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You guys have really gone mad…

Two weeks back I said the same about Mr. Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra, Mr.Prasoon Joshi, Mr.Farhan Akhtar with their films.

Guys yeh kyaa kar raheho…

Nikhil Advani, how can you do a film with out an item song, a comedy track and no duets in foreign locations. This is too much!

Mr Irfan Khan, we all know how mad you are. You have proved it time again, so I don’t want to talk about you, because, mai poore pagalon se baat nahi karthaa. But, what is wrong with you Arjun Rampal, how the hell did you agree to do this film? And you Mr. Rishi Kapoor, you had such a good soft image, why jump for this character?

By the way did any of you know who was driving the film?.. No..?? what?? No… how can any of you do a film without knowing it! Come to us and see, the smallest of the small heroes ask for it… come and learn from them.

The less said the better about you Shruthi Hassan, what was your character in the film? That of a prostitute. Did you ask them what your costumes would be? How much they would spend on them? You din’t ask for a single dream sequence song? How did you agree to have a scar on your face, right across your beautiful cheek? Did you forget how beautifully we treat you here? We give you such expensive costumes, show your body so well, make you look so glamorous in what ever role you do. How can you leave all that and go do that role.. ha.. what else can it be.. but madness!

Huma Qureshi, the less spoken about you, the better.

And who are those mad guys who funded this project.. hmm.. Dar Motion Emmay Entertainment.. that too Rs.30 crores. Where are the commercial elements? How can you invest so much money? How the hell did you think you will get back your money?

Thank God I am not part of the Bollywood, I am in a better place.. here we don’t take any risk.. we play safe with commercial elements… and at least our money is safe. Or, so we think!

Nikhil Advani, I think you also should come here to learn how to make films..

What are you thinking, I am asking to come here not to go to Pakistan (after seeing your film you wont be allowed there) if you don’t know the way, tag along Mr.Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra, Mr.Prasoon Joshi, and Mr.Farhan Akhtar. And get that guy Irfan too, jo bilkul bigad gayaa, and please don’t forget to get Mr.Rampal too. If Huma wants to come over, let her also join you. kuch sikhegi.. Oh, and don’t worry about Shruthi Hassan. You can find her here shooting for some film. Let me warn you… you might not recognize her, because she looks way too glamorous than you can imagine..

The day you land here, we will call it the “D-Day”.

A new generation speaks

When a generation decides to take refuge in its past and cast aside its present , you know that something is wrong out here. It speaks of the inability of the present to match its past and better it. This is called intellectual and cultural regression of a time.

What makes Sachin Tendulkar special . It is just not his fantastic game or superior technique or his uncontroversial humble personality. When you watch Sachin , you dont need Sunil Gavaskar or Kapil Dev . Its not that they are not great. They are indisputable legends…but Sachin Tendulkar is the man of the present. His game gives you the belief that the present is as good as the past and also fills you with hope that the future will be even better. That is Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of the PRESENT.

Similarly when you watch movies today. In Bollywood, the present is definitely finding its mark. Movies like Taara Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Paa, Kaminey and My Name is Khan give you a feeling that the present is in safe and talented hands. It reassures you that there are people who have the drive and passion to make the current generation sit up and take notice of their skills.

Sadly the same cannot be said of Tollywood. Imagine a 52 year old film like Maya Bazaar ruling the roost at the box office and making more money than all the other releases….Its not that Maya Baazar doesn’t deserve what it gets…it does…it is a great movie of that time…a true legend ….but lets think about this…why we are watching Maya Baazar… to remember the olden times?

Or, is it because there is a sheer dearth of good sensible cinema? If the latter is true, then today’s filmmakers have some serious thinking to do. We need to introspect and accept. The public has finally spoken. It is their report card on us. They have appraised us. They are telling us that they don’t need us till we make their present sensible. Yes the audience is giving signals. The sooner we understand this the better.

Music is the essence of kalavaramaye madilo

Now that the audio is released and (I am sure) everyone is enjoying the music, let me share a few interesting titbits’ associated with the making of the music for Kalavaramaye Madilo.

My first choice of Music director for this film was Iliya Rajaa garu, second choice was Keeravani garu… both did not fit into the budget of the film. The other name for consideration was Mr. Radhkrishna.

While we were discussing about the names, Mr. Mohan the producer of the film proposed the name of Mr. Sharreth. I asked him, is he the same person we see on Asia net channel as a judge. He said yes.

Without batting an eyelid I said he is our music director (why? refer to my earlier article). Mr. Mohan immediately called him and I spoke to him… Mr. Sharreth was our music director.

In a couple of days Mr. Sharreth came to Hyderabad. I told him the story, He liked it very much. I wanted 8 songs in the film. He was excited, but there was a catch, it was, he has to compose the second song in the film with mistakes. I also told him, sir I need a song people can connect to, a song which sounds good to a normal audience. A song which can become very popular, yet it should have mistakes… He said, with mistakes, but why? I explained the need of it. He laughed at me but agreed, because he understood the need, for the story.

Next was who will write our lyrics..

Good music requires good lyrics, period! They go hand in hand. While I understand that we live in a world of flashy visuals and electronically generated music, a time where lyrics are increasingly becomingly redundant. My story needed lyrics that could compliment and contribute to the spirit and soul of the movie. It was as important to me as everything else. I did not want to compromise an inch even. Many names cropped up. There were suggestions to distribute the songs amongst the lyricists we had filtered. I was against the idea. I wanted only one lyricist for this film, a person who understands the story and who can dedicate unstinted commitment for this movie, with his pen and his thoughts, a person who will own the script and give me all that he has including time.

My Co-director Mr. Srivastav suggested Mr. Vanamali’s name. Without any further discussion he was in our team.

The first tune Mr. Sharreth gave us was the title song.

When Mr. Vanamali wrote the lyrics and the song was ready …. It was a dream comes true for me. The first song of my career… what a song it turned out to be. Everyone’s favourite without any doubt..

The climax song took the maximum time to write and to compose. I wanted the song in a particular way. I had to tell a lot of story, there was a lot of drama happening in that song. Though Sharreth sir gave me a lot of beautiful tunes, but none suited my imagination. We were running out of time and we were going nowhere. So I told Vanamali garu to first write the lyric and then we will work on the tune. It was not an easy task for him.

After writing the first five lines the pen was not moving any further. There was a block….

He went back to the script read it once again, again and again, after 20 days he came up with the climax song…what a song it is, everyone who has heard it and can decide how good the song is. When you see it in the theatres you will understand how well he was in sync with me and my story… fantastic… looking forward to work with you Vanamali garu in many more projects to come.

The choice of singers for this film was only two, Sunitha garu to sing the first few songs and the climax song to be sung by Chitra garu. I felt their voice cultures were close. Because I believed if the character in the film is a singer then we should have one kind of voice for all the songs. One day we said why not only chitra garu for all the songs.. Sharreth sir said ok.. Mr. Mohan the producer said ok. So the legendary, the one and only, Isai Kuyil , Chitra garu (Tamil word, Isai means music and Kuyil means Koel ) sang all the songs for the film, except the ‘o nene’ piece, because Sharat sir and I decided to introduce a new singer called Kalpana. Though Chitra garu was supposed to sing this song also, but we liked Kalpana’s voice so much what we dint feel like changing her voice. We went with our instinct. It’s another story that it turned out to be true. Listen to that mellifluous number and you will understand what I just said.

There is this one incident that I must share with you. We had recorded all the songs. There was only one remaining (Tholi Tholi..song), the song that had to be rendered with mistakes. Chitra garu was waiting in the recording room; Vanamali garu and I were waiting for Sharreth sir to record that song. Sharreth sir seemed to be doing everything else but record that number. I began to feel a little restless. I looked at Vanamali garu and realised that he was feeling the same uneasiness. I asked him to speak to Sharreth Sir and find out, if there was any issue. Vanamali garu asked Sharreth sir, about his predicament. Hesitantly Sharreth sir said, ‘I don’t know how I should ask such a great singer to sing a song with so many mistakes. Let’s get some other singer to sing this piece, please’.

