Sunday, 20 September 2015

Godly song sung by Godly voice​ ​says​ ​Amitabh Bachchan

~(Dagger in the heart)~

MumbaiSeptember 2015 : Within two years of its inception, Essel Vision has become an undisputed leader in Marathi Cinema as the prime content producer & presenter. With the historical successes of its Marathi ventures ‘Duniyadaari’, 'Timepass' & 'Lai Bhaari', it has set a high benchmark for itself & the industry. The company has recently brought the prestigious Golden Lotus back home with its filmElizabeth Ekadashi, Killa winning the National Award 4 years after Natarang.  After presenting the internationally acclaimed Crystal Bear winner Killa, it gears up to bring the legendary play of Marathi stage “Katyar Kaaljat Ghusli” to the silver screen which introduces the famous singer & music directorShankar Mahadevan as an actor. To be directed by Subodh Bhave who earlier donned the role of the famous singer Balgandharva, Katyar is a magnum opus musical with a whopping 21 songs. Shankar Ehsan Loy, who are working for the first time in Marathi have revisited the original songs by Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki as well composed new tunes for the film. It will also introduce Sakshi Tanwar, who is still recalled as Paravti Bhabhi from the famous Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. The film tells the story of tussle between two classical gharaanas of music –one lead by Pandit Bhanushankarji (Shankar Mahadevan) & the other by Khansaheb (Sachin Pilgaonkar).

After being mesmerized by melodious music and magical voice for years together in Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Kannada and Tamil, Bollywood’s famous Singer, Composer and Musician Shankar Mahadevan in a completely new look and a new form in this mega project. Just when you think you've got Shankar Mahadevan all figured out he surprises you yet again. This time, by reprising the character of a music teacher of yore in the soon to release Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (KKG, Dagger in the heart) by Essel Vision.

"I was initially hesitant. It’s not about being camera shy. I have been part of several music videos and shoots. But there I am just being Shankar Mahadevan," the musician says  in an exclusive chat while talking about his first stint as an actor where he plays a renowned music teacher Pandit Bhanushankar.

"It’s a full length role and the character goes through a whole breadth of emotions in what is one of the most powerful vortex of the narrative," Mahadevan. Along with Ehsaan and Loy he has also the music for the film. "We have retained several of the iconic natyageets created by the late Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki for the play in the early 60s. We added several original scores which include bandishes, devotional numbers and even qawwalis as tracks in the movie for whrich I have also sung," the multilingual singer who has sung for the who's who among music composers informed and added, "We have also got the grandson and legatee of the original maestro Vasantrao Deshpande (whose voice has immortalized forever songs from the original play) Rahul Deshpande to sing for the film."

Based on the iconic record breaking namesake musical, this feud between two classical music gharanas is set in the 1880s in a British era princely state of Vishrampur (Central India ). "Getting into character and getting the nuance of every word and expression right was really challenging. I am really lucky to have been in very safe hands of the debutante director Subodh Bhave." Bhave has essayed the role of the iconic star of music theatre Bal Gandharva in a biopic four years ago to much critical and mass acclaim.

A tad emotional, Mahadevan confessed to being aware of his late music guru Shrinivas Khale's watchful eyes on him. "Wherever he is, I am sure he must be overjoyed at the prospect of me taking on a project like this." There's another Maharashtrian at home who has been mighty proud of his achievement. "My wife Sangeeta is the fulcrum around which my life revolves. I have sung for Marathi albums and concerts before but about KKG is really special and she's very happy."

In addition to that Bollywood’s veteran actor  Amitabh Bachchan has praised famous Indian singer Shankar Mahadevan with a huge compliment calling his voice as a Godly voice. Shankar has a composed & sung the song Sur Niraagas Ho, which is devotional song and it praises Lord Ganesha.

Big B took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and praised the singer for singing this Ganpati song. He tweeted and also posted on Facebook : The Godly song sung by Shankar, the Godly voice.

Not only Big B but the entire Bollywood music fraternity has applauded Shankar. Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee Tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain tweeted :  Great composition sung incredibly, this is a fab composition, plz congratulate the singer on my behalf Ganesha's ashirwad appears on him, beautiful.

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan said on Twitter: You sound DIVINE! And so nice to see you act @Shankar_Live Perfect gift for music lovers! wanna watch the film now.

Versatile singer Sonu Nigam Tweeted : beautiful song and rendition by Shankar Mahadevan... Looking forward to this film..

On Twitter itself, singer and composer Vishal Dadlani wrote: Shankar Ehsaan Loy's beautiful song from @katyarthemovie (starring Shankar!) is perfect for the Ganpati season!

Nikhil Sane, Business Head of Essel Vision said, Marathi Cinema is breaking boundaries yet again, praises like these coming from Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Zakir Hussain is very motivating for all of us.

The amazing song is composed by the popular Indian trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. This upcoming movie is directed by Subodh Bhave. The Musical Drama  is produced by Essel Visions and Shri Ganesh Marketing and Films. The starcast of this movie comprises of Shankar Mahadevan, Sakshi Tanwar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Subodh Bhave, Mrunmayee Deshpande and Amruta Khanvilkar.
​ ​The movie would be released all over Maharashtra on November 13

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