Sheila Vaz and those beautiful songs…

Sheila Vaz with Shammi Kapoor in 'Tumsa Nahi Dekha'

Sheila Vaz with Shammi Kapoor in ‘Tumsa Nahi Dekha’

You will remember Sheila Vaz as the dancer of the fifties who featured in many hit songs and worked with great directors like Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor. Originally from Goa but having grown up in Bombay, she featured in many hit films like CID, Shree 420, Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Chote Nawab and Mr and Mrs 55. She quit films after her marriage and currently lives in Mumbai.
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Anil Biswas – The Music Maestro

Anil Biswas

Anil Biswas

Although Anil Biswas described R C Boral as the ‘Bhishma Pitamah of hindi film music , it would not be wrong to call Biswas as one of the pioneers of orchestral music and playback singing in hindi film songs.

Early Days

Born on the 7th of July 1914 in Barisal – East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) , Anil Krishna Biswas was fond of music since his childhood days. Although he was very talented , he could not dive into music in his early days. During his matriculation he joined the freedom struggle and was repeatedly jailed for his revolutionary activities.

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Forgotten Faces – Part 4 featuring Jankidas Mehra

Jankidas Mehra Chowk in Mumbai

Jankidas Mehra Chowk in Mumbai

I recently came across a picture of the Jankidas Mehra Chowk in Juhu Mumbai (
Having seen Jankidas as the comic face of so many films of the golden era, I have tried to gather some more details about the life of Jankidas – the actor, sportsman and freedom fighter.
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Guru Dutt Classics – Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam(1962)

Starring: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, Sapru, Dhumal, Nazir Hussain and others
Director – Abrar Alvi
Story – Bimal Mitra
Screenplay – Abrar Alvi
Lyrics – Shakeel Badayuni
Music – Hemant Kumar
Cinematography – V K Murthy
Editing – Y.G. Chawhan
Art Direction – Biren Nag
Costumes – Bhanu Athaiya Continue reading

Baiju Bawra (1952)

Bharat Bhushan (Baiju), Meena Kumari (Gauri), Surendra (Tansen),Kuldeep Kaur (Roopmati), Rattan Kumar (Young Baijnath) and Baby Tabassum(Young Gauri) along with Bipin Gupta,Manmohan Krishna,B M Vyas,Radha Krishan and others.
Director – Vijay Bhatt
Music – Naushad
Lyrics – Shakeen Badayuni
Cinematography – V N Reddy
Producers – Shankar Bhatt/Vijay Bhatt Continue reading