Welcome to April 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We straight away move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
When three-time National Award winner Surekha Sikri was insecure about her looks: ‘Used to upset her a lot…’ – On Surekha Sikri’s birth anniversary, we revisit the time when her former co-star Rajit Kapur revealed that the National Award winner had at one point suffered from insecurities about her looks, but eventually overcame it.
Veteran television producer, Gol Maal actor Manju Singh passes away – Manju Singh, was seen in Hrishikesh Mukerji’s Gol Maal, and hasproduced television shows like Show Time, Ek Kahaani, Adhikar, Swaraj.
Music and lyrics: For Anand Bakshi, his life was his muse – Ganesh Vancheeswaran – nothing or nobody – not even life, in spite of many attempts – could dislodge him from the path to his dream. I have selected a song from his first film C.I.D. Girl(1959) :
Badi Buland Meri Bhabhi Ki Pasand – Mohamamd Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Music – Roshan
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
All the episodes of Sahir Ludhianvi’s sogs of romance with different music directors can be accessed /downloaded as one file by clicking @ Sahir’s songs of romance – Sahir Ludhianvi Centenary.
April 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shankar Jaikishan : 1960. In 2017, we have commenced the annual series of Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs with Music Directors Other Than SJ. Till now, we have covered –
The songs from 1950 to 1953 in 2017,
The songs from 1953 to 1955. In 2018
The songs from 1956 -1957 in 2019,
The songs from 1958 in 2020, and
The songs from 1959 in 2021.
A Birth Anniversary Tribute to Nazia Hassan (and a few words about singers from Sindh) is a bouquet of seven songs of Nazia Hassan of which I have selected Kabhi Zindagani Jaisa,“ which has a more Calypso kind of flavor.
As BollywooDirectdid not have a recent posting of a memorable photograph, I dug into the archives of the blog and have selected Tribute to the legendary Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi of the famous Shankar Jaikishan duo and one of the emperors of Hindi film music world, on his death anniversary (26/04), which was posted in 2020.
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
“The Unforgettable Music of HEMANT KUMAR” is a review of the book authored by Manek Premchand, with study of his Bengali repertoire by Antara Nanda Mondal and Sounak Gupta
The लेन – देन (give and take) Songs in the context human relationships which are not commercial but still talk of getting something in return or even returning something when relations are embittered
Five Classics I would Like to Rewrite is the first of a two-part post, that discusses five great films and why, despite strong women characters in them, the all-pervasive male gaze made their endings problematic, if not a complete cop-out. [For companion post on Dustedoff.com, click Ten Hindi films You Mustn’t Watch.] Five More Films – Five More Revisions is second post in the series. If the films on that first list were all good films, here, most of these were successful films, not necessarily good ones.
Lata Mangeshkar: Ten Solos, Ten Composers – Part 3 do not overlap with the ones on the very first ‘Lata in Ten Moods’ song list.
Songs of Education – There are diverse views on education in film songs – underlining its importance, sneering at the sheer uselessness of learning historical facts, mocking the lack of logic in grammar, criticizing the educational system for not imparting vocational education, and last but not the least, redefining education. The words to look out for are – पढ़ाई लिखाई and degree.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Pakeezah: From Meena Kumari’s failing health to separation from director Kamal Amrohi, what went wrong during making of this classic – On Meena Kumari’s 50th death anniversary, here’s recalling the making of one of her most popular films Pakeezah. Made by her husband, director Kamal Amrohi, the film’s making went through many ups and downs over 14 years.
- Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby: The film that saved RK Studios, heralded the start of teenage love stories in India – As Sharmaji Namkeen begins streaming, we look back at Rishi Kapoor’s first film, Bobby, as a grown-up that made him a national heartthrob.
- When Jaya Bachchan played a more talented but subservient wife against Amitabh Bachchan in Abhimaan – On Jaya Bachchan’s 74th birthday, revisiting one of her finest performances in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Abhimaan which also starred her husband Amitabh Bachchan. The film told the story of a showbiz couple whose marriage starts disintegrating after the woman gains more fame than the man.
- Dilip Kumar’s Ram Aur Shyam is a mediocre comedy that has somehow achieved cult status – While a lot of Dilip Kumar’s films since the 1950s have aged gracefully, Ram Aur Shyam, sadly, isn’t one of them.
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022,
Lagi Hai Aag Dil Mein, Qismat Ke Sitare Doob Gaye – Hulcal (1951) – Khumar Barabankvi – Mohammad Shafi Niyazi
Aisa Kya Qasoor Kiya Dil Jo Choor Choor Kiya – Nadaan (1951) – P L Santoshi – Chic Chokalte
Mohabbat Ki Bas Itni Dastan Hai – Baradari (1955) – Khumar Baranakvi – Nashaad
Aa Bedardi Baalma, Aa Preet Ka Kare Hisaab – Chhora Chhori (1955) – Kedar Sharma _ Roshan
Kab Tak Uthayein Aur Ye Gham Intezaar Ka – Naqaab (1955) – Prem Dhawan – Pt. Govindram
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.