March 2012

Music Director Naushad, Singer/Actress Suraiya and A.R. Kardar at Kardar Studios in 1944

By |March 31st, 2012|

Vasant Desai, Anil Biswas, Naushad, Madan Mohan and C. Ramchandra at the January 1957 Metro-Murphy Contest

By |March 26th, 2012|

September 2011

Mohammad Rafi – Naushad Collaboration

By |September 11th, 2011|

Naushad on Mohammad Rafi

Speaking about Rafi Saab’s singing qualities, I have always been of the opinion that he was very sentimental and worked extra hard at songs which were raga based and melodious. Though people call him versatile, which he was in many senses […]

July 2011

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.

November 2010

Mukesh – Naushad Collaboration

By |November 27th, 2010|

Naushad composed approximately 23 songs for Mukesh, out of which 15 were solos and 8 were duets. Naushad used Mukesh’s voice in 2 phases. The first was late 40’s phase (1948-1949), when Naushad created some of the best gems for Mukesh including Kabhi dil […]

K.L. Saigal – Naushad Collaboration

By |November 25th, 2010|

Saigal sang 6 songs [1 duet, 5 solos] for Naushad. They came together for first and last time in Shah Jehan in 1946, which was one of the last films in which Saigal acted. Shah Jehan also marked the debut of lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri.
Naushad […]

September 2010

Historical inaccuracies in Indian – Pakistani Films

By |September 6th, 2010|

Historical Inaccuracy – 1
In this song Anarkali (Madhubala) is performing in front of  Mughal Emperor Akbar with the famous Sheesh Mahal shown (The Palace of Mirrors) in the background. However, it should be kept in mind that Sheesh Mahal didn’t even exist during […]

July 2010

Shamshad Begum – Naushad Collaboration

By |July 17th, 2010|

Back to Legends – Shamshad Begum

After Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad was Naushad’s second favorite female singer. Naushad gave Shamshad some of the best songs of her career. Shamshad sang for Naushad for the first time in Shah-Jehan (1946). Shah-Jehan – a soundtrack dominated by K.L […]

Talat Mahmood – Naushad Collaboration

By |July 16th, 2010|

Back to Legends – Talat Mahmood

Babul was the only film in the 1950’s where Talat Mahmood sang for Naushad. Naushad didn’t repeat Talat for the next 18 years, despite the success of Babul. The reason behind not repeating Talat for the next 18 years […]

Suraiya – Naushad Collaboration

By |July 9th, 2010|

Back to Legends – Suraiya

Naushad was Suraiya’s mentor and Suraiya sang some of the best songs of her career under Naushad’s baton. It was Naushad who introduced Suraiya as a playback singer for Mehtaab in Sharda (1942) and then later gave hits after hits […]