iPhone X Controversy Spurs Interest In Brahmanand Singh’s Documentary – Pancham Unmixed

Pancham Unmixed Film

The iPhone X Controversy has Spurred Interest In the R D Burman Documentary Pancham Unmixed – Mujhey Chaltey Jaana Hai. PVR Cinemas slots two special shows this weekend (March 24 & 25)

While angry fans trolled iPhone X’s latest ad for using the music of the gifted composer R D Burman from B R Film’s The Burning Train without due credit, PVR Cinemas has slotted two special shows this weekend (March 24 &25) at at 25 theatres across India to screen director Brahmanand Singh’s documentary Pancham Unmixed – Mujhey Chaltey Jaana Hai on the legendary composer who passed away in 1994.

 Soon after the controversy broke out, Brahmanand Singh was live on social media on Thursday even, where he spoke about how, even today, after more than 3 decades, RD’s music is as iconic, fresh and contemporary as ever – so much so that even Apple chose it, to represent their latest offering to the youth across the globe.

When contacted, the director shared how he had updates coming in of bookings already house-full in some of the PVR screens across the country.

The film that has won two National awards, including Best Director, features the journey of the pathbreaking composer through conversations with people who were closest to him, including Asha Bhosle, Shammi Kapoor, Manna Day, Gulzar, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan and Loy, Louis Banks, Rishi Kapoor, Amit Kumar, Usha Uthup, Kavita Krishnamoorthy, Javed Akhtar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, and even his team of musicians like Kersi Lord and Manohri Da among several others.

This tribute to the son of the unforgettable S D Burman is considered a must watch even after 10 years of its making, especially because R D Burman songs are still remixed today by DJs and composers, who treat him like the textbook of music.

Ranked a massive 8.2 on IMDB, this film has travelled across the world through film festivals and special screenings, and won accolades and awards for its sensitivity and authenticity in mapping the life of the person-persona-musician who gave us hits like Sholay, Hare Rama Hare Krishna , Aandhi, Amar Prem, Ijaazat, Ghar, Yaadon Ki Baarat, Teesri Manzil, Maasoom, Satte Pe Satta, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi, Sagar and several more, only to leave this planet days before his most phenomenal comeback – 1942, A Love Story.

For music lovers, this a treat not worth missing and an experience to share with like-minded souls.

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