Effortlessly moving in and out of song stories, his amazing oeuvre and the man behind those amazing creations, the film explores the graph of his life and persona with heartwarming finesse. When we enter into the low phase of his life, it restructures human tragedy at its ironic best. The man who used to be surrounded by friends and colleagues all the time suddenly had no one by his side, once his commercial success went on the wane. Close friends recall, many with moist eyes, those terribly trying days, which he navigated with his dignity and humor intact, in spite of the low.
And then came 1942, A Love Story, which sprang him back into his pristine glory. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, however, transfixes us with a few riveting accounts of his almost personal journey in the process — the act of drawing out the genius composer from his own insecurities and demons to the real RD Burman that Chopra had always loved and adored.
In spite of an abundance of music (since that’s what best defines the great composer), the film is also adequately laced with anecdotes recalled by some of his closest working colleagues, with fondness and humor, about his peccadilloes, pranks and eccentricities (and of course creations of some of his timeless compositions).
In an attempt to recreate the late composer, the film uses some rare photographs and archival material (live footage, though, has been kept, deliberately, to a minimum, since the quality encountered wasn’t very great).
Without the use of any voiceover, the film is a structural delight, where one facet of his music or persona seamlessly flows into another, propelling the narrative forward every few minutes. In the process, we come out with a rich and endearing experience of a journey that’s delightfully, unending.
The film adopts a rather non-linear approach to Pancham, the man and his music and attempts to explore many aspects of his music and being, with a well worked-out effortlessness.
From the apprenticeship to his already famous father to his early attempts in doing comic roles to the stories of his first big film, Teesri Manzil to his somewhat dramatic courtship, marriage & separation with Rita Patel, his first wife, the film evolves into a gripping narrative of Pancham’s reflective and innovative artistry with which he so dominated the music scenario of the seventies, right up to the mid-eighties.
Through extremely charming and insightful de-construction of some of his very well-known as well as some not-so-known compositions (by musician colleagues and by a few leading current generation composers), we get an uncanny peek into how exactly he went about setting trends — not only in playback songs but also in title songs and background scores.
… a highly successful gifting, screening & workshop brand
The film, Pancham Unmixed, has been a runaway hit just like it has enthralled viewers across its hundred plus screenings all over the world — in International film festivals, private ones by organizations and film societies, and even domestic screenings of 20-100 people in home theatres and large Television Screens. There are many who have seen the film 7 times and 8 times and 23 and 33 times, and have been touched, moved, enthralled, energized and captivated.
The film has, interestingly, been a huge hit in the gifting circuit as well. The gift pack, has been used in several different ways by companies and banks to in-house officers deserving any sort of kudos or incentive, as festival and year-end gifts, to draw high salaried accounts and various other gestures and incentives.
Winner of 2 National Awards, Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai (113 minutes) takes an incisive look into the legendary composer, RD Burman’s reflective artistry and buoyant-but-also-lonely inner being. Featuring a host of close friends, colleagues and admirers, the film evokes awe, admiration and nostalgia the way most of his music does, till date.
Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai by Brahmanand S Siingh has been recognized as the most definitive film on one of the most versatile composers of the Hindi Film Music Industry, who brought about a revolution in the popular music of its time in the late 60s, almost single-handedly.
The film, Pancham Unmixed, has been a runaway hit just like it has enthralled viewers across its hundred plus screenings all over the world — in International film festivals, private ones by organizations and film societies … and even domestic screenings of 20-100 people in home theatres and large Television Screens … There are many who have seen the film 7 times and 8 times and 23 and 33 times … They have been touched, moved, enthralled, energized and
The film has, interestingly, been a huge hit in the gifting circuit as well.
• Other than individuals buying in lots of 5 and 10 and 20 to gift to their friends, it has caught up big way in corporate gifting
• It all began with Abu Dhabi Bank ordering 660 copies with their logo imprinted on the pack to gift it their high profile customers, encouraging them to make international transfers.
• Many others thereafter have been ordering and discussing the excellently-presented pack in bulk in multiples of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and even 10,000.
Creative traits, it has often been observed, whenever encouraged and developed, makes anyone a great learner. An approved curriculum is important, but perhaps not enough.
Creativity is the edge they need to develop in order to get ahead in a most holistic way.
Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai … an abundantly enjoyable and moving story in the form of a feature-length film … on the life and times & music and personality of one of our greatest and iconic composers, RD Burman.
At the very first screening, at its World Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood, a state-of-the-art 14-theater complex in Los Angeles, Pancham Unmixed was screened to a houseful audience on April 26, 2008. The result was stupendous. More than 50% of them stayed back for the Q&A, which went on for over 40 minutes and later continued in the foyer for another 30-40 minutes. Observations and questions were surprisingly adulatory and positive through and through … they called it a great film, which made them uplifted, energized, laugh and cry and get goose bumps on so many occasions.
About 20% of the audience here probably was Pancham fans who had come all the way from East Coast, Mid-West and one particular matchless fan, Kaustubha Pingle, had even come down from Dubai just for the premiere. Another 10% were youngsters (Indian Diaspora or their friends hooked on to Bollywood) … the lot who probably knew some of RD’s popular remixes but was unfamiliar with the actual composer behind it.
The rest were mostly Western enthusiasts who had never heard Pancham’s name. At the closing ceremony the next day, it got a special Jury mention, “as a film that won our hearts and a must-watch film for all” … and the scene (people coming up and talking how much they liked it and why) almost repeated at the closing ceremony party, eclipsing the fan following of many other more prominent films and filmmakers present. One week later, there was an informal screening organized by my cousin in Colorado School of Mines in Denver. Screened in a lecture theater for about a hundred invited guests over beer and pizza, the result was almost a repeat of the ArcLight Hollywood experience.
Another week after, back in Mumbai, screened on an old TV set (not the whole film but selected sections) with 150 literary and cultural connoisseurs, the result was, again overwhelming, to say the least.My cousin and one of the brightest guys I have ever known, Aditya Nath Jha, declared the film “screen independent” (meaning doesn’t matter where you show it and how you show it … results are likely to be the same). Shashi Rao, another great connoisseur of films and music, who was there at the ArcLight Hollywood, almost said the same things.
A Priceless Collection Of Over 5 Hours Of Captivating Interviews On RD Burman’s Life, Music And Magic
Featuring people who knew him (RD Burman) best, worked with him and some from the newer generation who revere and interpret RD’s music perceptively, Knowing Pancham is an exciting collection of over 5 hours of priceless anecdotes, insights and observations.
Much more and beyond what you came across in the National Award-winning film, Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai … which has enthralled audiences, music lovers and Pancham fans across the world … From Romania to Cochin, from Mexico to Jaipur, from New York to Pune, from Tokyo to Kolkata … in hundreds of screenings and thousands of DVD & YouTube viewings … Touching thousands of lives and energizing them in curiously spiritual ways … the collection brings to life, RD Burman’s reflective artistry and buoyant-but-also-lonely inner being, like never before.
A must view for Pancham fans, music-lovers & professionals from myriad backgrounds … there is something in it for everyone.