Dev Anand, in conversation…

Varsha Bhosle, an ardent fan of Dev Anand interviewed the legendary actor somewhere around April 1997. Many others like her, and as fans of Hindi cinema may have already read this long interview, which I just came across minutes ago. As I do occasionally, on finding something interesting, especially unexpectedly, I share the treasure right-away; because … Continue reading Dev Anand, in conversation…

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The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Outstanding in every way, 'Saanvre, Saanvre' is a splendid example of lyrics, composition and the singer's voice unifying into a sublime creation! Shailendra the poet-lyricist, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and melodious Lata Mangeshkar were all in their prime, as was the gorgeous actress Leela Naidu making her Hindi film debut with the title role … Continue reading The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!

Speaking of 'vamps' in Indian cinema's "golden era", I can't help but think of Helen... the epitome of verve and pizzazz! It will be hard to extoll virtues about this most elegant lady -- a contradiction, eh? But I only saw her on the Hindi cinema screen, usually in the role of the "other woman" … Continue reading A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!

Crickets herald the onset of Fall… Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki

Crickets herald the onset of Fall... Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki... Well, remember this song from the film "Usne Kahaa Tha" (1961)? With lyrics written by Shailendra ji, and some fabulous music by Salil Chowdhury, this is one of my most favorite songs from Hindi Cinema. Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood sing off-screen, while a charming Nanda, and the youthful Sunil Dutt sing with abandon on the silver screen.

O, Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aayi

O, why hasn't Shailendra continued writing more stanzas? Did it stop raining? Salil da, what an outstanding composition!

O Machalti Arzoo… Salil da

Vivacious, filled with youthful joy, refreshing, with an element of awaiting to live life to its fullest.