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Monday, 22-October-2018

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QATEEL SHIFAI - THE LYRICIST WHO GAVE A NEW LEASE OF LIFE TO URDU POETRY

4 hours ago
The ultimate test of a language’s survival is how it is chosen by its users to express their innermost feelings. This yardstick could well explain the case of Urdu, especially when it struck up its enduring partnership with films. And a standard-bearer among those responsible for bringing the ghazal out of courtly soirees to become an eloquent expression for everyman was this failed businessman. Consider these songs: “Milkar judaa hue to na soya karenge ham/ Ek dusre ki yaad mein roya karenge ham”, “Zindagi mein to sabhi pyar kiya karte hai/Main to mar kar bhi meri jaan tujhe chaahuunga”, &ld...
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MUSICIAN VIDYA SHAH - DON’T SHUN INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC

a week ago
The nuances and technicalities of Indian classical music are sometimes hyped and do not take away the emotional impact it has on a listener, says noted vocalist-composer Vidya Shah, urging people not to shy away from appreciating it just because they may not immediately understand it. To put things in perspective, she explained that as a practitioner, it is important for her to “stick to her grammar”, but suggested that everyone doesn’t necessarily have to identify “this is this ‘raag’ from this ‘thaat’, playing to this ‘taal’”. “When Pandit Ra...
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SHASHI KAPOOR - “MERE PAAS MA HAI…”

2 weeks ago
An actor with a charming personality, known as a thorough gentleman, and belonging to the illutrious ‘Kapoor’ family, Shashi Kapoor set new standards in the film industry with his choices of cinema that he acted in and also directed and produced The youngest of the famous Kapoor brothers of Bollywood, he did not have their one defining and enduring cinematic image – Raj’s simple, honest ‘tramp’ in the Charlie Chaplin tradition or Shammi’s Elvis-like jiving, rebellious ‘playboy’ persona. Shashi Kapoor, however, surpassed both in sheer variety of acting. Be it rom...
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‘BABU SAMJHO ISHARE’: UNSURPASSABLE KISHORE

4 weeks ago
A complete entertainment package in Bollywood -- a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter, he was also its biggest eccentric. And that is why while Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous, versatile voice still permeates some of Indian cinema’s biggest stars from Dev Anand to Dharmendra, and Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan in a range of emotions, moods and situations, his own onscreen prowess is forgotten. Everyone has their own range of favourite songs from Kishore Kumar (1929-87), but if you ask about his film roles, most people might only remember “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi&...
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VYJAYANTHIMALA - “MODERN INDIAN CINEMA LACKS REALISM”

7 weeks ago
As a one-time Bollywood diva, acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic singer Vyjayanthimala has seen it all -- from the glitzy world of cinema to the harsh reality of life, including politics. Over the years, realism in Indian cinema has been lost, lamented the octogenarian celluloid heroine of yesteryears. “There was so much realism in our films in the olden days. That is missing in the present-day films. There was none of this make-believe, gimmicks and camera playing the tricks as in the present times,” Vyjayanthimala told. Though the trend of making films was changing in the country as the world...
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TOM ALTER - AN ENGLISHMAN IN INDIA

8 weeks ago
He was the most different American India has seen. Born in independent India to a family with roots in the subcontinent from roughly around when the Mahatma returned from overseas, Tom Alter was drawn to Bollywood after seeing Rajesh Khanna in “Aradhana” and moved from play ‘firangs’ onscreen and on stage to also portray a wide gamut of Indian historical and cultural icons. He was also an avid cricket fan who did the first ever TV interview of Sachin Tendulkar, played regularly (in a team called ‘MCC’ – Match Cut Club – along with Naseeruddin Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Aamir K...
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MUCH MORE THAN A MOTHER

10 weeks ago
Veteran actor Reema Lagoo was undoubtedly one of Indian cinema’s most beloved and popular supporting actors.  For the longest time, the onscreen ‘Maa’ were associated with actresses like Nirupa Roy, or even Sulochana before her. That was until 1989, when the baton was passed on to Reema Lagoo. While Reema Lagoo was an extremely versatile actor, she was most significantly known for her roles as a caring and understanding mother in numerous films. Throughout the 90’s, she played mother to various popular Bollywood stars. The list includes Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Cha...
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SADHANA SHIVDASANI - WOH KAUN THI?

11 weeks ago
The Indian film industry has been blessed with some commendable performers the world has ever seen- be it actors, actresses, or directors. And among one of the yesteryears beauties was the one whose eyes could make your heart skip a beat. Not only charming and charismatic, Sadhana Shivdasani was equally gifted as an actress. She had an aura that gave the impression of being effortlessly brilliant on screen. With her expressive and captivating eyes, and an infectious and almost seductive smile, Sadhana was both, a heartthrob and a style icon. The fusion churidar kurtis and morjis which she wore in Waqt have never really gone out ...
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MUKESH - ‘MAIN PAL DO PAL KA SHAYAR HOON…’

12 weeks ago
Still one of Bollywood’s best-known singers whose smooth and sonorous voice rendered a gamut of iconic songs, legendary singer Mukesh’s admirers spanned from spin wizard B Chandrashekhar – who was listening to him before bowling India to victory against England at Lord’s in August 1971 – to Benazir Bhutto, who kept cassettes of his songs in her car while on the campaign trail. But for many, Mukesh is associated with just Raj Kapoor. While he sang Raj Kapoor’s biggest hits, both in RK banner’s films and otherwise, including such evergreen hits such as “Awara Hoon”, “Mera...
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NASEERUDDIN SHAH - THE EPITOME OF HONESTY

13 weeks ago
Whenever we think of the finest veteran actors of India, one of the first names that pop up in our minds is that of Naseeruddin Shah. He is a prominent figure in Indian Parallel Cinema, where his awe-inspiring performances have made him a favourite. While the actor has, on several occasions, stated his dislike for commercial Bollywood films, he has acted in quite a few of them and garnered a great deal of appreciation. What makes him truly interesting though is the fact that he is a very innovative and experimenting individual. He started out with art cinema, and then acted in commercial cinema. He has done television, an...
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MOHAMMED RAFI - THE IMMORTAL & A TRUE LEGEND

14 weeks ago
It is clichéd to say that music is timeless, but when you listen to Mohammed Rafi’s songs, you know that, cliché or not, it is true! One of the greatest playback singers born in India, Mohammed Rafi is considered no less than a genius when it comes to varied styles of music. He is, indeed, the best singer of all times.  He explored every music genre under the sky, from Qawaalis to Bhajans and Ghazals to Romantic songs, he aced them all. He sang rock-n-roll with such zing. And despite being a teetotaler, he has, arguably the finest liquor songs in Hindi Cinema. As Chabilall says, “When Rafi sin...
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MAKE UP IS ART, BEAUTY IS SPIRIT’

15 weeks ago
She Embodies the Natural Beauty of the Soul Undoubtedly she is the ultimate diva who is beyond comparison on screen, her alluring beauty was as delicate as filigreed silver. In a male-dominated film industry, Saira Banu was amongst the top class actresses. She surmounted histrionic limitations as she was the biggest glamour icon. She was the beauty that radiated warmth. She started out when she was merely 16 but gradually gradually reached the pinnacle where nobody could reach her. Only some have the rare opportunity of becoming an astonishing star on their very first film. Saira thrived because of her debut in Jun...