Re: Dadar Kirti
- From: "Archisman" <archimoz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 19 Oct 2005 00:02:49 -0700
The other song (rabindrasangeet) of this film is 'ei korechho bhaalo
nithuro he' which is the climax of the film. Sung by Hemanta Mukherjee.
Though bengali films (especially the well produced ones) have quite a
liberal sprinkling of rabindrasangeets in them, these two songs of
'Dadaar Keerti' by Hemanta Mukherjee fit the situatuation & storyline
of the movie perfectly and not hang out like a necklace. Credit, I
think ought to go to the director Tarun Majumdar, who can be safely
called the Hrishikesh Mukherjee of Bengal with his simple, feel-good,
song oriented & thoughtful movies.
The lead actress, Mahua Roychowdhury had all the makings of a top notch
actress in Bengal till she tragically died of burns in a fire-accident.
Some murky murmurs did emanate about her death but fizzled out after a
Hemanta Mukherjee's voice sounded a tad jaded (post 1970, for me, all
his good songs were on a case by case basis) but both his
rabindrasangeets for this movie were huge hits. Hemanta-babu was
perhaps the only artist (after Pankaj Mallick) who straddled the world
of rabindrasangeets & film/modern songs with equal dexterity.
I remember attending a rabindrasangeet concert of his in the early 80's
where he was requested by a member of the audience to sing those
'daadar keerti' songs, wherein Hemanta-babu animatedly emphasised they
these songs were Rabindra Sangeets first & film songs later (chuckle!).
But then, that's the power of movies for you.
'Dadaar Keerti' can take credit for launching the careers of Tapas Pal,
Preasenjit, Mahua Roychowdhury & Debashree Roy, all of whom tasted a
lot of success in the years that followed.
P.S. Two of Arundhati Holmechowdhury's finest bengali modern songs were
under the baton of Salil Chowdhury: 'phaagun-ke daaklaam, phaagun bollo
aashchhi' (bengali version of Mukesh's 'yeh din kya aaye' from Chhoti
Si Baat) & 'chole je jaaye din din din' (bengali version of 'guzar
jaaye din din din'). In the latter, she transits from the mukhda to the
antara beautifully without the guiding interlude music.
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