My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Shamshad Begum : छोड़ बाबुल का घर, आज पी के नगर, मोहे जाना पड़ा


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 30 , 2013           07.00 P.M.

Shamshad Begum

April 14, 1919 – April 23, 2013

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Shamshad Begum was one of the first playback singers in the Hindi film industry. She had sung over 6000 songs in Hindi , Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi languages. Her songs from the 1940s to the early 1970s remain popular and continue to be remixed.

Young Shamshad Begum

Young Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum died this month on April 23 , 2013 at the age of 94 and I am forced to write 7th obituary in continuation in the month of April . Shamshad Begum , along with Noor Jahan and Amirbai Karnataki , dominated the pre-Lata Mangeshkar era in Indian playback singing .

Among female playback singers , She was blessed with a distinct voice with slight nasal twang and any lover of Hindi film music can immediately recognize her voice .

Since I was born and brought up in the Lata Mangeshkar era , I was not a fan of Shamshad Begum’s voice initially. But slowly , as my understanding grew , I started appreciating her voice .

The first song of hers , which caught my fancy , was ” Pee Ke Ghar Aaj Pyari Dulhaniya Chali ” . ThisMother India ” [ 1957 ] song was immensely popular . Other songs of the same film ; ” Holi Ayee Re Kanhayi Rang Chhalke Suna De Zara Bansuri ” and ” Gadiwale Gadi Dheere Haank Re “ are also hit even today . Then I watched Mughal – E – Azam ” [ 1960] and its immortal qawwali is still fresh in my mind . ” Teri Mehfil Me Qismat Azma Ke Hum Bhi Dekhenge “ is a connoisseur’s delight . Then I watched ” Aan ” [ 1952 ] and I was permanently hooked to Shamshad Begum’s voice . All her popular songs , like ; ” Aag Lagi Tan Man Me Dil Ko Pada Thamna , Ram Jaane Kab Hoga Saiyyan Ji Ka Samna ” and ” Khelo Rang Hamare Sang Aaj Din Rang Rangeela Aaya “ are still my favourites . But ” C. I. D. ” [ 1956 ] was another revelation . ” Le Ke Pehla Pehla Pyaar , Bhar Ke Aankhon Me Khumar ” and ” Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana , Jeene Do Zalim Banao Na Deewana “ are just immortal . It is surprising that I heard her most popular song very late in my life . ” Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon Kiya Hai Wahan Se Telefoon , Tumhari Yaad Satati Hai “ . This song from ” Patanga ” [ 1949 ] is unforgettable and its several re-mixed versions are still extremely popular . ” Naya Daur ” [ 1957 ] film’s ” Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jaali Ka “ was a craze of its time . Her last hit  ” Kajra Mohabbatwala Ankhiyon Me Aisa Dala “  from ” Kismat ” [ 1969 ] is one of the songs which was re-mixed again & again .

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Shamshad Begum’s career was somewhat eclipsed with the advent of Lata Mangeshkar . She sang her first duet ” Dar Na Mohabbat Kar Le “ with Lata Mangeshkar in ” Andaz ” [ 1949 ] and her last duet with Lata Mangeshkar was ” Teri Mehfil Me Qismat Azma Kar Hum Bhi Dekhenge “ from ” Mughal – E – Azam ” [ 1960 ] . Within these 13 years Shamshad Begum’s career went downhill and after giving her last hit ” Kajra Mohabbatwala “ in 1969 , she bid adieu to playback singing .

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Some Famous Songs of Shamshad Begum :

  • Leke pehla pehla pyar, (CID 1956), (music: O.P. Nayyar)
  • Milte hi aankhen dil hua, (Duet with Talat Mehmood), (Babul), (music: Naushad)
  • Chali chali kaisi yeh hawa yeh, (Duet with Usha Mangeshkar), (Bluffmaster 1965), (music: Kalyanji Anandji)
  • Kabhi aar kabhi paar lagathi re nazar, (Aar Paar), (music: O.P. Nayyar)
  • O Gadiwale Dheere – Mother India – Naushad
  • Kahin pe nigahen kahin pe nishana – CID (1956) – music O.P. Nayyar
  • Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re – (1956) – music O.P.Nayyar
  • Mere piya gaye Rangoon – Patanga – music C.Ramchandra
  • Ek Tera Sahara – Shama – music Master Ghulam Haider
  • Holi aayee re KanhaaiMother India (1957) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni, Music: Naushad
  • Naina Bhar aye neer – Humayun – music Master Ghulam Haider
  • Nazar Phero Na Humse -(Duet with G M Durani) – Deedar (1951) – music Naushad
  • Chod Babul Ka Ghar – Babul – music Naushad
  • Kajra Mohabbatwala Ankhiyon mein Aisa dala (Duet with Asha Bhosle) – Kismat (1968) – Music: O.P. Nayyar
  • Meri neendon main tum, meri khwabon mein tum (Duet with Kishore Kumar) – Naya Andaz – Music: O.P.Nayyar
  • Teri Mehfil Mein Qismat (Duet with Lata Mangeshkar) – Mughal-E-Azam
  • Saiyan Dil mein aana re – Bahar
  • Reshmi salwar kurta jaali da – Naya Daur
  • Milte Hai Ankhen Dil Deewana Hua Kisika – Babul – with Talat Mahmood
  • Kisike Dil Mein Rehna Tha – Babul – with Lata
  • Dharti Ko Aakash Pukare – Mela – with Mukesh
  • do teen aaja mausam hai rangeen – Awara

