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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 remembrance of today that must include her own expressions. Mahajabeen was an emotional personality, and as with all emotional people, there is an expression of the artist in ways more than one. A poetess in her own right, she is known to have been writing couplets and ghazals from a very young age. And when her life started on downhill glide, it was the drink that became a faithful companion, and it was her pen that became an outlet for her to tell the world, about her sorrows and her wounds.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

TAJ MAHAL is a beautiful symbol of Eternal Love. It is also one of the recognised seven wonders of the world. It was built by Shahjahan in memory of this wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

An old adage – they say that the real geniuses leave early. Many an instance are scattered all over the history timeline. Gosh, she was still 4 months short of her 40th birthday when she gave up her resistance to the personal tragedies and tribulations, making her way out of the miserable labyrinths of control and manipulations that she was subjected to most of her life. Ah but, what a color her own life, rubbed on to her on screen persona, as she moved from one perfection to the next in the tragic milieu of tangled relationships and human miseries. A performer too young, too vivacious, to be baptized as the Tragedy Queen. And the vicious circle moved from real life to screen and back, so many times over, that her cup of life proved to be diminutive, unable to hold all the sorrows that the world put in it.
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“Parchhaain” (1952) was a Rajkamal Production movie. It was produced and directed by by V Shantaram. The movie had V Shantaram, Jayshree, Sandhya, Lalita Pawar, Wasti, G. Nirula, Shams Lucknavi, Saroj, Sandhya, Baran, Nimbalkar etc in it.
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“Hanste Aansoo” (1950) was one of the first Hindi movies to get an Adult certificate from the censors. The reasons for getting A certificate those days used to be quite flimsy. For instance, “Barsaat” (1949) had become the first Hindi movie to get an A certificate. The reason why censors were provoked thus was that the female actors in the movies, viz Nargis, Nimmi etc are shown without dupattas and in one song there is even the talk of dupatta flying away in the breeze, viz. Hawa me udta jaaye mora laal dupatta malmal ka. 🙂 And the censors were righteously indignant about all this. 🙂
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“Vish Kanya” (1943) was a Ranjit Production movie. The movie was directed by Kidar Sharma. It had Surendra, Sadhana Bose, Prithviraj Kapoor, Kamla, Leela Mishra, Sulochana, Brijmala etc in it.
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“Aap Ki Sewa Mein” (1947) was a Chandrma Pictures Production. It was directed by Vasant Joglekar. It had Dikshit, Kesri, Shantaarin, Saroj Borkar, Nimbaalkar, Samson, DR Gokhale, Bhaal Maraathe, Vijaya, Baby Nalini etc. This otherwise lesser known movie has gone down in the history of Hindi movies as the movie where Lata Mangeshkar made her debut as a playback singer with the song Paa laagoon kar joree re. Less well known is the fact that this movie was also the Hindi movie debut for music director Datta Davjekar who otherwise was a big name in Marathi movies as a music director at that time.
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“Baazaar” (1949) was a Madhukar pictures production. It was directed by K Amarnath. The movie had Shyam, Nigar Sultana, Cuckoo, Misra, Badri Prasad, Gope, Yakub, Amir Banu etc in it.
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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.

Most of of the present generation of music lovers may not remember Shiv Dayal Batish ( S D Batish), the classical musician, vocalist, playback singer and music director. During his filmy career in 40s and 50s, he composed music for 19 films (including 2 films with his pseudo name of Nirmal Kumar) and sang about 100 songs. His music compositions for Hindi films are generally labelled as Lahore style of Hindi film music which was used by Lahore based music directors like Pandit Amarnath, Pandit Govindram, Master Ghulam Haider, Shyam Sundar, Khurshid Anwar etc. S D Batish was the cousin of other Batish brothers – Pandit Amarnath, Husnlal and Bhagatram. It is said that originally, the family surname was ‘Vats’ ( or Wats) which became ‘Vatish’ and then to ‘Batish’.
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“Bharthari” (1944) was a Navin Pictures production movie. It was directed by Chaturbhuj Joshi. the movie had Surendra, Mumtaj Shanti, Pahadi Sanyal, Kajjan, Sulochana, Dave, Babar etc.
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