Mehfil completes 4 years!

Today I'm ecstatic as my blog turns four. I can't believe it's been four years and this is my 165th post. Quite an achievement for me. Before I begin today's post, let me extend my gratitude to my family, including my eight year old daughter and my sister, Anagha. All of them help me directly …

(Part – II) Rafi sings for Chitragupt

Last week I posted my favourite solos by Rafi sung for Chitragupt. I'm here today with the second part of the series. It focuses on his duets with female and male playback singers. Rafi and Chitragupt both were very simple and down to earth personalities. Their sincerity and dedication is quite evident from their songs. …

(Part – I) Rafi sings for Chitragupt

Let me start the post by wishing all the readers on Makar Sankranti. Rafi is my most favourite male playback singer of the golden era of Hindi films. But though my blog nearly completed three and a half years, I could never manage a post entirely dedicated to Rafi. This year I'll try to rectify …

‘And… KUMKUM’

Nobody would have thought the year 2020, would be so devastating, depressing and sorrowful. As if the shock of covid 19 pandemic was not enough, the deaths of Hindi film industry stalwarts kept piling up. After Rishi Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Basu Chatterjee, Jagdeep, and Saroj Khan, now it is Kumkum. I was shocked with the …

Remembering Talat Mahmood

I was thinking about a post on Talat Mahmood songs for a long time. The singer was crowned as a King of Ghazals, with a number of soulful ghazals, both film and non film, to his credit. His expressive voice with its characteristic quiver was actually very apt for such songs. Though he has sung …

Kali Topi Lal Rumal (1959)

Close followers of the blog know my fascination for the actress, Kumkum. She didn't act in lead roles for big banners, but she was much popular for her dance numbers. She used to play supporting roles in most of the movies, with one or two dance numbers. Though I don't know exactly, it is said …