Monday, March 31, 2014

Creative Bonding : Creativity is not a 9 to 5 job, it comes from enthusiasm


Creative Bonding With Top Brass People : Creativity is not a 9 to 5 job, it comes from enthusiasm  

Close Encounter : Niilesh A Raje with Salim Khan


Close encounter with the living legend screenwriter Salim Khan . . . Gave me the feel as if I am watching the movie "Sholay" with the legend himself . . .

Close Encounter : Niilesh A Raje with Salim Khan


                 Bhai Tum Sign Karogey Ya Nahin . . . Close encounter with the living legend screenwriter Salim Khan. His words have power . . .

Close Encounter : Niilesh A Raje with Salim Khan


Close encounter with the living legend screenwriter Salim Khan . . . Bahut yaraana lagta hai ( It seems you are very close friends )

Friday, March 21, 2014

Penguin presents the evocative Conversations with Waheeda Rehman By Nasreen Munni Kabir


Waheeda Rehman speaks about her life with refreshing honesty, humour and insight. Nasreen Munni Kabir’s ‘Conversations with Waheeda Rehman’ abounds in anecdotes from the iconic life of one of Indian cinema’s most beautiful women actors. Penguin presents the evocative Conversations with Waheeda Rehman By Nasreen Munni Kabir.

Renowned for her natural talent and haunting beauty, Waheeda Rehman’s career spans an astonishing array of key films in Indian cinema, including Pyaasa, Abhijan, Mujhe Jeene Do, Guide, Teesri Kasam and Rang De Basanti. 

In this engaging book of conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir, Waheeda Rehman proves to be a lively raconteur, speaking about her life and work with refreshing honesty, humour and insight: from the devastating loss of her parents when she was young to making a life in cinema on her own terms, from insightful accounts of working with extraordinary film practitioners like Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Vijay Anand to her friendship witstars like Nargis and Nanda. 

A slice of cinema history told through compelling anecdotes and astute observations, Conversations with Waheeda Rehman provides a rare view of a much-adored and award-winning actress of Indian cinema.

The Author: Nasreen Munni Kabir is a reputed documentary film-maker and writer on films. Based in London, she has made several programmes on Hindi cinema for Channel 4 TV, UK, including the forty-six-part series Movie Mahal and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. Her several books are, among others, Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema, Talking Films and Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar, A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music, Lata Mangeshkar: In Her Own Voice and, most recently, In the Company of a Poet, a book of conversations with Gulzar.

Monday, March 17, 2014

36 Years of Release For Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se: (“Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry”) by: Niilesh A Raje


Sunday 16th March 2014 it completed 36 years for the release of this 1978 Romantic Hindi movie, “Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se". Rajshri Films decided to adapt this into a movie which was based on the bestselling novel "Love Story" by Erich Segal. The above adage “Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorryhas been well said by the author Erich Segal in his enduring classic. It was writer Vrajendra Gaur who adapted this English novel and Indianised this into a Romantic Hindi movie.  

Today's generation of songs bore listeners after a week of their production whereas some songs like this romantic title song (“Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se") has been soothing the ears of music lover’s for over three decades of its release.

The song (“Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se") became so popular that only a music director like Ravindra Jain who is visually impaired can truly appreciate and write such prolific lyrics. Mr. Jain who composed music and wrote songs for this movie was nominated for Filmfare Awards in two categories as the Best Lyricist (for title song) and Best Music Director. Hemlata has lent her voice to this song.

The song has been cast on Ranjeeta Kaur (Lily Fernandes) and Sachin (Arun) when both are seen going on a long drive in the red colour car only to witness the delicate merger of these two souls and are seen later romancing in the garden.   

The plot talks of a beautiful love story between Arun who happens to be rich and son of a Barrister which also brings in bloated ego in his personality. Lily on the other hand is a girl coming from a modest family living with limited resources. A day comes when Lily tops the class in her terminal examination and this hurts Arun’s ego as he was always the topper and for now stands second in the class.


