Tagore still influences Bollywood!

  • Today is 'Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore's birthday and though it's been 154 years since his birth, his work has influenced Bollywood time and again - be it his stories or his songs. We take a look at his work which has seeped on to celluloid. The latest to pay his obeisance to the master is none other than the megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The megastar rendered his version of 'Jan Gan Man' which was thrown open just before the release of his 'Shamitabh'. The video shot at different locations in Kolkata was shot by director Shoojit Sircar.
    Today is 'Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore's birthday and though it's been 154 years since his birth, his work has influenced Bollywood time and again - be it his stories or his songs. We take a look at his work which has seeped on to celluloid. The latest to pay his obeisance to the master is none other than the megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The megastar rendered his version of 'Jan Gan Man' which was thrown open just before the release of his 'Shamitabh'. The video shot at different locations in Kolkata was shot by director Shoojit Sircar.
  • The superstar was again dabbling with the work of Gurudev. Amitabh Bachchan crooned to Tagore's 'Ekla Chalo Re' under the baton of composer duo Vishal-Shekhar. With a mix of Bangla, Hindi and English, the appeal of the song was as strong as ever and gelled beautifully in the plot of the Sujoy Ghosh directed blockbuster 'Kahaani'.
    The superstar was again dabbling with the work of Gurudev. Amitabh Bachchan crooned to Tagore's 'Ekla Chalo Re' under the baton of composer duo Vishal-Shekhar. With a mix of Bangla, Hindi and English, the appeal of the song was as strong as ever and gelled beautifully in the plot of the Sujoy Ghosh directed blockbuster 'Kahaani'.
  • Now was the turn of someone from the family of the master himself. Soha Ali Khan starrer 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' had a song titled 'Vidya ki Parasmani' which was inspired from Rabindra Sangeet. In Bengali it is Aguner Parosmoni. Guess Soha Ali Khan wanted more than just featuring in the song as she went ahead and also rendered a couplet of Tagore's poetry - the plot of the film unfolds with the couplet and ends too with the same couplet. The film came and went but no one took notice of it.
    Now was the turn of someone from the family of the master himself. Soha Ali Khan starrer 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' had a song titled 'Vidya ki Parasmani' which was inspired from Rabindra Sangeet. In Bengali it is Aguner Parosmoni. Guess Soha Ali Khan wanted more than just featuring in the song as she went ahead and also rendered a couplet of Tagore's poetry - the plot of the film unfolds with the couplet and ends too with the same couplet. The film came and went but no one took notice of it.
  • This time it was the turn of Gulzar. He went ahead and made 'Lekin' with Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia and Hema Malini in 1991 which was based on a short story of Rabindranath Tagore. The story Gulzar opted for was 'Kshudhit Pashaan'. The mysterious plot had the backdrop of Rajasthan's dunes. 'Lekin' was a mega success at the National Awards and as many as five people associated with the film won the prestigious honour. The winners were Lata Mangeshkar, Gulzar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Nitish Roy and Bhanu Athaiya.
    This time it was the turn of Gulzar. He went ahead and made 'Lekin' with Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia and Hema Malini in 1991 which was based on a short story of Rabindranath Tagore. The story Gulzar opted for was 'Kshudhit Pashaan'. The mysterious plot had the backdrop of Rajasthan's dunes. 'Lekin' was a mega success at the National Awards and as many as five people associated with the film won the prestigious honour. The winners were Lata Mangeshkar, Gulzar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Nitish Roy and Bhanu Athaiya.
  • The Bachchan khandaan was yet again linked with Tagore's work. Jaya Bhaduri in the initial phase of her career acted in the film 'Uphaar' which was made under the banners of the famed Rajshri Productions. The film was based on a short story titled 'Samapti' by Tagore. Jaya Bhaduri bagged her first Filmfare Award for her performance in this movie. The film was also selected as India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 45th Academy Awards.
    The Bachchan khandaan was yet again linked with Tagore's work. Jaya Bhaduri in the initial phase of her career acted in the film 'Uphaar' which was made under the banners of the famed Rajshri Productions. The film was based on a short story titled 'Samapti' by Tagore. Jaya Bhaduri bagged her first Filmfare Award for her performance in this movie. The film was also selected as India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 45th Academy Awards.
  • Kabuliwala without any doubt can be considered as the greatest adaptation ever of any of Tagore's stories. Balraj Sahni in the role of a Pathan is still remembered as one of the greatest performances Bollywood has ever witnessed. It was based on a short story of Tagore which was first published in Sadhana, a Bangla literary magazine which he edited till the first decade of the 20th century.
    Kabuliwala without any doubt can be considered as the greatest adaptation ever of any of Tagore's stories. Balraj Sahni in the role of a Pathan is still remembered as one of the greatest performances Bollywood has ever witnessed. It was based on a short story of Tagore which was first published in Sadhana, a Bangla literary magazine which he edited till the first decade of the 20th century.
  • SD Burman was a music director much in demand in the 60s and 70s. And a portion of his success could also be attributed to few songs of Tagore from where he gained his inspiration. While 'Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina' from 'Abhimaan' was inspired from Tagore's Mishra Khamaj based 'Jodi Tare Nai Chini Go Seki??', 'Megha Chhaye' from 'Sharmilee' had its roots in 'Laho Laho Tule Laho'. Incidentally SD Burman won the Filmfare trophy twice for 'Abhimaan' and 'Taxi Driver' and both had songs which were inspired from Rabindra Sangeet.
    SD Burman was a music director much in demand in the 60s and 70s. And a portion of his success could also be attributed to few songs of Tagore from where he gained his inspiration. While 'Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina' from 'Abhimaan' was inspired from Tagore's Mishra Khamaj based 'Jodi Tare Nai Chini Go Seki??', 'Megha Chhaye' from 'Sharmilee' had its roots in 'Laho Laho Tule Laho'. Incidentally SD Burman won the Filmfare trophy twice for 'Abhimaan' and 'Taxi Driver' and both had songs which were inspired from Rabindra Sangeet.
  • It was now the son's turn - RD Burman. His swan song '1942 - A Love Story' which unfortunately was his last composition, fetched him his third Filmfare trophy and it had elements of Rabindra Sangeet peppered here and there. The song 'Dil Ne Kaha' when heard carefully will remind people of 'Esho Shyama Sundaro'.
    It was now the son's turn - RD Burman. His swan song '1942 - A Love Story' which unfortunately was his last composition, fetched him his third Filmfare trophy and it had elements of Rabindra Sangeet peppered here and there. The song 'Dil Ne Kaha' when heard carefully will remind people of 'Esho Shyama Sundaro'.
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Today is 'Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore's birthday and though it's been 154 years since his birth, his work has influenced Bollywood time and again - be it his stories or his songs. We take a look at his work which has seeped on to celluloid. The latest to pay his obeisance to the master is none other than the megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The megastar rendered his version of 'Jan Gan Man' which was thrown open just before the release of his 'Shamitabh'. The video shot at different locations in Kolkata was shot by director Shoojit Sircar.

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