Nanda : Pardesiyon Ko Hai Ik Din Jaanaa …..


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 30 , 2014           00.30 A.M.

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Unfortunately I was not connected to the net when yesteryear heroine Nanda ji died . I read about her death next day in the Times of India . She died on March 25 , 2014 at the age of 75 . One more icon of my Allahabad days is gone . One more reigning queen of my young years has left this world forever . I am feeling so helpless , so desperate , so forlorn , that I am unable to express myself properly . Several luminaries of cinema , who ruled the tinsel world during my adolescent days , are leaving this ephemeral world one by one . Several beautiful faces have vanished from this terra firma leaving me with this sinking feeling .

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in "Toofan Aur Diya"

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in “Toofan Aur Diya”

Nanda started working in films in 1948 as child artiste . She played heroine’s role for the first time in Bandish (1955) . After doing one more film Shatranj (1956) , she attained prominence with Toofan Aur Diya (1956) . This Rajendra Kumar starrer was directed by legendary V. Shantaram . He was Nanda’s paternal uncle .

From Bandish (1955) to Raj Kapoor’s  Prem Rog (1983) , she worked in almost 66 films as lead heroine / character artiste in a career spanning 28 years . She worked in 5 films as child artiste also . Thus Nanda worked in 71 films in a career spanning 35 years . Out of 71 films of Nanda ji , I have watched almost 25 films .

Nanda , during her hey – days , was an epitome of Indianness . Nanda had her own distinct class , beauty and charm . Nanda exuded ethnic oomph and native charm . Nanda was simple , yet she played a glamorous role with perfection and Elan . Nanda was a unique combination of traditional and modern woman . First film of Nanda , which I watched , was a super hit ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” [ 1965 ] . Nanda played stellar role in the film with Shashi Kapoor .

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I can never forget the film and its heroine Nanda in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) . All the songs of the film are still fresh in my memory and still reverberate in my ears . ” Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyaan Milaanaa …….. ” , ” Ye Samaa Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Ka …………….. ” , ” Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi Bulbul ……………. ” , ” Na Na Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe …………. ” and the soulful and melancholic ” Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon …………. “ are still part of my life , even after so many years .

With Shashi Kapoor in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

With Shashi Kapoor in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

In "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

In “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa  in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

After Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) , I watched several of her films . One film which I fondly remember even today is Dev Anand starrer Hum Dono (1961) , which I watched much later. I watched it in Palace talkies of Allahabad .

With Dev Anand in "Hum Dono"

With Dev Anand in “Hum Dono”

She was one of the few old era heroines , who modelled for Lux . I still remember the campaign .

Model for Lux

It is sad that she died a lonely death . Nanda was unmarried till her death . Few months back I watched a photograph of Nanda and her contemporaries . It brought tears in my eyes. All the beautiful reigning Divas of my young age are looking so different now . And alas , one is now gone !

Nanda & Her Close Friends : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

Nanda with Her Close Friends – Waheeda Rehman , Helen & Sadhana : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I offer my condolences to the family of Nanda ji and to all the near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also pray for the departed soul .

May you REST IN PEACE Nanda ji ! I will always miss you . I will always remember you in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) and will never forget the image of your’s in a shikara in Kashmir . The beautiful night of Kashmir , the white satin gown caressing your body , gentle breeze playing with your shampooed hair , your amorous face with bewitching smile and the sonorous Lata Mangeshkar song “…………… Ye Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa ; Kisi Ke Intezar Ka ……………….. “ will always remain with me till the last breath of my life . Your ephemeral body has left us but the above mentioned image endures perennially .

 

[ I have taken information about the films of Nanda ji from Wikipedia . I have copied the list of her films from Wikipedia and posted it here . I am indebted . ]

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B. M. Vyas Is No More


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 15 , 2013           00.50 A.M.

A veteran actor of mythological and some social Hindi films , Shri B. M. Vyas died on March 11 , 2013 at the age of 93 in Mumbai .

B. M. Vyas in His Younger Days

B. M. Vyas in His Younger Days

Famous for his portrayal of Ravan in several mythological films , Shri B. M. Vyas started his career with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar but was noticed with Raj Kapoor’s ” Barsaat ”  in 1949 . He acted in over 300 mythological and social films including films like ” Baiju Bawra ” , ” Do Aankhen Barah Haath and ” Sarawasti Chandra ” . His last big film was Shah Rukh Khan starrerOh Darling Yeh Hai India ” .

