January 2013

100 Years

By |January 27th, 2013|

August 2011

Meena Shorey in Pakistani Film Gulfarosh (1961) – Hai Jawani Meharban

By |August 11th, 2011|

Meena Shorey can be considered as the Liz Taylor of Bollywood or Lollywood as far as marriages are concerned. Her long list of Indian and Pakistani husbands include Raza Mir, Al-Nasir, Roop K Shorey, Zahoor Raja and Asad Bokhari. However, when she died in […]

Inter-changing playback singers on same person in the same song

By |August 4th, 2011|

Using multiple playback singers for same person in the same film was a common practice in Hindi films. For example, in Tamasha (1952) Meena Kumari got playback from Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. I can understand the reasons behind that practice.  Perhaps […]

July 2011

Indian Playback singer Mubarak Begum singing for 2 Pakistani films – Bada Aadmi (1957) and Raaz (1959)

By |July 28th, 2011|

Note – Irfan dates this picture to 1946-1947. I don’t think that is correct because Mubarak first film song was for Yakub’s Aiye released in 1949. I think this photo is possibly from late 50s when she visited Lahore.
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Indian playback singer Mubarak Begum (Kabhi […]

Mohammad Rafi’s first Screen appearance

By |July 21st, 2011|

Laila Majnu (1945) was Indian playback legend Mohammad Rafi’s first screen appearance. The lead pair of this film was  Swaranlata-Nazir who fell in love during the shooting of this film and later migrated to Pakistan and produced Pakistan’s first superhit  film [Punjabi] Pheray (1949). […]

Jaane waale se mulaqat – Amar (1954) – Song which moved Madhubala to tears

By |July 18th, 2011|

Naushad recalls that Jaane waale se mulaqat na hone paayi from Amar (1954) had a special place in Madhubala’s heart. In fact, when it was first played on the sets, Madhubala burst into tears, which moved everyone else present.

Meena Shorey in Sarfarosh (1956)

By |July 15th, 2011|

Bollywood’s ‘lara-lappa’ girl Meena Shorey migrated to Pakistan in 1955. Teri ulfat mein sanam is perhaps the most famous song picturized on her in Pakistani films. Here she is seen in Anwar Kamal Pasha’s Sarfarosh (1956), music by Rashid Attre and playback singer is […]

Jamila Razzaq and Aslam Pervaiz in Ishq Per Zor Nahin (1963)

By |July 7th, 2011|

Jamila Razzaq was the niece of Zubaida [leading lady of India’s first talkie film Alam Ara (1931)]. According to encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Jamila’s mother Sultana was an extraordinarily beautiful woman and a popular silent star. All three sisters – Zubaida, Sultana and Shehzadi […]

Sabitha Perera in Bobby (1984)

By |July 6th, 2011|

Sabitha Perera was the only actress from Sri Lanka who gained popularity in Pakistani films made in 1980s. Bobby [Sri Lanka – Pakistan co-production] made in 1984 was one of her super hit films opposite Javed Sheikh. Two songs sung by Salma Agha as […]

Shammi, Geeta Bali and Tun Tun in Rangeen Raatein (1956)

By |July 6th, 2011|

Music director Roshan used Shamshad Begum’s voice sparingly. He composed 10 songs for her (6 solos and 4 duets) and Mein Ek Shola was one of the last songs (actually second last) Shamshad sang for Roshan. This is perhaps the only song where Geeta […]