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Wednesday, 19-December-2018

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MUKESH - ‘MAIN PAL DO PAL KA SHAYAR HOON…’

20 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

21 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

22 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’

23 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...
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THE GRAMOPHONE AND DANCING GIRL….WHO SHE WAS?

24 weeks ago
Very little is known about Gauhar Jaan (1873-1930), the first Indian woman to have cut a gramophone record in India in 1902, and to record music on 78 rpm records. This is strange, because her life story could define the script of a powerful Indian film. One move that made her stand out from others was how she ended each of her records with the line ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan’. She was born as Eileen Angelina Yeoward, later when her mother Victoria, converted to Islam and changed Angelina’s name to ‘Gauhar Jaan’ and hers to ‘Malka Jaan’ in 1881. A name that would deliver her t...
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BOOKS THAT CAME ALIVE AS MOVIES

25 weeks ago
Inspiration is the fuel Bollywood runs on. Inspiration, like creativity has no boundaries. Readers will agree that books are endlessly inspiring. Bollywood filmmakers have found novelty in literary masterpieces too.  Writing a screenplay is very different from writing a book. Yet, there have been many filmmakers who have succeeded in bringing a common platform for the book lovers and cinema lovers. There is something about seeing characters from your mind come alive on screen! India has some excellent writers whose books have been adapted into screenplays Although it’s a universally known fact that film ...
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‘KITAAB’ WINS LAURELS ON THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

26 weeks ago
Kamlesh K Mishra-directed Tom Alter’s last movie, ‘Kitaab’ is winning critical international acclaim. Recently, it was screened at Bangkok’s 9FilmFest. In the sixth edition of this international film festival, ‘Kitaab’ is one of the nine finalists. In the competition category it won the Best Short Film (Sound Design) award. It also won the Best Short Film (Viewer’s Choice). It is the only film in the festival that was screened a second time on demand of viewers. The film’s first screening was n May 30, 2018, and it was screened as the closing film of the festival on demand of viewe...
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SHE WAS A GIFT FOR THE INDIAN CINEMA

27 weeks ago
The icon of Hindi cinema Nargis was a great person behind the screen. She gave her time to social work. Sunil Dutt, her husband, motivated her to fulfil her ambition to become a doctor. Later he realised that she wanted to go abroad to complete her studies, not to be a doctor, but to be a nurse in order to help needy people. In most of her social work she focused on helping handicapped children.  She discovered that it was an interest that absorbed her husband as well. Together they bought a plot and built a home for the disabled children in Bandra. They also opened a school for blind children and opened a centre of educati...
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FILMMAKERS TURN TO CLIMATE CRISIS

28 weeks ago
In 2006 when Albert Arnold Gore Jr aka Al Gore, former Vice President of United States made a documentary An Inconvenient Truth, he had put the horrifying reality of global warming before all of us. The film won an Academy Award for best documentary. And it started the dialogue of putting such non-fictional issues through lenses. Subsequently, a new breed of filmmakers came forward and devoted much of their time to address environmental issues. An Inconvenient Truth has been regarded as a turning point for the medium’s growing and necessary engagement with environmental activism. That year Gore also published The Future: S...
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MEENA KUMARI - QUEEN OF TRAGEDY

29 weeks ago
“Good looks, great talent and unhappiness. Perhaps no other star combined all three in such a heady brew as Meena Kumari did.” No wonder her fans were legion. The iconic actress carved out an inimitable niche for herself, had held sway over her audiences for two decades and continues to fascinate her fans to this day. Meena Kumari born Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian film actress, singer and poet under the pseudonym “Naaz”. Popularly known as The Tragedy Queen, she is also called Female Guru Dutt of Hindi Films and is often remembered as the Cinderella of the Indian films. She became the first...
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GANDHI’S CONNECTION WITH GEN Z

46 weeks ago
  The relationship of Mahatma Gandhi, who taught the mantra of non-violence, still has been strong enough not only with politics but also with the film industry. For the internet generation still, many new documentaries and short films are being made to retell Gandhi’s story and his ideology. The contributions made by Gandhi and the events of his life have been shown very well in various feature films, short films and documentaries made in India and abroad both. Bapu was not just the biggest leader of Indian independence movement but also a face of it to the rest of the world. His ph...
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CRYSTAL AWARDS - INDIAN ‘CRYSTAL’ AT DAVOS

47 weeks ago
“Artists are unique in the ways that they hold up a mirror to society – so that we can see the fractures more clearly, but equally that we can be reminded of our essential shared values.” These are the words of Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. And these very words come to life each year, when artists from across the world are honoured with the Annual Crystal Awards at the World Economic Forum summit for their commitment to make the world a better place to live in. The good news is that the shine of the awards has fallen on India once again,...