Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Archive for August 2011

It has happened to me quite often that I have gone to my office only to realise that the office was closed because it was a holiday. 😀 And on the other hand, there have been days when the office was open even when it was holiday for most people.
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“Sharaabi” (1964) is a movie that had Dev Anand and Madhubala in lead roles. But despite their presence, and despite some nice music, the movie failed at the box office.
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Normally when I discuss a song by mistake that I have already discussed in the past, I realise it as soon as I post it. But while discussing a Yahudi song,, I was in a hurry and I had lowered my guard , so an already discussed song went through. But the alert regular Mr Prakashchandra quickly caught this lapse and informed me.
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“Mast Qalandar” (1955) is an obscure B grade movie that had such B grade superstars as Mahipal, Johny Walker, Helen, Tiwari, Naaz etc in it. Kedar Kapoor was the director.
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“Jaggu” (1952) was a B grade movie that is by now an obscure and forgotten movie. From the little that I have been able to find out about this movie, it had actors like Kamal Kapoor, Shyama, Kuldip Kaur,Jagdish Sethi, Baby Nanda etc in it.
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When one has to find details about Hindi movie songs, especially old songs, one has to be quite wary of the authenticity of the information. There are information about old songs that are incorrect. If such an information appears in one site, then it is faithfully cut and pasted by all other sites, and with time it becomes Gospel.
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“Meri Aankhen” (1939) is such an old and obscure movie that there may not be too much information available about this movie on internet. I have not been able to gather any information about this movie. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on this movie.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

A debate that does not seem to garner much attention from critics and music lovers, is about the on screen presence and on screen histrionics of Saigal Saab. The singing voice, which is at once enchanting as well as haunting, is so expressive and overpowering that it overshadows any and all other aspects of this personality. And yet, in the eight decades since the Hindi films started to talk, and after more than ten thousand films having been played on the silver screen, one of the most powerful and everlasting memories is the tragic portrayal of a frustrated ‘Devdas’ (1935). A portrayal that made Saigal Saab a cult figure, and the film a rare and exceptional cinematic experience. And also, the film for which the term ‘musical hit’ was coined, and the film that elevated film songs and film music to a distinct identity.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai
aaj phir marne ka irada hai

No better words to express the exuberance and the playfulness of a liberated spirit. A poet’s dream and life’s illustration in reality, all anxieties and caution thrown to the winds and the desires to live the life the way it should be. These words from the pen of Shailendra, and numerous other such gems, of all moods and flavors, embellish the Hindi film screen for 160+ films across two decades. A poet par excellence, Shailendra was a rebel spirit meshed in a romantic mould, whose understanding and expression of human emotions and situations is second to none.
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“Yahudi” (1958) is a Hindi movie based on an alien story. And the way that the foreign tale has been told Indian style is interesting.
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