Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 06 , 2013           08.25 P.M.

Manna Dey

Manna Dey (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Prabodh Chandra Dey a.k.a. Manna Dey

1 May 1919  −  24 October 2013

The news of Manna Dey’s death was almost a certainty and was expected . Advancing age and failing health had prepared us for such an eventuality . Still when I read about his demise , a pall of gloom engulfed me . He died on October 24 , 2013 in Bengaluru at the age of 94 .

Manna Dey , along with Mohammad Rafi , Mukesh , Kishore Kumar , Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar , was the most important play back singer of the golden era of Hindi films and a force to reckon with in singing world . With his demise , the last remnant of the golden era of Hindi film music and a gigantic figure among the male play back singers of Hindi film world is gone forever .

Before proceeding further , I must admit my blasphemy that initially I used to dislike his singing . Today as I can understand the nuances of music , I am ashamed of my blasphemy and I am extremely sorry that during my adolescent years , I was unable to appreciate his mastery of the art and craft . The first song of Manna Dey , which I liked and appreciated was the iconic ” Qasme Waade Pyaar Wafa , Sab Baaten Hain Baaton Kaa Kyaa ………………………………………. ” , the song from Manoj Kumar’s ” Upkar ” [ 1967 ] . I was speechless and stunned while listening the song and watching Pran Saheb on screen . It is uncanny that Pran Saheb and his screen voice in many films , Manna Da , both died in 2013 . Pran Saheb left us on July 12 , 2013 and just 3 months 12 days later , his voice on-screen , Manna Da also left us on October 24 , 2013 .

Later on when I started watching old Hindi films in Allahabad in Sunday morning shows , I watched ” Shri 420 ” [ 1955 ] , I was hooked to his voice . ” Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua , Phir Pyaar Se Ab Kyon Darta Hai Dil …………………………… ” , ” Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwaalaa …………………………… ” , ” Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh ………………………. ” and the evergreen ” Ramaiya Vastavaiya ……………… “ are difficult to forget .

After watching ” Chori Chori ” [ 1956 ] , I was mesmerized by his voice . His duets with Lata Mangeshkar are immortal and they are pure gems . ” Aajaa Sanam , Madhur Chandni Men Ham ……………………………….. ” and ” Ye Raat Bheegi Bheegi , Ye Mast Fizayen …………………………………… “ refuse to fade away from my memory even after 57 years .

Who can forget his other immortal melodies like ; ” Ae Mere Pyare Watan …………… ” , ” Ik Chatur Naar Karke Singar ………………………………. ” , ” Poochho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee ………………………………………. ” , ” Aao Twist Karen ………………………………………………. ” , ” Yaari Hai Eemaan Meraa …………………………………….. ” and ” Ye Dosti Ham Nahin Chhodenge ……………………………………. ” ?

Known by his stage name Manna Dey , he debuted in the film ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] , and continued to sing till ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . He went on to record more than 4000 songs during 1942 – 2013 . He , though sang for other heroes occasionally , was the voice of Raj Kapoor , Uttam Kumar , Mehmood and Pran .

Since 1992, Manna Dey withdrew himself from Hindi film music. But he continued to sing in Bengali movies, bhajans and ghazals in different languages and appeared in live performances during 1992 to 2012 . His last live performance was in 2012 in Mumbai. His last recorded song in Hindi films was for the film Umar in 2006 composed by Shamir Tandon, Duniyawaalo Kee Nahee Kuchh Bhee Khabar, which he sang along with Kavita Krishnamoorthy and Sonu Nigam.

He sang duets with singers like Mukesh, Sandhya Mukherjee, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mahmood, Amit Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Krishna Kalle, Shardha Rajan Iyengar, Arati Mukherjee, Chandrani Mukherjee, Anuradha Pudwal, Hemlata, Minu Purushottom, Bhupinder Singh, K.J. Yesudas, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamoorty, Alka Yagnik, Antara Chowdhury, Preeti Sagar, Dilraj Kaur, Yunus Fazmi, Jaspal Singh, Anwar, Manhar Udhas, Joginder and Mubarak Begum.

He worked with more than 102 music directors in Hindi film industry from working with Krishna Chandra Dey in ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] to music composer Shamir Tandon in ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . Thus it was an unprecedented 64 years – long – singing – career .

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007 . He was presented the Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award in 2011.

Manna Da sang mainly in Hindi and Bengali; he also recorded songs in several other Indian languages .

