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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:22 am 
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Actor Razak Khan passes away due to cardiac arrest.
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Veteran actor Sulabha Deshpande is no more.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:17 pm 
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MUBARAK BEGUM

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RIP Mubarak Begum, One of the Last Links With Hindi Cinema’s Golden Era
By Sidharth Bhatia on 19/07/2016

With the death of Mubarak Begum in Mumbai at the age of 80, the last of the ‘Muslim’ voices from the Golden Era of Hindi cinema has gone. Though she came much after them, she was in the long line of singers such as Zohrabai Ambalewali, Amirbai Karnataki, Noorjehan, Shamshad Begum and the queen of them all, Suraiya.

She is known to have sung in 1949 for ‘Aaiye’ and through the 1950s and ‘60s, came to be known for many hits such as Woh na aayenge palat kar (Devdas), Be murrawat bewafa (Susheela) Hum haal-e-dil sunayenge (Madhumati) and Hamari yaad aayegi (Hamari Yaad Aayegi) which became her signature song. To her fans, her bhajan, Devta tum ho mera sahara (Daera), a duet with Mohammed Rafi, remains a pinnacle of technical accomplishment.

Though Mubarak Begum gave up playback singing almost four decades ago she occasionally would perform at live events. But even that became difficult, and her poor financial condition was occasionally reported in the newspapers. Fans and friends used to send her money and the state government had given her a small flat from the artists’ quota, but it was never enough.

The ‘Muslimness’ in her voice, as that of the others before her, is not so much a reference to her religion than to a particular kind of tone and texture and style – a lahja – that all but vanished from Hindi films from the 1950s onwards.

After Independence, Lata Mangeshkar, who herself had sung in the manner of Noorjehan early on, emerged as the leading voice of Hindi cinema and the others gradually fell by the wayside. Noorjehan moved to Pakistan and while Suraiya and Shamshad Begun continued to sing, Lata Mangeshkar was emerging as a favourite of composers and fans alike. Noorjehan was earthy and sensuous, Suraiya rich in tone and Shamshad Begum robust but Lata’s singing was imbued with crystal-like purity that had universal appeal and what is more, she was technically excellent. It is said that Lata Mangeshkar had a ‘neutral’ voice that sat well on the typical Hindi film heroine who had to appeal to pan Indian sensibilities as the typical, ‘good’ Indian girl. Thus her voice became the template; everything else was a variation that could only work in some cases.

A good example was that of Geeta Dutt, whose smoky sexuality was much loved by music directors in the 1950s. S D Burman and O P Nayyar used her in several films, but the first eventually returned to Lata Mangeshkar while the second, who had had a fight with Lata turned to her sister Asha Bhosle. Curiously, it is Asha Bhosle who then became the alternative voice – the ‘non-Lata” – seductive naughty and fun as the situation required, often emotions Lata didn’t want to or couldn’t fully manage.

Mubarak Begum’s golden voice carried the unmistakable dard that imbued her singing with sensuality and melancholy in equal measure. Not surprisingly, she was used repeatedly for mujra numbers, which clearly ruled her out as a playback singer for the lead actresses, who would have found her too outré.

Begum herself used to say she lost out because of political machinations and conspiracies in the film industry and therefore remained under-utilised. Songs that had been recorded by her were suddenly cast aside and sung afresh by other leading singers. She gradually faded from the scene, but has millions of fans who enjoy her memorable songs even now.

Five of her most famous songs:
(You can hear these songs at the link posted in the beginning of this post. Or, perhaps someone can post the youtube clips here ??)

Devta tum hi mera sahara (Daera)

Woh na aayenge palat ke (Devdas)

Hum hale dil sunayenge (Madhumati)

Hamari yaad aayegi (Hamari yaad aayegi)

Mujhko apne gale laga lo (Hamraahi)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:20 pm 
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KERSI LORD

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With Kersi Lord’s Passing a Long Era of Hindi Film Music Comes to an End
By The Wire Staff on 16/10/2016
A young Kersi Lord (extreme left), with his father Cawas Lord (extreme right) and music director Shankar, (second from right)

A young Kersi Lord (extreme left), with his father Cawas Lord (extreme right) and music director Shankar, (second from right)

In 1969, Hindi film music fans were enthralled to hear the songs of Aradhana, a film starring a budding actor by the name of Rajesh Khanna and the well-known actress Sharmila Tagore. Each song was hummable, but the one that really became a rage, especially with younger listeners, was Roop Tera Mastana, which was used in the background to set the mood for a scene where the hero seduces the heroine on a rainy night.

The husky singing of Kishore Kumar was complimented by the skillful use of the accordion, which was played by one of the country’s most talented musician Kersi Lord. At the time, no one outside the film industry knew his name but towards the last few years of his life, the affable Lord had become a celebrity among fans and music mavens alike. When news spread on Sunday that Lord had died at the age of 81, tributes poured in on social media.

Kersi Lord was a second generation musician in the film industry. His father, Cawas Lord, was a master arranger and percussionist. Lord senior played in several jazz bands in Bombay’s hotels and soon found himself playing and arranging for the top music directors of the 1950s. Arrangers were in great demand because they could read and write western style notations that Hindi composers couldn’t.

Lord reputedly introduced the bongo and the conga to the film business. Among the Lord family’s contributions to Hindi film music was the glockenspiel, which was used for the famous song Mein zindagi ka saath (composed by Jaidev) in Hum Dono.

