Thursday, 24 November 2022

50 Years of Seeta Aur Geeta


This film is a classic entertainer, released on 24th November 1972, the film was a blockbuster. Inspired by Ram Aur Shyam the film has a strong script by Salim Javed. Hema Malini in a double role brings the film to life with her natural charm and beauty.

The story is about identical twins (played by Hema Malini) who are separated at birth and grow up with different temperaments. After they meet each other as adults, they swap places. The two sisters' partners in the movie are played by Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar, while Manorama plays the villainous aunt.

Despite the presence of Dharmendra who was the reigning star of the time. and Sanjeev Kumar, it is an outright Hema Malini film. She got the Filmfare Award for best actress for that year.R.D. Burman's music is outstanding. All the songs are lovely, from the happily exciting "Oh Saathi Chal" to the catchy "Zindagi Hai Khel" to the ballad "Haan Ji Haan"


1"Arey Zindagi Hai Khel"Manna DeyAsha Bhosle04:43Picturised on Hema Malini as Geeta and Dharmendra
2"O Saathi Chal"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle04:29Picturised on Hema Malini and Sanjeev Kumar
3"Koi Ladki Mujhe Kal Raat"Kishore KumarLata Mangeshkar04:20Picturised on Hema Malini as Geeta and Sanjeev Kumar
4"Haan Ji Haan Maine Sharaab"Lata Mangeshkar05:26Picturised on Hema Malini as Geeta
5"Abhi to Haath Mein Jaam"Manna Dey05:31Picturised on Dharmendra

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Thursday, 3 November 2022

50 Years of Raja Jani


In continuation of giving hits from Tum Haseen Mein Jawan and Sharafat by the hit Jodi Dharmendra and Hema Malini, this was their third hit movie in a row for the year 1972. It was the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 1972.

The film was made under the banner of Seven Arts Pictures by producer Madan Mohla and directed by Mohan Sehgal from a script by Nabendu Ghosh with dialogue by Ali Raza. The music was the highlight of the film with many popular songs such as , “A. B. C. chhodo”, “Jani o jaani” by Kishore Kumar, “Duniya ka mela mele mein Ladki"and more.

Dharmendra as Raj Kumar Singh "Raja" in search of a young girl who could be placed in the palace as heir to the kingdom– courtesy of an arrangement with the scheming Diwan Gajendra Singh (Prem Nath). He finds one in a street dancer, Shanoo (Hema Malini), trains her up as a princess, and presents her to the Rajmata (Durga Khote) as her long lost granddaughter, Ratna. Rajmata is delighted to have her back,  With lots of twists and turns take over, bringing into the plot  Raja and Ratna carry out a well-thought-out plan, and the lovers are united by the grandmother.

The film is entertaining with a lot of action, it is a one-time watch


The music composed by Laxmikant–Pyarelal.

"Jani O Jani"Kishore Kumar
"Aa Aaja Aaja"Lata Mangeshkar
"A B C D Chhodo"Lata Mangeshkar
"Duniya Ka Mela"Lata Mangeshkar
"Kitna Maza Aa Raha Hai"Lata Mangeshkar
"Mubarak Ho Tujhe Ae Dil"Lata Mangeshkar

Songs of Raja Jani

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Thursday, 20 October 2022

50 Years of Parichay


Parichay is a 1972 film released on 20th October.The film was partially inspired by the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.It is directed by Gulzar who changed the looks ans screen image of Jeetendra who by that time was called the Jumping Jack.

It is a feel-good film unlike other 70s Masala Movies with a hero who bashes people. It stars Jeetendra, Jaya Bhaduri and Pran in the lead role, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Khanna are as guest and special appearance 

The story is about a misunderstanding between a father Rai Saheb and son Sanjeev Kumar who wants to pursue a career in singing and also marry the girl of his choice but his father was not agreeble so Sanjeev Kumar leaves the home and maries the girl of his choice.

Unfortunately, his wife dies and soon he also is diagnosed terminally ill. After he dies, his father Rai Saheb(Pran) brings home the grandchildren to his palatial home but the children are quite rebel and against their grandfather. The eldest child is Jaya Bhaduri, the children refuse to obey him and constantly flout his rules. Rai Sahab is desperately seeking a tutor for them, but no teacher lasts for more than a few weeks.

