May 2010

Tabu and her father Jamil

By |May 9th, 2010|

Kis naam sai pukaroun from Gharnata (1971) was composed by A. Hameed and sung beautifully by Noor Jehan. Directed by Riaz Shahid, the film tried to show the Muslim rule of Spain, but because of the lack of authenticity the film flopped.  In this […]

December 2009

Madhubala – Bina Roy – Strange Coincidences!

By |December 13th, 2009|

1. Madhubala and Premnath first film together was Badal (1951). On the first day of the shooting, Madhubala entered makeup room of Premnath and quickly handed him a fully blossomed red rose and a note. Puzzled Premnath read the note which said that if […]

November 2009

Sinbad the Sailor (1952) – Ada sai Jhoomte

By |November 14th, 2009|

This beautiful song was composed by Chitragupta who was still a struggling music director at that time and this film – particularly this song helped him establish his place in the Hindi Film Industry. According to Shamshad Begum, many music directors used her as […]

Suraiya and her infamous Granny

By |November 13th, 2009|

This rare family pic shows Suraiya’s infamous granny who played a major role in ending the love affair of Suraiya with Dev Anand. According to Dev Anand in his book Romancing with Life – an autobiography, he mentioned “Suraiya’s grandmother’s open resentment came to […]

First Female Music Composer of Bollywood

By |November 13th, 2009|

It is commonly believed that Nargis’s mother Jaddan Bai became the first female music composer of Bollywood when she composed for Talash-e-Haq in 1935. That is incorrect. Ishrat Sultana aka Bibbo, composed the music of Adl-e-Jahangir in 1934, which was released a year before […]

September 2009

Beqarar hai koi – Shama Parwana (1954)

By |September 12th, 2009|

Please listen to the two songs below. You will notice that the tunes are pretty similar.

The Indian song is from the film Shama Parwana (1954). It was sung by Suraiya (the charming singer-actress) and Mohammed Rafi and picturized on very young Shammi Kapoor and […]