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“Shikaar” (1955) was directed by Ravindra Dave for Tara Films. The movie had Nimmi, Shekhar, Smriti Biswas, Moti Sagar, Bipin Gupta, Veer Sakhuja, Alka, Bhupendra Kapoor, Sooraj, Baby Lata, ameena Bai, Ratan Gaurang, C L Shah with Johny Walker and Shyama as guest artists.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Lata Mangeshkar has sung with G M Durrani only 11 songs, six of them are light-hearted, teasing or ‘sawaal-jawaab’ (question-answer) type. Here is one of such songs ‘ hello mister dil betaab ho kiske liye’ from the film ANAND BHAWAN (1953) sung by them. The star cast included Manhar Desai, Nigar Sultana, Trilok Kapoor, Durga Khote, Tiwari etc. The film had eight songs of which four each were written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan and Noor Lucknawi. The songs were composed by Vasant Desai. One song from the film has been covered in the blog. The song under discussion was written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Lata Mangeshkar sang only 11 duets with G M Durrani. 6 out of these 11 have been sung in 1948-49. In the book ‘Lata Mangeshkar …. in her own voice – Conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir’ (2009), she has mentioned that her first song for Naushad was a duet with G M Durrani haay chhore ki zaat badi bewafaa for ‘Chaandni Raat'(1949). At that time Durrani made some personal remarks about the necklace she was wearing. She did not like his remarks and brought this to the notice of Naushad. Knowing that she was a sensitive person, Naushad replaced Durrani and took Sadat Khan for her second duet in the same film. However, this duet was edited out from the film.
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“Chaandni Raat” (1949) was a Tajmahal Pictures Production. It was directed by M Ehsan. The movie had Shyam, Naseem Bano, David Abraham, Ulhas, Cuckoo, Jillo, Parveen, Noor Jehan, Sayeeda Khan etc in it.
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Today (7 september) is G M Durrani’s death anniversary. G M Durrani, who began his playback career in 1930s, was active till 1950s. He had become so popular by early 1940s that the then up and coming Rafi regarded G M Durrani as his idol.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

“Hum Log’ (1951) is a production from the banner of Ranjit Movietone, but more than that, it is a signature piece by Zia Sarhadi, who has written and directed this film. This film is one of the earlier examples of Neo-Realism in Indian Cinema, a school of cinematic expression that was pioneered in the west by directors such as Luis Bunuel (Spain), Vittorio DeSica (Italy), Luchino Visconti (Italy), Yasujiro Ozu (Japan) and Jean Renoir (France). Although the film did not have any commercial success, it still is considered as the cult classic in the genre of Neo-Realism in Indian Cinema.
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Sometime back, I was wondering about the playback singers who have sung for Dev Anand and I counted about half a dozen different names. Well known names like Rafi, Kishore, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, as well as unknown name like Dwijen Mukherji have given playback for Dev Anand. Some people would even like to include S D Burman though I am not sure.
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