October 2009

Mohammed Rafi (1924-80)

By |October 10th, 2009|

One of the most versatile playback singers of Hindi cinema, Mohammed Rafi had a rich and trained voice laced with a purity that was moving. Rafi was born in Kotla Sultan Singh village and trained under musicians Khan Abdul Waheed […]

September 2009

Raagni

By |September 28th, 2009|

Raagni, one of the most charming film actresses of the 1940s who silently passed away on February 27, 2007, had contributed greatly to the silver screen with her inspiring beauty and mature histrionics. She was popularly known in film circles as Aahoo Chasham and […]

Nisar Bazmi

By |September 28th, 2009|

The undisputed king of Lollywood music in the 1960s and the ’70s, the musician Nisar Bazmi breathed his last on March 22, 2007, after a career that spanned six decades. Born Syed Nisar Ahmed in Bombay, India, in 1924 to a religious family, he […]

Zahoor Raja – Profile

By |September 27th, 2009|

There is something about the old guard that has wholesomeness to it. That’s not to decry the younger lot, but the old schooling taught you a lot more than what the best institutions teach you today. One of the seniors, who […]

Shaukat Hussain Rizvi

By |September 27th, 2009|

World is a stage. And very few characters of this stage have the right metabolism to stay and perform on it for long. But, there are those too, who stay for a short while, and perform such distinctive acts that people […]

Rehana – Profile

By |September 27th, 2009|

Rehana took the cine-world by storm, when she first appeared on the silver screen way back in the mid-40s. After doing some unmemorable supporting roles, Rehana made her debut as a leading lady in Hum Ek Hain (1946) – a movie about […]

Bhagwan

By |September 12th, 2009|

Bhagwan Abaji Pandav, better known as Bhagwan or Bhagwan Dada, was acknowledged as an ace comic actor. His musical film, "Albela", released in 1951, has stood the test of time. Even today, in this jet age of electronic entertainment, crowds […]

Ashok Kumar

By |September 12th, 2009|

Ashok Kumar was one of the first stars of Indian cinema. Born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, Kumar’s given name was Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly. The son of a lawyer and deputy magistrate, Kumar briefly studied law in Calcutta and then joined mentor and future brother-in-law, S. […]