Showing posts with label woman director. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woman director. Show all posts

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sadhana - One photograph that changed her life!


Sadhana (2 September 1941– 25 December 2015) is known as one of the finest and iconic film actresses in the history of Hindi cinema, She started her career with a Sindhi film titled

 Abaana (1958) playing sister's role of the heroine. Very few know that In 1955 she got her first little break. She played a chorus girl in the song "Mud mud ke na dekh... mud mud ke" in Raj Kapoor's Shree 420.


The above photograph was published in the famous film paper "Screen" publicizing the Sindhi Film "Abaana".Shashdhar Mukherjee the owner of Filmistan studio noticed it and immediately contacted her for the heroine of his upcoming film "Love in Shimla"  The film was declared a hit at the box office and was listed in the top 10 films of 1960. Her fringe haircut became popular during the 1960s and came to be known as the "Sadhana cut"

Sadhana was signed by acclaimed director Bimal Roy for his satirical film on Indian democracy; Parakh. She portrayed a simple village girl in this multi-award-winning film. In 1961's other hit, Hum Dono, she played the love interest of Dev Anand  In 1962, she was again paired with Dev Anand in Asli-Naqli by director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The same year saw director-screenwriter Raj Khosla cast her opposite Joy in Ek Musafir Ek Hasina. Khosla would again work with Sadhana to make a suspense thriller trilogy  Woh Kaun Thi 1964,  Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967) thus making her famous as the "Mystery Girl". Sadhana was the highest paid actress of her time. During a career spanning over two decades, Sadhana starred in over 30 films.  

In 1963, Sadhana played her first role in the technicolour film; Mere Mehboob, directed by H. S. Rawail. The film was the blockbuster of 1963. She was in `1965 blockbuster film "Waqt". Her other notable works in the 1960s include performances in Rajkumar (1964), Dulha Dulhan (1964),Arzoo 1965, Gaban (1966) and Budtameez (1966). Her other successful movies were Intaquam (1969), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972) and self-directed film Geeta Mera Naam (1974).
Sadhana died on 25 December 2015 in Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai after being hospitalised with a high fever.

Filmography of Sadhana source Wikipedia

YearMovieRoleNote
1955Shree 420[8]Chorus girlCameo role in the song "Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh"
1958Abana[8]First Sindhi film
1960Love in Simla[8]Sonia
1960Parakh[8]SeemaHit Song "O Sajna Barkha Bahar"
1961Hum Dono[8]MitaHit Song "Abhi Na Jao Chodkar"
1962Prem Patra[8]Kavita Kapoor
1962Man Mauji[50]Rani
1962Ek Musafir Ek Hasina[8]Asha
1962Asli-Naqli[50]RenuHit Song "Tere Mera Pyar Amar", "Tujhe Jeevan Ki Durse"
1963Mere Mehboob[8]Husna Banu ChangeziHit Song "Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri"
1964Woh Kaun Thi?[8]Sandhya / Seema (Double Role)Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Hit Song "Lag Ja Gale Ke Phir", "Jo Humne Dastan Apni",
"Naina Barse Rim Jhim"
1964Rajkumar[8]Princess SangeetaHit Song "Aaja Aai Bahar"
1964PicnicNot released[51]
1964Dulha Dulhan[50]Rekha / Chanda
1965Waqt[8]Meena MittalNominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1965Arzoo[8]UshaHit Song "Bedardi Balma Tujhko"
1966Mera Saaya[8]Geeta / Nisha (Raina) (Double Role)Hit Song "Jhoomka Gira Re", "Mera Saaya Saath Hoga"
1966Gaban[50]JalpaHit Song "tum bin sajan"
1966Budtameez[50]Shanta
1967Anita[8]Anita
1969SachaaiShobha Dayal
1969Intaquam[8]Reeta MehraHit Song "Hum Tumhare Liye, geet tere saaz ka"
1969Ek Phool Do Mali[8]Somna
1970Ishq Par Zor Nahin[52]Sushma Rai"yeh dil deewana hai, sach kehti hai duniyaa"
1971Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee[50]Neena BakshiHit Song "Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka"
1972Dil Daulat Duniya[50]Roopa
1974Geeta Mera Naam[8]Kavita / Neeta / Geeta (Double Role)
1974Chhote Sarkar[53]Radhika
1975Vandana[54]
1977Amaanat[55]Suchitra
1981Mehfil[52]Shalini / Ratnabai (Double Role)Delayed Release
1994Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein[56]Delayed release


