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Mythological films have been an important part of Indian films since long and this was evident from the fact that there was hardly any production house that did not make a Mythological film. The period of 1940 to 1965 can be called an age of meaningful religious films. In this too, the 1950 to 1960 period was the peak period for this genre. Later on the production of such films dwindled and these days, of course, one has to make efforts to find such a film, with a large magnifying glass !
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I have discussed as many as six songs from this movie. Despite discussing so many songs from this movie, not much was known about it. But now we know the detailed story of this movie.
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“Balam” (1949) was a Wadia Movietone Production. It was produced by Homi Wadia. The movie had Wasti, Nigar Sultana, Suraiya, Masood, Jayant, Agha etc in it.
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“Balam” (1949) is a movie that had actors like Agha, Nigar, Suraiyya, Masud, Jayant, Wasti etc in it. This movie had a mainstream storyline in it. And it is interesting to note that a mainstream movie like this was directed by Homi Wadia.
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“Balam” (1949) is a movie starring Wasti,Suraiyya,Jayant,Masud,Nigar Sultana,Agha etc and several of these names do not ring any bells for most music lovers, that is how old this movie is.
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“Balam”(1949) is a movie that had Suraiyya in it alongwith Wasti,Nigar Sultana, Agha etc. This movie is also significant for the fact that Suraiyya and Lata sang together for the first time (out of a total of just five such occasions). I have in fact already discussed the first such Lata-Suraiyya duet which is O o pardesi musaafir kise kartaa hai ishaare .
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Lata and Suraiyya have sung together in only four songs. I have discussed one such song (Mere chaand mere laal re (Deewaana) (1952) )in the past.
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“Balam” (1949) is by now a forgotten movie. This movie has Wasti, Suraiyya,Agha, Nigar, Masud, Jayant etc in main roles.
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“Paalki” (1967) is what is popularly described as a Muslim social movie. Like most movies of this genre, this movie too boasts of some superb songs in it.
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Here is a qawwali from “Dharmputra” (1961) which I am told is a very popular qawwali. Farmaish for this song was given by Sid and Raja very promptly provided me with the lyrics of this song, telling me that this song is one of his all time favourites.Thanks to the lyrics provided by him, the time needed for getting the lyrics right (which is the major job for me while posting any song) was saved, and here is this qawwali.
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