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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Credit Titles before "The End"!


“…. seldom is the color of labor ever noticed or recognised or given recognition to .. salutations therefore to them that remain unannounced and unwritten and unobserved in the creativity of the film .. yes they be a part of the extensive minute fonted credit titles that run endlessly at the finishing of the main .. they never ever illicit any notice ..” (Big B Blog)

Big B provides yet another proof of his natural and noble tendency to pick up a worthy cause and then bring it to limelight through his brightest of the bright Blogs to attract attention towards it of all those concerned, connected and in a position to help the cause by correcting the practice - producers in this case - , so that proper recognition is given to all those creative hands who have been toiling day and night along with the rest of the cast and crew in making of a movie, but never noticed or given recognition that they deserve. His salutations to them, I have every hope, will provide for the producers sufficient food for their thoughts on the matter and may make them think of ways and means to give proper place to the ‘color of labor’ that remains unobserved  throughout running of the film till “The End”, the last call to the viewers to rush to the “Exit” and vacate the hall to make space for the audience of the next show. And you have very clearly pointed out to the producers that inclusion of the names of that creative labor in the ‘minute fonted end credit titles that run endlessly at the finishing of the main’ has no meaning as their names still remain unobserved.     

In the old days, movies would just say "The End" and that was it.  Many didn't even have a cast list at the end.  Some had their own exit music, which is pretty much the function served by today's closing credits, usually typed and appear in white lettering on a solid black background, featuring no sound effects or dialogue, only a musical background, sometimes the movie’s theme music. The use of closing credits in film to list complete production crew and cast was not firmly established in films until the 1970s. Before this decade, most movies were released with no closing credits at all. Films generally had  only the opening credits, which consisted of just major cast and crew, although sometimes the names of the cast and the characters they played would be shown at the end also. Most interesting development in end credits in recent times is inclusion of a song, specially written and filmed to fill the time the end credits are scrolling on the screen, not so much to make the audience glued to the screen to give attention to end credits as to give them time to peacefully move out of the hall without any kind of  panicky rush to the “Exit”. One of the finest example of such a song was the end credit song, specially the English version, which was filmed on you, sir:
ARE U Ready, Sit Down,
Let Me Da Tell You A Lil Story,
'Bout 2 Cool Cats,
Yeah, Bunty Aur Babli,
C'minin' At An Angle,
That They Better Than The Rest,
When Ya Looking In-In Their Hearts,
Them A Da Pass The Test
And the song goes on and on for many minutes and is so attractive that the audience, even those who had stood  to start moving out, keep standing till the last lines of the lyric:
Just Like An Angry Character With A Lotta Soul,
Them A Da Call Him Bunty With A Heart Of Gold,
Just Like A Beautiful Angel Comin' Outta The Cold,
There's Only One Babli And That's For Sure,

( Bunty Aur Babli… They Hustle Now
Oh - Ho Oh - Ho )… (2)

( Bunty Aur Babli… They Settle Down )
Oh - Ho Oh - Ho

My son found this song to be the most attractive part of the film and keeps playing the last portion of the film often for watching this song. There are so many other songs and interesting stories on end credit finishing part of the films. I only wish that movie makers take it seriously what Big B has conveyed on giving due recognition to ‘creative labor’ in the movies they make and sincerely act on it,