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How Prithviraj Kapoor conveyed his emotional gratitude to filmmaker Kedar Sharma on deathbed!

Film director Kedar Sharma holds a place of great pride in Indian Cinema because he is one of the pioneers of Indian Cinema. He has to his credit the distinction of introducing many great talented artists like Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Mala Sinha, etc. to Bollywood.

Kedar Sharma had great reverence for legendary actor Prithiviraj Kapoor as he was instrumental in shaping up Sharma's career in Bollywood. Later it was Kedar Sharma who delivered many hit films for Prithiviraj Kapoor and also trained Raj Kapoor, son of Prithiviraj Kapoor, under his assistance. Thus, the duo shared an emotional bond.

In the 60s Kedar Sharma directed the film Chetak produced by Children Film Society of India (Cfsi), which till date is regarded as the most popular film of Cfsi.

The key role of Maharana Pratap was played by Prithiviraj Kapoor. In the climax, when Maharana Pratap's loyal horse Chetak dies, Prithviraj Kapoor
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When music wizard Madan Mohan restored Talat Mehmood's prestige

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Talat Mehmood, the unparallel king of ghazal needs no introduction. His super hit ghazals like Sham-E-Gham Ki Qassam ....; Jalte Hain Jiske Liye .... Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal.... are immortal and shall continue to regale ghazal lovers for centuries to come.

However, readers would be stunned to know that though Talat Mehmood, who ruled the mid-40s and the 50s as the most sought after playback singer, had to face bitter competition in the 60s from emerging new talents like Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor etc.

In fact, his popularity plunged so low that film distributers declined to accept his songs and music directors had to tragically re-record the song in other singers' voice. For instance, in Dilip Kumar's movie Aadmi, music maestro Naushad had recorded a duet on Dilip Kumar and Manoj Kumar.

The song was Kaisi Haseen Aaj Bahaaron Ki Raat Hai
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Do you know Mala Sinha is Christian?

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Veteran actress Mala Sinha, who ruled the hearts of film buffs in the early 50s and 60s till late 70s, turns 77 on November 11. Glamsham.Com wishes her many happy returns of the day and enlightens readers how Alda Sinha became Mala Sinha! A look at the bewitchingly beautiful Mala Sinha, with big wide eyes and perfect Hindi diction may leave one bewildered that Mala Sinha is actually a Christian
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Framing Movies Take Eight: Pyaasa

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There was a time when I was a teenager that I would watch Guru Dutt’s masterpiece Pyaasa every afternoon. Each time, something new was found in the narrative that was rich with detail and poetry that is right up there with my favourite film ever made, Citizen Kane. The similarities between Orson Welles and Guru Dutt are tantamount. They were both fiercely original and daring filmmakers who had changed cinematic storytelling and mise-en-scene forever. They had their demons of wine and women, but they were tortured artists afflicted by demons that bleed into some of their cinematic gems.

From the opening song ‘Yeh Hanste Hue Phool’ that is beautifully picturized against a bee pollinating the flowers as the poet Vijay (Guru Dutt) looks on at the serenity of this image, before a man stamps down on the bee. It tells us all we need to know about Dutt’s core themes in his films,
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Mala Sinha rejects Phalke Awards

Mala Sinha rejects Phalke Awards
Legendary actress Mala Sinha who regaled generations of Hindi cineastes with her powerhouse performance in Guru Dutt's Pyaasa, B R Chopra's Dhool Ka Phool and Gumrah and Ramanand Sagar's Geet, is at the moment very angry and upset with the committee that has just bequeathed the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award on her. Speaking exclusively to this writer Mala Sinha says, "They've done grave injustice to me. They haven't even mentioned my name on the invitation card! When members of the Phalke committee including their chairperson came home to me to request me to take the award for being what they called a legendary artiste, I was happy to accept it. But when I saw the invitation card for the event I was shocked. My name was not there with the other winners of award. Asha Bhosle and Pam Chopra (who is to receive the award on behalf of
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Angry Mala Sinha rejects Phalke Awards