Ultimately (Jeetendra) who is jobless takes up the offer to become their teacher. He not only reforms them but Rama and Ravi fall in love. He also mould the displinary attitude of Rai Saheb and the film ends with his consent to Ravi and Rama’s alliance.

The highlight of the film is its music which was composed by R D Burman, it was the first time Gulzar and R D Burman worked together,  This lethal combination later gave Hindi cinema priceless gems over the Seventies and the Eighties


1"Beeti Na Bitai Raina"Lata MangeshkarBhupinder5:23
2"Mitwa Bole Meethe"Bhupinder3:19
3"Musafir Hoon Yaaro"Kishore Kumar4:40
4" Sa Re Ke Sa Re"Kishore KumarAsha Bhosle6:00

Songs of Parichay 1972
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Thursday, 15 September 2022

50 Years of Shor (1972)


Released on 15th September 1972, Shor is a beautiful collage of emotions.  A tale of a father and son coping after a tragic accident, and how their misfortunes affect them.The film was written, produced and directed and edited by Manoj Kumar, who also plays the lead role in the film.

The highlight of this film is its music, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  “Ek Pyaar Ka Naghma Hai”, written by Santosh Anand and sung in different versions by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. It plays throughout the film, and retains its chartbuster status till date. The other songs, like “Jeevan Chalne Ka Naam” and “Paani Re Paani” stand out for their sheer brilliance.

 Manoj Kumar who plays Shankar loses his wife Nanda in an accident. She dies while saving her son (Deepak). , Deepak loses his voice. Shankar contacts doctor to get his son's voice again; however, doctors suggests him to undergo surgery to get his son's voice back. Shankar  He has no money for the surgery,he tries hard to collect money and finally is able to collect enough money. Deepak undergoes the surgery successfully. Shankar goes to work; however, is unable to focus properly while working with machines and eventually gets injured. The injury causes him to lose his hearing. The father is now unable to hear his son's voice when he regains it.There is communal harmony with the stereotyped Muslim, Khan Badshah and a medley of workers that include a Sikh and a Christian.  Many characters introduced to provide a few laughs for the front benchers, notably Meena T, Manorama, Asrani and V.Gopal, fail to add any fizz.

Jaya Bhaduri’s portrayal of Raat Ki Rani is average but Satyajeet who plays Deepak is outstanding. Nanda, in a cameo, is the soul of the film. 

Nominated for Filmfare Awards



1."Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai"Lata Mangeshkar 
2."Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai - Part 2"Mukesh 
3."Jeevan Chalne Ka Naam" (Lyricist - Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi)Manna DeyMahendra Kapoor, Shyama Chittar 
4."Macha Diya Shor"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Paani Re Paani" (Lyricist - Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi)Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar 
6."Shehnai Baje Na Baje"Lata Mangeshkar

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Thursday, 8 September 2022

Asha Bhonsle- The World's Most Recorded Artist.


Asha Bhosle (Born on 8th Sep 1933) made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song "Saawan Aaya" for Hansraj Behl's Chunariya (1948) but before that she sang her first film song '"Chala Chala Nav Bala" for the Marathi film Majha Bal (1943).
 She had sung over 12,000 songs, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history

Initially, she sang songs in low-budget B- or C-grade films. She used to get the assignments only when reputed female singers of that time like Geeta DuttShamshad Begum, and Lata Mangeshkar refuse singing for the bad girls and vamps, or songs. The first time she sang in a big banner film was in Bimal Roy's Parinnta 1953 The song of that film  "Gore gore haathon me mehndi racha ke"..but none of the songs was picturised on the heroine of the film Meena Kumari.

Another big banner film was RK Films Boot Polish in 1954,  Raj Kapoor signed her to sing "Nanhe Munne Bachche" with Mohammed Rafi.It was O. P. Nayyar who gave Asha a break in CID (1956). For the first time, she sang for a heroine in Big banner.The song O Leke Pehla  Pehla Pyar is basically sung by Mohammad Rafi and Shamshad Begum but in the second version, Asha sang for Shakeela the heroine of the film. After that O P Nayyar took her in  B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur (1957),  Her duets with Rafi like "Maang Ke Saath Tumhara", "Saathi Haath Badhana" and "Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri", penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, earned her recognition. It was the first time she sang all the songs for a film's leading actress. In 1957 another hit film released  Tumsa Nahin Dekha and the song Dekho Kasam Se Kahate Hain Tum Se became another hit that year.

