Saturday, December 14, 2013

Short stories I remember...


 I don't know how but I remember my kiddy class english stories as though yesterday. They must be as old as class I.


This one is about a simpleton who takes his sick granny to a doc. 
A week later they go back to doc - no relief to granny. 

Third week same story. Then the doc asks are you following all the instructions.

Simpleton says yes, doc. Its written shake well before use. 

and I do shake my granny well before giving her her medicine 3 times a day.

 So its 'shake well before use'. 


The next is about a group of - lets just say simpletons. 8 of them to be exact, on a trip or something. Now they have to cross a river.

Once they reach the other side, they want to see if all of them reached the other end safely. They count and find one missing. Another checks and finds one missing. Actually they are counting others and not self hence the discrepancy.

There is this passer-by who notices this comedy and intervenes. He taps each one with his knuckles and counts .. and all is fine now.


This act of taping knuckle made us kids quite excited and I, for one, practiced it on my friends for next few days.


The 3rd made me wonder and we shall soon see why.

It was about 2 frogs. Once a city dweller the other a villager. I believe they were cousins. Once both meet, half way between the city and village. They greet and chat and soon they start boasting about the place of residence. 

The villager says the village life is the best while the city boast about his.
To decide once and for all which is better. The decide to climb on each others back see where the other person stays.
This is the best i could draw
Now folks you have to do some visualising. City frog upon the village frog, who is facing the village. But as frogs see back, the city frog see the ciy while on the village frog. And vice versa.
So in the end they have not seen any thing new but their own area and conclude both are the same. Or something like that.

It made me wonder coz i didn't know the diff back then between a  village and a city. Anyway was stimulating.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cease Cease Fire


One of the biggest marketing successes that I've seen is the Cease Fire fire extinguisher campaign. So successful was it that every taxi wala, paan wala thought he will catch fire and bought one of the cans, which was no bigger than a coke can. It left me with no option but wonder - how will this ever help in a real fire.

The original can was half this size...

Thrice I caught my dad on the verge of buying one of these cans for home.

Years later peeps had to throw away empty cans.

Then no news of these folks for many years.. till.. they came out with a 'genius product.

It was so damn secret. A friend of mine working at this company. He couldn't stop talking of the product but without actually telling us what it was. He said it will change our lives but wasn't willing to tell more as his bosses told him it is top damn secret.

Then one Sunday it was launched. They did what can be called carpet bombing. All the TV channels showed only this ad. for 2-3 hrs.


Well the product was a vacumiser (duh). Something that kept food away from air so that it stayed fresh for long

Big flop...

I don't think they sold even 10 of that India-wide.

They asked the wrong questions.

They asked 'Can we make it' instead of 'Does she need it'


The great vacumiser

We Indians don't eat old food or preserve food for long. Hey, Dont bring in pickles...



Anyways we never heard of these folks again...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Prophets of the New Age....

Kishore Kumar with SD Burman
Kishore Kumar with Missus - Madhubala
Just imagine this. There are no promos. no TV.

The only way was to go to a movie hall to enjoy them. You sit there in the dark and soon a song begins.




That's the first time you have heard it.


Rafi
Rafi with Naushad
What thrill must have gone thru you. The lovey melodies voiced by the likes of Kisore and Rafi.

Sometime I feel Kishore and Rafi are Prophets of Gods sent down to earth to help us tide over our tedious lives.

God must have told them ,'Go there - help my people - they work so hard to be miserable - you help them'




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Abhilasha (1983)

This Telugu movie was released the year I did my 10th but Yandamuri's novel by the same name was released a few year earlier. It was serialised by a weekly magazine and was a bit hit. The many turns and twists kept the readers hooked.

One chap staying in Xavier's lane did narrate a part of the story and how his family waited for he next part of the story. It was about death sentence and all that. Some how didn't interest me . Then the novel was made into a movie. The hero was an up and coming actor called Chiranjeevi. It became a big hit. Much credit goes to the music by the evergreen Ilayaraja. This launched the Chiranjeevi-Radhika pairing. It also launched the banner Creative Commercials.







I had seen a movie of his earlier. It was Punnnami Nagu (1980). For those who know this movie- you know. For those who don't here is a titbit.

I heard it was an animal based movie. I convinced my mom to send me and bro. I was in 8th or 9th and my bro a 4 yrs younger than me.

Now it was an animal movie but had a twist. Our hero was a human snake and girls were dying without being bitten... how / why ?????

Then came Khaidi (1983). A big big blockbuster. The heroine was Madhavi. The songs were a hit and the dances were never seen before on screen. One particular song was a craze - Ragaltundi moguli poda. The idea was 2 snakes dancing entwined. Now use your imagination.

He gave many big hits. The last movie of his that I liked was Gang Leader. After that all bakwas.

I cant stand any other actor from his family. Bro, son, nephew. I feel something serious wrong in that family.
Ilayaraja

Whatever - he a true entertainer. Please listen to songs from Abhilasha - one better that the other.




Banthi Chamanthi Song -



Eureka Saka Meka




Sandhe Podulakakada



Vella Palla Ledhu






Also this was the birth of Step 'Exercise' Dancing....

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Albela (1951).... Oops

I forgot to mention one song  from this movie.



Not since 'Soojaa Rajkumari has a lullaby (lori) been such a rage. Sis sings for bro and what does do... repeats the same song to GF... enjoy.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Albela (1951).... A Real Gem

If you want the who and the why and the what, please go to Google or Wiki. I am here to tell you how these movies lift us up and help us deal with drudgery of our lives. Ok here I go... 



First things first - Bhagwan is just not hero material. Short. Stocky. Never again and never since did he meet with the wild success like this movie did. Great sense of humor and cool dancing steps though.

The heroine is the opposite end of the spectrum. The gorgeous Geeta Bali.  

But together they set the screen on fire.



I saw this movie early 1990's. It was on Doordarshan. I had heard good things about the movie and was keen to see it.  


Wow. This movie was mind blowing. In fact it was the sound track that was mind blowing. A simple straightforward story, a bit too melodramatic for my tastes but with some great songs. A dozen at least. Need to thank C. Ramachander here. He was also the male voice in this movie using the alias Chitalkar.    





We have all seen how a dream sequence works in movies. Whatever goes. This movie had a similar idea. The made the lead pair stage actors and this made it easy to add a song. 

Even after so many years these songs are so fresh. Here they are.. enjoy.  





Isn't that a lovely innovative set.  







An almost sad love song. Girl trying to tell something. Boy not getting it.
.









Reminds me of Paanch Rupaiya Baara Aana..








Deewana Parwana

 
What cool music here. Just hear the varied instruments used. 








A lovely  life lesson.










Finally boy understands. And heres the result.







And these are my top three likes from this movie....




A teasing love song, which shows why no means yes...










A boy-girl tug of war song.










You wont believe it... but this song is after the movie ends. Sone pe suhaga type song...









What makes this movie so lovable is the fact  that the underdog wins in this rags to riches story... and in great style.