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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Shantanu Moitra does a Bappi Lahiri

I always believed that Shantanu Moitra was a refreshing change from the usual Bollywood music directors, that having done quality work like composing music for Shubha Mudgal's albums in the past, he would raise the bar. Pfaw.

Sonia Faleiro reveals that "Kaisi Paheli Zindagani" from Parineeta was stolen from Louis Armstrong's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," and I can add to that by pointing out that "Pal Pal Har Pal" from Lage Raho Munnabhai was lifted from Cliff Richard's "Theme for a Dream." (Watch both of them here.)

I just came across an interview Moitra gave after Parineeta was made, in which the fellow says:
I enjoy the silences far better and that is something I have tried to incorporate in Parineeta. The void, the empty spaces, they interest me immensely.
No wonder while watching Parineeta I thought to myself, "Hmm, that silence sounds familiar."

Nah, just kidding there. I've enjoyed Moitra's work, and it's such a pity that a shadow will now rest upon all of it because of these two songs. Why, Shantanu, why?
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