Sunday, 30 April 2017

Remembering DADA SAHEB PHALKE on his 147th Birth Anniversary

 Born on April 30, 1870 at Tryambakeshwar, Maharashtra,The Father of Indian Cinema Dada Saheb Phalke  was artistic in nature and displayed great interest in the creative arts. He pursued arts for completing his graduation and later took up various jobs such as that of a photographer and a draftsman. He also tried setting up his printing business but closed it down when problems arose with his partner. 
The turning point in his life came when he saw a silent film and was deeply moved by its poignancy.He decided to become a filmmaker and viewed it as his mission. His first full length Indian motion picture, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, the most important milestone in Indian cinematic history.For making this movie he had to take loan from his wife,who sold her jwellery for fullfilling her husband"s dream.

 He was a visionary who foresaw the potential of the film medium and also made people realize its cultural and financial worth.His first film Raja Harishchand  was publicly shown on May 3, 1913 at Mumbai's Coronation Cinema. It was an unbelievable experience for public and he received much appreciation for his work The film was a huge success which encouraged many businessmen to produce more films 
In his 19 years of film making career, he made 95 movies and 26 short films. His other motion picture works include ‘Rajrishi Ambarish’ (1922), ‘Ram Maruti Yuddha’ (1923), ‘Guru Dronacharya’ (1923), ‘Ashwathama’ (1923), ‘Shivajichi Agryahun Sutaka’ (1924), ‘Satyabhama’ (1925), ‘Ram Rajya Vijay’ (1926), ‘Bhakta Pralhad’ (1926), ‘Hanuman Janma’ (1927), ‘Draupadi Vashtraharan’ (1927),‘Parshuram’ (1928), ‘Sant Mirabai’ (1929) and ‘Kabir Kamal’ (1930).
In 1937, he directed his first sound film ‘Gangavataran’ which also proved to be the last film of his career. With the introduction of sound in cinema and the new diversified ways of filmmaking, his work lost admiration and eventually he took retirement from filmmaking.

He passed away on February 16, 1944, in Nashik, Bombay, British India, at the age of 73.In recognition of his lifetime contribution to the Indian cinema, the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ was instituted in 1969 by the India government. The prestigious award is the highest official recognition for film personalities in India and is presented annually by the president of India for remarkable contribution to Indian cinema.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Romantic Songs of DEV ANAND-The First Choclate Hero of Bollywood (PART 1)

Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand; they who ruled the Indian Cinema in the Golden Era of 50s & 60s.There was no doubt that Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand were all very handsome, good-looking men but Dev Anand  was the Choclate Hero. Dev Anand fitted the bill of the romantic hero to perfection So he was the first romantic hero of Indian cinema.He epitomized Romance in Silver Screen. films like Solvaa SaalAsli NakliMaaya, Paying Guest,Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai and Tere Ghar Ke Saamne gave ample proof of his hold over that genre. His mischievous smile, his twinkling eyes, his puff of hair –  how could you not love him?
 He brought alive the voices of Rafi and Kishore on screen. He probably got their best songs and he did great justice to them.According to Lata Mangeshkar, "Dev saab's songs had a haunting appeal, and they strike an instant chord with listeners.
          Here I am posting some of his Immortal Romantic songs of 50s

Song from Jaal (1952)

Song from Patita (1953)

Song from Munimji (1955)

Song from C. I. D. (1956)

Song from Paying Guest  (1957)

Song from Nau Do Gyarah (1957)

Song from Solva Saal (1958)

Song from Amar Deep (1958)

Song from Kala Pani (1958)

Song from Love Marriage (1959)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Immortal Songs by Shamshad Begum-A Tribute on her 4th Death Anniversary

 A distinctive voice and  a versatile artist, singing over 6,000 songs in Hindi and Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi languages and of them 1287 songs were from Hindi films.Shamshad Begum was born on 14 th April 1919 and died on 23 rd April 2013.
Her talent was first spotted by her principal when she was in primary school in 1924. Impressed by the quality of her voice, she was made head singer of classroom prayer. At 10, she started singing folk-based songs at religious functions and family marriages.
She began her singing career from All India Radio (AIR) in Peshawar and Lahore from 1937.Shamshad Begum sang extensively for composers including Naushad AliO. P. NayyarC. Ramchandra and S. D. Burman from 1946 to 1960. Her peak period in the Hindi film industry was from 1940 to 1955 and again from 1957 to 1968.She was the highest paid female singer from 1940 to 1955 and again post Mother India in 1957 to 1964.Her song "Kajra Mohabbat Wala" from the 1968 film Kismat and Nathaniya Hale To Bada Maza from the 1971 film Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong remains popular.
She was conferred with the prestigious O. P. Nayyar award for her contribution to Hindi film music. She was also conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009.Begum died at her Mumbai residence on the night of 23 April 2013 after a prolonged illness. She was 94.She was cremated in a small, dignified ceremony.


