Welcome to December 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We straight away move on to other tributes and memories this month.
Mehfil Mein Meri continues with Lata – Non-film songs with Part 4, covering period of late 90s,after having presented songs from 1954 till 1965 in Part 1, for the years 1966 to 1975 in Part 2 and those for 1975 till 1995 in Part III
Awara, Shree 420: The films that made Raj Kapoor the ‘showman of Indian cinema’ – Sampada Sharma – On Raj Kapoor’s 97th birth anniversary, looking back at the decade that established him as the ‘showman of Indian cinema’.
Way before OTTs, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Musafir starring Dilip Kumar was the gold standard of anthologies – Sampada Sharma – The three stories in Musafir are centred around these themes and are all set inside one house. As each family comes to live in this house, they bring in their sorrows and leave with joy as they end up crediting the house for taking their pain away.
Dilip Kumar: A look at his initial years from 1944-1948 – Sharda Iyer takes looks back at the nine films that Dilip Kumar had acted during 1944-1948 period.
Rajendra Krishna with Chitragupta and Ravi: Reaching for the skies – in continuation to his in-depth study of Rajendra Krishna’s career as lyricist, after C Ramchandra and Madan Mohan, Hans Jakhar delves into the musical relationships of Rajendra Krishna with Chitragupta and Ravi.
Shaayar-e-Aazam : S.H.Bihari (a.k.a Shamshul Huda Bihari) born in 1922 wrote around 400 songs for 90 films. The present article covers his songs with 10 music directors, other than O P Nayyar.
In documentary on Mumbai film critic Rashid Irani, fond nostalgia and creeping loss – Nandini Ramnath – If Memory Serves Me Right is a 56-minute documentary about a 74-year-old film critic, for the Times of India and Hindustan Times, Rashid Irani, who died on July 30th , for whom cinema was a 24×7 obsession. Rafeeq Ellias’s film explores Irani’s lifelong Cinemania, his relationship with his neighbourhood in downtown Mumbai, and the loneliness and anxieties that gripped him during the coronavirus-induced lockdowns.
Also Watch: Critic Rashid Irani (1947-2021) speaks on his lifelong passion for cinema
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
- Ameen Sayani- The voice that Mesmerized the Nation
- Raj Kapoor- A Big Dreamer
- DILIP KUMAR- The Ultimate Method Actor
- Ashok Kumar – The most bankable star of the 40s
- Wahan Kaun Hai Tera- A Complete Story in Few Lines
In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary, we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Seven-film associations with Laxmikant Pyarelal and Khayyam.
December 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director: 1947-1948, the second part of his career’s First Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948.
SoY has also published yours faithfully’s tribute to Mohammad Rafi on his 97th birthday, in the form of Mohammad Rafi’s Non-film Hindi Geets and Ghazals
Here is a vintage photograph, Producer-Director Sriramulu Naidu actor Raj Mehra, Om Prakash, Dilip Kumar, Badri Prasad, Meena Kumari, Shammi, and Achla Sachdev on the sets of Azaad (1955) posted on BollywooDirect:
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
Why movie villains are as interesting as the heroes is an excerpt from Balaji Vitta’s book Pure Evil – The Bad Men of Bollywood, publisher: HarperCollins India.
It’s Time To Clap! are the songs with clapping as a key element.
Kathak and Tap Dance: Similarities, Connections in Classic Films, and – Finally – Duets and Quartets! – The article may appear to be technical to a lay reader, but as always, by the choice of video clips that Richard puts in the article, the article remains an interesting read.
Book review: ‘Yesterday’s Melodies Today’s Memories’ – Manek Premchand’s book is “essentially about the many creative individuals whose genius produced unforgettable Hindi film songs from 1931 to 1970, and specifically between the years 1947 and 1970”.
Boat songs, part IV lists songs that have boats in a group.
Film Memorabilia Transitions from a Collector’s Passion to an Investor’s Eye – SMM Ausaja takes a look at this new emerging market of as the memorabilia craze gets ready to move into NFTs- The Non Fungible Tokens.
Similar Tune, Two Different Songs picks five pairs of the songs where one Hindi film song appears to have been inspired by another from a different movie.
Book Review: Conversations With Waheeda Rehman – Ranjan Das crisply reviews Nasreen Munni Kabir’s interview-based book – Conversations With Waheeda Rehman, published in 2015 by Penguin.
Ten of my favourite Hindi film double roles, some of these are people portraying twins; some have other ties of blood (parent and child, for instance). Some aren’t related at all but are uncannily alike anyway.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Bollywood Rewind | Kala Pani: Dev Anand fights for justice, with his romance game on point – Starring Dev Anand, Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant, Raj Khosla’s 1958 film Kala Pani follows a man who is trying to get his father’s life sentence overturned.
- Dilip Kumar was unmatched as he played a villain in Mehboob Khan’s Amar – Starring Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Nimmi in the lead roles, Mehboob Khan’s Amar is the story of a man who is struggling with his demons after he rapes a woman.
- Way before Ramsay Brothers, this was the Hindi film that started Bollywood’s romance with ‘purani havelis’ – To trace the history of the horror genre in India, we went back to the first horror film that was made in Hindi cinema – Mahal that starred Ashok Kumar and 16-year-old Madhubala.
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad we take a slight detour to take up Vinod Dua, a noted TV journalist, who passed away on 5-12-2021, talking about Mohammad Rafi:
Radio Ceylon also has paid tribute on 24-12-2021 in their prgram ‘Purani Filmon Ka Sangeet – In memory of Rafi Sahab’
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.
Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music wishes all a melodiously happy and rhythmically fruitful 2022.
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