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On his birth-anniversary, a song I couldn’t get enough of, once upon a time… Oh! To be young again….
I can’t believe that 25 years have passed since Premnath sahab passed away into eternity. How time has marched on… I was a college girl at that time, excited about discovering so many new things, esp about books and authors. When the news flashed on Novemeber 3rd 1992 that Premnath was dead, it didn’t… Continue reading Premnath: 25 Years on…
As I was travelling, I could not post on Vinod Khanna’s b’day on 6th October, a day on which he would have turned 71. His son Sakshi, wrote an emotional post – imagining a letter penned by his father – which can be read here. Here’s my belated b’day tribute to the star: 11 romantic duets.… Continue reading Vinod Khanna sings 11 songs of Romance
On 27th August, 1976, India lost her most soulful voice. Mukesh saab left us and as his on-screen alter-ego Raj Kapoor put it: “It felt as though my soul had been taken away.” Millions all over the world must have felt likewise. Here is Mukesh singing “Zindagi Khwaab Hai” This is not the famous song from Jaagte… Continue reading Zindagi Khwaab Hai: Mukesh
Sometimes a singer becomes so identified with a particular actor that the songs that he sings for other heroes fade into the background. Thus it is with Mukesh. People tend to remember the songs that he sang for Raj Kapoor but not so much the songs that were picturised on other heroes. Needless to… Continue reading Mukesh Sings for Eleven Heroes
J.P. Dutta’s 1993 movie Kshatriya is set in his favourite desert state of Rajasthan and features the feuding families of Mirtagarh and Surjangarh. Mirtagarh is represented by its Maharaja Bhawani Singh (Sunil Dutt), his wife Maheshwari Devi (Rakhee) and younger brother and ex-Indian Army Major Jaswant Singh (Vinod Khanna). There is also his daughter Divya… Continue reading Kshatriya: Tragedy and Farce
While watching parts of Manmohan Desai’s Parvarish recently, I recalled a film that I had seen way back in Doordarsaurus days in which Shammi and Vinod had played Bhai Bhai. Having heard of how the two actors shared a warm relationship and that Shammi had been a real support to Vinod after the latter’s return… Continue reading Shammi-Vinod: Bhai-Bhai