As Ravan in " Sampoorn Ramayan "

As Ravan in ” Sampoorn Ramayan “

Some Famous Films of B. M. Vyas As An Actor

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There are some other famous films of Shri B. M. Vyas , which I would like to mention for the benefit of new generation :
Movies of B.M. Vyas
Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag (1952)
Mahipal, Meena Kumari, B.M. Vyas, S.N. Tripathi, W.M. Khan, Jillo, Babu Raje, Azim, Raja Sandow P.K., Urmila, Vasantrao Pahelwan, Amarnath, M.K. Hasan, Bismillah, Dalpat
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Alibaba And 40 Thieves (1966)
Sanjeev Kumar, L. Vijayalakshmi, Indira, Tabassum, B.M. Vyas, David, Veena, S.N. Tripathi
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Alibaba and Forty Thieves (1954)
Mahipal, Sharda, B.M. Vyas, S.N. Tripathi, Dalpat, Maruti Rao, Azim, Lalita Kumari, Sardar Mansur
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Amber (1952)
Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Agha, Bipin Gupta, Ramesh Sinha, Samson, S.B. Nayampalli, B.M. Vyas, Cuckoo, Tanuja
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Awara (1951)
Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, K.N. Singh, Shashi Kapoor, B.M. Vyas, Leela Mishra, Leela Chitnis, Om Prakash Mehra, Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor, Helen
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Baghavat (1982)
Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Amjad Khan, Urmila Bhatt, Birbal, Padma Chavan, Viju Khote, Sujit Kumar, Manmauji, B.M. Vyas, Dinesh Thakur
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Baiju Bawra (1952)
Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan, Bipin Gupta, B.M. Vyas, Surendra, Kuldip Kaur, Mishra, Kesari, Radhakrishan, Tabassum, Rai Mohan
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Barsaat (1949)
Raj Kapoor, Nargis, K.N. Singh, Prem Nath, Cuckoo, Nimmi, B.M. Vyas, Ratan Gaurang, Vishwa Mehra
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Bhagwan Samaye Sansar Mein (1976)
Ashish Kumar, Kanan Kaushal, Abhi Bhattacharya, B.M. Vyas, Jayshree T., Mohan Choti, Jeevan, Alankar Joshi, Lalita Kumari, Hansa Lokhande, Sunder, Chand Usmani
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Char Dervesh (1964)
Feroz Khan, Sayeeda Khan, Kumari Naaz, Ratnamala, Jeevan Kala, Paul Sharma, B.M. Vyas, Mukri, Sunder, Amarnath, W.M. Khan, Pal Sharma, Sardar Mansur, Nazir Kashmiri, Dalpat
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Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)
Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram, Sandhya, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas, Paul Sharma, S.K. Singh, Shankarrao Bhosle
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Duniya Jhukti Hai (1960)
Sunil Dutt, Shyama, B.M. Vyas, Kumkum, Agha, Wasti, W.M. Khan, Habib, Daisy Irani
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Ek Paheli (1971)
Sanjeev Kumar, Feroz Khan, Tanuja, Rajendra Nath, Madan Puri, Jeevan, Aruna Irani, Manohar Deepak, Bipin Gupta, Uma Khosla, B.M. Vyas, Tun Tun
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Harishchandra Taramati (1963)
Prithviraj Kapoor, Jaymala, B.M. Vyas, Helen, Ulhas, Ramayan Tiwari, Babu Raje, P. Kailash, Babloo
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Hatim Tai (1956)
Jairaj, Shakila, Meenaxi, Naina, Krishna Kumari, Kamal, Menaka, S.N. Tripathi, B.M. Vyas, Sheikh, Dalpat
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Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957)
Master Romi, Satish Vyas, Daisy Irani, Jagdeep, Mohan Choti, David Abraham, Murad, Maruti Rao, B.M. Vyas, Krishnakant, Achala Sachdev
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Jahan Sati Wahan Bhagwan (1965)
Prithviraj, Anita Guha, Sulochana Chatterjee, Mahipal, Krishna Kumari, Mohan Choti, Madhumati, B.M. Vyas, Praveen Paul, Santosh Kumar
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Jai Santoshi Maa (1975)
Anita Guha, Bharat Bhushan, Ashish Kumar, Kanan Kaushal, Trilok Kapoor, Rajni Bala, B.M. Vyas, Leela Mishra, Rajan Haksar, Moolchand
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Janam Janam Ke Phere: Alias Sati Anapurna (1957)
Nirupa Roy, Manher Desai, B.M. Vyas, S.N. Tripathi, Satish Vyas, Kanta Kumari, Mahipal, Krishna Kumari, Champaklala
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Lav-Kush (1967)
Ashim Kumar, Jayshree Gadkar, Babloo, Sushil Kumar, Kanu Roy, Munna, Bela Bose, S.N. Tripathi, Chitra, Dalpat, B.M. Vyas, Hari Shukla, Chandrima Bhaduri, Bhagwan Singh, R.C. Pandey
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Maha Pawan Tirth Yatra (1975)
Ashish Kumar, Rajni Bala, Mahipal, Jeevan, Shashi Modak, B.M. Vyas, Anita Guha
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Mangalsutra (1981)
Rekha, Anant Nag, Prema Narayan, Madan Puri, Om Shivpuri, B.M. Vyas, Rajendra Nath, Keshto Mukherjee, Asit Sen, Jagdeep
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Maya Machhindra (1975)
Abhi Bhattacharya, Kanan Kaushal, B.M. Vyas, Jeevan
