May 4th, 2015


Magic In Tunes: 04/30/2015 – Celebrating Birth Anniversary of William Shakespeare

This post is dedicated to all my friends who are book lovers. April 23rd celebrated the 451st birth anniversary of William Shakespeare. He is one of the famous authors whose works have been made into many screen / theater / drama adaptations across the world; whose quotes are used in day to day life by most everyone without even realizing. Its fitting that I have a post for him in my music blog this year.

One quote that I often use is from Hamlet, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio”. However, I have heard many others frequently used by people I know like “What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet” from Romeo and Juliet; “Nothing will come of Nothing” from King Lear or “Exit pursued by a bear” from The Winter’s Tale. Oh there is so much really more in each of his works that a man cannot understand in 100 lifetimes.

Anyways, Indian film industry has not been oblivious to Shakespeare either since we have seen quite a few movies being made. Here are some melodies from a few of those movies. Vishal Bharadwaj had made three movies based on three famous plays creating a trilogy.

First one was 2003 hit film Maqbool ( = Acceptable and also Name of a Boy) based on Macbeth. Macbeth reminds me of “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?” and “Let not light see my black and deep desires”. However, although not a great hit, Maqbool reminds me of some powerful scenes between Irfan Khan portraying the role of Macbeth and Tabu portraying the role of Lady Macbeth along with this wedding song. Performed by Sadhana Sargam, Ustad Sultan Khan, Anuradha Sriram and Rakesh Pandit, Music composed by Vishal Bharadwaj and Lyrics penned by Gulzar.

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The second in the series, Vishal Bharadwaj made Omkara ( = Sound of Om, but here used as the Name of a Boy) in 2006 based on Othello, which went to become a big hit for the director. Othello has some really great quotes like “"T'is neither here nor there” or “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at" or “I am one who loved not wisely but too well.”. However, Omkara brings some really good music with lyrics mixed with folk language making them a little on the raunchy side. My favorite from the movie is “Beedi Jalaile Jigar Se Piya” Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Nachiketa Chakraborty and Clinton Cerejo, Music composed by Nachiketa Chakraborty and Lyrics penned by Gulzar. Essentially the song tells that if you are not satisfied go ahead and have an affair behind your lover/husband/partner. The other reason to pick this song is that this is at a point where the story takes a crucial turn on the paths of all the characters.

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The last in the series was the 2014 hit film Haider ( = Name of a Boy) based on Hamlet. I wrote a review of the movie here. My favorite Shakespearean quote is incidentally from Hamlet. However, how can one forget the lines “To thine own self be true” or “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” or “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Haider, however, didn’t come with a lot of hit music but they were charming enough to listen to. I am picking the song again that is pivotal to the story. “Bismil Bismil” is performed by Shahid Kapoor portraying Princle Hamlet during the wedding of his mother with his uncle. Indeed a pivotal moment. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Music composed by Vishal Bharadwaj and Lyrics penned by Gulzar

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Magic In Tunes: 05/01/2015 – Poovai Poovai Antadu Auto Apparao

This song is from the 2011 Telugu action comedy film Dookudu ( = Aggression) which was a blockbuster hit that year. This movie has a favorite spot in my heart for two reasons other than the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. First reason being that I went to the movie with a group of 12 or so people and had so much fun, I don’t think I had enjoyed any movie as much as this. Second reason being that my nephew (cousins sister’s son), Aashu, loves this song very much. When I visited them in 2011, it was so fun watching him enjoying the song so much, so much so that when he cries this song would help him forget the reason for his cries in the first place. Not sure if he is still the same.

Sung by Ramya and N. S. Navin Madhav, Music composed by S. Thaman and Lyrics penned by Ramajogayya Sastry.

Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Poovai Poovai Antadu Auto Apparao
Poovai Poovai Antadu Auto Apparao
Peepee Nokethhadu Scooter Subbarao
Chi Paadu Porikollantha Naa Enake Padatharu
Endee Desam Yamma Tension…
Hey Maaruhi Lo Diving Nerpisthanani Saidulu
Ekanga Innova Gift Ithanani Abbulu
Dorikinde Sandanta Thega Tension Padatharandaru
Thinga Thinga Thingarolla Tensionu
Donga Donga Sachinolla Tensionu…
Poovai Poovai Antadu Auto Apparao

Heyhey Share Auto Ekkalante Passengerla Tensionu…
Heyhey Share Auto Ekkalante Passengerla Tensionu…
Cinemaki Eldamante Sillaragalla Tensionu…
Pilla Pilla Dhada Pilla Ende Neekee Tension
Edapeda Dhadabida Em Jaruguddani Nee Tension
Hey Nachinde Pillani Nalipetharani Tensionu
Nalusantha Nadumuni Gillesthharani Tensionu
Vone Kochhake Volammo Modalainaade Tensionuu
Thinga Thinga Thingarolla Tensionu
Donga Donga Donga Sachinolla Tensionu…

Heyhey… O Mostharu Sarukunnollu Naa Soopulaki Aanaru…
Heyhey… O Mostharu Sarukunnollu Naa Soouplaki Aanaru…
Superstar Range Unnodike Pedatha Nenu Tenderu..
Hey Allatappa Figaru Ehe Ende Neeka Pogaru
Choopistha Naalo Poweru… Pindestha Neelo Chamaru
Hey Neelanti Okkadu Dorikedaaka Tensionu..
Nee Pokiri Chethiki Dorikaka Inko Tensionu…
Nee Duduki DOOKUDU Em Sethadonani Tensionu…
Dooku Dooku Are Dooku Dooku
Hey Dooku Dooku Dookuthavani Tensionu…
Are Dummu Dummu Leputhavane Tensionu