Welcome to July 2020 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We first pay our tributes to Jagdeep who passed away recently:
Jagdeep dies at 81: A pictorial tribute to ‘Soorma Bhopali’ – Jagdeep played the lead roles in five films. He was the hero in Punar Milan (1964) and has rendered Pas Baitho Tabiyat Bahel Jayegi (Mohammad Rafi; Music: C Arjun; Lyrics: Indeevar) on the screen-
‘Bimalda Spread Happiness’ – Jagdeep on Bimal Roy – In an interview with Joy Bimal Roy and Aparajita Sinha, actor Jagdeep had recalled his experience of working with his mentor Bimal Roy, providing rare insight into the master’s personality and his creativity. Following his recent demise, Ratnottama Sengupta rewinds to the year 2005 interview.
100 Years of Pran – Gautam Chintamni – You have to be a special kind of villain for parents to be afraid to name their children after you! And yet Pran was so much more than just a villain.
We pick up other tributes and memories:
Mehfil completes 3 years! : Remembering Mubarak Begum – Part 1 – solos – on her 4th death anniversary. We pick up her maiden Hindi song here – Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai – Aaiye (1949) / Shaukat Dehlavi – Nakshab Jarchavi and Deep Ke Sang Jaloon Main – Daaera (1953) / Jamal Sen – Majrooh Sultanpuri.
NASEEM BANU: The Maiden Venus of Bollywood – D P Ranagan – Naseem was born on 4th of July 1916, christened as Roshanara, has acted in around 22 films. We recall her song Zindagi Ka Ssaaz Bhi Kya Saaz Hai (Pukaar. 1939 – Mir Saheb – Kamal Amrohi) from the article.
The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar: In Conversation With Author Manek Premchand – In a candid conversation with Antara Nanda Mondel, of Silhouette Magazine, renowned film historian, musicologist and author Manek Premchand talks about his latest book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, released July 2020. The book looks in detail at specific areas of Hemant Kumar’s work.
Aar Paar, Guru Dutt’s 1954 film that featured authentic, realistic dialogue by Abrar Alvi : Born 1st July, 1927 – Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakila and Johnny Walker star in this noirish comedy-thriller with great tunes by O.P. Nayyar.
Akhiyon Ka Nor Hai Tu, Akhiyon Se Door Hai Tu – Sonia Sahani – Born 31-8-1946, Sonia Sahani is known more as the default heroine for “Joha in” films. Here is a song from ‘other’ film – Ajab Hai Yeh Duniya, Ajab Zindagi Hai – Bandish (1969) – Asha Bhosle – Usha Khanna – Aslam Allahabadi
Mammoth Of An Actor – Sanjeev Kumar – Despite having blessed with handsome looks he never aimed for the role of only the “”Hero””, but always gave importance to the script and character; whether it was the leading man, a character artist or a cameo.
A love triangle at heart, the movie provides a compelling look at Muslim life & male friendship, with exquisite music & cinematography.
Madan Mohan: The Pied Piper of Bollywood in Different Moods – ‘In light vein’, ‘Poignant’ and ‘Lilting/Lifting Mood’.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
- Bollywood Actors as Siblings and also Lovers in Films
- Ek Chatur Naar – The Brain Child of Kishore Kumar
- Prakash Mehra- Who Gave Hindi Cinema a New Defini…
- The Unforgettable Slaps of Bollywood
- Jagdeep – Mera Naam Soorma Bhopali Aise Hi Nahin Hai
- Neetu Singh – Retired Too Early
- The Raga based Bollywood Songs- Raga Bhimpalasi
- ” Fly the Flag”. tells Dev Anand to Chetan Anand
- The Sound of Shehnai in Bollywood Songs
- AMIT KUMAR- Like Father Like Son
- Saroj Khan- The Mother of Bollywood Choreography
- Bollywood’s Obsession With Fair Skin
July 2020 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song With The Music Director -1964 – 1966. We have selected a five-year slot each as the base review period. Starting from the year 1944, till now we have covered
- 1st Five-Year Period : 1944 -1948 ,
- 2nd Five-Year Period : 1949-1953,
- 3rd Five-Year period : 1954 – 1958, and
- 4th Five-Year Period – 1959 -1963
We will now take up the articles on other subjects:
How song and dance made love and desire visible on screen – In an essay in tiltpauseshift: Dance Ecologies in India (Gati Dance Forum, 2016), writer and filmmaker Paromita Vohra makes a case for Bollywood dance as a unique “symbolic language” and a way to simultaneously accommodate hybrid, even transgressive, ideas of pleasure, desire and sexuality.
Anil Biswas and Talat Mahmood – The Deeply Dulcet Combination – Though they worked together on as few as less than 20 songs, they shared such a bond that if Talat Mahmood is mentioned, Anil Biswas immediately comes to mind.- Mukh Se Na BolooN – Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar- Jallianwala Bagh Ki Jyoti (1953) – Anil Biswas – Udhdhav Kumar
‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ revisited: A timeless tale of a small-time thug dreaming of the big league – Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s 1989 film, starring Pavan Malhotra, is a rare serious examination of the marginalisation of urban Muslims. –
The Curious Case of Rahul Dev Burman – Pancham’s music which ages in reverse order. He began as a matured music composer and his music keeps getting younger as the years pass by : Ghar Aaja Ghair Aaye (Choote Nwab, 1961: Lyrics: Shailendra – RDB’s first film ) vs. Kuchh Na Kaho (1942 – A Love Story, 1994; Lyrics: Javed Akhtar – his last film.
Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom is as beautifully relatable as it was almost 40 years ago – Starring Naseeruddin Shah & Shabana Azmi, the movie features some of R.D. Burman and Gulzar’s finest work, & three adorable kids.
Romantic Songs of the Magical Combo – Kalyanji-Anandji and Mukesh – started with Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane (1959) – Naina Ho Jaadu Bhare -Kalyanji’s solo film and Madari (1959) – Dil Lootanewale Jadugar -one of the duo’s initial films; and continued to till Mukesh breathed his last in 1976.
Rajesh Khanna’s Safar is a melancholy meditation on life, death, love and duty – Even before the more famous Anand, the superstar had perfected the role of a dying man who wants to spread joy, but Safar is far darker and less feel-good.
Ten of my favourite ‘This is my work’ songs lists the songs that promote the services being vended by the singer. Here is one example – Kismat phati hui thhi (Ali Baba aur Chaalees Chor, 1954 – Mohammad Rafi – S N Tripathi – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan):
We end the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post. Sanjeev Rambhadran has conceived a series of 40 days, 40 songs, 40 music directors to commemorate 40 years of Mohammad Rafi’s passing away. His selection of the music director and the song can be ebest apprcaited by listening to his entire series only. I have picked up 5 representative songs from the first 20 songs. I plan to take other 5 in our December 2020 episode:
Wo Ham Na The Wo Tum Na The – Cha Cha Cha (1964) – Iqbal Quereshi – Neeraj
Kuchh Aisi Pyari Shakla Mere Dilruba Ki Hai – Naya Kanoon (1965) – Madan Mohan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Arman Machal Rahe Hai Dil-e-Bequarar Mein – NFS – Jamal Sen – Haquim Yusuf
Hum Apane Dil Ka Fasaana Suna Na Sake – Actress (1948) – Shyam Sundar – Naqshab Jarachvi
Saaqui Ki Har Nigah Pe Balkha Ke Pee Gaya – NFS – Taj Mohammad Khan – Jigar Moradabadi
I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.