New Delhi: Producer-director Anubhav Sinha, who hails from Bihar, has always loved listening to Bhojpuri music, but he feels that culturally rich music has lost its charm over time. As such, he has composed, directed and produced the Bhojpuri music video ‘Bambai Main ka ba’ under his production banner Banaras MediaWorks with the aim of reviving Bhojpuri music and doing something for his culture, In which Manoj Bajpayee will be seen.
Written emotional note
Anubhav Sinha shared, ‘I wanted to do a Bhojpuri song for the longest time. I have grown up in a Bhojpuri environment since the 70s and many people still do not realize that Bhojpuri music used to be very classy in those days. It was an integral part of Bollywood the way Punjabi music is today. Classic Bhojpuri-based Bollywood numbers such as ‘Naan Lad Jai Hai To Manwa Ma’ and ‘Chalat Musafir Moh Liya Re’ were seen in Bollywood. During that time Bhojpuri music was also played in the homes of educated people.
Bhojpuri music wants to revive the experience
Anubhav further elaborated, ‘But now in the last 25-30 years, Bhojpuri music has become double meaning and meaningless. Now it is played not at home but at paan shop, tea shop. People who used to listen to these songs in their family have also got away from them. Since I belong to that part of the country, I can tell you that earlier the percentage of people consuming this music was more than the people who consume Bhojpuri music today. For the past 10 years, I wanted to revive Bhojpuri music with a classy, meaningful song that can be enjoyed by all generations together.’
Experience working with Manoj
Talking about his association with versatile actor Manoj Vajpayee for the music video ‘Bambai Main Ka Ba’, he said, ‘One morning, Manoj sent me a Bhojpuri song and he wanted me to listen to it. By then I had already composed this song ‘Bambai Main Ka Ba’ and I felt that Manoj should be introduced in this song, but I was not sure about it so I did not contact him. Then one day he sent me another Bhojpuri song and I told him that I do not like the new era Bhojpuri songs and then I told him about this song. When he heard this song, he liked it very much. I asked him if he would like to join it, then Manoj gave a nod. The next day he reached the studio for rehearsal and in a week we started shooting for it. There were very good reasons for both of us to feel inspired and to work on the song because it is about the migrant workers and I hope more will come after that.’
Anubhav also said, ‘I lost my mother in 2012 and she used to talk mostly in Bhojpuri. After his departure, the Bhojpuri language suddenly disappeared from my life and since then I started feeling the lack of it because mother used to sing songs in Bhojpuri as well. I have composed this song in his memory. I want to take Bhojpuri music to the level that people will start making more Bhojpuri songs.’
The song was shot one day in a city studio amidst a coronavirus epidemic.
Produced by Banaras Mediaworks in collaboration with T-Series, the song ‘Bambai Main Ka Ba’, filmed on the versatile actor Manoj Bajpayee, will be launched soon.