As the summer rains jolted down from its heavenly abode, the smell of the moist earth tantalised the senses. Approaching the Lyric Theatre, my window wide open, taking in the atmosphere, my thoughts rush to the concert I am about to witness. We were introduced to Ustad Zakir and Rakesh Chaurasia, a standing ovation with a thunderous applause ensued.
Bajirao Mastani is based on the love story between Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani; set in the time period between 1720AD – 1740AD; the epic also depicts the angst and sacrifices of Kashibai (Bajirao’s first wife). The music, while staying relevant to the time period, has to also cater to the titular characters Marathi heritage and be fresh enough to cater to the current audience.
Mughal-E-Azam’s music has truly played an important role in its phenomenal success. In this epic love story, Naushad’s melodies paired with Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics were unbeatable. K. Asif took a decade to create his grand epic, “Mughal-e-Azam”. He made sure that each and every part of his baby depicted emotions on an epic scale. They say that the music is the soul of the film and it is no surprise then that K. Asif and Naushad made sure that the songs were unforgettable and luxuriously romantic. “Mughal-e-Azam” reminds us why we still have the song-and-dance formula in Hindi films. The music and poetry can add so many depths to a legendary romance and make many people want to revisit that film again and again. No wonder then that this film is now accepted as the definitive version of the Salim-Anarkali story.