Song of Shree 420 (1955)


Song of Parakh 1960


Song of Hum Dono 1961


Song of Asli Naqli 1962


Song of Mere Mehboob 1963


Song of Woh Kaun Thi 1964


Song of Rajkumar 1964


Song of Aarzoo 1965


Song of Mera Saaya 1966


Song of Inteqam 1969


Song of Geeta Mera Naam 1974



Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Woman Filmmakers Of Bollywood


International Women's Day falls on March 8 every year,for this occasion we look at the Women power behind the camera specially as a Director. The credit of becoming the first woman director goes to Fatma Begum.She launched her own production house, Fatma Films, and Directed" Bulbul-e-Paristan" in 1926 .She became a pioneer for fantasy cinema where she used trick photography to have early special effects. Since then the Hindi Film industry has seen the emergence of some critically and commercially appreciated female directors.
Devika Rani

The next woman comes in mind is Devika Rani who is acknowledged as the first lady of Indian cinema,she married Himanshu Rai  who started his studio Bombay Talkies.Following Rai's death in 1940, Devika Rani took control of the studio and produced some more films in partnership with her late husband's associates, namely Sashadhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar. 

Shobhana Samarth 

She was an Indian film actress, director and producer of Marathi ethnicity, who began her career in the early days of talkie movies in the Hindi film industry, and continued in lead roles into the 1950s.She is best remembered for her portrayal of Sita in Ram Rajya (1943). She later produced and directed a pair of movies that launched the careers of her daughters, Nutan and Tanuja.She produced and directed a film Hamari Beti to launch her eldest daughter Nutan in 1950.

Leela Chitnis

She was an actress in the Hindi Film Industry, active from 1930s to 1980s. Leela played the lead role in a series of comedies and tragedies and even founded her own repertory.  For 22 years, Chitnis played the mother of the later leading men including Dilip Kumar, often playing an ailing mother or a mother going through hardships and struggling to bring up her offspring. In 1955 she produced and directed a film Aaj Ki Baat.

Aparna Sen

She is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinemaShe is the winner of three National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films.She has also been directing films since 1981, starting with 36 Chowringhee Lane for which she won National Film Award (India) for Best Director. She went on to achieve further success in direction with films ParomaSatiYugantParomitar Ek DinMr. and Mrs. Iyer15 Park AvenueThe Japanese WifeIti MrinaliniGoynar Baksho. She won her second National Film Award as a director for Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. 

Sai Pranjape

 She is the director of the award-winning movies SparshKathaChasme Buddoor and Disha. She has written and directed many Marathi plays such as Jaswandi, Sakkhe Shejari, and Albel.Paranjpye worked for many years as a director or a producer with Doordarshan Television in Delhi. Her first made-for-TV movie – The Little Tea Shop (1972), won the Asian Broadcasting Union Award at Teheran,

Tanuja Chandra

Chandra began her career in 1995 and made her directorial debut with the TV series Zameen Aasmaan.In 1997, she wrote the screenplay for Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai, which was a commercial success.She went on to collaborate often with Mahesh Bhatt and wrote the screenplay for his critically acclaimed picture, Zakhm (1998). She also made her cinematic directorial debut with his Dushman in the same year. The movie, starring Kajol in the lead role, received critical praise and performed moderately well at the box office.Her next film, Sangharsh (1999), was also produced by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta in pivotal roles.Tanuja's latest released film is Qarib Qarib Singlle starring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy.