Music career in other languages

  • He sang around 1262 songs in Bengali : 611 songs in Bengali films and 356 Bengali non-film songs . He also sang 46 Rabindra Sangeet Songs in Bengali , 3 Dwigendra Geet , 84 Shyama Sangeet , 23 songs in Akashvani , 3 title songs for Bengali TV serials , 103 Bengali songs from non-released Bengali films and 33 Bengali songs of other varieties .
  • He sang 35 film songs in Bhojpuri , 2 songs in Magadh and one song in Maithili language .
  • He sang 13 Punjabi film songs and 5 non-film songs .
  • He sang 2 songs in Assamese films and 4 non-film songs in Assamese language .
  • He sang 7 songs in Oriya language and 1 song each in Konkani film and Sindhi film .
  • He sang 85 songs in Gujrathi films.
  • He sang 55 Marathi songs in Marathi films and 15 non-film songs in Marathi .He was good at Marathi natya sangeet too, which is one of the most difficult genres to sing
  • He sang 5 film songs in Kannada .
  • He sang in the Nepali movie ” Maitighar “
  • He sang 2 in Malayalam – “Maanasamaine Varoo” from 1965 film Chemmeen and song “Chemba Chemba” from 1974 film Nellu sung with P Jayachandran both composed by Salil Chowdhary and lyrics by Vayalar.

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to his family . My heart goes to his daughters and other near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer tribute . It is clichéd to say but there will never be another Manna Dey . He bestrode the Hindi film music world like a colossus but unfortunately never got his due .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ Some of the information and the long list of his songs are being quoted from Wikipedia . I express my debt and gratitude . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2010


 

It’s a bleeding October. It’s now known that ” Dabangg ” created history last month. Now Rajnikant’s new Tamil film ” Endhiran ” and its dubbed version”  Robot ” is re-writing box office history. All the other releases of this month have got mixed response and majority of them failed miserably.

To emphasise my point of view and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh and some others :

taran_adarsh

Paid preview shows of ‘Enthiran – The Robot‘ on Thursday night in U.K. Fantastic figures. Bigger than most Hindi biggies.

taran_adarsh

‘Robot’ [Hindi version] shows massive jump over Friday numbers. Business is rocking. Instance: CI circuit Fri 3.80 lacs, Sat 11.45 lacs.

taran_adarsh

‘Robot’ [Hindi Version] II: Sat was bigger than Fri and Sun was bigger than Sat. Hindi version has found tremendous appreciation.

taran_adarsh

Anjaana Anjaani: Collected approx. Rs. 24 cr. to Rs. 25 cr. nett in its opening weekend. Fri: 7 cr, Sat: 9 cr, Sun: 8 cr.

Overseas B.O.: ‘Enthiran’ leads, ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ sidelined by Rajnikant wave http://bit.ly/8YMX4o

taran_adarsh

‘Dabangg’: Added Rs. 5 cr. nett in its fourth week. Total: Rs. 137 cr. nett.

taran_adarsh

Anjaana Anjaani’: Weekend 24 cr, Weekdays 9 cr. Big chunk of revenue from plexes.

taran_adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Crook’ below par, ‘DDC’ starts slow, reports good http://bit.ly/aQZHc9

taran_adarsh

Overseas B.O.: ‘Crook’ fails, ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ slips http://bit.ly/bksa0U

taran_adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Aakrosh’ dull, ‘Knock Out’ poor start http://bit.ly/aQZHc9

taran_adarsh

Top 5: ‘Crook’ rejected, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ better in North http://bit.ly/bbkhW6

taran_adarsh

Endhiran [Tamil+Telugu] official figures: US 20 cr, UK-Eur 8 cr, Gulf 7 cr, SE Asia [incl Malaysia, Singapore] 21 cr, rest 5 cr. Total 61 cr

taran_adarsh

Midweek B.O.: ‘Aakrosh’ dull, ‘Knock Out’ dismal http://bit.ly/bbkhW4

taran_adarsh

Black Friday: It was the worst weekend of 2010 http://bit.ly/cctlka

SaritaTanwar

Rajni rules RT @amul_mohan: -: 3 Idiots : 201 Cr Dabangg : 141 Cr and Enthiran : 200 Cr for 2 weeks still running!

taran_adarsh

Bollywood bleeding: first Crook, then Aakrosh, Knock Out. Now Jhootha Hi Sahi, Rakht Charitra, Hisss, Dus Tola. Business slides downwards.

taran_adarsh

Raktacharitra’ [Telugu] opens to fabulous response http://bit.ly/bUo9md

taran_adarsh

The new releases have opened to dismal houses. 3% to 5% opening. Kya hoga?

