Welcome to June 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We pay our tribute to Chandrashekhar who left for heavenly abode on 16.06.2021.
‘I got more praise than the hero’ – Movie veteran Chandrashekhar (Vaidya), best known for films like Cha Cha Cha, Surangand Street Singer and playing the role of Arya Sumant on the television serial Ramayan, passed into the ages.
We now move on to other tributes and memories:
When Dimple Kapadia refused to badmouth Rajesh Khanna: ‘Don’t you dare try to extract any nasty statements’ – a throwback on Dimple Kapadia’s 64th birthday on June 8.
How the Kamat Foto Flash agency became as iconic as the movies it was hired to snap – Nandini Ramnath – A staple of the credits of Hindi films since the 1940s, the photography studio is now focusing on its vast archive.
Mani Ratnam at 65: Made in Madras, his superb songs enthral all of urban India – Shaikh Ayaz – The Mani Ratnam-Ilaiyaraaja-AR Rahman combo has created a gold-standard repertoire of Tamil-Hindi film soundtracks. As realistic as Ratnam’s films are, his songs are the absolute opposite — illogical, grand and dream-like.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
- Rehman- Chhote Sarkar & Chenoy Seth of Bollywood
- Does the English Title of a Hindi Film Helps a Flm…
- DAVID- The ‘John Chacha’ of Bollywood
- The Cool & Supportive On-screen Dads of Bollywood
- DAAN SINGH- Zikr Hota Hai Jab Qayamat Ka, Tere Jal…
- The Super Hit Combination of Hemant Kumar, Dada Bu…
- Prem Dhawan – A Multi-Talented Personality of Boll…
- Bollywood songs talk about Food or Sweets- Part 1
- 20 Bollywood Songs Shot in Beautiful Locations in …
- Raj Khosla- The Man With The Golden Toucn
- Vasant Desai – His Songs have become the part of o…
- Bobby Turns 64
- Khwaja Ahmed Abbas- The Soul of Raj Kapoor & The m…
- Rajendra Krishan- A Low Profile Lyricist and Scrip…
- Why Bollywood is Lagging Behind on Films on Enviro…
- Nutan- She Made ‘Kalyani’ of Bandini an Immortal
- Bollywood Journey of Bicycles.
- Raj Kapoor & His Songs are Immortal
- Vinod (Eric Roberts) – The Forgotten Music Director
1957 to 1959 in In 2018,
1960 and 1961 in 2019, and
1962 and 1963 in 2020
We now move on to songs on other subjects –
Mehfil announces the month of ‘Train Songs’ – Trains, the train tracks, Railway station platforms and farewell or welcomes at the station have been an important part of our Hindi cinema. Part I has songs with train rhythm from B&W films and Part II has songs from colour Hindi films. And of course, there are Train songs without the Train Rhythm
लफ़्ज़ों में फेर बदल – कुछ फ़िल्मी गीतों पर मेरा अभिप्राय is a very candidly presented point of view with regard to some specific lyric in otherwise good songs.
‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’ by KL Pandey: Book Review – KL Pandey’s ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’, the raag analysis of about 20,000 Hindi film songs from 1931 to September 2020, is a monumental work of enormous significance for music lovers, academics and researchers.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Naya Daur: Of the new era that will always be intimidating – Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, BR Chopra’s 1957 film Naya Daur talks about the disturbing casualties of the rampant industrialisation that is projected as the wave of the future.
- Madhumati: The fantasy of reincarnation – Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, Bimal Roy’s 1958 film Madhumati is a hopeful fantasy for star-crossed lovers and considering its influence on Hindi cinema, it is probably the fantasy that’s still fueling our desires for a happy ending.
- CID: The Dev Anand thriller that gave Bombay its anthem – Starring Dev Anand, Shakila and Waheeda Rehman, Raj Khosla’s 1956 film CID is a timeless thriller that could work even today, but with the right embellishments.
- Pyaasa: Guru Dutt questions the meaning of life in this timeless classic – Starring Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha and Waheeda Rehman, Dutt’s 1957 film Pyaasa examines the eternal question that humans have always had – ‘What is the meaning of life?’.
Songs of (skewed!?) Work-Life Balance ends with a sharp repartee to the workaholics –
Badal jaaye agar maali,
chaman hota nahin khali,
bahaarein phir bhi aati hain,
bahaaren phir bhi aayengi!
In continuation to our tradition of ending 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.
Ye Dilqashi Na Hogi Mahtab Ki Kiran Mein…Sheeshe Ka Ho Ya Paththar Ka Dil Mohabbat Karo Dhadkane Lagega – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) – with Asha Bhosle – S D Burman – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Ye Gora Gora Mukhada Ye Kala Kala Til – Gangu (1962) – with Geeta Dutt – Kalyanji Anandji – Prem Dhawan
Jaam Chalne Ko Hai, Sab Ahle Nazar Baithe Hai…Saqia Aisi Pila De Hum Ko Diwana Bana De – Mall Road (1962) – Sudarshan – Viren Dablish
Chand Jaisa Badan Phool Sa Peharan – Rustom-e-Baghdad (1963) – N Dutta – Asad Bhopali
Tum Se Maano Na Maano Mujhe Tumse,… Pyar Ho Gaya Hai – Cha Cha Cha (1964)- with Asha Bhosle – Iqbal Qureshi – Bharat Vyas
Kaha Suraj Kaha Main Ek Jala,Sitaro Se Liye Ja Raha Hun.. Jigar Ka Dard Badhata Ja Raha Hai – Street Singer (1966) – with Sharda – Suraj (nee Shankar) – Hasrat Jaipuri
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.