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Murder In Circus (1971)
Nisar Ahmad Ansari, M.B. Shetty, Sujit, Jaymala, Bela Bose, B.M. Vyas, Sapru
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Nag Panchami (1953)
Nirupa Roy, Manohar Desai, B.M. Vyas, Durga Khote, Tiwari
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Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995)
Shah Rukh Khan, Deepa Sahi, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Javed Jaffrey, Tinnu Anand, Tiku Talsania, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Tom Alter, Kader Khan, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Raza Murad, B.M. Vyas, Anil Nagrath, Ranjana Sharma, Ranjeet, Ravi Gossain
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Patita (1953)
Dev Anand, Usha Kiran, Agha, Shivraj, Krishnakant, C.S. Dubey, Sonny Abraham, B.M. Vyas, Lalita Pawar
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Puja Aur Payal (1980)
Sujit Kumar, Sonali, Madhumati, Ram Mohan, B.M. Vyas, Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Madan Puri, Johnny Walker
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Rani Rupmati (1957)
Bharat Bhushan, Nalini Chonkar, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas, Nirupa Roy, Babu Raje, Amarnath, Rajrani
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Razia Sultan (1983)
Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Pradeep Kumar, Vijayendra, Ajit, Jankidas, B.M. Vyas, Mumtaz Begum, Shribhagwan, Heena Kausar, Anu Dhawan, Veena, Sohrab Modi, Sarika, Radha Saluja, Bijoya Jena, Madhu Malini, Gopi Krishna, Shahu Modak, Aarti Chopra
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Sampoorna Ramayana (1961)
Mahipal, Anita Guha, Sulochana Latkar, Helen, Lalita Pawar, Achala Sachdev, Krishna Kumari, Raj Kumar, Uma Dutt, B.M. Vyas, Badri Prasad, Paul Sharma
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Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan (1959)
Anita Guha, B.M. Vyas, Chand Usmani, Jairaj, Leela Mishra, Prem Adib, Sulochana, Ulhas
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Sant Ravidas Ki Amar Kahani (1983)
Ashish Kumar, B.M. Vyas, Mahipal, Rajendra Nath, Tun Tun, Mohan Choti, Shekhar Purohit
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Saranga (1960)
Sudesh Kumar, Jayshree Gadkar, Nilofar, B.M. Vyas, Niranjan Sharma, Jankidas, Sadiq, Parsuram, Jaya Devi
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Saraswatichandra (1968)
Nutan Behl, Manish, Vijaya Choudhury, Ramesh Deo, Sulochana Latkar, B.M. Vyas, Seema Deo, Jeevan Kala, S.B. Nayampalli, Sulochana Chatterjee, Shivraj
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Sati Naari (1965)
Anita Guha, Manohar Desai, Jeevan, Sunder, B.M. Vyas, Ulhas, Ram Singh
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Sheikh Chilli (1956)
Shyama, Mahipal, Agha, B.M. Vyas, Bhagwan
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Shravan Kumar (1960)
Anant Kumar, Achala Sachdev, B.M. Vyas, Nalini Chonkar, Sunder, Polson
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Shree Ram Bharat Milan (1965)
Prithviraj Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Mahipal, Anita Guha, Sulochana, B.M. Vyas, Niranjan Sharma, Vanamala, Shekhar Purohit, Aruna Irani
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Solah Shukrawar (1977)
Rajni Bala, Indira Bansal, Abhi Bhattacharya, Bharat Bhushan, Bela Bose, Sushil Chak, Manek Chaudhary, Ramesh Deo, Ramesh Dubey, Manher Desai, Manik Dutt, Dilip Dutt, L.M. Ganu, Anita Guha, Tarun Ghosh, Anuradha Guha, Ashish Kumar, Meenakshi, Leelavathi, Polson, Prema Narayan, B.M. Vyas
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Tarzan Aur Jadui Chirag (1966)
Azad Shaban, Sunita, B.M. Vyas, Dalpat, Tun Tun, Kesari, Sheikh, Shakeela Bano Bhopali, Jani Babu, Kammo
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Thief of Baghdad (1969)
Dara Singh, Nishi, Helen, B.M. Vyas, Mohan Sherry, Sheikh, Savita, Rani, Moolchand, Maruti, Ram Kumar, P. Kailash
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Toofan (1975)
Vikram, Priyadarshinee, Jeevan, Jagdeep, Roopesh Kumar, P. Jairaj, Trilok Kapoor, Sajjan, B.M. Vyas, Rajan Haksar, Urmila Bhatt, Praveen Paul, Meena T.
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Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
Shammi Kapoor, Ameeta, Pran, Raj Mehra, B.M. Vyas, Sheela Vaz, Ram Avtar, Anjali Devi, M.B. Shetty, S.L. Puri
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Veer Babruwahan (1950)
Shashi Kapoor, S.N. Tripathi, Jankidas, B.M. Vyas
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Yeh Raat Phir Na Aaygi (1966)
Prithviraj Kapoor, Biswajeet, Sharmila Tagore, Sailesh Kumar, Mumtaz, Helen, Madhumati, B.M. Vyas, Asit Sen, Labiby Mady
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Zabak (1961)
Mahipal, Shyama, Krishna Kumari, Sahira, B.M. Vyas, Achala Sachdev, Manher Desai, Uma Dutt, Muzaffar Adeeb, W.M. Khan, Babu Raje
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I pay respect to Shri B. M. Vyas and pray to God to give him everlasting peace and solitude .

I must admit it was difficult to gather information about Shri Vyas . I rummaged through many websites and gathered information about him and his films . I wanted to put the information about his films and the posters of his films in my blog space so that students of my acting institute , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  should know at least a little bit about him and his histrionics .

So called best acting schools of Mumbai are silent about him . Self – proclaimed famous acting institutes of India have no time for a veteran like B. M. Vyas . Upstarts of some acting classes of Bollywood are not bothered about this chapter of our film industry . They are busy abusing me on social net – working sites and blowing their own rotten , rickety trumpets .

I pay my respect and will always remember ” Sampoorn Ramayan “ , in which he played Ravan to the hilt . I saw the film during my childhood and loved his portrayal of Ravan .

[ I have taken information and trivia about his films from a website : http://www.fridaycinemas.com/MoviesByCelebrities.aspx?Cname=B.M.%20Vyas

I express my gratitude ]

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60 Years of Screen : A News Paper of Indian Cinema


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January  01 , 2012           01.20 A.M.

Screen weekly completed 60 years in 2011 . I share my birth year with this film weekly . In fact ” Screen “ is few months senior .

Hindi film industry fascinates and lures numerous people from every walk of life . The pull and attraction are so strong that you have to be the Indian or Indian diaspora to believe this .

This syndrome was not different for me also . I was attracted to the film world since my early childhood . I still remember my fascination and that too very vividly .

 

Location of Deoria district in Uttar Pradesh

Location of Deoria in Uttar Pradesh

I started watching films regularly after completing High School . It was in 1967 . Deoria , my home town in Uttar Pradesh had 2 cinema halls ; Amarjyoti and Vijay . After examination , I watched ” Ganga Jumna “ , a Dilip Kumar Film , in the Amarjyoti Talkies and I was hooked . Before that I had watched some films but that was a sporadic , spur of the moment kind of behaviour . I had watched Dev Anand‘s ” Dushman “ , Ashok Kumar’s ” Bahu Beti “ and Rajendra Kumar‘s ” Sasural “ . V. Shantaram‘s ” Mausi “ was also a favourite . In those days of my infancy , every film was my favourite and I became curious and wanted to know more and more about the stars .

I started subscribing various film magazines and one day , while I was searching for a magazine at the news paper stand of Deoria Railway Station , I saw ” Screen “ . It was broad – sheet paper and had several photographs . Its price was 4 annas [ 25 Paise ] . It was published from Bombay [ now Mumbai ] . Though it was in black & white still photographs mesmerized me . I bought the paper , brought it home and read it at one go from top to bottom and from first page to the last page . And thus began a life long association , which still continues . Ali’s Notes , column of Mr. Ali Peter John , was my favourite .

