Sahib Bibi Golam – Bimal Mitra

Literature translated into cinema has a special appeal. It is always fascinating to see how an author’s imagination gets re-created on screen and to see if one’s visualisation (as a reader) matches up with the actual visuals. In two of my posts last week, I listed songs from the 1962 Guru Dutt classic movie, Saheb Bibi Aur […]

Unforgettable Geeta Dutt – Part 2

  I felt rather incomplete after my earlier post in the day. Yes, one list of 10 songs does not do her any justice. So another list it shall be – of ten of my favourite duets. 1) Kya Ho Jo Phir Din Rangeela Ho (1957, Nau Do Gyarah, SDB, Co-singer: Asha Bhosle) : Geeta Dutt sang […]

The Unforgettable Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt would have been 84 years old today. This post is a tribute to one of the most versatile singers in the Hindi film music scene. Born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, as one among ten children, Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) moved to Bombay with her family  in 1942.  There is a well-known story […]

A tribute to a master – Salil Choudhary

Two posts in the span of couple of hours was certainly not intended. But, today is the 91st birth anniversary of one of the finest music composers of Indian cinema – Salil Choudhary. What can one say about this immensely talented genius! He was a dramatist, writer, scriptwriter, lyricist and musician – composer and arranger […]

Remembering Rehman…

Nov 5th marked the thirtieth death anniversary of one of the most impressive actors of the fifties and sixties, the regal, suave Rehman. His family traced its roots to King Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan and two of his grand-nephews are actors in Pakistan. Born in 1921 in Lahore, Rehman grew up in Jabalpur. After his graduation […]

Sau Baar Janam Lenge (Ustadon Ke Ustad, 1963)

There is a certain joy in listening to forgotten favourites in unexpected places – irrespective of the fact that the song is present in my current playlist.  I experienced this pleasure earlier, when on the road, earlier today. One of the radio stations was playing this haunting, melodious number from Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963). Sau […]

Gaye Ghabra ke Mil Do Dhadakte Se Dil (Paying Guest, 1957) – Deleted song

There was a delightful post in one of the blogs I follow (Conversations over Chai) which talks about songs that never got filmed or got deleted from the final movie. A song that falls into the same category of “never filmed/ deleted songs” is that rare Geeta Dutt solo from Paying Guest (1957) – Gaye Ghabra ke Mil […]

Charitraheen (1974)

The post the other day on Sanjeev Kumar made me want to watch a couple of his movies – preferably ones I had not watched before. So the search began. Gustakhi Maaf and Charitraheen were ones that were on my list. Both are difficult to find – I had looked for them in the usual places […]

Remembering Sanjeev Kumar

(Yes this post is a day early – but I am a bit tied up tomorrow and hence this post now.) November 6, 2014 will mark the 29th death anniversary of one of Indian cinema’s finest actors – one of my personal favourites – the talented, versatile and charming Sanjeev Kumar. (Check him out in his early […]

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