Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

You know I had never quite been a huge Hindi cinema buff. No doubt, I had watched numerous films over decades of my life in India, but had never really bought film magazines, nor bought tickets from the fellas who paced up and down, muttering something under their breath while you're waiting in queue with … Continue reading Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)


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)

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.