Friday, January 29, 2010

How was 'Phir Mile Sur' made? Inside story!

Are you wondering why did Zoom decide to recreate 'Phir Mile Sur'? Here is the top secret unearthed by our under cover agents (borrowed from UTV Bindass's Emotional Atyachar).

Zoom honchos had thought of making a music video featuring Bollywood stars but then someone suggested why not piggyback on something already popular and remembered! And they decided to do 'Phir Miley Sur'.

Here is how the "creative team" acted on the brief given by producers:

1) We need to have the 3 Khans doing what they are best known for. So Salman has to be shirtless (and keep his mouth shut!), Aamir has to be with kids (audience needs to be reminded that he is the conscientious Khan!) and SRK doing his trademark open-arms thing. And obviously all need to be given equal footage.

2) We need to show the young 'achievers'. To this someone said most of them may not be recognized by public. Good Point, so we need to show their more famous dad with them. Here come Ustad Amzad Ali Khan with sons Amaan and Ayaan, KJ Yesudas with Vijay, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma with Rahul. Pt. Ravi Shankar is unwell so Anoushka will have to do alone.

3) Bollywood's first family. No it will look like a family album. OK, we will do it in more discreet manner. Let's drop Big Ma. (She's a politician anyway!) Big B can sing, so let's keep him alone. And the beta-bahu can be shot together. (Someone said ya, may be we can sneak in a bar of Lux also somewhere!)

4) Musicians. Rahman HAS to be there but since we don't have anything like storyboard so we don't know what to do with him. Shankar-Ehsan-Loy can do a "Rock On" but who will tell them their piece which sounds like a crescendo is actually not in the end! Sivamani can be trusted to do something crazy. God bless the person who suggested inclusion of Ustad Rashid Khan. Shreya Ghoshal and Shan can be clubbed with east India. Sonu Nigam can be used as playback for stars.

5) Bollywood. But we have to keep whole country in mind, no? Uhh ok, Vikram and Surya from Tamil, Mahesh Babu from Telugu, Mammooty from Malyalam. Happy? Rituparna Sen Gupta and Sonali/Atul Kulkarni will go well because they can be shown as Bengali and Marathi (respectively) as well! (The guy who suggested this got a bonus.). Now we can fill in as many Bollywood guys as we want. (This thought made them so happy, they all shared a McAloo Tikki)

6) Budget. We have already spent 99.875% of our total budget on stars so get some sportsmen to whom we don't have to pay conveyance charges and yet people recognize them. Enter Gopichand-Saina, Vijayendra, Sunil, Abhinav and Baichung. Technicians? Unh who needs them. We can edit and put it all together ourselves on a Mac. So what if lips are not in sync with lyrics or fingers not in sync with the instrument. Oh, it's still not 16 minutes? Let's put in some stock shots of armed forces.

And then as they say rest was history. (PMS got such a bad response, that it was relegated to history books in first week itself!)


Smita said...

lol!!! Hilarious explanataion man :D

The lux bar takes the cake :P

Praveen राठी said...

Seriously yaar, they have screwed it up so badly.

But your "inside story" is too good. McAloo Tikki! ... he he

vimmuuu said...

Thanks for dropping by at my place; I wouldve missed this awesome take on the video !!! :D :D :D

1. ROFL and no more comments !!
2. Parents promoting children, huh? then they shouldve shown Amitabh wid Abhishek. He still promotes him in his blog ! :D
3.ROFLMAO @ lux !!! :D :D :D :D
4. LOL, atleast they were used properly ! Sonu performed weird, but the rest were actually better ! :D
5. Im glad they didnt show the bollywood stars enacting the other languages also ! Imagine, SRK doing a lip sync for Tamil/telugu lyrics ! :D
6. I know ! They didnt know how to end it. Got a couple of old videos, edited and mixed and showed the tricolor at the end to show that this was a video on India ! :D

Lovved this article !

See ya around !

Anonymous said...

Nice one Abhishek !

ubuntu said...

Dude, how will you explain Deepika's legs :-). They surely represent the unity of India.

Narayanan said...

You know what, I didnt know Zoom produced the video, but when I saw the video I thought 'This looks like one done by Times Group'! Indeed it is!

Lets forget it, and enjoy the best musical compilation I have seen in Indian TV history. I rate this ahead to 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara'

Abhishek said...

I was half expecting the fat maid (of Lux ad) to appear somewhere ;)

@Rathi, @Amit
Thanks :)

Maybe they actually tried doing that. That explains Priyanka's and Aamir's lip movements :D

You need not 'explain' Deepika's legs. Just ogle at them :D


Thanks so much dude! Truly 'Desh Rag' is a collector's item. DD has got such gems na!