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This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

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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“Daastaan” (1972) was produced and directed by B R Chopra. The movie had Dilip Kumar, Sharmila Taogore, Iftekhar, Bindu, I. S. Johar, Jayshree T., Padma Khanna, Madan Puri, Nana Palsikar, Manmohan Krishnan, Keshav Rana, Prem Chopra, Badri Prasad, Sachin etc in it.
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“Ramkasam” (1978) was a Narang Films combines production. It was produced by S D Narang and directed by Chaand. The movie had Sunil Dutt, Rekha, Bindiya Goswami, Amjad Khan, Nirupa Roy, Bindu, Ajit, Dev Kumar, M Raajan, Sudhir, D.K.Sapru, Jankidass, Jagdish Raj, C.S.Dubey, Jeevan, Suhel, Jairaj, Hercules, Lalita Kumari etc on it.
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“Sapnon Ka Saudagar” (1968) was a Screen Gems production movie. It was produced by B Ananthswami and directed by Mahesh Kaul. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Hema Malini, Jayant, Tanuja, Achala Sachdev, David Abraham, Durga Khote, Nadira, Rupesh Kumar, C. S. Dubey, Satyendra Kappoo etc in it.
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“Us Paar” (1974) is an obscure movie by now, even though this movie is a recent movie by the standards of this blog. This movie was a Cine Eye Films Production. It was produced and directed by Basu Chatterji. The movie had Vinod Mehra, Mausami Chatterji, Raja Paranjape, Padma Khanna, Jalal Agha, Lalita Kumari, Paintal, A.K.Hangal etc in it.
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Among poor section of society, especially in rural areas, being a policeman is the ultimate dream of unemployed youths. They want to become policemen because to them policeman symbolises unlimited power and authority, which enables them to bully and harass ordinary public. Whenever there are recruitments for policemen there are thousands of aspirants for a limited number of posts. And all these aspirants look dreamy eyed at the policeman and wish- “Only if I can somehow become a policeman. Then see what I will do.” I have actually heard a desperate aspirant utter such words in a police recruitment drive.:)
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“Ye Dil Kisko Doon” (1963) is not a well known movie as far as I am concerned. This movie had Shashi Kapoor and Raagini in it. May be that has something to do with the obscurity of this movie.😀
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In Bollywood movies,”Mela” (Fair) plays a very important role in the progress of the story. Family members go to a “Mela” and enjoy themselves and then they get separated, only to meet at the last reel of the movie.
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Yesterday I stumbled upon the songs of “Alif Laila” (1953). From the names of actors, it appears a B grade movie, where Vijay Kumar, Asha Mathur, Nimmi and Pran were the lead actors.
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I came to know about the movie “Musaafirkhaana” (1955) recently. By now I have realised that though the movie is not great shakes, its songs are very nice to listen to.
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