November 2012

Mussarat Nazir in Punjabi film Yakkey Wali (1957)

By |November 4th, 2012|

Yakkey Wali (1957) starring Mussarat Nazir and Sudhir was a superhit Punjabi film of its time. It was produced by Bari Malik under the direction of M.J. Rana. It is said that this film along with Mahi Munda (1956) raked in so much profit […]

Music Director – B.D. Burman

By |November 4th, 2012|

When preparing the post on Shah Agha, I noticed that the music of Char Paise (1955) was composed by B.D. Burman. Does anyone know who he is? Is he related to S.D. Burman? Can’t find anything on him on the internet either except that […]

October 2012

Sadhana shares her thoughts on her first two Hindi Films – Love in Simla and Parakh

By |October 14th, 2012|

While working on the sets of Navketan’s “Hum Dono” during the monsoons I used to listen to the steady patter of rain on the studio roof. It offered the right effect for the emotional intensity required for the scenes. I love the rain and […]

Nimmi shares her thoughts on Burqa

By |October 14th, 2012|

The burqa is an armor  that protects a woman from the aggressive eyes of men. It is also a wall between her and the world.

The burqa is a necessity for me and it appears as if I am a slave to it. I cannot […]

Bangladesh – Sri Lanka – Nepal – Pakistan co-production Zameen Aasmaan (1985)

By |October 14th, 2012|

1980s was the time when film industries in many South Asian countries went under decline and the rising cost of production compelled many film makers to plan joint ventures. Pakistan-Nepal-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka launched many co-productions together. India didn’t join as it already has a massive […]

May 2012

Prem Chopra, Madhumati, Shammi Kapoor and Helen on the sets of Pagla Kahin Ka (1970)

By |May 29th, 2012|

 The original and the copy Helen and Madhumati. Where one projected grace, the other gyrated. It was a very rare achievement to get these two ladies together, as was in this case on the sets of Pagla Kahin Ka. Shammi, it is believed, was […]

Vintage Tidbits – A bet on Madhubala (1954)

By |May 13th, 2012|

A bet of a thousand rupees was struck at a fashionable restaurant in Bom­bay—the subject of the bet being the beauteous Madhubala.

The two parties concerned were Ramesh Chandra, producer of “Meenar”, and the Cal­cutta distributor of the film.

The latter asked the producer if it […]

Vintage Tidbits – Indian actress Nigar Sultana denying reports of her marriage with Pakistani actor Ishrat (Darpan Kumar)

By |May 13th, 2012|

One of the most boisterous Press conferences ever to be held in Bombay’s filmdom was the one held on June 13 – 1954, when gazelle-eyed Nigar Sultana denied reports of her marriage to Pakistani actor Ishrat (Darpan Kumar).

Nigar’s outburst against “blood-sucking” producers and relatives […]

Did you know? – Ava Gardner

By |May 6th, 2012|

Ava resisted the studio’s elaborate makeover process, refusing to thin her eyebrows and fill in a dimple with plastic surgery.
Ava’s tolerance for both liquor and late nights was the stuff of Hollywood legends. When fellow revelers had to drag themselves home at dawn after […]

April 2012

Vintage Tidbits – Asha Parekh – Wanted Eligible Brains

By |April 29th, 2012|

My ideal man must have “brains”. I am not really bothered about looks. I am bored by handsome men who are all wrapped up in their good looks. But my ideal man must have a good personality and be well dressed.

I like a man […]