July 2011

Meenu Mumtaz – Profile

By |July 23rd, 2011|

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Her Career Beginnings
Mumtaz Ali’s (Meenu Mumtaz’s father) errant, drunken ways prevented him from securing a job. Although he was famous as a dancer and character- artist in films, and many in the industry wanted him in their films, […]

Karan Dewan – Profile

By |July 18th, 2011|

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There was a time when Karan De­wan was known as a jubilee star; in fact over 20 of his starrers celebrated jubilees.

While a college student in Lahore, Karan Dewan used to conduct an Urdu film weekly called “Jagat […]

Prem Adib – Profile

By |July 18th, 2011|

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Even though many actors like Shahu Modak, Mahipal, Trilok Kapoor, Abhi Bhattacharya, Manhar Desai, Anant Kumar,  Baalakraam and Chandrakant enacted the role of Raam, the first image that comes to mind is that of Prem Adib whenever Raam […]

Sachin Bhowmick

By |July 17th, 2011|

Sachin Bhowmick had nearly 100 films stories and screenplays to his credit, and gifted a romantic image to many Bollywood heroes. It has become a cliché to say an era has ended with the passing away of so and so, but in the death […]

Naaz (Baby) – Profile

By |July 4th, 2011|

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Fifty-three-year-old Salma Baig slipped away quietly, without much fuss on October 19, 1995. You may know her better if we told you her stage name, Baby Naaz.

So impressive and spontaneous was her performance in Raj Kapoor’s Boot Polish that, […]

June 2011

Nasir Khan – Profile

By |June 24th, 2011|

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Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Nasir Khan will always be remembered as the leading man of Pakistan’s maiden production Teri Yaad (1948). Nasir Khan started his career in 1945 with Filmistan’s Mazdoor (1945). His next film Shehnai (1947) opposite […]

Jamuna Barua – Profile

By |June 22nd, 2011|

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Jamuna Barua’s film career began — and ended — with the redoubtable Pramathesh Barua who probably does not have a match in Indian cinema in terms of achievement. Among his many achievements is his discovery of Jamuna Devi.

Starting […]

May 2011

Vanmala – Profile

By |May 22nd, 2011|

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Prithviraj used to call her Diana the Moon Goddess. The lyrical Pahari Sanyal used to call her “Mala”. Motilal was more-down-to-earth and called her just plain “Bright Eyes”. In fact, it was her eyes that got […]

Zubaida – Profile

By |May 18th, 2011|

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Zubaida was born in Surat as a Muslim princess, daughter of the Nawab of Sachin and Fatma Begum (later India’s first woman director). She started her career in silent films at Kohinoor Studios when she was only 12. Her early career […]

March 2011

Shyama – Profile

By |March 30th, 2011|

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Way back in the mid-forties, a little girl saw a picture starring Ishwarlal and that matchless singing siren of Indian screen, Khurshid. Khurshid’s sad soulful melodies, captured her heart and brought tears to her eyes. The name of that little girl […]