Obituary
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Keshu Ramsay : Producer, Director, Cinematographer and part-time actor Keshu Ramsay died on 19th October, 2010 in Mumbai. His son Aryeman is my student and I used to go to his house to train Aryeman before the launch of ” Family – Ties of Blood “. Before launching his son Aryeman in the above mentioned film, Keshu Ramsay produced many successful films with Akshay Kumar,Most notable among them were Khiladi series films : ” Sabse Bada Khiladi ” , ” Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi “,  ” Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi ” , ” International Khiladi ” and ” Khiladi 420 ” . He also produced Amitabh Bachchan starrers ” Khakee ” and ” Family – Ties of Blood “.

Born in the family of horror film maker Ramsay family, Keshu Ramsay directed 6 films like : ” Ashant ” , ” Khoj” ,  ” Saaya ” , ” Dak Bangala ” and ” Haveli ” in his earlier days.

He was also a cinematographer of the three films produced by his family’s  banner : ” Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche” , ” Darwaza ” and ” Saboot “.

He also worked as an actor in ” Dahshat “. I used to meet him in his flat , when I used to go to train Aryaman. He was a perfect gentleman and an amiable person.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – October 01

1 – Anjaana Anjaani……………………………..Ranbir Kapoor
………………………………………………………..Priyanka Chopra
………………………………………………………..Zayed Khan
………………………………………………………..Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ]

2 – Khichdi The Movie…………………………….x

Second Week – October 08

1 – Crook……………………………………………..Emraan Hashmi

2 – Do Dooni Chaar………………………………..x

Third Week – October 15 

1 –  Aakrosh………………………………………….Akshaye Khanna
…………………………………………………………..Amita Pathak
…………………………………………………………..Sameera Reddy
…………………………………………………………..Reema Sen 

2 – Knock Out………………………………………….x

3 – Kajraare……………………………………………..x

Fourth Week – October 22

1 – Jhootha Hi Sahi……………………………………John Abraham
………………………………………………………… ….Pakhi Tyrewala [Story/Screenplay/Dialogue]

2 – Rakht Charitra…………………………………..Vivek Oberoi

3 – Dus Tola…………………………………………….Siddharth Makkar

4 – Hisss…………………………………………………Divya Dutta

Fifth Week – October 29

1 -Daayen Ya Baayen………………………. ……. ….x

2 – Maalik Ek………………………………………………Divya Dutta

3 – Musaa – The Must Wanted…………………………Sameer Aftab

…………………………………………………………………Lijna Jariya

4 -Nakshatra……………………………………………….Aksshey Varma

In total ..15… films got released this month. Out of these…15…films , my …..18……students are there in….10….films. Out of these ..18….students ..16…. are actors,and …1…..Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ] is the music director. Divya Dutta appears in 2 films : ” Hisss ” and ” Maalik Ek “. Pakhi Tyrewala, apart from acting in ” Jhootha Hi Sahi ”  , also writes story , screenplay and dialogues of the said film.
 

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – taran_adarsh

Officially confirmed: Anil Kapoor will star with @TomCruise in Mission Impossible 4..After ” Slumdog Millionaire “and a TV series ” 24 ” , this will be Anil Kapoor’s third international assignment.

2 – ” Ishqiya ” has been chosen for Cairo International Film Festival.

3 – Faridoon_S

National Kishore Kumar Award presented by Madhya Pradesh Govt was conferred upon Yash Chopra yesterday Oct 13th

4 – Yash Raj Films’ Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge completed 15 years of its uninterrupted run on 22nd October at Maratha Mandir, Mumbai.

5 – Bollyhungama

Manoj Kumar & Oliver Stone honoured at 12th Mumbai Film Festival http://bit.ly/aI9URb
T. V. Trivias This Month ;

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1 –  @NDTVMovies: Amitabh’s KBC 2010 beats all in TRP race http://goo.gl/fb/7ZctS

2 – ” India’s Got Talent – Khoj 2 ” had 2 students of mine as judges : Sajid Khan and Sonali Bendre

3 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 3 ” had 5 students of mine : Priyanka Chopra as host and , Abhishek Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Dino Morea and Rahul Dev as participants.

4 – Now ” Bigg Boss – 4 ” has 2 : Samir Soni and Ashmit Patel.

5 – priyaramani

Opening episode TVRs: KBC 6.2, Khatron ke Khiladi 5.5, Bigg Boss 4.8, and Masterchef 2.6

South Indian Film News This Month :
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1 – Telugu Film ” Orange ” is ready for release. It has 3 students of mine.: Ram Charan Teja, Genelia D’Souza and Shazahn Padamsee.

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