Friday, February 6, 2015

O Saathi Re...

I am really, really looking forward to see The Big B and Dhanush on screen this weekend. They share a similar energy, lanky-limbed, the intense gaze… I could picture a young Amitabh in VIP and Dhanush in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, a film I think back on every now and then. It falls outside the "Camp" Retro Canon solidified by tastemakers like Farhan Akhtar and Farah Khan (Don, Karz, Amar Akbar Anthony, etc.) but it's one of my favorite old Amitabh films. So much Capital A "Acting" goes on. So much melodrama. So much EMOTION. The pain in Amitabh's eyes cuts like a knife.

He really is one of the all-time greats. It's not just hype and hysteria and nostalgia. And it's good for me to be reminded of that.

Ah… I actually found another version of this song that had the preceding speech attached to it and, wow, is it wonderful to hear Amitabh speaking beautiful Hindi. Even though my Hindi language skills are quite poor, I know enough to know that the way dialogues are written and delivered has really changed. Still, there's a reason everybody wants Amitabh to do their voice-over narrations...

1 comment:

Bubbles said...

I saw Muqaddar Ka Sikandar when I was around 7 or 8. I was too young to understand nuances of acting but the tragedy got to me. I was hugely upset about loosing out on love. The big doll, the title track and the opening of Amitabh on a bike, Rekha and her tragic track. The song really gives me goosebumps even today. Mayur Singh who played the young Amitabh was a huge deal.

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