Angry Mala Sinha rejects Phalke Awards
Highly miffed with the committee responsible for giving the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, veteran actress Mala Sinha refused to accept Dadasaheb Phalke Awards. She was angry as the invitation card does not carry her name. Earlier, her name was announced with Asha Bhosle, Rajesh Khanna and Yash Chopra for 'Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards' but on the invitation card, her name was missing. It is heard that the actress who gave many hit movies to Bollywood felt insulted and refused to accept the award. Mala Sinha felt that her name should be featured on the invitation card as she has a long successful career in films. Mala Sinha has be...
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Srk takes the initiative on International Womens Day

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Srk takes the initiative on International Womens Day
Other ostensibly chivalrous heroes do more lip and hip service to women in the entertainment industry than anything substantial. Shah Rukh Khan is an exception. On International Women's Day, Shah Rukh is making an announcement that would make the entertainment world sit and salute the King for his gracious conduct. Today Shah Rukh will declare to the world that henceforth in all his films, the heroine's name would appear ahead of his in the credit titles. It wouldn't matter whether the leading lady is senior or junior to Srk. From this day onwards, ladies' first in all the credit titles of King Khan's films. This initiative in the endeavour to give women a prominent place in the entertainment industry would be enunciated in a short film that Shah Rukh Khan has shot with R. Balki for International Women's Day. Says Balki, "Yes, it's absolutely true! Shah Rukh will go on
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Remembering Yash Chopra: A Lover of Indian Cinema

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“I always believe that my films should give some hope to the man who comes to watch them for those three hours. If he goes home on an optimistic note, I would feel satisfied at having done my duty.” – Yash Chopra

It was indeed a sad day when news spread that one of India’s finest filmmakers, Mr. Yash Chopra, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 80. Mr. Chopra is an undisputable legend and he has crafted some of the finest commercial films the Bollywood audiences have ever feasted their eyes upon. If Satyajit Ray is considered by Indian film enthusiasts to be the supreme director when it comes to art-house cinema, Yash Chopra can be classified as the definitive director when it comes to mainstream cinema. Yash Chopra is largely famous for making wonderful romantic films, though he has directed a handful of non-romantic films also. Yet no director
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Katrina Kaif expresses her opinions on working with Yash Chopra and Shahrukh Khan

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It can be safely said that not many would have thought that Katrina Kaif would hit the jackpot and have the opportunity to be a leading heroine in veteran director Yash Chopra’s upcoming film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. She is now at the peak of her career and has recently given us the blockbuster hit Ek Tha Tiger, which has impressively crossed the 300 Crore mark at the box office. We will also be seeing her rock the screen with Aamir Khan in the action film Dhoom 3, which she is currently shooting for and should release next year. In addition, Katrina has secured a place in film history. If Mala Sinha has the title of being Yash Chopra’s first ever heroine, Katrina can relish in the fact that she will forever be referred to as Yash Chopra’s last ever heroine. Speaking about her experiences of working in Jab Tak Hai Jaan,
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Vidya’s Item Girls

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The Dirty Picture is due to set screens alight on Dec 2nd, when audiences can be transported back to the 80s when item girls stole the hearts of the nation. In the Balaji production, Vidya Balan plays the role of Silk, an up and coming item girl of southern cinema and follows her rise to fame. Although current actresses like Katrina Kaif and Mallika Sherawat have lit up screens in item songs in recent years, Ekta Kapoor looks to the 80s for her next film production where item girls were considered ahead of their time. Lets take a look at some of those item girls of indian cinema who inspired the rising 80s stars and and those who inspired the makers of The Dirty Picture.

Helen (Richardson Khan), of Anglo-Burmese origin, was both October 21st 1939 and is best remember as the Bollywood item dancer of the 60s and 70s. During
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International Film Festival of Kerala announces lineup

International Film Festival of Kerala announces lineup
The 16th International Film Festival of Kerala has announced the slate of films that will be screened at the festival from December 9-16, 2011.

National Award winner for Best Film and India’s entry for Oscars—Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) directed by Salim Ahamed will be presented in International Competition section at the festival.

