November 2010

Nagin (1954)

By |November 20th, 2010|

Filmistan’s dance-cum-musical romance, “Nagin,” directed by Nandlal Jaswantlal and starring vivacious Vyjayanthimala and Pradeep Kumar in the romantic leads, was premiered in Bombay at the luxurious Liberty Cinema on Friday, December 24th, 1954.

Based on a highly improbable story by Bijou Bhattacharya and scripted […]

Shabnam (1949)

By |November 20th, 2010|

This latest Filmistan picture running to crowded houses at Roxy for many weeks now is a picture which does credit to S. Mukerji the producer, who gave us in the past pictures like Kangan, Bandhan, Naya Sansar etc. There are no less than ten […]

June 2010

Disco Dancer (1982)

By |June 12th, 2010|

Disco Dancer is one of those films that I had known about for years before I saw it. People often quoted it as a truly kitsch film and I had heard the songs (by Bappi Lahiri, ‘the R. D. Burman of the B-movies’ […]

November 2009

Baiju Bawra (1952)

By |November 7th, 2009|

The greatest strength of this historical film about Baiju Bawra (Bharat Bhushan), the musician who challenged the court musician Tansen to a musical duel (a jugalbandi; performed here by Ustad Amir Khan and Pandit D. V. Paluskar) to avenge the murder of his father, […]