It is about the renowned Punjabi, Urdu writer Amrita Pritam. It is about her poetry of love, betrayal and Partition, bloodshed and faith. It is about her beautiful relationship with Imroz, a live-in life partner who was with her till her last moments. It is about Gulzar, the famed lyricist and music director and his writings on Amrita and Imroz. It is also about Imroz’s paintings on Amrita. It is about how Amrita told Imroz in her last moments that she will come back
The cassette has eight poems by Amrita. It begins with Gulzar’s brief introduction of the poetess. Presented in a ‘flash back’ style, it starts with Amrita’s last moments weaved through Gulzar’s writing on her.
Lyrically Gulzar says how Amrita looked back to see if Imroz was with her in her last moments. Finding him, she smiled and promised, “Main Tainu Phir Milangi”. This a poem she wrote for Imroz. Gulzar recites the poem against the soothing musical backdrop provided by Bhupinder Singh.
It follows her other beautiful poems as “O Sai Tere Charkhe Ne, Rang De Dupatta Mera”, “Channa De Phulkari”, “Rishte Ghadde Da Pani”, “Kufr” which is on the pains of Partition, “Aye Mere Dost, Mere Ajbabi” and the famous “Akkha Waris Shah” that has immortalised her. The last part begins with Amrita promising Imroz again that she will come back to him. It concludes with a poem by Imroz “Beej” on Amrita that dawned on him after she died.
A beautiful rendering, the cassette is meant for those who loved and forgave. For those who want to read Amrita’s original (not translated) poems. It is for those moments of loneliness when you want to recall beautiful moments you spent with your beloved. It is certainly not for those who never loved. Or cared to read Amrita’s poems for that matter.
Its worth having in your shelf.
AAP KAA SURROOR
If you forget the typical nasal twang, which has catapulted him to such dizzying heights of fame and notoriety – both in equal measure – this phenomenon, called Himesh Reshammiya, you might say, is endowed with a normal voice like any of us.
A voice that is just apt for bathroom singing, and with a bit of ‘riyaaz’, can even pass muster in a friendly mehfil. But then ‘HR’ takes such pride in his ‘gift of the nasal tone’ that almost every song of his, and mind you, some of his songs have lovely hummable tunes, has his trademark stuff.
And if you know Reshammiya, you won’t be surprised to see that he has sung every song in this twin-CD music release of the movie “Aap Ka Suroor” by T-Series – from “Assalaam Vaalekum” and “Tera Mera Milna”,to “Jhoot Nahin Bolna”, “Tanhaiyaan”, “Ya Ali”, “Tera Bina”, “Kya Jeena” and ”Mehbooba”, a tribute to R.D. Burman with Asha in tow.
The second CD has all these songs in their remix avatar, a double delight for his fans and for others a double whammy. In the song “Kya Jeena”, you might actually get to hear a bit of his ‘normal’ voice, which makes for a pleasant change.
But he soon ‘corrects’ himself and decides to exercise his nasal chords. In another song he even tries to go classical. Yet another tune is unmistakably reminiscent of a recent, popular Punjabi pop release.
We do not know whether the song with Asha as a tribute to Panchamda was recorded before his much-publicised spat with the celebrated singer but even that song falls flat in this CD.
The talented Sunidhi Chauhan has hardly any role to play, except singing one line “Ya Ali”. Which is a pity, but then in HR’s domain there can be only one super star.
All in all, it is a typical ‘HR’ offering. Either you love him or loathe him. With him there are no half measures. Take it or leave it!
(Compiled by RS )
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