I completely understood and empathised with Sharreth sir’s dilemma, but i knew why i wanted Chitra Garu and why I wanted only her to render the song. I told him that I will speak to Chitra garu and convince her to sing that song. He was a little relieved. He said ok. Vanamali garu and I went into the recording studio, and told her the story line of the film. She liked it very much; she said it is very interesting. Then I told her that the second song has been purposely composed with subtle mistakes in it and that she will have to sing the song with those mistakes. She was taken aback and in her usual cherubic smile said ‘aiyo, Do I have to sing a song with mistakes’. I said yes and explained to her, the importance of that song in the film, the purpose that song in the film.

Hats off to her! After listening to what I had to say, she said ‘If that’s the requirement of the subject, I will sing it sir… let’s do it’ and she got up. Sharreth sir was a relieved man.

It’s very difficult for geniuses to commit mistakes, and more importantly on purpose. It’s a herculean task for people of such talent. They don’t understand the ‘m’ of mistake, and I was asking her to do it consciously. In hindsight I realise and appreciate what Chitra garu had done. Let me take this opportunity to thank her. Thank you Chitra Garu! You did something that’s against your personality and talent, for a story that I believed in. Thank you once again.

By the way, the maximum time she took to sing any song in this film was for this song…

At the end of the day, I take a bow to this genius called Mr. Sharreth … thank you for the wonderful music you gave for the film Kalavaramaye Madilo.

All the songs in the film are situational…. They either tell a story or take the story forward. Listen to them and have fun. Give me your feedback. Both bouquets and brickbats are welcome.

So bye for now… enjoy the music… by the way there is a surprise waiting for you while you are watching the film… what ?,, can’t wait till then .. Want a clue…God you people are impossible… ok what the heck.. Please look out for the background score…:)

Satish Kasetty

The idea of making Kalavaramaye Madilo came to me…

Two years ago this subject was born in my drawing room,   Tamma Reddy Bharadwaja garu and  I were sitting and discussing about the movie “million dollar baby”…  how brilliantly the director  portrayed the relationship between the   coach and  the pupil, and how wonderfully he managed to depict the aspiration and ambition of the protagonist and what lengths she was willing to go to achieve the goal. Clint Eastwood is a director par excellence; I am a great fan of him since my childhood.  With “Million Dollar baby”   the first seed for Kalavara maye…. was sowed….

One day my dear friend Ribu introduced me to a star singer show on Asia net channel. Though I did not understand a word of Malayalam, I used to watch the programme every day.  It is an amazing show because every one hour episode used to exhibit only two songs. The way the rendered song was dissected and the various nuances and subtle elements of music that the judges discussed with the participants, was phenomenal. As a Lay person with a musical ear, I was amazed on realising such subtle variations to music. I gathered that there is a great difference between the listening ear of a layman who enjoys music and the listening ear of an expert who understands music. What looked like a good song when the singer rendered it , became a song with mistakes when the judge spoke about it. Wow. That was something… on of the judge in the show is Mr. Sharreth ( kalavaramaye Madilo music director)  Another seed was sowed …

Watching all the reality shows on singing these days on Television, I kept wondering, what happens to all those winners being announced every year? What happens to them? Where are they? Where are they headed? How are they coping? Why don’t we hear about them? Why are they not coming up? Why are these kids not establishing themselves? Too many unanswered questions…One more seed was sown…

These mutually exclusive incidents pushed me to research about music.. because, I decided, that was the subject  for my next film.

I asked a few friends who knew about music to help me, some refused, and some laughed at me. All of them had one thing to say, go to a music director and get the tunes, tie that to a story and make the film. What they couldn’t fathom was that I wanted to know more about music. I always had a good ear; I could always differentiate between good and bad. What i needed was knowledge… to know more… and for that I needed more questions to be asked and more answers to be sought. I knocked more than a few doors in my endeavour, but no avail. Finally I decided to take another route. I checked my bank account balance and gathered that there was just about enough money to purchase a keyboard. The next day I   purchased one and managed to hire a teacher to teach me the basics of Carnatic music.

