Friday, September 22, 2006

BOLLYWOOD NOW & THEN - DON RETURNS

Here's a brief post (at least thats the intention) which perfectly illustrates why I love Bollywood movies from the 50s-70s and can take or leave the current crop.


Heard of Don? The turbo-charged crime thriller from 1978? This beauty kicks into gear like an exploding briefcase from the word go and doesn't let up. The stirring score from Kalyani-Anandji roars through the whole picture, none more so than in this cameo from Helen, the H-Bomb herself, groovin' to the familiar vocal stylings of the one & only Asha Bhosle (We've got Raymondo1960 to thank once again for the clip).



Well, Bollywood has never been afraid of a remake or two and this year megastar Shahrukh Khan is releasing his big-budget retooling of the same movie. Here's the same scene, with the same song - the award winning Yeh Mera Dil - rejigged for the 21st century. The movie itself looks like it could be a bit of glossy throwaway fun, but the orchestration, choreography and editing ain't worth diddly squit when compared to the rollicking original....



Nonetheless, why not have a butchers at the full length trailer thoughtfully posted by myself below -



Toodle-pip!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Undead Film Critic said...

If you don't own it already, Bombay The Hard Way: Guns, Cars And Sitars is a re-working of the film scores of Kalyanji-Anandji by Dan "the Automator" Nakamura. My personal fav. is track 11. Theme From Don. Great album.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Poptique said...

I have a dodgy bootleg of that one which I was given in a Shoreditch pub years ago, by a DJ who was blasting out Bollywood tracks.

Yup - great album!

Just noticed this Dutch label today who look to be an utter godsend...

10:57 AM  
Blogger Poptique said...

Oh poop - someone has whipped that vid off Youtube. Hmmm, not as if seeing a pixelated clip on Youtube stops me buying a DVD of the movie - in fact, it's even sold me on a few.

Oh well...

11:43 AM  

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