Farewell, Shridhar (and December 2008 releases)

The passing yesterday of Sound Engineer H. Shridhar is a big loss for fans of music and cinema. From Aamir Khan's most recent blog post:

Shridhar was one of the finest technicians of our industry and a dear friend. We have worked together a number of times, and very closely during Lagaan. He did the final mix of the film, which is the last and most crucial creative process in film making. A close associate of A.R., he has worked together with him on a majority of his songs and background scores.

He was also working on Ghajini (2008). Check out Shridhar's portfolio -- from Rangeela (1995) to Dil Se (1998), Thakshak (1999), Lagaan (2001), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Meenaxi (2004), Swades (2004), Mangal Pandey (2005), and more recently, Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Yuvvraaj (2008). For soundtracks and/or background scores. He also did some work with two of my favorite music artists from the Indian classical music scene, Zakir Hussain and Hariprasad Chaurasia. Read on for one of Aamir's best posts yet. It's great to see some rationality here:

As I had expected various politicians have tried to use this traumatic and tragic attack to their advantage. I only hope that people see through them this time.

There's plenty more he's written, of which I am really quite proud. On a not entirely unrelated note, for this once, I'll include Ram Gopal Verma in this bucket of politicians. (Never cared much for Riteish Deshmukh to have a strong opinion.) Here's Sanjay Dutt on RGV:

If he wanted to be there, he should have been there from day one with the Armed Forces and with the media.

Not much to add this month, the new releases are listed below. It's been a below average year for our film industry, and we could surely use a couple of biggies to end on a high note. You know of the two films being referred to: 1) Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi on the 12th (here's a related post); and 2) Ghajini on the 25th. Aamir is on the cover of this month's GQ (India), there's more information here.

Here's the Ghajini songbook, and here's a compilation of all related posts. And since Jiah Khan has been kept out of the spotlight in the Ghajini promos (there's probably a good reason for that), we'll have to make do with her from a photo shoot for a fashion assignment (this is from several months ago; Filmi Girl notes Jiah's set to appear in Maxim (India) soon):

Also this month is Maharathi, a murder mystery starring Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, and Neha Dhupia. Postponed to the fifth of the month, I'd mentioned it in the November releases post (#3, with the trailer).

December 5
Dil Kabaddi
Gumnaam - The Mystery
Kaashh... Mere Hote
Khallballi - Fun Unlimited
Meerabai Not Out
Oh, My God!!

December 12
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

December 19

December 25

Source: IndiaFM


Anonymous said...

Are they remaking Gumnaam? *eyes wide*

Good one from Sanju Baba! RGV is a misogynistic arrogant fool.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I am really really looking forward to Maharathi- cant wait! Also excited about RBD and Ghajini of course- and Meerabai sounds awful- saw the promos- eugh :P

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Memsaab: Here's more info on the plot of Gumnaam, I haven't seen the older one, but at the surface at least, there doesn't appear to be a strong connection.

Agreed on RGV, seriously. I almost trashed my copy of Sarkar Raj when I read about his visit. (For now, it's at the bottom of my list.) Apparently, he got to the site in such circumstances and with the people he was with, out of sheer 'coincidence'!

Hi Shweta: I'm really looking forward to Maharathi too! Haven't seen the trailers for Meerabai, but thought the posters were (un)interesting enough :) We'll see how it goes.


Anonymous said...

I love whodunits but Dino Morea is a total no no! I have yet to see him in a non-steamy role (OK there was Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, but I was rooting for Sanjay Suri there!) and it always puts me off. And Maharathi had better be good - Nasseer Saab owes his fans a good movie after A Wednesday! :-)

Anonymous said...

It's been a below average year for our film industry...

Really true. I am waiting for one 'good' movie to release. And most of my expectations are from Ghajini, as it's an Aamir Khan film.

Some people say that RNBDJ is going to be a flop. Can Shah Rukh give us a flop?

dunkdaft said...

Maharathi. Next Friday, I'll be there. Similarly I will go for Dil Kabaddi.

Shridhar, was a gem. Now became star of the sky. A big loss for Rehman, too. See the list of Rehman's score. Always he's there.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Bollyviewer: I don't believe I've seen Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (although it sounds familiar). Absolutely agree on Naseer and 'Maharathi' -- the trailer is so promising, let's hope it lives up!

Hi Saurabh: I trust Aamir's judgment to not expect a flop from him; there's a reason his name is synonymous with quality cinema.

And yes, of course Shah Rukh can give us a flop, just like any other actor. No one, not even Aamir, is immune to box office failures. Look at what happened to Swades and Mangal Pandey -- both were excellent films (among the finest of the decade as far as I am concerned), but they were not as well accepted at the theaters as they deserved to be.

