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).
Gumnaam - The Mystery
Kaashh... Mere Hote
Khallballi - Fun Unlimited
Meerabai Not Out
Oh, My God!!
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi