May 2017

Sudha Malhotra – Interview

By |May 28th, 2017|

Kashti ka khamosh safar hai…
Na main dhan chahoon, na ratan chahoon… or
Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao to yeh haq hai tum ko…

Any lover of film music will recall the magical voice that sang those songs. It is that of Sudha Malhotra. She may not […]

Leaves from my Diary – by Ashok Kumar (1957)

By |May 28th, 2017|

There are two kinds of diaries. In one people write introspectively about themselves. The other is a little thing in which the busy man jots down his appointments.

The first usually figures in the early years of the writers of diaries. Then they find that […]

Nasir Khan – Interview (1952)

By |May 27th, 2017|

In March, 1950, 26-year-old Nasir Khan crossed the Pakistan border and entered India without a permit. A hue and cry was raised about him in the press and the Government passed orders calling upon him to quit the country. But Nasir doggedly fought the […]

Hemant Kumar – Interview (1956)

By |May 25th, 2017|

Photo Caption – Music-director Hemant Kumar caught in a characteristic pose while conducting his orchestra for a film in a suburban studio.

“If the music-director in Indian films had his own little philosopher’s stone which Could turn all his compositions into song-hits, everybody—the producers, especially— […]

Leaves from my Diary – by Raj Kapoor (1957)

By |May 25th, 2017|

PEOPLE write diaries. I write screenplays… My life is like a shooting script—every incident, each stray remark, flash of color, sound, and face, is branded on a memory of burning yesterdays.

I remember every single thing that ever happened to me, every emotion, every experience, […]

Bharat Bhushan – Self-Portrait (1956)

By |May 21st, 2017|

I never thought, when I became an actor, that I would ever have to be a writer, too. But I later found that the actor and the writer have frequently to rub shoulders with each other, and also cross pens.

I found that an actor […]

Shankar Jaikishan – Interview (1957)

By |May 20th, 2017|

WHAT makes a song last? It is almost ten years since we began composing songs for films—all kinds of songs for all kinds of films. Even this year—the year in which we have won the “Filmfare” Award for the Best Music Direction—we have composed […]

Reminiscences of Devika Rani (1957)

By |May 20th, 2017|

In Bombay I recently met a film starlet who, to my question, “How do you like being in films? replied enthusiastically: “Oh, it is exciting.”

Her answer set me thinking. Which aspect of film making did this starlet find exciting ? Was it the […]

April 2017

S.D. Burman – Interview (1959)

By |April 22nd, 2017|

Photo Caption – S.D. Burman with his son R.D. Burman

I was aghast at the thought of what my father would say to me when he came to know that I had been locked up for travelling without ticket!

We were returning to Comilla after winning […]

January 2017

Shaminder Pal – Interview

By |January 8th, 2017|

Photo Caption – Shaminder with Azra

“I have begun to love the film world and the film people and hope to make good both as an artiste and a playback singer”, said the up-and-coming Shaminder, one of our new leading men of the screen […]