50 years of singing, over 5,000 concerts, more than 40 countries on music tours … 80 albums, 500 plus ghazals, 300 bhajans and many memorable film songs that will resound loud for eternity … Jagjit Singh was perhaps the first Independent music star of India.
With a voice cool as ice and stirring enough to break or mend your heart, Jagjit Singh has been India’s most iconic ghazal maestro by all accounts. Generations have turned to him in their moments of sorrow, pain, anguish, dejection … as much as they have in their times of triumphs & celebrations.
Kaagaz Ki Kashti … is an evocative account of a down-to-earth small-town boy from Ganganagar, Rajasthan who made it big by adding that extra something in his music … giving it a polish and a soul at the same time … choosing simple but touching urdu poetry, setting them to simple tunes and introducing western instrumentation to make them textured, contemporary and rich. This lyrical feature-documentary uses his music and the poems he chose to sing … to tell his own story … of his exciting life-journey to stardom, of love and loss, of tribulations and triumphs. In the process, the film captures the man behind the visible and the childlike artist behind his creations.
Shot in Ganganagar, Rajasthan, where he was born and grew up; Punjab where he spent some formative years and finally Mumbai, where he flowered and established himself as a legend, the film promises to be also one of the best visualized accounts of his compositions, so rich in irony and nuances about shades of life.
Featuring friends and family who knew him well, musicians who played with him in countless concerts and recordings and some fans and well-wishers, Kaagaz Ki Kashti … is in the post production stage, expecting to be completed within a couple of months.
Chitra Singh, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Pankaj Udhas, Ghulam Ali, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, Ashok Khosla, Vinod Sehgal, Roop Kumar Rathod, Harsh Goenka, Daman Sood, Abhinav Upadhyay, Deepak Pandit, Ronu Majumdar, Atul Reninga, Geeta Prem, Ameesha Patel, Juhi Chawla and many others …
Jhalki … Ek Aur Bachpan (… A Different Childhood) is a lyrical story of the search of a 9 year-old girl for her 7 year-old brother against the backdrop of bonded child labor in the carpet weaving factories of India.
Like countless other kids from her village, one fine day, her beloved brother is traded-off in a very unlikely situation for the family. A seven year-old kid who was used to fun and freedom, in spite of the existing poverty, is suddenly thrown into an inhuman world of child labor with no respite from a terminally gloomy, dark and depressing workplace.
Jhalki decides to follow her instincts and not take the trade-off lying down. In the process, she ends up running into obstacles of the system that only aids child labor --- bureaucracy, corruption, exploitation and so on.
Armed with a folk story of a tireless sparrow that gets her lost grain of food back for her children, a never-say-die attitude and an uncanny presence of mind, Jhalki eventually becomes instrumental for a snowballing movement that frees Babu, her brother, along with thousands of other children caught in the vicious trap.
Under the series Mobius Biopics, Brahmanand S Siingh has a vision of bringing out the lives of icons that continue to rule our minds and hearts. Siingh believes that it is his payback time to the nation, which is full of icons from various walks of life --- from movie stars to sports heroes to painters to dancers, writers, musicians, scientists, thinkers, business entrepreneurs --- whose dramatic and inspirational stories are crying out to be told. To create these extensively-researched, grippingly-told and well-presented Biopics, Siingh is in the process of identifying the most admired dreamers the country has ever seen, especially those who have become inspiration to countless millions, energizing us all with their fascinating stories and in finding ways to reach their life stories to the public domain. The stupendous success of his critically acclaimed, National Award-winning biography, Panacham Unmixed, on the life and times of legendary composer, RD Burman is a testimony to his grip and understanding of a particular style of storytelling of biographies.