Welcome to July 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We pay our homages to the film personalities we lost this month.
‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar’ dancer Sheila Vaz was ’50s icon but Bollywood forgot to give credit – Tina Das – From ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ (Shree 420, 1955) upto Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra from Chhote Nawab (1961) Sheila Vaz, who passed away on 29th June, knew how to charm audiences with performance. Today, YouTubers agree with it.
Beete Hue Din pays tribute in the form of “Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar Bhar Ke Ankhon Me Khumar – Sheela Vaz, which is supplemented by a YT video Sheela Vaz aka Rama Lakhanpal
Ten of my favourite Sheila Vaz songs is a tribute in which she’s lip-synced to the song, from Hindi films
Bhupinder Singh: A limited-edition, classy artist – Balaji Vittal – Celebrated for his singing talent, he was an equally accomplished guitarist. (Ref: How Bhupinder Singh blends the ghazal with the guitar – Manish Gaekwad) – Bhupinder passed away on 18 July 2022 at the age of 82.
We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
Dilip Kumar: How the ‘first Khan’ gracefully transitioned into his second innings, created a blueprint for star-actors – Sampada Sharma – On Dilip Kumar’s death anniversary(8 July), here’s looking back at how the ‘first Khan of Bollywood’ created a blueprint for success with his second innings.
Dilip Kumar and technology: ‘What exactly is this Internet?’ – Faisal Farooqui – An excerpt from a memoir by Faisal Farooqui, the founder of the website Mouthshut.com.
Satyadev Dubey transformed Indian theatre – but many forget his maverick film projects – Nandini Ramnath – Apart from plays, he had two short films – Aparichay ke Vindhachal (1965) and Tongue In Cheek (1968), the full-length feature ‘Shantata! Court Chaue Aahe’ and an unfinished production to his credit.
Duets (+) of Mukesh: With Male Singers are as a tribute to Mukesh on his 99th Birth Anniversary (b. July 22, 1923 – d. August 27, 1976)
Guru Dutt believed he was making ‘insubstantial’ cinema before Pyaasa, the film released him from ‘solitary confinement’ – Sampada Sharma – On Guru Dutt’s 97th birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the time when Dutt felt like he had been let out of prison while making Pyaasa.
Vasant Desai Part 2 (post-1950s): His male singers is a follow-up post to Vasant Desai Part 1 pertaining to the vintage years (1930s and 40s),
Jana Pehchana Sa Ajanabee – Remembering lyricist, Asad Bhopali on his 101st Birthday on 10th July
Manoj Kumar understood the ‘soft power’ of patriotism in movies, how Bharat Kumar came into being – Sampada Sharma – On Manoj Kumar’s 85th birthday, here’s recalling how he became known as Bharat Kumar in Hindi cinema.
July 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director for the Second Five-Year Period: 1949 -1953. We had covered 1st Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948 in the year 2021.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
Stardust Memories – On the marriage anniversary of the legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Silhouette presents this beautifully penned piece by Taroon Coomar Bhaduri, Jaya Bahduri’s father. The article was published in the Illustrated Weekly of India, March 5, 1989.
Also to read: Jaya Bachchan: A Slot-less Act
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
Deepti Naval on her memoir: ‘It’s like watching a movie, where you’re with me’ – Nandini Ramnath – The acclaimed actor returns to her first love, writing, with ‘A Country Called Childhood’. In her memoir, A Country Called Childhood – A Memoir, Deepti Naval, Aleph Book Company, the acclaimed actor retraces her earliest film-watching experiences.
In ‘A Country Called Childhood’, Deepti Naval talks about her interest in cinema, and experiences that pushed her to be an actress.
Vintage era music relived in films to chronicle those movies/songs in which the songs of the vintage era are remembered sometimes as a tribute and sometimes are very craftily woven into the situation of the film as a parody.
‘The best student of our school’: KA Abbas on casting Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Saat Hindustani’ – K A Abbas – An excerpt from ‘Sone Chandi Ke Buth: Writings on Cinema’, by KA Abbas. Translated from the Urdu and edited by Syeda Hameed and Sukhpreet Kahlon.
Recent Musical Excursions Into Pakistan: Coke Studio; Sindhi and Punjabi Divas; Fascinating Fusion – Here is a stunning Zeb and Haniya video for the song “Dadra,”
The Mindful Songs are the songs where मन figures more in the sense of the mind.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Raj Kapoor did Teesri Kasam for one rupee, Waheeda Rehman did it for free but the film still ruined lyricist-producer Shailendra – Much like its lead characters, Teesri Kasam was a victim of its fate. Because watching it today, it is hard to decipher why a film with such emotional depth, popular music and stellar actors did not get accepted 56 years ago.
- Gulzar’s Aandhi is not just ‘that film on Indira Gandhi’, Sanjeev Kumar-Suchitra Sen explore how lack of ambition can ruin relationships – Aandhi is remembered for being ‘that film based on Indira Gandhi’s life’ but there is more to this Sanjeev Kumar-Suchitra Sen film. The Gulzar-helmed movie released in 1975.
- Vidya Sinha-Amol Palekar’s Rajnigandha explains why the fear of being lonely doesn’t let you to get out of a bad relationship – The fear of being lonely has always been a relatable concept, and this core thought of Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha gets your attention from the start.
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 –
O Gori Aankhon Mein Kajra,. Kahan Chali Kahan Chali – Kichak Vadha (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Master Krishna Rao
Teri AankhoN Ka Rang Nirala Hai – Barood (1960) – Hasrat Jaipuri – Khayyam
Khwab Mein Kahan Miloge …. Kis Liye Ji – Bindiya (1960_ Rajinder Krishna – Iqbal Quereshi
Mera To Dil Dil Ghabraaye – Kala Aadmi (196) – Hasrat Jaipuri- Dattaram
Jhun Jhun Paayal Jhanke O Raja More Man Ke – Maya Machhindra (1960) – Keshab – Ramlal Heera Panna
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.