BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT LAST TIME
The 10th screening in an ongoing weekly music film club at Kunzum Travel Cafe in association with m.a.f.i.a (Musicians Artists Filmmakers Interesting log…. Aajaao) – screenings every Wednesday evening.
Film: Pancham Unmixed, a film on R.D. Burman
Director: Brahmanand Singh
More about the film: http://www.brahmanandsingh.com/home.html#/news/pancham
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DATE: Wednesday, August 1
TIME: 6:30 p.m. onwards
VENUE: Kunzum Travel Cafe, T-49, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110016
ENTRY: No restrictions, PAY WHAT YOU LIKE
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/362530773815822
ABOUT THE FILM
This Double National Award winning film adopts a non-linier approach to Pancham, the man and his music and attempts to explore many aspects of his music and being, with a well-worked out effortlessness.
From the apprenticeship to his already famous father to his early attempts in doing comic roles to the stories of his first big film, Teesri Manzil to his somewhat dramatic courtship, marriage & separation with Rita Patel, his first wife, the film evolves into a gripping narrative of Pancham’s reflective and innovative artistry with which he so dominated the music scenario of the seventies, right up to the mid-eighties.
Through extremely charming and insightful de-construction of some of his very well-known as well as some not-so-known compositions (by musician colleagues and by a few leading current generation composers), we get an uncanny peek into how exactly he went about setting trends — not only in playback songs but also in title songs and background scores.
Effortlessly moving in and out of song stories, his amazing oeuvre and the man behind those amazing creations, the film explores the graph of his life and persona with heartwarming finesse. When we enter into the low phase of his life, it restructures human tragedy at its ironic best. The man who used to be surrounded by friends and colleagues all the time suddenly had no one by his side, once his commercial success went on the wane. Close friends recall, many with moist eyes, those terribly trying days, which he navigated with his dignity and humor intact, in spite of the low.
And then came 1942, A Love Story, which sprang him back into his pristine glory. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, however, transfixes us with a few riveting accounts of his almost personal journey in the process — the act of drawing out the genius composer from his own insecurities and demons to the real RD Burman that Chopra had always loved and adored.
In spite of an abundance of music (since thats what best defines the great composer), the film is also adequately laced with anecdotes recalled by some of his closest working colleagues, with fondness and humor, about his peccadilloes, pranks and eccentricities (and of course creations of some of his timeless compositions).
In an attempt to recreate the late composer, the film uses some rare photographs and archival material (live footage, though, has been kept, deliberately, to a minimum, since the quality encountered wasn’t very great).
Without the use of any voiceover, the film is a structural delight, where one facet of his music or persona seamlessly flows into another, propelling the narrative forward every few minutes. In the process, we come out with a rich and endearing experience of a journey that’s delightfully, unending.
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