Shamshad Begum’s fans often allege that her career suffered because of the monopolistic politics of Lata Mangeshkar . I beg to differ . Shamshad Begum played her innings and retired gracefully . Her career suffered because of the changing times and changing taste of film-goers . Talat Memood’s career went downhill with the advent of Mohammad Rafi . Even mighty Mohammed Rafi , towards the end of his career , was confined in his home for many years without recording a single song and Kishore Kumar ruled that era . In the field of art such things happen .

Her distinct style , her nasal twang and her strong voice , which was her forte in the earlier years of her career , became her nemesis towards the end . It is not for nothing that towards the fag-end of her career , her voice was used for vamps and her last hit ” Kajra Mohabbatwala “ in ” Kismat ” [ 1969 ] was filmed on Vishwajeet , who was masquerading as woman in the said film .

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the family of the iconic singer . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood has no time for such courtesy .

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Shamshad Begum

May her soul rest in peace ! Her ephemeral body is gone but her perennial voice , the temple bell , will live on forever .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA              OCTOBER 02 , 2011                0 1 . 15 A.M.

Presenting 29th edition of my film diary .

Victorious march of “Bodyguard “ continued even in this month of September. ” Singham “ also got into the prestigious 100 crore club . Now 7 films , which have earned 100 crore or more , are there in this exclusive club.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was signed for a Hollywood film ” The Great Gatsby “ by director Baz Luhrmann, who made films like ; ” William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet ”  [ 1996 ] , ” Moulin Rouge ! [ 2001 ] and ” Australia ” [ 2008 ]  .

As per my tradition , I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

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#Singham joins 100 cr club, 2nd film of Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn to reach the mark.
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#Bodyguard 1st week [9 days] *actual figure* Rs 114.47 cr. Blockbuster.
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100cr Club: 3Idiots 202 cr, Dabang 145 cr, Ready 120 cr, Ghajini 115 cr, Bodyguard 114.47 cr [still playing], Golmaal3 108 cr, Singam 100 cr
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#Bodyguard [2nd week] Fri 3.53 cr, Sat 4.25 cr [estimates], total: Rs 122.25 cr nett. Crosses ‘Ready’ [120 cr] & ‘Ghajini’ [115 cr].
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#Bodyguard: Collected approx Rs 5.62 cr nett in Weekend 3. Total so far: Rs 141.63 cr nett. Blockbuster.
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#MBKD: Collected approx Rs 12.1 cr nett in Weekend 2. Total so far: approx. Rs 50 cr nett. Hit.
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In terms of economics and B.O., both #MBKD and #Bodyguard are smash hits.
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#Bodyguard [3rd week] Wednesday Rs 65.78 lacs. Total so far: Rs 144.26 cr nett. Nears #Dabangg mark [Rs 145 cr].
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#Mausam – Collected approx Rs 28 cr to Rs 29 cr nett in Week 1. The film crashed on weekdays, sliding drastically from Monday onwards.
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#MBKD – Collected Rs 4.09 cr in Week 3. Total so far: Rs 58.7 cr nett. Hit.
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#Bodyguard – Collected Rs 1.78 cr in Week 4. Total so far: Rs 148.86 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.
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#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
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‘Hum Tum Shabana’ – Has had one of the best promotional campaigns. Started on a lukewarm note. Opening shows were in 10% to 15% range.
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‘Tere Mere Phere’ & ‘Chargesheet’ – Had a gloomy start. In fact, the opening figures of both the films are dismal.
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Bodyguard is the fastest grosser of Bollywood. Box-office report: bit.ly/pn3BVA
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 25.75 crore over weekend. Full report: http://bit.ly/nQr1GR
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 38 crore in week 1; Bodyguard faces steep fall after bumper 1st week. Report: http://bit.ly/paDBhi
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MAUSAM lacks the heart-warming quality of a love story. However, it will do above-average business at the BO. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mausam-review/

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Obituary :

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Jagmohan Mundhra :

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A director , who directed actors like ; Sanjeev Kumar , Shabana Azmi , Deepti Naval , Nandita Das and Aishwarya Rai , but was still not included in the A listers of Hindi film industry , Jagmohan Mundhra , died in Mumbai of cardiac arrest on September 04 , 2011 at the age of 62 .

