FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH
My first blog post for 2017 is being written on Friday 13th. The first of the two such occurrences in 2017 happens to be today; and the last time such an occurrence happened in January was in 2012. Now does that sound ominous for 2017? Hopefully not, but this year hasn’t certainly begun well for Bollywood music. There are three releases in January, which are being looked forward to by audiences. The first is the Maniratnam-Karan Johar presentation OK JAANU, with music by AR Rahman (which I am hoping to see today); the second one is the Hritik Roshan starrer KAABIL, with music by Rajesh Roshan and the third one is SRK’s RAEES, with music by Ram Sampath.
Very strangely, in each of these movies, there is a remix of a hugely popular old filmy hit. In OK JAANU, we have the Humma number from Bombay, in RAEES, we have the Laila O Laila number from Qurbani and in KAABIL, we have two remixed numbers: Saara zamana from Yaarana and Dil Kya kare from Julie. Is this just a coincidence or a reminder that we are running out of new good tunes? And just when we thought that item numbers are passe, all these remix songs are filmed on item girls. In RAEES, it is Sunny Leone, who swings and in KAABIL, it is item girl Urvashi who does the act. In OK JAANU, it is the lead actress Shraddha Kapoor who does an item number sort of an act in front of her beau!
From my writing perspective, Friday the Thirteenth January probably won’t be such an ominous date!
My next post is the review of THE GREAT WALL and hopefully, in the night, I will pen the review of OK JAANU!
January 13, 2017