The love for music is universal. Almost everybody likes some form of music. Over the years, I have loved a lot of songs. Somewhere down the road, many of these songs have become hits. I don’t have a favorite song as such but I have a whole list. Being a hit means that a song is loved by many people. Also it means that it is heard more number of times than normal. I have found myself falling out of love to the overplayed songs so much so that I wished they had never become such a hit.
And there are some songs which never become hit for some reason of the other. The lyrics are good, the song is good, the singer has sung it well but then it does not work with the people. Over a period of time, it gets lost in time somewhere and when you hear it once in a blue moon, its bliss. These songs could have been hits and for some reasons, they never were or they did not enjoy the success that they deserved.
This is about those songs;
The Bhoole bisare Geet, The lost songs!
The first movie in India was made by a Maharahstrian, Dadasaheb Phalke. I still have to watch the marathi movie, “Harischandrachi Factory” about Dadasaheb Phalke journey depicting the making of India’s first movie.
Marathi movies have unfortunately been poor cousin of Hindi movies. At one time we did have lots of Marathi movie. By the 90s, it had slipped to mindless comedies or family drama and became a formula where makers rarely diverted from tested rules. At one moment, Bollywood almost took over and Marathi cinema was dead.
In 2004, Shwaas changed everything. Marathi Cinema now goes through a see-saw ride with talent and mediocrity peaking frequently. Marathi Cinema had seen some good path-breaking movies in the past.
Back in 1941, produced by V Shantaram, “Shejari” meaning Neighbors is about a Hindu Muslim friendship where the two protagonists die in the climax with a impressive Dam breaking sequence. This was using miniature models without any computer graphics of fancy stuff. India was still to achieve freedom and the movie sent a bold message with Hindu-Muslim tension brewing at that time.
The song lakh Lakh Chanderi is more than 6-minute song. The song is choreographed by V Avdhoot and makes a novel use of torches. The song has dance number, foot taping music.
Watch the design torches make in the song. Today, producers would spent crores to make a spectacular sequence. Then they had used their imagination and it works so well making a beautiful song.
Much better explanations here
Watch the song and wonder what most filmmakers today can’t achieve what this song achieved more than 60 years back.