My journey as a student of   music began that day. So there I was, learning and seeking questions and answers on one side and on the other side I was conceiving my characters, my story…

I wanted to make a heroine centric film right from the beginning..So my central character was a girl. I was putting all the years of my experience as an observer of people and their different behaviours, attitudes, tastes, likes , dislikes, ambitions, fears, joys, achievements, failures,   into the characters that I was creating. In the meantime my music teacher was spending extra hours with me and was helping me with the answers to all the questions that were cropping up in my head .He knew I was writing a script with music as the creative fulcrum. Therefore he was extra nice and accommodating with me and helped me a lot….

Six months passed I had the first draft of the script in front of me… and I was playing few songs on the key board… I was playing geethams too…. Seeing the first draft, I knew the road ahead was tough… yet I kept moving and started working on my second draft. Slowly my music classes were taking a back seat as I was getting more involved with my project. I could sense my characters taking shape and appearing live in front of me, slowly I started living my characters… I was in a different world.. I was enjoying it..It is an ecstatic feeling.. a creative high. That was the greatest joy I discovered as a story teller.

The flip side was that I couldn’t give the deserved time to the music classes…Gradually, I reduced spending time on the key board.. The story had me consumed totally… the characters, the script, was taking away all my time. It was time to choose between music and the script… I had to stop the music classes and I did.

I loved those music classes… I will go back to them sometime soon….

After 16months and 14 drafts I was ready with the final script. It was around this time   I found the producer ready to back the project. That’s when KVM was ready to move out of my head and heart. It was ready to embark a new journey, what I call the ‘story to movie’ journey with Mohan media creations…on Feb 2nd 2009.

Around that time Dill Raju was kind enough to give the title KVM to my subject, which he had registered for his project.. Thank you Raju garu once again… that was really very nice of you.

Watch out for more trivia, snippets and interesting peeps on KVM in the coming weeks.

Satish.Kasetty

KALAVARAMAYE MADILO…

Two years ago this subject was born in my drawing room, Tamma Reddy Bharadwaja garu and I were sitting and discussing about the movie “million dollar baby”… how brilliantly the director portrayed the relationship between the coach and the pupil, and how wonderfully he managed to depict the aspiration and ambition of the protagonist and what lengths she was willing to go to achieve the goal. Clint Eastwood is a director par excellence; I am a great fan of him since my childhood. With “Million Dollar baby” the first seed for Kalavara maye…. was sowed….

One day my dear friend Ribu introduced me to a star singer show on Asia net channel. Though I did not understand a word of Malayalam, I used to watch the programme every day. It is an amazing show because every one hour episode used to exhibit only two songs. The way the rendered song was dissected and the various nuances and subtle elements of music that the judges discussed with the participants, was phenomenal. As a Lay person with a musical ear, I was amazed on realising such subtle variations to music. I gathered that there is a great difference between the listening ear of a layman who enjoys music and the listening ear of an expert who understands music. What looked like a good song when the singer rendered it , became a song with mistakes when the judge spoke about it. Wow. That was something… on of the judge in the show is Mr. Sharreth ( kalavaramaye Madilo music director) Another seed was sowed …

Watching all the reality shows on singing these days on Television, I kept wondering, what happens to all those winners being announced every year? What happens to them? Where are they? Where are they headed? How are they coping? Why don’t we hear about them? Why are they not coming up? Why are these kids not establishing themselves? Too many unanswered questions…One more seed was sown…

These mutually exclusive incidents pushed me to research about music.. because, I decided, that was the subject for my next film.

I asked a few friends who knew about music to help me, some refused, and some laughed at me. All of them had one thing to say, go to a music director and get the tunes, tie that to a story and make the film. What they couldn’t fathom was that I wanted to know more about music. I always had a good ear; I could always differentiate between good and bad. What i needed was knowledge… to know more… and for that I needed more questions to be asked and more answers to be sought. I knocked more than a few doors in my endeavour, but no avail. Finally I decided to take another route. I checked my bank account balance and gathered that there was just about enough money to purchase a keyboard. The next day I purchased one and managed to hire a teacher to teach me the basics of Carnatic music.