Hi Darshit: 'Maharathi' is not the kind of film I like to see in theaters (no kidding), so I'll probably wait for the DVD. I hope you have fun!

Shridhar's is a huge loss for Rahman, most definitely. They've been together for so long, it must hurt tremendously. Our prayers are with them all.

Filmi Girl said...

Not too much out this month - I'm definitely going to see the two Khan releases and probably try to catch the new Naseeruddin Shah movie. I do love murder mysteries!

Wasn't that RGV story awful?! And he was so defensive about it - even though they had to pull that extra security for him... Disgraceful.

PS I'm all ready to ebay my Aamir Khan GQ! That should be a great article!

ajnabi said...

I think Ghajini and RNBDJ will be this year's redeeming films. Well, except for Jodhaa-Akbar, which I really liked... I'm trying hard to think of another film which I enjoyed without too many "buts..."

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Filmi Girl: I'm looking forward to all three, yes. That RGV story was awful, indeed. Not only is the act insensitive, its defense, as you say, is just disgraceful.

Oh, and that GQ interview should be interesting. I'll be trying to get that too.

Ajnabi: Jodhaa Akbar is, to me, the film of the year so far. That and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Rock On (especially the former, which was more entertaining) are my other favorites from the year. But Gowariker's is the film to beat! I hope you're right about Ghajini and RNBDJ. :)


Ellie said...

First, my husband and I, as new Bollywood Fans, really enjoy this blog (my husband has started referring to Juhi Chawla exclusively as Juhi Chawla Haaye Allah)! These new releases look promising, but I have a question-- which you may not be able to answer: We are in Austin, TX, which for all of its cultural opportunities does not have a theatre which shows new Hindi movies, as far as I know. Is there any website or group that you know of which lists movie theatres in the US or in Texas which do show these movies? We would love to experience Bollywood in a crowd, as it seems like that what it's really for. Thank you for any help you can give and thank you for a great blog!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ellie, and thank you so much for visiting and commenting! Juhi Chawla is a class act, and it's great to refer to her as she was referred to in Andaz Apna Apna, which remains an all time favorite :)

I'm trying to get you the Austin cinema information for you soon. Hoping some of my friends can shed some light on the question. When I lived there for a couple of years (it's a great town!), there wasn't a theater that would regularly screen Hindi films (at least not on opening weekend), and I had to drive to Houston to catch Mangal Pandey in 2005!

Movies can be so much fun with the crowd, I hope and your husband get to experience it soon. I'll add future comments to this post.

Acha (okay), cheers!

Ellie said...

We would be happy to go to a theatre in Houston, if you remember which one it was-- it'll be an "event" that way :) . Thank you so much for looking into it!


theBollywoodFan said...

I'd be happy to get the info for you from Houston, but it seems you won't need it! Cinemark Tinseltown 17 has it: 5501 IH-35, Austin, TX 78744.

This link has more info for Austin and San Antonio. They're showing Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and they had better be showing Ghajini too, LOL =)

Ellie said...

Thank you so much! We have tried Tinseltown 17 before, but-- mysteriously-- they never list the Hindi movies on their site. We'll be there on Friday! And maybe we'll head to Houston for Ghajini... Thanks again! (And on your recommendation, we are giving Rang de Basanti a shot tonight! Looking forward to it).

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ellie! You're very welcome. Good luck with Tinseltown 17. Might be worth calling them before you go (?). Hope you have fun!

I'll try to get you the Houston info soon. And Rang De Basanti, yay!!! I want to say so much already, but will wait until after you've seen it to discuss :) Hope you enjoy it!


NidaMarie said...

Bollywood Fan,

I'm really excited for both Aamir's and SRK's next releases. Of course, I think Aamir's will be amazing. I'm hoping "RNBDJ" will be good, but there's always the chance of another Yashraj letdown, as seems to be the case lately. Either way, the anticipation is so much fun, isn't it?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Nida: Aamir's been on a fantastic run this decade, keeping fingers crossed for a good one. The signs are all there, let's hope it lives up!

Shah Rukh's is interesting too. You're right about Yash Raj and their recent form, but SRK will probably give it a flying start any way.

The anticipation *is* a lot of fun, absolutely. I've so been looking forward to December for a while, LOL!


theBollywoodFan said...

Ellie: I found this link of several, if not all, theaters showing Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. As you see, it corroborates Tinseltown 17 in Austin! It also notes three in Houston (AMC First Colony, AMC Studio 30, and Fun Asia Bollywood Cinema 6).