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Archive for October 2011


“Rasiya” (1950) is a movie that was never released. This movie, which had Bharat Bhushan and Nirupa Roy in lead roles had a few songs recorded and released though.
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“Jogan” (1950) is full of songs. In fact there are so many songs in it that there may not be much room for normal dialogues in this movies, I think. I have read somewhere that as many as 12 songs in this movie were sung by Geeta Dutt alone !
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“Daroga Ji” (1949) was produced by Nargis Arts, the home production of Nargis and the movie was meant to promote the then nascent acting career of Nargis. The songs (almost all of them female solo songs picturised on Nargis) were meant to showcase Nargis’ acting talent in different moods.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Another wonderful song, actually a qawwaali, that I discovered recently to be composed by Usha Khanna. The singer of this qawwaali is Jaani Baabu Qawwaal. When I had heard this qawwaali many year ago, and associating the name of Jaani Baabu with it, I had presumed this to be non-film offering, since Jaani Baabu is a professional mainstream qawwaali singer. Only recently, as I was selecting songs composed by Usha Khanna, for posting on this blog, I came across once again this wonderful qawwaali on YouTube, and then realized that it is actually from the film Do Khilaadi (1976).
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Most people are aware of “Bhai Bhai” (1956),but it turns out that there is another movie of the same name that was released in 1970.”Bhai Bhai”(1970) was produced by Ratan Mohan and directed by Raja Nawathhe. This movie had Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, Mumtaz, Aruna Irani, Rashid Khan, Mehmood, Pran, Leela Chitnis, Iftekhar, Manmohan Krishna, Madan Puri, Raj Mehra, Jeevan, Mukri, Mohan Choti, Asit Sen etc in it.
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“Raat Aur Din”(1967) was produced by Jaffer Hussain and directed by Satyen Bose. This movie had actors like Nargis,Pradeep Kumar, Feroz Khan, Harin Chattopadhyaya, K. N. Singh, Anwar, Anoop Kumar, Naaz, Leela Misra, Laxmi Chhaaya etc in it.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

1969 was the debut year for Bindu and Vinod Khanna was just one year into the industry (having his debut in the ‘Man Ka Meet’ (1968)). In personal life, Bindu was already a married lady by this time. As far as I can review her filmography, the film Nateeja (1969) is apparently the only film in which she has played the role of a leading lady. Having played small roles in Anpadh (1962), as the college going daughter of Mala Sinha, and a supporting role in Aurat (1967), 1969 was the year that that she arrived on the film scene with five releases to her credit, viz. Doli, Ittefaaq, Do Raaste, Aayaa Saawan Jhoom Ke and Nateeja. With a combination of both positive and negative roles, she made her mark this year, and embarked on a career that would make her famous as Mona Darling (Zanzeer, 1971). She played the oomph girl in many films (Kati Patang (1971), Hawas (1974), Imtihaan (1974) etc.), and she also did serious supporting roles in Abhimaan (1973), Chaitaali (1975), Arjun Pandit (1976) etc.
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By now I am coming round to the view that obscure B grade movies could well outnumber the well known A grade movies as far as old Hindi movies are concerned. Music of such movies could well turn out to be a treasure trove that has not yet been fully discovered. I continue to find one gem after another when I look for songs from such forgotten movies.
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“Rishte Naate” (1965) is a movie produced by Amar Jyoti movies(Madras). It was directed by K S Gopalkrishnan. The star cast of the movie included names like Raj kumar, Nutan, Jamuna, Nazeer Hussain, Ameeta, Jeewan, David Abraham, Kanhaiyyalal, Dhumal, Deven Verma, Madhvi, Sahasranaamam, Baby Shakila. The star cast and the name of the movie tells me that it was a movie with a melodramatic theme and little wonder that I have not heard of this movie.
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“Rustam e Hind” (1965) is a B grade movie produced by K R films and directed by Kedar Kapoor. This movie had top B grade stars of the day, viz Dara Singh and Mumtaz, as well as others like Helen, Laxmi chhaya, Sham kumar, K.N.Singh, Parveen Paul, Rajan Haksar, Mridula Rani, Randhir, Maruti Rao, TunTun, Mohan Choti, Bihari, Hansa, Haroon, Khurshid, Madhumati, Roopesh Kumar, Parashuram etc.
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