Sachin Dev Burman and his favourite singer, Lata Mangeshkar, were not on good terms from 1957 to 1962.During this period, S D Burman used Asha as his lead female voice.She and Burman gave many hit songs in movies such as Kaala PaniKaala BazaarInsaan Jaag UthaLajwantiSujata and Teen Deviyaan (1965).In 1958 Kaala Pani she gave voice to Madhubala once again recall the duet song "Achcha Ji Main Haari Chalo Maan Jaao"  The song "Ab Ke Baras" in Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963) consolidated her position as a lead singer.

 With O P Nayyar she gave hit songs in  Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) and Kashmir Ki Kali (1964). Recall the songs "Main Pyaar Ka Rahi Hoon" (Ek Musafir Ek Haseena), "Deewana Hua Baadal" and "Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein" (Kashmir Ki Kali). Mere Sanam, another great hit of 1965, has several beautiful songs sung by Asha and composed by Nayyar. Jaayiye aap and Yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera. Both solos present two distinct emotions. Asha does full justice to both. The former is a haunting love number while the latter is a seductive one.

In 1966, she collabarated with R D Burman for Teesri Manzil.  From this film started a creative and romantic partnership that revolutionised Hindi Film Music. 

After Teesri Manzil both sang together a song in 1970 film The Train, Meri Jaan Maine Kaha which became hit.Asha Bhosle and R D Burman created nostalgia from Dum Maro Dum from Hare Rama Hare Krishna.The same year released Caravan,it's song Piya Tu Ab To Aaja became a cult song of this Jodi.In the 1970s, Asha and Pancham's youthful Western songs took Bollywood music by storm.
 The romantic "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne" (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973). Pancham also recorded many hit duets with Asha and Kishore Kumar such as "Jaane Jaan" (Jawani Diwani) and "Bhali Bhali Si Ek Soorat" (Buddha Mil Gaya).
The 1975 hit Khel Khel Mein is yet another R D Burman favourite. It had fun-filled duets like Khullam khulla pyar karenge, but its most outstanding number was the mournful solo Sapna mera. 

 In the 1980s, she traveled across the US, Canada and Britain to give concerts that draw thousands of South Asians. Unlike other singers, including Lata Mangeshkar who remains stiff, she moves around. Her concerts are always lively.In 1981 she scales epoch-creating heights with the Rekha-starrer Umrao Jaan (1981). Khayyam's soft, lingering songs like In aankhon ki masti mein and Dil cheez are among the best film songs ever composed.
By the mid-80s Asha was not singing enough.With the rise of singers like Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik, her career starts sliding but she simply cannot be written out. RD burman was also not getting films.RD reinvents his and Asha's career with an astounding score in the 1987 Gulzar film Ijaazat. The hauntingly sad song Mera kuch samaan sounds sadder by Asha's passionate rendering. 
  The 1990 film Lekin is produced by Lata and her brother Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar. The film, whose score is composed by Hridaynath, sees Lata singing more numbers. But Asha also gets an opportunity to transform the intricate song Jhoote naina into a masterpiece.
 Composer A R Rahman ropes her in to sing in Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela (1995). The songs  "Rangeela Re" and Tanha Tanha were especially famous. After that iDaud (1997), the O Bhanware number with Yesudas reminds listeners that Asha is still in command over her voice. In 1999 film Takshak composed by Rehman, One of the best songs in the film, Rang de, goes to Asha Bhosle.
In 2001 a new composer Sandeep Chowta got her to sing the song  Kambakth Ishq number in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), She was at her seductive best.In the same year, her duet with Udit Narayan, Radha kaise na jale, in the Aamir Khan-starrer Lagaan (2001) wins her more fame.She got  Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001.
Asha Bhosle has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards of 18 nominations.After receiving the award in 1979, Bhosle emulated her elder sister and requested that her name not be considered for the nominations hereafter.She was later given a Special Award for Rangeela in 1996, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001
  • 1981: Dil Cheez Kya Hai (Umrao Jaan)
  • 1986: Mera Kuch Samaan (Ijaazat)

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