013. All the song lyrics of Lootera below. Clicking on the link will lead you to the lyrics page.

Lootera: Romantic Poster

Lootera – Vikramaditya Motwane’s epic romantic love tale features Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. The makers have released a new romantic poster of film, which features Ranveer (who plays the character of Varun) lovingly kissing Sonakshi’s (Pakhi) forehead. Have a look.

Balaji Movies in 2013 – Release Dates (VOTE)

The official list of upcoming movies from Balaji Motion Pictures. The production house has 6 films lined up for release in the coming year with more than Rs 150 crore at stake. For Balaji, 2013 kicks off with Ek Thi Daayan starring Emraan Hashmi and talented leading ladies like Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechin and Konkana Sen Sharma. On May 1st, during the IPL season, it’s the keenly awaited ‘Shootout At Wadala’ that’s scheduled to hit theatres.