Kalpna Lajmi

Lajmi is an independent filmmaker working more on realistic, low-budget films, which are known in India as parallel cinema. Her films are often woman-oriented films. She is a  niece of filmmaker Guru Dutt, debuted as an assistant director under the veteran film director Shyam Benegal who was also her relative of the Padukone family. She later went on to work as an assistant costume designer in Shyam Benegal's Bhumika: The Role. She made her directorial d├ębut with the documentary film D.G. Movie Pioneer in 1978 and went on to direct more documentaries like A Work Study in Tea Plucking (1979) and Along the Brahmaputra (1981). She debuted as a feature film director in 1986 with Ek Pal (A Moment), starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. She produced the film, took part in the film writing and had written the screenplay for the film along with Gulzar.She made Rudaali in 1993  starring Dimple Kapadia. Kapadia won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance and Lajmi also won accolades for directing the film.

Deepa Mehta

She is an Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter, most known for her Elements TrilogyFire(1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005).Mehta directed several English-language films set in Canada, including The Republic of Love (2003) and Heaven on Earth (2008) which deals with domestic violence and has Preity Zinta playing the female lead. It premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.In 2015, Mehta wrote and directed the crime thriller Beeba Boys (2015), a film starring Randeep Hooda as Jeet Johar, a proud observant Sikh and a ruthless gangster.

Mira Nair

 An Indian American filmmaker based in New York City. Her production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in films for international audiences on Indian society, whether in the economic, social or cultural spheres. Among her best known films are Mississippi MasalaThe Namesake, the Golden Lion-winning Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay!, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.In 2007, Nair was asked to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but turned it down to work on The Namesake.

Pooja Bhatt

She is the eldest child of Indian film director, Mahesh Bhatt.and elder sister of actress Alia Bhatt.She made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with Daddy, a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt.Her biggest solo hit and her big screen debut came with the musical hit Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991),Her most well-known films in the 1990s included Sadak opposite Sanjay Dutt (1991), Junoon opposite Rahul Roy She entered into production with the 1998 film Dushman,since then she produced 8 films and directed 5 films."Jism 2 "released in 2012 was directed by her.

Farah Khan

She is best known for her choreographic dance work in numerous Bollywood films. She has choreographed dance routines for more than a hundred songs in over 80 Hindi films, winning six Filmfare Awards for Best Choreography and the National Film Award for Best Choreography. She then went on to direct her first film Main Hoon Na Starring Shah Rukh Khan which was produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan became the second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award.As a director, her second movie Om Shanti Om Starring Shah Rukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone became the highest grossing Hindi film of all time at its time of release. Tees Maar Khan was her next directorial release. In 2012 after that she directed Happy New Year in 2014.

Zoya Akhtar

She has directed movies such as Luck by Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Sheila Ki Jawani, a segment of Bombay Talkies (2013). She has co-written Talaash (2012) alongside Reema Kagti. She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).She is the daughter of legendry poet screen play writer Javed Akhtar and sister of Farhan Akhtar.

Gauri Shinde

Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi.Her second film was Hello Zindagi starring Shahrukh khan and Alia Bhatt.She is married to R Balki.

Reema Kagti

She is an Indian film director and screenwriter, who works in Bollywood. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), which was followed by neo-noirTalaash (2012).She has worked as an assistant director with many leading directors including Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta HaiLakshya), Ashutosh Gowariker (Lagaan), Honey Irani (Armaan), and Mira Nair (Vanity Fair).Corrently she is Directing  Gold, a film about India's first Olympic gold medal after its independence. The film stars Akshay KumarFarhan Akhtar and Kunal Kapoor.

Kiran Rao

She is the second wife of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.She started her career as an assistant director in the epic film Lagaan directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, whom she also assisted later on Swades: We, the People.She scripted and directed the film Dhobi Ghat, which was released in January 2011 under Aamir Khan Productions.She ha been a producer of Delhi Belly,Talaash,Dangal and recently released Secret Super Star (2017)