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What fuelled the fire in Shillong

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/what-fuelled-the-fire-in-shillong-5221728/

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Nostalgia.... will try and watch it again soon. I'm sure I still remember all the lyrics
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At 24th July of 1987, the movie "La Bamba" debuted in theaters. "La Bamba" is an American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, and Joe Pantoliano. The film depicts the effect Valens' career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of his family.

The 1987 biopic "La Bamba", which retells the rise and demise of teenage Chicano rocker Ritchie Valens, is often mentioned together with "The Buddy Holly Story". There could be a lot of reasons for this: the most obvious is that in real life the fates of both Valens and Holly were sealed by the same plane crash in 1959, but both films also helped to renew interest in '50s rock music for new generations, both films offered breakout starring roles for previously unknown actors (Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Gary Busey as Holly).

Those connections aside, "La Bamba" is quite different from, and notably superior to, "The Buddy Holly Story". The film was written and directed by Luis Valdez, who, in 1981, made "Zoot Suit", which was a hybrid theatrical/cinematic experience about another moment in California's Chicano history, the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder trial. Valdez eschews the artifice this time around and instead uses Ritchie Valens's brief life as an opportunity to craft a naturalistic family drama. That grounding of the story in Ritchie's family dynamic is what makes La Bamba so rewarding to watch.

Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a very poor Mexican-American living with his family in a slum in Paicoma, California. When he is sixteen years old, his half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales) is released from the jail and comes back home, bringing money enough for the family to move from the slums to a humble house in a better place. Ritchie goes to the nearby high-school, where he falls in love for Donna (Danielle von Zerneck).

Donna, together with his mother Connie Valenzuela (Rosanna DeSoto), his family and his guitar, are the passions of Ritchie. Bob Keene (Joe Pantoliano), president of Del-Fi Records in Hollywood, invites Ritchie to record a single and offers him a recording contract. His first single ("Come On Let's Go") is a great success, and Bob Keene becomes Ritchie's manager.

The next songs ("Donna" and "La Bamba") are also very successful and Ritchie Valens becomes famous, earning lots of money. While traveling making shows along USA, he decides to accept an invitation of Buddy Holly to fly back home. A tragic plane crash on 03 Feb 1959 ends the life of this promising seventeen years old singer, along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

The singing voice we end up hearing does not belong to Lou Diamond Phillips, but instead belongs to David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Los Lobos had their biggest chart successes with the renditions of Ritchie's songs they recorded for the film, and the La Bamba soundtrack album went multi-platinum. Their recordings are a fitting redux of Ritchie's work, even if they don't undertake a precise reproduction of the original performances.

As in all biopics, dramatic license must have been taken with some aspects of Ritchie Valens's life, but "La Bamba" almost never strains credulity. The film's layered storytelling, which balances the dramatic events occuring within Ritchie's family with the rocker's brief but memorable rise to stardom and his star-crossed courtship of a girl outside his social stratum, makes "La Bamba" absolutely believable and engrossing.

Though Luis Valdez has continued with his theater work, it seems a shame that he has yet to direct another feature film because, 30 years later, this well-made film remains endearing and moving. Though it doesn't have a lot of competition, "La Bamba" is easily one of the best rock music biographies that has been committed to film.

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