A documentary film on RD Burman

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By Faridoon Shahryar, IndiaFM

“Mere saare compositions ek taraf….’Tere bina zindagi se koi shikva to nahin’ ek taraf,” said master singer-composer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to one of his friends highlighting the brilliance of evergreen music composer RD Burman who is having his 14th death anniversary today. One of his fans, Brahmanand Singh has recently completed a two hour long documentary film Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai on RD Burman for which he has interviewed some of the most revered names in the Film Industry like Asha Bhonsle, Shammi Kapoor, Gulzar, Rishi Kapoor, Pyarelal, Javed Akhtar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shantanu Moitra, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaurasia and loads more.

“Today over 60% remixed songs are RD Burman numbers. People are forgetting who made them, how they were made. People know the songs from the names of the DJs attached to them. If a film like this is not made then the original composer would be completely forgotten,” Singh claims. But is there any other reason for making a film such as this? “No authentic work has been done on him. He is such an important landmark in Indian films. I’ve spent two years on the film talking to many of the people who were either close to him or have followed his work closely. It also has some of the very rare photographs, films clippings.”

Brahmanand Singh who has earlier made documentaries on Classical singer Asgari Bhai, Alzheimers Disease and Ragpickers is also looking forward to directing a comedy feature film. As for Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai, he believes that since he has shot it on HDV, it deserves to get a theatrical release and he would want a big production house to take over the marketing of his film. We at IndiaFM Broadband shall premiere the first exclusive clip from this documentary tomorrow. So, all you RD fans don’t forget to make a date with us!

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