Month: June 2010

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____________________ Back to Legends – Shamshad Begum ____________________ Shamshad Begum sang approximately 61 songs for C. Ramchandra in 25 films. Their most famous songs together were Mere piya gayey rangoon from Patanga (1949) and Meri Jaan meri jaan Sunday kai Sunday from Shehnai (1947). C. Ramchandra and Shamshad shared great chemistry together and she was […]
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Raavan (2010)

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On June 28, 2010
Bollywood’s giving us quite the fill of Sanskrit literature: first, it was modern-day Mahabharata with Rajneeti, and this Friday saw the Hindu version of Darth Vader/Joker from Dark Knight/Hannibal Lector/you get the drift, Raavan [from Ramayana] being immortalized in a celluloid saga. The result? Raavan emerges as a flawed piece of storytelling; but then, there’s […]
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Fatma Ahmed Kamal Shaker was given the stage- name “Shadia” by director Helmi Rafla. In her heyday during the 1950s and 1960s, she avoided being typecast by working with a number of different directors and in different genres—melo­drama, romance, and comedy. It was, however, her musical talent as a singer that established Shadia as one […]

Niki Karimi

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On June 26, 2010

Karimi is an award-winning Iranian ac­tress, film director, and translator. Dariush Mehrjui’s Sara, based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, gave Karimi her first nationally and inte

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