Monday, January 21, 2013

Beautiful songs ace cinematography learning from old Films

Today's Hindi movies have routine song and dance sequences but rarely do we see a song particularly created for a movie, which blends into the movie seamlessly.

Guru Dutt was one such director who took picturisation of song seriously.  He used lyrics of the song so well to blend it with the Film than none other could.

Below is the video of the song Saakiya Aaj Mujhe Neend Nahin Aayee from "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam"

What's worth noticing in the song is that it blends into the scene perfectly and there is no break in the moment of the film.  Also worth noting are the use of lights by Guru Dutt, you will notice that only the artiste is shown in the light and all else is in shadows.  This type of shooting technique was used by Steven Spielberg in 'Schindler's List' and Quentin Tarantino in 'Pulp Fiction'.  Where as both the movies from 1990's and 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' was released in 1962 much earlier than I was born.

It's just fascinating to see the song come so bright despite of being in Black and White.  

That is the magic of Guru Dutt, hat's off to the great director

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