He made films like Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi starrer ” Suraag ” [ 1982 ] , Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval starrer ” Kamla ” [ 1985 ] , Nandita Das starrer ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] and Aishwarya Rai starrer  ” Provoked  ” [ 2007 ] . In between he made several horror and erotic movies in Hollywood . Those movies tarnished his image , which he retrieved to some extent with ” Provoked ” and ” Bawandar “.

In some of his films , he worked as an actor also .

Shaikh Shafique :

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Though not a regular actor , Shaikh Shafique played main protagonist in Anurag Kashyap’s yet to be released  ” Malegaon Ka Superrman “ . 28 years old Shafique was suffering from throat cancer and was unable to speak or move . He died on September 07 , 2011 .

Gautam Rajadhyaksh :

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Eminent photographer and a portraitist , who shot most of the star – kids’ first ever profile photographs , Gautam Rajadhyaksh died in Mumbai on September 13, 2011.

After completing his diploma in advertizing and public relations , he joined the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd. in 1974. He joined the company as a copywriter and later on took charge of photography department.

He also wrote screenplay of  ” Bekhudi “ [ 1992 ] , Kajol’s debut film incidentally  Saif Ali khan was also signed to make debut with this film but he was dropped from the film and finally Kamal Sadana did the lead opposite Kajol. His second scripted film ” Anjaam “ prsented Madhuri Dixit in a challenging role.

In 1997, he published his coffee – table book ” Faces “ , featuring Divas of Hindi film industry.

At the time of his death , he was busy in setting up a faculty of photography at Symbiosis , Pune.

Surinder Kapoor :

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Father of Boney Kapoor , Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor and producer of several films , Mr. Surinder Kapoor died of cardiac arrest on September 24 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was 86 at the time of his death.

He was assistant to Late K. Asif during ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and later on became secretary of Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor.

Later on he turned producer and made films like ; ” Woh 7 Din ” , ” Hum Paanch ” and ” Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan ” .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 02

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[ Films , due on September 02 , got released on 31st of August because of Eid festival . So they are mentioned in my August Diary . ]

Second Week  – September 09

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1 – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan …………………………………….Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………………….John Abraham

………………………………………………………………………….Ashish Singh

………………………………………………………………………….Shweta Pandit

Third Week  – September 16

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1 – Rivaaz……………………………………………………………..x

2 – Jaana Pehchana………………………………………………..x

Fourth Week  – September 23

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1 – Mausam……………………………………………………………Sonam Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………Aditi Sharma

2 – Speedy Singhs……………………………………………………x

3 – U R My Jaan………………………………………………………Preeti Soni

……………………………………………………………………………Darshan Rathod

Fifth Week  – September 30

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1 – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster……………………………………….Jimmy Shergill

2 – Chargesheet………………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………..Riya Sen

3 – Hum Tum Shabana……………………………………………….Minissha Lamba

……………………………………………………………………………..Pooja Batra

……………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar

4 – Fource……………………………………………………………….John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………..Genelia D’Souza

5 – Tere Mere Phere…………………………………………………..Riya Sen

6 – Aadi Shakti………………………………………………………….x

In total ……………..12 …………… films got released this month. Out of these …………….. 12 ………………. film ………….. 18 ……………….. students of mine worked in …………… 08 …………… films. Out of the ……………. 18 ……………….. students ; John Abraham and Riya Sen are mentioned twice. So the number comes to ………….. 16 …….. Out of these …………. 16 ……… students ………….. 13 ………… are actors , and …………… 03 ……….. are working in various other fields . Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is Music Director , Ashish Singh is Executive Producer and Shweta Pandit is singer.

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Soni Barring is essaying an important role in “Mayakkam Enna “.

2 – Marathi : Amitriyan Patil is playing main lead in ” Manya ” .

3 – Marathi : Milind Gawali is playing main lead in ” Durga Mhanatyat Mala ” .

4 – Marathi : Poonam Jhawar produces ” Sansarchi Maya ” .

Out of various regional languages of India ; my ………….04 ………………. students worked in .………… 04 …………….. regional films. Out of these …………. 04 ………….. Ponnam Jhawar is producer and other  ……………… 03 ……………. are actors .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Gaurav Bajaj is playing an important role in ” Sapno Se Bhare Naina “ on Star Plus TV .

2 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing main lead in ” Shobha Somnath Ki “ on Zee TV.

3 – Divya Dutta is anchoring a show ” Extraaa Shots Challenge “ on Max TV.

4 – Kunal Madhiwala is working in a comedy show ” Don’t Worry Chachu “ on Sab TV.