Song from Shama 1946

Song from Shehnai 1947

Song from Mela 1948

Song from Patanga 1949

Song from Shabnam 1949

Song from Babul 1950

Song from Babul 1950

Song from Awara 1951

Song from Baiju Bawra 1952

Song from Aar Paar 1954

Song from CID (1956)

Song from CID (1956)

Song from Naya Daur 1957

Song from Mother India (1957)

Song from Kismat (1968)

Song from Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong 1971

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A TRIBUTE( Top 15 Songs)To SHAKEEL BADAYUNI On Hjs 47th Death Anniversary-

Shakkel Badayuni the lyricist of many Immortal Songs of Hindi Films.Starting from "AFSANA LIKH RAHI Hoon" from Dard,PYAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA from Mughal e Azam to Chaudhavin Ka Chaand Hoon and Insaf Ki Dagar Se and songs of Baiju Bawra,Mother India,Mere Mehboob and Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam.
Shakeel Badayuni was born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh on 3rd August 1916. After completing his BA, he moved to Delhi as a supply officer, but continued participating in mushairas, earning fame nationwide. 
He got his first break in Hindi films from the film Dard(1947). The songs of Dard proved to be very successful, especially Uma Devi (Tun Tun)'s Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon.He never looked back after that.
Shakeel shared a close friendship with Naushad,he and Naushad became one of the most sought after composer/lyricist duos in the industry. 
 Although Shakeel Badayuni worked most extensively with Naushad, he also collaborated with Ravi and Hemant Kumar as well. His lyrics for the song Husnwale Tera Jawab Nahin and Ravi's music score both won Filmfare Awards for the hit film Gharana. His other notable film with Ravi is Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), while Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) is his biggest hit with Hemant Kumar. The title song from Chaudhvin Ka Chand, rendered by Mohammed Rafi, won Badayuni the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist in 1961.
Shakeel Badayuni succumbed to diabetes complications at the age of fifty-three, on 20 April 1970, at Bombay Hospital leaving behind his wife, two sons and two daughters.
My TRIBUTE to This Great Lyricist of Bollywood
Song from Dard 1947

Song from Dulari 1949

Song from Babul 1950

Song from Baiju Bawra 1952

Song from Dil - E - Nadan 1953

Song from Amar 1954

Song from Mother India 1957

Song from Mughal-e-Azam 1960

Song from Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

Song from Kohinoor 1960

Song from Gharana 1961

Song from Gunga Jumna 1961

Song from Bees Saal Baad 1962

Song from Leader 1964

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Remembering LALITA PAWAR-The Leading Actress of Silent Era of Bollywood

Born Amba Laxman Rao Sagun on 18 April 1916, into an orthodox family in Yeola in Nashik,Lalita Pawar started her acting career at age nine in the film, Raja Harishchandra (1928), and later went on to play lead roles in silent era and 1940's films.

She changed her name to Lalita and in the 1930s acted in a series of successful daredevil silent films like Himmat-e-Mard ("A Brave Man"), Chevorlet and Captain Kishore..
LALITA PAWAR played the squint-eyed, scheming and vitriolic mother- in-law to perfection in scores of Indian films in an acting career that spanned nearly 60 years in Bollywood appearing in over 700 films.She was not a born squint in fact she became squint eyed in an accident while shooting in a film.
In 1942, as a part of a scene in the movie Jung-E-Azadi, actor Master Bhagwan was to slap her hard. Being a new actor, he accidentally slapped her very hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left eye vein. Three years of treatment later, she was left with a defective left eye; thus she had to abandon lead roles
She later became famous as a character actress, in HindiMarathi and Gujarati cinema.Her other memorable roles were in film, Anari (1959), Shri 420 and Mr & Mrs 55, and the role of Manthara, in Ramanand Sagar's television epic serial, Ramayan
She was given Best Supporting Actress Filmfare Award for Anari 1959,She was also given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in 1961.She was a powerful performer met a sad and lonesome end.Her death was unnoticed for two days when her family was in Mumbai for her husband's throat surgery.She died on 24 February 1998 in Aundh, Pune, where she had been staying, for a while.
Song from Gharana

Scene from Anari

Scene from Shri 420

Scene from Mr & Mrs 55

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A Tribute to BALRAJ SAHNI-The Most Gifted Actor