During all these long years ” Screen “ had changed its format several times . From 25 paise in 1967 to INR 10.00 in 2011 , it is now a bit costly . Later on it became partly coloured along with black & white avatar . Then it became fully coloured . From broad – sheet to tabloid , then back to broad – sheet and now again in the form of tabloid , coloured ” Screen “ also changed many times . Style and font of mast – head ” Screen “ also changed couple of times . Though Hindi ” Screen ” was also started , but it was a non – starter from day one .

I think now it has taken final shape in its tabloid avatar .

I used to love its front page photos . Front page photo in ” Screen “ was like a barometer of popularity of a star . They used to feel as if they have arrived if they appeared on the cover of the latest ” Screen ” . It is still the same .The euphoria of being on the cover page of ” Screen “ is undiminished even after 60 long years .

As I have stated that I used to read ” Screen “ when it was a broad – sheet paper and used to be black & white . I know its reputation , which is untarnished even today . Naturally I was very happy when a small news came in ” Screen “ about me . It was about myself and Katrina Kaif , whom I was training at that time  . I am giving the link :

! – First article about me in ” Screen ”  was published in the May 21 , 2010 issue : http://bit.ly/dmi5FN

2 – Second article about me in ” Screen “ was published in the  December 02 – 08 , 2011 issue . http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Actors–Laboratory/875287/

[ This link is about the article in Indian Express . Same was re – printed in Screen .  Screen and Indian Express are sister publications .]

 

The Indian Express

Indian Express

I was so happy that finally , when I am 60 and ” Screen “ is also 60 , a big article about me was published this year . It’s like a culmination of my 44 year-long association with the paper , which started in 1967 .

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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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Wilting Traditions – 1 : Holi & Hindi Cinema


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 26, 2011                   12. 2O A.M.

We just celebrated Holi. Indian festivals, specially North Indian festivals always played major roles in the Hindi films of yesteryears. Once upon a time Holi , Deewali , Makar Sankranti and  Raksha Bandhan used to be part of the story and were filmed lavishly and portrayed prominently in Hindi films. There used to be hit songs in films celebrating these festivals. And they are still remembered.

When I started watching films, I vividly remember Mehboob Khan‘s films , where Holi was always a part of the story and he used to picturize it lavishly. His first colour film ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] had a memorable Holi song – khelo rang hamare sang aaj din rang rangeela aaya…………..It was filmed on Dilip Kumar , Nimmi and large number of junior artistes.

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Mehboob Khan’s another timeless classic in colour was Mother India ” [ 1957 ] . It had immensely popular Holi number – holi aayi re kanhayee rang chhalke suna de jara bansuri………It was filmed on Nargis , Sunil Dutt , Rajendra Kumar , Kumkum and large number of junior artistes. Its canvass was vast and it carried the story forward with the help of intercuts and flash-backs . This song is my personal favourite. Mehboob Khan had earlier made ” Mother India ” in Black & white as ” Aurat ” [ 1940 ] and it too had Holi number filmed on Sardar Akhtar , Surendra and Yakub. Incidently ” Aurat “ also had an artiste named Arun [ father of present day star Govinda ]. So in total Mehboob Khan had 3 memorable Holi songs to his credit in classic films like – ” Aurat ” , ” Aan ” and ” Mother India. ”

After Mehboob Khan’s ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] , Dilip Kumar had another memorable Holi number picturized on him in S. U. Sunny’s ” Kohinoor” [ 196 0 ] . It was – man rang lo ji aaj tan rang lo , khelo umang bhar rang pyar ke le lo…………….During his later years Dilip Kumar did a film Mashaal ”  [ 1984 ] for Yash Chopra and it too had a hit and lovely Holi number – o dekho holi aayi ………….

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Cover of Mashaal

It is noteworthy that all the above mentioned numbers were composed by Naushad and were written by Shakeel Badayuni. Only ” Aurat ” and ” Mashaal “ numbers are exceptions. ” Aurat ” Holi number was composed by Anil Biswas and ” Mashaal “ was composed by Hriday Nath Mangeshkar and was written by Anand Bakshi.