                                         With actor Sachin Pilgaonkar

As they say not all love stories have that perfect ending and many times the feeling of losing your loved one’s makes the partner insecure or apprehensive. It’s clearly seen in these lines penned by Ravindra Jain and the profound impact one experiences when it relates to the matters of the heart.


Mein Jab Se Tere Pyar Ke Rangon Mein Rangi Hoon
(Since when I am coloured in colour of your love)

Jaagte Hue Soi Nahin Neendon Mein Jagi Hoon
(I cannot sleep and wake up while asleep)

Mere Pyar Bhare Sapne Kahin Koi Na Cheen Le
(that someone may snatch my lovely dreams)

Man Soch Ke Ghabraye Yahi Soch Ke Ghabraye
(my heart shudders at this thought)

Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se Maine Dekha Jo Saanware
(from the window of my eyes, when I saw, O dear one)

Tum Dhoor Nazar Aaye Badi Dhoor Nazar Aaye
(I saw you far, I saw you very far)

Band Karke Jharokhon Ko Zara Baithee Jo Sochne
(when I closed windows of my eyes and sat thinking)

Man Mein Tumhi Muskaye Man Mein Tumhi Muskaye
(I saw you smiling in my heart, I saw you smiling)


Lily sings this song while narrating her heart's condition to Arun. Lyrics by Ravindra Jain state their condition in which though they might not be able to see each other through open eyes, but when they shut their eyes they find each other very close to their heart. With passage of time Lily's health deteriorates and she dies in Arun's arms as she made Arun promise her to rise in life so that she would be at peace.

While today actor Sachin recently completed 50 years in the Indian Film Industry whereas actress Ranjeeta today stays with her husband Raj Masand and son Sky in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. They own a series of 7-Eleven stores in Virginia. Ravindra Jain the music director and lyricist whose name conjures music turned 70 this year on February 28.

Words have power which can make an individual move not only on a mental level but emotional level as well. The lyrics of Ravindra Jain have been no exception.

Movie                                       Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978)

Music and Song Lyrics              Ravindra Jain

Singer                                       Hemlata

Starring                                     Sachin Pilgaonkar and Ranjeeta Kaur

Director                                     Hiren Nag

Produced by                             Tarachand Barjatya



Sunday, March 16, 2014



Sensational Saturday : Last evening in a freewheeling chat with RJ Gaurav host of Radio City 91.1 FM retro music show "Kal Bhi Aaj Bhi". Gaurav, is very friendly, spontaneous, warm, has a good voice and an excellent command over the language . . .

Sunday Signature : by ~ Niilesh A Raje



Sunday Signature - The copy of the book "The Leader Who Had No Title" autographed and gifted to me by the author himself Robin Sharma, world's most trusted adviser on organizational and personal leadership . . .

Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se : by ~ Niilesh A Raje


Today (16th March) : It completes 36 years since the movie "Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se" was released.Music director Ravindra Jain who composed music and wrote songs for this movie was nominated for Filmfare Awards in two categories as the Best Lyricist (for title song) and Best Music Director. The title song became equally popular which only a person who has lost his eyes can truly appreciate. Rajshri Films decided to adapt this into a movie which was based on the best selling novel "Love Story" by Erich Segal. The title song even today has been soothing the ears of music lover’s post three decades of its release . . .

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Niilesh A Raje with Ramesh Deo


Gifted me the signed copy of his book he is none other than the courteous man from Kolhapur actor Ramesh Deo. As he leads us to his personal terrace garden and moves briskly to the kitchen to fetch some upma before we embark on our tete-a-tete ( Ramesh Deo ~ His Journey from Kolhapur to Mumbai from Police Force to Indian Film Industry )  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Niilesh A Raje with Gulzar Saab


Aspirations do come true. Presenting my article (Gulzar : Wizard of Words) that I had written for the genius himself and getting my copy autographed . . .