November 2012

Lehri – Profile

By |November 24th, 2012|

Starting in the mid-1950s, Lehri — born Safirullah Siddiqui — was a reliable entertainer for many decades. In his later years he served as a nostalgic reminder about all that had gone wrong with Pakistani cinema and the country in general.

The largely urban-based dramas […]

July 2011

Jamil Fakhri – Obituary

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Renowned theatre, TV and film actor Jamil Fakhri was one such actor who was revered by the masses as long as the spotlight was on him. On June 9, 2011, after being on a ventilator after a paralysis attack, he left for the hereafter.

Jamil […]

October 2010

Veena Malik

By |October 31st, 2010|

Veena Malik, born Zahida Malik on 26 February 1978, is an actress, model and comedian. She established herself as one of the leading women in the Pakistani television and film industry with her abilities to mimic others and improvise. Veena grew up expressing an […]

S.D. Burman (1906 – 1975)

By |October 10th, 2010|

Soft melodies, aromatic of the loamy soil of Bengal, remained S D Burman’s trademark till the last. After composing soothing harmonies for 40 years, Dada Burman proved that age is no impediment for creativity. The only great composer to be active and in demand […]

September 2010

Swaranlata (1924 – 2008)

By |September 18th, 2010|

Swaranlata, known to the world as the ‘tragedy queen’ of her time, was born into a Sikh Syal family in Rawalpindi as the youngest of many siblings. She lost her mother at the time of birth and was brought up by her eldest brother, […]

August 2010

Hemant Kumar – Part 4

By |August 1st, 2010|

There’s a strange contradiction discernible in Hemantda’s best selections. In tracks like Aye dil ab kahin haja (picturized on of all people – Shammi Kapoor in Bluff Master) and Jab jaag uthe armaan to kaise neend aaye Hemant Kumar is at once the poet […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 3

By |August 1st, 2010|

But it was as a singer that Hemant Kumar obtained an unique berth in the hall of fame. Like Anup Jaiota says, Hemantda’s voice conveyed both the depth of the ocean and the heights of the skies. It is a voice that communicates a […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 2

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Which rival musician would provide that kind of encouragement to a then unknown musician like me?” Bhupen Hazarika shakes his head in wonderment. Hailing a taxi Hemantda took the stupefied young Bhupen Hazarika to the HMV office in Calcutta and a deal was finalized […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 1

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Listening to Hemantda I feel as though a sadhu sitting in a temple is singing a Bhajan,” comments the nightingale Lata Mangeshkar about the unique unvanquished Hemant Kumar” who was not only a fabulous singer but also an equally indomitable composer. As Lataji astutely […]

July 2010

Bashir Ahmed – Profile

By |July 17th, 2010|

When first I heard this most haunting number, Mera dil najaney kab se tera pyar dhoondta hai, from Iqbal Yusuf’s cloak-&-dagger movie, Hill Station, released in 1972, I was transported back to the days when I had visited East Pakistan at a very young […]