After Mehboob Khan , Dilip Kumar , Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni another filmmaker who filmed magnificient Holi scenes and songs , was veteran V. Shantaram. His ” Navrang ” [ 1959 ] had a wonderful Holi number – arre ja re arre natkhat………………..

Among the yesteryear filmmakers , strangely , Raj Kapoor never filmed a single Holi song or scene in his directorial ventures. Though in real life , his larger than life Holi celebrations were talk of the film industry and are still envied and remembered by many.

Another curious case is Dev Anand’s. His suave and urbane personality was not fit for such kind of rustic and robust celebrations but he has one memorable exception. His immortal film ” Guide ” [ 1965 ] had a popular dance number – piya tose naina lage re , naina lage re…………….In this particular song there was one para dedicated to Holi. It was – aayi holi aayi , sab rang layi , bin tere holi bhi na bhaye………………….. Though Dev Anand was not shown in the song . It was magnificently picturized on Waheeda Rehman by director Vijay Anand. It was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and was written by Shailendra.

After above mentioned artistes and specially after Dilip Kumar , Amitabh Bachchan had most number of memorable Holi songs to his credit. His immortal classic ” Sisila ” [ 1981 ] had a song – rang barse bheege chunar wali rang barse ………… It is a cult song even today. One of his recent hits ” Baghbaan ” [ 2003 ] had another memorable number – holi khelen raghubeera awadh men holi khelen raghubeera……… .. According to me , Amitabh Bachchan has the dubious distinction of having one of the worst Holi number in the history of Hindi cinema to his credit. His later year hit ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” [ 2005 ] had a number composed by Anu Malik – do me a favour lets play holi……………….. Unfortunately this worst Holi song  is the last Holi number in Hindi films till date.

Yash Chopra , director of ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , is the second filmmaker after Mehboob Khan , who has filmed large number of memorable Holi songs in his films. After ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , he picturized a melodious Holi song on Dilip Kumar , Anil Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ]. The song was – o dekho holi aayi……………..After ” Mashaal “ he made ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] and once again gave us a hit song – mohe chhedo na……………His another classic ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] had another lovely song – ang se ang lagaana sajan mohe aise rang lagaana………………….It was picturized on Shah Rukh Khan , Sunny Deol and Juhi Chawla. So Yash Chopra has 4 Holi songs to his credit , while Mehboob Khan has 3.

In between Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan , for a brief period of time , Rajesh Khanna was the reigning deity. His one of the early successes ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] had a memorable Holi number – aaj na chhodenge bas hamjoli……………It was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and was written by Anand Bakshi. Incidently same composer – lyricist duo gave us another Holi chart-buster in ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ]. It was – holi ke din dil khil jaate hain…………..Though ” Sholay “ was made in the tradition of western cowboy films but it’s Holi song was so wonderfully woven in the story and it was filmed so beautifully that it is remembered even today .

Among today’s stars Aamir Khan had a wonderful song in ” Mangal Pandey  – The Rising [ 2005 ] . It is – dekho aayi holi………….. It is quirk of the matter that worst Holi song of Hindi films , do me a favour , lets play holi……… also came in the same year [ 2005 ] in ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” .

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There are some other films also which have some good Holi songs . Rajshri Productions massive hit ” Nadiya Ke Paar ” [ 1982 ] had a catchy number – jogi ji wah jogi ji…………. but it was an exception rather than a rule. After 2005, it is sad that all the recent released films have not portrayed Holi or any other festivals prominently. There are several causes for this scenario.

A – Delhi – UP has ceased to be a prominent territory for Hindi films. Now younger filmmakers make films for metropolitan cities and for overseas markets. So this rustic , robust festival of colours is not finding favours.

B – Younger filmmakers are not familiar with the hinterlands of our country. They seldom go to villages and are unaware of the circumstances of our middle and lower middle class population.

C – Story line of recent films have become city – centric. Rampaging consumerism has changed the scenario beyond recognition and this is being reflected in the recently released films.

D – Rise of television is another root cause for this change. Since films are being made for the overseas territories and for metropolitan centers, so various channels started catering to the rural masses and started beaming village – centric serials. So filmmakers are now not bothered for the masses of hinterlands.

E – Rise of Bhojpuri films are another nail in the coffin. These films specially cater to North Indian public and most of them are still village – centric . So they picturize Holi songs on lavish scale . Recently released hit Bhojpuri film ” Diljale ” [ 2011 ] has a memorable Holi song.

There might be other reasons too, but I am sad that slowly and firmly our festival of colours is coming to a virtual neglect in Hindi films.

It is sad , very sad !

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