My journey as a student of music began that day. So there I was, learning and seeking questions and answers on one side and on the other side I was conceiving my characters, my story…

I wanted to make a heroine centric film right from the beginning..So my central character was a girl. I was putting all the years of my experience as an observer of people and their different behaviours, attitudes, tastes, likes , dislikes, ambitions, fears, joys, achievements, failures, into the characters that I was creating. In the meantime my music teacher was spending extra hours with me and was helping me with the answers to all the questions that were cropping up in my head .He knew I was writing a script with music as the creative fulcrum. Therefore he was extra nice and accommodating with me and helped me a lot….

Six months passed I had the first draft of the script in front of me… and I was playing few songs on the key board… I was playing geethams too…. Seeing the first draft, I knew the road ahead was tough… yet I kept moving and started working on my second draft. Slowly my music classes were taking a back seat as I was getting more involved with my project. I could sense my characters taking shape and appearing live in front of me, slowly I started living my characters… I was in a different world.. I was enjoying it..It is an ecstatic feeling.. a creative high. That was the greatest joy I discovered as a story teller.

The flip side was that I couldn’t give the deserved time to the music classes…Gradually, I reduced spending time on the key board.. The story had me consumed totally… the characters, the script, was taking away all my time. It was time to choose between music and the script… I had to stop the music classes and I did.

I loved those music classes… I will go back to them sometime soon….

After 16months and 14 drafts I was ready with the final script. It was around this time I found the producer ready to back the project. That’s when KVM was ready to move out of my head and heart. It was ready to embark a new journey, what I call the ‘story to movie’ journey with Mohan media creations…on Feb 2nd2009.

Around that time Dill Raju was kind enough to give the title KVM to my subject, which he had registered for his project.. Thank you Raju garu once again… that was really very nice of you.

Watch out for more trivia, snippets and interesting peeps on KVM in the coming weeks.

Satish.Kasetty

 

writing was an alien art form to me…

Till a few months ago, writing was an alien art form to me. It is something I am learning now.
I have always wondered about how people write so much, so well and with such precision.

Writing is one art-form that i am keen to learn and have begun the journey. I can say that I am grasping the nuances fast. I know there is a long way to go, but what is satisfying and motivating is that I can feel the progress in me.

Without a slightest understanding of what I was writing and by plainly expressing what I felt the moment i came out of a theatre after watching a film i realised that i had written a review. That was my first review, and what’s more, people are reading it, assimilating it and responding to it. I realise with every passing day, that when people respond to your thoughts, it’s a great feeling and it makes you want to think more…write more…do more….

So I will keep off loading my thoughts and experiences through my blog…and PFC…Please keep reading, responding correcting and complimenting……If it is Bouquets or Brickbats…..I will take it with a smile and cherish…

Satish.., still a long way to go buddy…..

http://passionforcinema.com/anishs-avakai-biryani/

http://passionforcinema.com/the-last-scene-of-kalyug-is-still-unsolved-for-me/

MAA recognises when the industry ignores

As the saying goes – Dair se aye durusth aye…. It is indeed a nice gesture on the part of the Movie Artists Association(MAA) under the leadership of Mr. Muralimohan to honour the National Award winners.

Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao felicitated us. It was a very emotional and a moment to remember my life long.

Getting an award is an achievement in itself’, but it needs to be recognised. Though the entire industry ignored the achievement, MAA thought it important to recognise.

From the bottom of my heart I thank MAA for the kind gesture.

I would also like to thank PFC for their kind words and compliments.

http://passionforcinema.com/hope-floats/#comment-226613

 

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And the case rests..

The dream which started in 2005 has been completed, on 2nd September when the president of India gave me the National Award for the film “hope’.

That was a great moment of my life. It is a great feeling to achieve what I wanted to achieve.

The case is closed.

Now I am on to my next dream. A dream to make a commercially successful film, A film with lots of romance, emotions and drama.

I am on the job, will let you the details of who is producing, the cast, and the music. Right now I am busy writing the script, it is in the final stages… which movie… (Check the post dated 24th June – National Award)… Yes, it is the musical one.

One more dream, one more journey, one more frontier to conquer…. As I always say… I will…I willsatish-sep-2