Complete lineup:

International Competition

1. A Stone’s Throw Away/A Tiro de Piedra

Dir: Sebastian Hiriat/Mexico/118min/2010

2. Aadimadhyantham

Dir: Sherrey/Malayalam/104min/2011

3. Adaminte Makan Abu/Abu Son of Adam

Dir: Salim Ahmed/Malayalam/101min/2010

4. At the end of it all/Abosheshey

Dir: Aditi Roy/Bengali/118min/2011

5. Black Blood

Dir: Miaoyan Zhang/China|France/123min/2011

6. Body/Vucut (debut)

Dir: Mustafa Nuri/Turkey/104min/2011

7. Delhi in a Day

Dir: Prashanth Nair/Hindi|English/88min/2011

8. Flamingo No.13/Flamingo Shomareh 13

Dir: Hamid Ahmadi Tofighi/Iran/82min/2010

9. Ndoto za Elibidi

Dir: Kamau Wa Ndung’u|Nick
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Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2011: Collector’s Collection in Cinema

Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2011: Collector’s Collection in Cinema
Of the many exhibits and shows at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2011, what caught one’s eye was the array of compendiums of posters, booklets and other visual material on cinema.

The exhibit was an effort to showcase the history of Indian cinema through some rare visuals- and rare, in the true sense of the term indeed. After all, not every day does one come across a picture of the first screen-test given by Dev Anand.

Similar surprises were a part of this collection by Mr. Arun Puranik. A private collector who is used as source by the National Film Archive of India at times, Mr. Puranik has a 40 year old collection of booklets, film song recordings, radio recordings, posters, showcards, lobby cards and photographs- all dating back to an era when the talkies had started.

Some rarities are photographs of the famous actresses Durga Khote, Nadia, Devika Rani, Sulochana, and
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Today's music touches body not heart - Ameen Sayani

Well-known radio announcer Ameen Sayani, whose name is synonymous with the hit show .Binaca Geet Mala., has dug into his archives to come out with a CD of songs from the earlier days when music .touched the heart..Sayani feels that in the music of today rhythm has taken precedence and melody is left behind..The music of that (earlier) time touched the heart, but the music of today touches the body. That is also a good thing because when I hear the music of today, even at 78 it sometimes makes me dance,. Sayani told us..So the music of today helps the youngsters remain fit and active,. added Amin, the most imitated radio announcer even today..Everything changes. So did the music. Today.s music is more about rhythm where it.s not always important to understand what is being said. Rhythm matters more now and melody is fading away,
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Pyaasa - Movie Review

'Pyaasa' (1957)

Starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha

Guru Dutt—an Indian actor, director, and producer from the golden age of Hindi cinema in the 1950s—was a matinee idol who became one of the greatest filmmakers in history. A luminary artist in the commercial industry of Bollywood, he's often called "the Orson Welles of India." He's revered in his home country and has a huge cult following among film buffs around the world. His masterpiece 'Pyaasa,' which he directed and starred in, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best films of all time.

The title means "thirst," and it's one of many allusions in the film to the crucifixion of Christ—the story's overarching metaphor—a dramatically grandiose one and certainly unusual in a Hindi film. Dutt's character, Vijay, a starving poet, is the persecuted martyr and art is his religion. He's
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I knew India and its clothes inside out: Bhanu Athaiya

The ever elegant Helen swaying to "Oh Haseena" in black and red, Meena Kumari draped in yards of silk exuding sensuality in "Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam" and oomph girl Zeenat Aman in a transparent sari under a waterfall. The woman behind all these looks is Bhanu Rajopadhye Athaiya, India's first Oscar winner, who says she knows "India and its clothes inside out".Athaiya, who walked away with an Oscar for "Gandhi", remembers yesteryears' screen siren Helen with fondness as she looks back at the many decades of dressing Indian stars."Helen was nimble-footed and graceful - almost like a bird taking flight. There was a slight hint of bareness, but it never crossed the limit. Although she played the vamp, she never looked a bad vamp," Athaiya told Ians."Invariably, she would wear fitting bodices to show off her
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