Friday, August 26, 2005

Water Water Everywhere....

Well, not quite.. not yet anyway. Hopefully soon enough. Deepa Mehta of Fire and 1947-Earth fame (and Bollywood Hollywood not-so-fame) is about to release her much awaited Water pretty soon. Much awaited because of quite a few reasons. For those of you who just came back from a 10 year long hitchhiking across the galaxy, the movie got more than its fair share of press when Mehta tried to shoot it in Varanasi and some hindu fundamentalists took umbrage at supposedly blasphemous nature of the movie's script and ended up vandalizing the movie's sets and stopping the shooting. The movie would've been highly anticipated even if that controversy hadn't erupted simply because Earth and 1947-Earth were pretty good movies (too slow for me at that time, but there were some good things in both of them.. not least of them A R Rahman's music), and Water is their follow up in spirit. Also, any script okayed by Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das together had to have the potential of some great performances at the very least and a great story/script too, hopefully. If that wasn't enough, Rahman went ahead and said that he liked his work on the movie so much that this is probably his only score that he'd himself give 10/10. This, after he already had gems like Roja, Bombay, Thiruda Thiruda, Pudhiya Mugham, Duet, Iruvar, Rangeela, 1947-Earth, Dil Se and Taal in his kitty. That, I need not emphasize, WAS saying something. Specially as it could not have been just a publicity gimmick because he mentioned it in an interview much before the movie even started shooting. He really must've been happy with the songs. That Mehta waited so long till she could go ahead and shoot the movie (in Colombo to avoid controversies) and never parted with the songs must say something about her conviction about making the movie in the end and also her confidence in the music. Even though the cast had to be changed to Lisa Ray, John Abraham and Seema Biswas its the same movie with the same songs (even though ARR couldn't do the background score anymore). That itself is reason enough to cheer the appearance of the first trailer online.

I must say that I'll approach the music without high expectations. First of all, the songs will most likely not be commercially successful as they aren't meant for that. Like 1947-Earth, they'll probably be absolutely brilliant gems that only a few of us will get to hear. Doesn't matter. If the songs are anything like 1947-Earth, I'd probably be absolutely delighted over next few months. As for Rahman saying that 10/10 thing, much as it excites me, I'm trying my best not to think about it a lot. Because chances are that we have had glimpses of whatever inspiration he got at that stage in many period/parallel movies he has done since then. Lagaan, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Bose, Swades and Mangal Pandey were very similar in their demand for music and almost all of them had great music. I'd be lying if I say that I'm expecting Water to surpass these albums in quality, 10/10 or not. Whatever little of the songs I can hear in the trailer seems to suggest that Water will definitely be a great addition to ARR's oeuvre, but it might not be the first album people will write about in his biography. Doesn't matter. Great is still great even though its not as great as the greatest. :)

Download and see the trailer (in Real format) from this link (you might have to scroll down a little)...

Not the greatest trailer they could've prepared surely. Absolutely bland in terms of the dialogue they chose to keep in the trailer. Bad vocals overall. But the visuals are pretty good. And the music will obviously sound much better if you listen to full songs and not just a few seconds. :)

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