‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le…’ – the world of Hindi cinema!

Sadma featuring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi was helmed by the ace cinematographer Balu Mahendra. It was not a commercial hindi film – it was primarily an artistic Tamil movie. But it had this lovely number, ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le, Hamne Bhi Tere Har Ek Gam Ko Gale Se Lagaya Hain Na …’ by Gulzar sa’ab set to the music of Isaignani Ilayaraja.

Sridevi Kamal Haasan in Sadma Image Courtesy- Shemaroo

The song was a great example of creative collaboration in Hindi cinema – not quite often reflected in the mainstream movies. Yet another aspect that I admire deeply is the ‘Ganga-Jamuni’ tehzeeb and the unique hindustani lehzaa in some of our movies. To me these syncretic confluences define the essence of Hindi cinema though I have had fun with the typical commercial potboilers as well.

I have been doing ad hoc reviews featuring films, actors and the hindustani culture of our poetry and songs. The list so far includes –

# Title Blog Post Link
1 Om Puri – such a long journey ! http://wp.me/p44iYk-1U8
2 Irrfan Khan – a natural and intelligent actor. http://wp.me/p44iYk-1Sc
3 Mani Ratnam’s terrorism trilogy – Roja (1992), Bombay (1995) & Dil Se (1998)! http://wp.me/p44iYk-1Ow
4 R K Narayan’s ‘Guide’. http://wp.me/p44iYk-1Lz
5 Nida Fazli – a humanist shayar! http://wp.me/p44iYk-1Ap
6 Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Wazir’! http://wp.me/p44iYk-1Aj
7 Manthan – a tale of the milk revolution in India https://csrags.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/manthan-a-tale-of-the-milk-revolution-in-india
8 Dimple’s Sensuous Saagar http://wp.me/p44iYk-1w1
9 Big B’s ‘Aakhree Raasta’ (End Game) http://wp.me/p44iYk-1tZ
10 Memories of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Parinda’ http://wp.me/p44iYk-1to
11 Khushwant Singh’s ‘A Train to Pakistan’ http://wp.me/p44iYk-1te
12 Sridevi’s ‘English Vinglish’ http://wp.me/p44iYk-1sN
13 The melody of Kumar Sanu http://wp.me/p44iYk-1sD
14 Ghazals and Hindi Movies http://wp.me/p44iYk-1s1
15 Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan http://wp.me/p44iYk-1rO
16 Sanjeev Kumar’s Dastak http://wp.me/p44iYk-1ru
17 Rituparno Ghosh’s Raincoat http://wp.me/p44iYk-1rf
18 Richard Attenborough – the man who immortalized Gandhi onscreen http://wp.me/p44iYk-1cg
19 Review of Farooq Shaikh’s ‘Gaman’ http://wp.me/p44iYk-143
20 Namkeen – a quaint bitter-sweet tale by Gulzar! http://wp.me/p44iYk-Sk
21 Review of Balraj Sahni’s Garam Hawa (Hot Winds)! http://wp.me/p44iYk-R1

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