Out of numerous shows , …………………… 04 …………………. students are there in …………….. 04 ……………….. shows . Divya Dutta is anchor and the rest ………….. 03 ………………. are actors .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Hazel Keech is playing main lead in English Play ” The Real Inspector Hound ” .

2 – Raunaq Ahuja is playing an important role in ” Mohenjo-Daro ” .

3 – Anukampa Harsh is playing lead in ” Zangoora ” .

My ……… 03 ……….. students are working in ………… 03 ………. shows .

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My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 6 ]


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            SEPTEMBER 10, 2011                 11 . 55 P. M.

This is the 6th article of my Hindi column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” . It comes in Bhojpuri City , a fortnightly Bhojpuri film trade magazine published from Mumbai .

Though I intend to write one article for my column every fortnight but this time there was a gap of almost two and half months. My last , 5th article was published in the May 1st issue of Bhojpuri City and now this 6th article comes in the September 1st issue. This , regretfully , happened because of my incessant travels and recent illness of my wife.

This article is about the pitiable and woefully pathetic condition of the various famous and legendary film studios of Mumbai.

I am reproducing here the cover page of the current issue of Bhojpuri City and 3 pages of the article. This is my longest article till date .

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80 Years of ” Alam Ara ” : India’s First Talkie


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On March 14 , 1931 Indian cinema created history . First Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA “ made by Ardeshir Irani was released on this very day in the Majestic cinema of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] Though , ” RAJA HARISCHANDRA ” , first ever full – length silent feature film of India was made by Dada Saheb Phalke , the pioneer of Indian cinema , in 1913.

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Dada Saheb Phalke - Father of Indian Cinema

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It took almost 18 years to produce a talkie film and Ardeshir Irani became the pioneer. ” ALAM ARA ” made under the banner of Imperial Movietone had Master Vithal and Zubeida as the leading stars of the film and the movie had 7 memorable songs including DE DE KHUDA KE NAAM PAR sung by Wazir Mohammad Khan , who also played a faqir in the film . In those early years of talkie era there were no system of recording the song , Ardeshir Irani recorded it live with harmonium and tabla . This particular song is considered as the first ever song of not only Hindi films but Indian films as well. Music of ” ALAM ARA “ was given by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani .When released in the Majestic cinema hall of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] it created history . Public frenzy was to be seen to be believed , and finally police had to be summoned to control the crowd .

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Ardeshir Irani recording a Song of Alam Ara

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. David later served as a writer at Irani’s film company. The story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister Adil. The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him and exiles his daughter, Alam Ara (Zubeida). In exile, Alam Ara is brought up by Gypsies. Upon returning to the palace at Kumarpur, Alam Ara meets and falls in love with the charming young prince (Master Vithal). In the end, Adil is released, Dilbahar is punished and the lovers marry.

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara, t...

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara

Description: Low-resolution reproduction of pu...

A Scene fron Alam Ara

After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Newpaper advertisement for first Indian talkie...

Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara

The name of the actors , who played major role in ” ALAM ARA ” , is worthy of notice for the today’s film connoisseurs. Apart from Master Vithal and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir [ known as Zubeida ] , it had singer Wazir Mohammad Khan as a faqir. Three prominent actors , who were part of the cast of ” ALAM ARA ” and who played major role in the talkie era and are known to today’s generation also , were Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Jillo Bai and L. V. Prasad .

Prithvi Raj Kapoor went on to play major roles in many films , won many awards and created an empire. His legacy was carried forward by his sons ; Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kpoor. Later on legacy was carried forward by his grandsons ; Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor. Now fourth generation of Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s family is working in films. They are Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s daughter manages Prithvi Theatre , made to commemorate  Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s memory.

Jillo Bai was seen as Madhubala’s mother in ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and as mother – in law of Nargis in ” Mother India “ .

Case of L. V. Prasad is more curious. He worked as an actor in first Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA ” , first Tamil talkie ” KALIDAS ” and first Telugu talkie ” BHAKT PRAHLAD ” , all released in 1931. Later on he stablished a major production company named as Prasad Productions and made hits like ; ” SHARDA ” , ” CHHOTI BAHAN ” , ” BETI BETE ” , ” DADI MAA ” , ” MILAN ” , ” JEENE KI RAH ” , ” RAJA AUR RANK ” ,  ” KHILONA ” and ” EK DUJE KE LIYE ” .

It is sad that no print of the epic movie ” ALAM ARA “ is available today. This part of our history is lost for ever and no one is bothered . Ardeshir Irani’s path-breaking film is lost forever.

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani died in 1969 , when I was studying in intermediate and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir a.k.a. Zubeida died in 1988, one year before I came to Mumbai to make a career in films.

Zubeida, a silent era actress in Indian Cinema...

Zubeida, a silent era actress

[ Synopsis of ” ALAM ARA “ is taken from Wikipedia. I have not seen the film , so for the story I have to rely on Wikipedia. I express my gratitude . ]

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