Young Kersi and his brother Burjor, fondly known as Buji, followed in their father’s footsteps. Kersi’s daughter Jasmine writes on a blog that he often skipped school to play for Naushad and S D Burman and soon became adept at many instruments, from Latin American percussion to the accordion to electronica-he was responsible for bringing the Moog synthesizer into Hindi film music. This was a perfect fit for the new generation of music directors emerging on the scene in the late 1960s and early ’70s, such as Rahul Dev Burman.

Kersi’s touch was heard in songs like Chura Liya Hai Tumne. R D Burman – Pancham to his friends and fans – built a group of extremely talented musicians around himself, such as Manohari Singh (Sax), Bhupinder (Guitar) and Lord. Kersi always spoke warmly of Burman and his Facebook page was peppered with photos and references of the time. Later in life, apart from western music, Lord also learnt Hindustani classical music and the tabla. Among his other arrangements for music directors was the bluesy Madan Mohan number Tum jo mil gaye ho from Hanste Zakhm, which changes tempo and beat in every verse.

Kersi was always welcoming of fans and writers who wanted to talk to him about music and the ‘good old days.’ He personally loved western music and had a vast collection of LPs of classical, jazz and popular music. Apart from many interviews he gave, he and his family were subjects of a documentary, The Human Factor which looked at the contribution of the musicians behind the scenes of some of the most loved songs of Hindi cinema. With Kersi Lord’s death, a unique, 60-year association of one family of musicians with Indian films has come to an end.


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spellings corrected - KERSI is correct


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:58 am 
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Not quite a Bollywood personality, but R.I.P. Jayalalitha

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... k-4410487/


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Ragz wrote:
Not quite a Bollywood personality, but R.I.P. Jayalalitha

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... k-4410487/


She acted mostly in Tamil films, mostly in lead roles. Over 130 films between 1960 and 1980.

Of Hindi films, I remember her Hindi film IZZAT (Dharminder). She was the lead actress and had more important role than the other lead actress Tanuja. She also appeared in a dance sequence in Kishore, Sadhana's Manmauji.
IZZAT
MANMAUJI


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412883/?ref_=nv_sr_1
From IMDB, I also noticed 3 Hindi religeous films in 1976, in which she acted in lead or major roles:
Jai Jagat Janani,
Tu Hi Kaali Tu Hi Durga
Tu Hi Ram Tu Hi Krishna
And, Baaghi Lutera (1975), Barah Ghante (1975).

There may be more Hindi (Dubbed or orig) films under her name.
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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412883/?ref_=nv_sr_1

MGR (MG Ramachandran) -Jayalalithaa pair acted in 28 films and each of the 28 were box-office hits from 1965-1973. 19 of their hit films were platinum jubilee hits and 8 were golden jubilee hits.

Jayalalitha was paired opposite Sivaji Ganeshan in 17 films as his heroine. Of the 17 Tamil films, 16 of them were Golden Jubilee hits.

She did 28 films in Telugu and each of them were platinum jubilee hit.


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Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack
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Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning. The actor was 66. Om Puri’s friends and colleagues from Bollywood reached his Andheri residence to pay their last respects to the actor. Puri’s body was taken to Cooper hospital for postmortem, following which the funeral will take place.

Confirming the news to indianexpress.com, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit — a close friend of Puri — said,”Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence.”

An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, Puri was on the forefront of what was called art films movement in the 70s. He has worked in acclaimed films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, Puri was on the forefront of what was called art films movement in the 70s. He has worked in acclaimed films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992).


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:48 am 
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rana wrote:
Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack


I had the pleasure of spending several days with Omji just 3 months ago when he graciously accepted to be our guest of honour at the first Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films & Documentaries:

https://youtu.be/VhYNSaeNOeE

He was a very warm, friendly presence with absolutely zero "star" airs - humble and good-humoured at all times.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:21 am 
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Stephen wrote:
rana wrote:
Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack


I had the pleasure of spending several days with Omji just 3 months ago when he graciously accepted to be our guest of honour at the first Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films & Documentaries:

https://youtu.be/VhYNSaeNOeE

He was a very warm, friendly presence with absolutely zero "star" airs - humble and good-humoured at all times.

Good to see you Stephen. Imo, Om highest achievement is his international, British projects ;)
Please stay in touch, rana sahab was concerned about you.


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[b]VINOD KHANNA[/b]
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Actor Vinod Khanna passes away Source : SIFY Last Updated: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 14:31 hrs
Once the heartthrob of Indian cinema, veteran actor Vinod Khanna (70) breathed his last on April 27 at HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai. Industry has lost a legend: Celebrities mourn Vinod Khanna's death The actor was hospitalised due to "severe dehydration". A sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gurdaspur district of Punjab, Vinod was seen in 141 films between 1968 and 2013. He has given blockbusters like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar (1973 film), Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan, Kaarnama, Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm. In 1982, at the peak of his film career, Khanna decided to quit the film industry temporarily though to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a long hiatus, he returned to the film industry with hits like Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:15 pm 
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Extremely sad


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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 5:01 am 
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The last memorable as Pandey step dad in Dabang!


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Vinod was like a God


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Reema Lagoo passed away at 3:30 AM IST. :(


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 1:05 am 
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Reema Lagoo passed away at 3:30 AM IST. :(

May her soul rest in peace! Every one fav, sweet gorgeous mama!


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