Saiyan (1951)

It has been three months since my last film review. Meanwhile I watched a few of Madhubala films, but none could actually inspire me to write a review. Though I liked Beqasoor (1950), somehow I couldn't gather enough enthusiasm for writing a review. Maybe someday I will. But when I watched M Sadiq's ‘Saiyan’, my …

(Part 3) Female Dance Duets

(The Stage Performances) Before I start today's post, I want to thank you all for encouraging me with your kind words of appreciation. There have been suggestions about the future parts as well. I'm working on it. I just want to state my perception of the title of the post. For me it includes the …

My favourite ‘Lata – Hemant Kumar Duets’

Last year on Lata Mangeshkar's 90th birthday I started a series based on Lata's association with forgotten and lesser known composers. It continued for a few months, I covered around 100 composers in a series of eight posts. I tried to cover till the late 1980s. Though I could have continued it in the 1990s, …

(Part 2) Female Dance Duets

(Dances presented as Mujra songs) I'm back with the second part of the series based on female dance duets. In this part, I have compiled Mujra songs.I was a little apprehensive as the first part was quite an exercise for me. I had to exclude a number of popular songs, as those were not a …

Asha sings for Salil Chowdhary

Today's post is an attempt to bring together Asha Bhosle's 87th birthday and Salil Choudhary's 25th death anniversary (5th September 2020) A couple of years back, on Asha's birthday, I published twin posts covering Asha Bhosle's musical association with Madan Mohan. This year, which has absolutely nothing good to offer, I thought of exploring Asha's …

(Part 1) Female Dance Duets

(Dances in the Royal Court) I am sure I am not alone when I say one of the interesting aspects of Hindi film music is female dance duets. The segment seems very fascinating. In the 1950s - 60s, it was at the peak. Historical films, B grade action movies, and fantasy films almost always featured …

Paisa Paisa Paisa – (II)

In the first part of the post, we enjoyed the songs praising the money, describing the power of money, its eminent stature in the society. Some of the songs were philosophical, some comical. I was planning the sequel right from the beginning. And here I'm with it. In today's post let's enjoy the songs that …