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The strongest image that remains in the mind is that of the film director Sinha Saab, a bedraggled man in tattered garments, with ruffled grey hair and white beard, a leathery skin on face lined with wrinkles that appeared much before time – a young person who aged too rapidly for his years. With help of a walking stick, he climbs down from the shadows of the scaffolding where he has perched himself, watching the action on the floor below – the same floor where once, not too long ago, he was the ringmaster, and everyone bowed to him. Not anymore. Today, he is a ‘has been’, who lost his touch of Midas, and the same world that once clamored to him, has quickly forgotten and relegated him, literally, to the garbage heap.

With difficulty, he negotiates the narrow ladders that lead down from the scaffolding to the studio floor. Once there, he shuffles to the chair, his chair, in the days of glory; the chair with the word ‘Director’ written across its back. He sits. And then he is immobile, never to get up again, never to wake up.

When the crowd of workers return after lunch, everyone is shocked to see this grimy old man, sitting motionless in the director’s chair. Everyone is known to him, but today no one recognizes him, now that he is gone. None, save one light-boy, who remembers and recognizes his earliest benefactor – Sinha Saab.

The power of these images and these sequences now have a cult following, not only in India but worldwide. Remembering Guru Dutt on his seventy seventh anniversary. (9th July)
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What happens when a tragedy queen acts opposite a comic genius ? The tragedy queen begins to act cheerful. Thus we have seen a cheerful Meena Kumari opposite Kishore Kumar in several movies of 1950s.

Even Kishore Kumar’s elder brother acting opposite Meena Kumari could have the same effect on her. “Farishta” (1958) was a Pancholi Production movie. It was directed by Ravindra Dave. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Mubarak, Anita Guha, Sohrab Modi, Mehmood, Nana Palsikar, Sheikh Murad, Mridula etc in it.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

When I was a kid, I lived in a small township where we had a medical centre as part of the facilities within the township. It was manned by a fine doctor, Dr. Sinha. He was from Bihar, never spoke much, but his diagnosis was excellent. He never over-dosed patients – I remember he would often send me back home without prescribing any medicines at all. To my disappointment!:-) I’d get well on my own, within a day or so.
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“Gharaana”(1961) was directed by S S Vasan for Gemini Pictures, Madras. The movie had Rajendra Kumar, Asha Parekh, Raj Kumar, Devika, Minu Mumtaz, Bipin Gupta, Lalita Pawar, Agha, Shubha Khote, Kanhaiya Lal, Krishna Kumari, Vijay Laxmi, Randhir, Moppat Raja etc in it.
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“Door Chalein”(1946) was directed by Phani Majumdar for Durga Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Naseem < Kamal, Damyanti, Balraj, Rajkumari, Agha, David, K C Dey etc in it.
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Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 40
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MOHABBAT KI JEET (1943) was produced under the banner of Girdhar Bahaar Productions and it was directed by Ramanlal Desai. The star cast included Nadia, Navinchandra, Leela Pawar, S Nazir, Shaqir, Agha, Munshi Kanzar, Vasantrao Pehlwan etc. From the star cast it can be safely assumed that the film belonged to the genre of stunt/action. I have no idea about the story of the film. But Nadia being the heroine in the film, one can expect that the story of the film would revolve around her role of striking out the forces of evil and restore goodness to the society. She would generally attain this by doing spectacular stunts and acrobatics which would please the front benchers in the theatres.
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“Ek Gaaon Ki Kahaani”(1957) was directed by Dulal Guha for Basu Chitra Mandir Private Limited. The movie had Talat Mehmood, Mala Sinha, Nirupa Roy, Abhi Bhattacharya,,Bipin Gupta, Lalita Pawar, Dhumal, Dulari, Baby Honey, Bhanu Banerji, Shivji Bhai, Sailen Bose, Tanvir, Mohan Choti, Govind, Brahm Bhardwaj, Shah, Uma Khosla, Pathare, Kishan, Parvati Bai, I.S.Johar, Moolchand etc in it.
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Today (17 march ) is just another day in the calendar as far as most people are concerned. As for me, I remember this day quite clearly. Among 17 march of all the years, the year 2007 is especially vivid in my mind.
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“Dil Ki Raani”(1947) was directed by Mohan Sinha (father of actress Vidya Sinha) and directed by P V Bankar for Amar jyoti pictures film. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Munshi Khanjar, Shyamsunder etc. in it.
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“Chaand Taara”(1945) was directed by Mahesh Chandra for Asiatic Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Swarnlata, Jagdish Sethi, Charlie, Indira, Pesi Patel, Ghori, Kesri etc in it.
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