Bahubali fever is all around me. Whenever I turn on the TV, whenever I open social media, I am assaulted by Bahubali posts, Bahubali messages, Bahubali trailers etc. Which just adds on to my grief about not being able to catch Bahubali-The Conclusion in the next few days. So, as I wallow in my misery and stay away from the internet to avoid spoilers, why don’t I do a post on how good the first part was? Just to torture myself and others like me?
When I saw the trailer of Take Off, the first thing that popped into my mind was last year’s Airlift, starring Akshay Kumar. Like that film, this one too deals with the rescue of Indians from a Middle Eastern country. However, the similarities end there.
Parandhu Sella Vaa is one of the most interesting AR Rahman compositions in the recent times. Listening to Parandhu Sella Vaa is like being physically present in the recording studio, the song feels like it is being made up on the spot. With minimal use of instruments, the song relies heavily on the two lead vocalists, and Shashaa Tirupati and Karthik don’t disappoint. Shashaa infuses naughtiness into the number, and her humming in the classical interlude is wonderful. It truly takes a musical genius like AR Rahman to create something like this, where the music seamlessly switches between western and classical. A light, dreamy romantic number for a lazy afternoon.
Before I start on my review…er…rant, I think I must clarify that I am not a Bhagat hater. On the contrary, I had quite enjoyed all his books, until Half Girlfriend. When I heard that Chetan Bhagat was writing a book about feminism, I was quite excited. Bhagat’s women have always been smart and sassy with a mind of their own, and a Bhagat book with a woman at the focal point sounded tempting. But One Indian Girl fell way, way below my expectations.
Kaatru Veliyidai – what an affecting movie! This was the movie that made me finally pull up my socks and start this blog, as it gave me SO MANY things to say! Be warned, this post is going to be LONG.
MY FIRST BLOG POST!!! And here is the PERFECT song to kick-start my blog – Shubharambh from Kai Po Che.
The word ‘Shubharambh” roughly translates to “good new beginning’. Composed by Amit Trivedi and sung by Shruti Pathak and Divya Kumar, this Garba number welcomes the new beginning with dhol and shehnai. The lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire are simple but express the feeling of elation and hope associated with a new endeavor perfectly.
Here’s to my new blog. Welcome and happy listening!