Happy Birthday, Vyjayantimala ji

An accomplished actress, a Bharatanatyam danseuse par excellence, a Carnatic classical singer and a parliamentarian, Vyjayantimala has several feathers to her cap. Her influence on Hindi cinema has been far-reaching. It is because of her, primarily, that training in classical/ semi-classical dance has become a necessary part of a heroine’s resume in Hindi cinema. The […]

Roop ki Rani Choron ko Raja (1961)

Yes, with Anu flagging off the Dev Anand movie month on her blog (coinciding with my Duniya review) and Madhu following it up with Mahal, it seemed to me that my next review should be of a previously unwatched Dev Anand movie. And what better than a Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman movie, available on Youtube! I heard of […]

My favourite ‘car’ songs

I spend a couple of hours in a car daily as I commute from Gurgaon to my work place in New Delhi. Last week, as I was on my way, I started thinking about how so many songs have been picturised in modes of transport – cars, cycles, jeeps, boats, trucks, lorries, trains, bullock carts, horse carts […]

My favourite Hemant Kumar Songs

I must have been around 12 years old when I got hooked to old Hindi songs. I had begun to recognise different voices and started forming distinct preferences during this discovery phase. Asha Bhosle was and is my favourite female playback singer. Among the male voices, while Rafi was and is my favourite, I was also fond of Manna Dey […]

Happy Birthday, Waheeda ji

 ( Today is the 77th birthday of one of Hindi cinema’s finest actresses, Waheeda Rehman. Born on 3rd February, 1938 in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu and blessed in abundance with immense talent and beauty, Waheeda Rehman is synonymous today with grace and charm. Active in Indian cinema since the 50s, she made her debut in a Telugu film, Jayasimha (1955). […]

A Tribute to Mohd Rafi – Part 1

Today (24th December 2014) will mark the 90th birth anniversary of one of Hindi cinema’s finest singers and my personal favourite, Mohd Rafi. When I planned to make a list of my favourite Rafi numbers as a tribute, it struck me that I would just not be able to come up with a list of 10 […]

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 […]

San San San Woh Chali Hawa – Kaagaz Ke Phool, 1959

Today is the 50th death anniversary of the legendary Guru Dutt Padukone. A choreographer, actor and director par excellence, Guru Dutt left behind a legacy of some unforgettable movies in the 1950s and 1960s. Pyaasa, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Mr & Mrs 55, Aar Paar, CID – each of […]

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