Balraj Sahni is amongst the legends of bollywood. Movies like Do Beegha Zameen and Garm Hawa are the highlights of his career. He was born on May 1, 1913 and died on 13 April 1973,
He was highly qualified person of Hindi Film Industry.He did his Bachelor’s degree in Hindi from Punjab University and Master Degree in English Literature from Punjab University and latter went to study in Harvard also.Sahni completed his education and married Damayanti. Afterwards, both of them went to join Rabindra Nath Tagore. He also worked wth Mahatma Gandhi for a brief period. He started his acting career with the plays of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). Balraj Sahni entered bollywood with the movie Insaaf and went on to be at the pinnacle of hindi cinema. Before that he joined the BBC-London’s Hindi service as a Radio Announcer from 1939-43.
He played lead roles in some legendary movies like Do Beegha Zameen, Waqt, Dharti Ke Lal etc. Garm Haa was his last movie and he died the very next day he completed dubbing for this movie.
Balraj Sahni was an eminent writer also. His works in Punjabi literature are considered to be the epics in the field. He initially wrote in English also. Mera Pakistani Safar, Mera Rusi Safarnama and Meri Filmi Aatmakatha (autobiography) are some of his legendary works.
In this blog I am taking few excerpts from his Biaography.
Balraj Sahni recieved many awards in his lifetime,he earned the ‘Soviet Land Nehru Award for his book Mera Rusi Safarnama in 1969,the same year he got PADAM SHRI.
Song from Do Beegha Zamin 1953

Song from Waqt

Song from Kaabuliwala 1961

Song from Neel Kamal 1968

Song from Ek Phool Do Maali 1969

Friday, 7 April 2017

Happy 75th Birthday Jeetendra -The Jumping Jack

Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab in 1942.His father was in Immitation Jwellery business and used to supply jwellery to film industry. While supplying jewellery to V. Shantaram, he was cast as Sandhya's double in the 1959 movie "Navrang."
He got his first big break when Shantaram cast him as hero in Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964). Since then, he has appeared in almost 200 films.

He came into the spotlight in 1967 with Ravikant Nagaich's Farz, which went on to become a golden jubilee success. The tee shirt and white shoes he picked up from a retail store for the "Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq" number in Farz (sung by legendary Singer Mohd Rafi) became his trademark. His vigorous dancing in the films won him the epithet, ‘Jumping Jack of Bollywood.
After the success of Farz he gave many Silver jubilee hits like Aulad,Mere Huzoor,Dharti Kahe Pukarke,,Jeene Ki Raah,Jigri Dost,Waris,Khilona,Humjoli and Carvan

He has done nearly 200 films as the main lead, a feat matched by just a handful of his peers since the inception of Hindi cinema. Initially Jeetendra was frequently paired with Mumtaz,Hema Malini(12 films),Rekha(24 films),Latter on with Sridevi(14 films) or Jaya Prada(21films) for remakes of Telugu films by Rama Rao TatineniK. Bapayya and K. Raghavendra Rao; these included SanjogAuladMajaalJustice ChaudhryMawaali (1983), Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dushman (1979) and Tohfa (1984). He also did many remakes in Hindi of Krishna's Telugu movies and had very close association with him. 

Besides these south Indian remakes, there was a subdued side of Jeetendra whenever he'd worked with the writer/lyricist Gulzar in films like ParichayKinara and Khushboo that had several beautifully penned songs like O Majhi ReMusafir Hoon Yaaron and Naam Gum Jaayega, composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar.
His name was involved with his earlier heroines. In her authorized biography, Hema Malini claimed that they almost got married, but she backed out at the last moment.Though Jeetendra was in love with his girl friend Shobha Sippy whom he knew for many years decided to marry her after the release of Bidaai on October 18, 1974,They have two children from their marriage. Their daughter, Ekta Kapoor, runs Balaji Telefilms and their son Tusshar Kapoor is also an actor.

Jeetendra never won the Filmfare Award as an Actor but got  Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.He is also recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award by Govt of India in 2007

Song from Farz 1967

Song from Dharti Kahe Pukarke 1969

Song from Jeene Ki Raah 1969

Song from Waris 1969

Song from Humjoli 1970

Song from Caravan 1971

Song from Parichay 1972

Song from Anokhi Ada 1973

Song from Khushboo 1975

Song from  Dharam Veer 1977

Song from Kinara 1977

Song from Priyatama  1977

Song from Jaani Dushman  1979

Song from Judaai  1980

Song from Himmatwala 1983

Song from Tohfa 1984