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20 Apr 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Wajahat Mirza on his birth anniversary

Today on Wajahat Mirza's birth anniversary, revisit this rare Mehboob Khan classic Watan (1938). The film featured some sparkling dialogues by Mirza.
Today on Wajahat Mirza's birth anniversary, revisit this rare Mehboob Khan classic Watan (1938). The film featured some sparkling dialogues by Mirza.
20 Apr 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Sadhana Bose on her birth anniversary

Iconic dancer-actress of the early years of cinema, Sadhana Bose was born this day, 20 April in 1914. A fine actress and singer too, her exceptional talent in dance helped briefly establish her as one of the leading female stars of the 1940s. Marrying filmmaker Madhu Bose at a young age, she joined his theatrical company, Calcutta Art Players. Venturing into films, she featured in the Bengali film Alibaba (1937), a runaway hit, which carved...
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Iconic dancer-actress of the early years of cinema, Sadhana Bose was born this day, 20 April in 1914. A fine actress and singer too, her exceptional talent in dance helped briefly establish her as one of the leading female stars of the 1940s. Marrying filmmaker Madhu Bose at a young age, she joined his theatrical company, Calcutta Art Players. Venturing into films, she featured in the Bengali film Alibaba (1937), a runaway hit, which carved her a permanent place in the history of Bengali films. Abhinay (1938), her next was another major success. Migrating to Bombay, she featured in successful films such as Kumkum (1940), Rajnartaki (1941), Meenakshi (1942), Shankar Parvati (1943), Vishkanya (1943), Paigham (1943) and others, establishing herself as a heroine in her own right. She enjoyed only a brief yet brilliant period of creativity and success, passing away in 1973.
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20 Apr 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on his death anniversary

Remembering the pioneer of Hindustani classical flute music, bansuri player and composer Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on the occasion of his death anniversary. The maestro had passed away this day, 20 April, in 1960 at the age of 48. Born Amal Jyoti Ghosh in 1911 in Barisal in current Bangladesh, he hailed from a family of proficient musicians. Trained in the sitar by his father, he focussed his attention on the flute by the time he was 18. Moving to Ca...
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Remembering the pioneer of Hindustani classical flute music, bansuri player and composer Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on the occasion of his death anniversary. The maestro had passed away this day, 20 April, in 1960 at the age of 48. Born Amal Jyoti Ghosh in 1911 in Barisal in current Bangladesh, he hailed from a family of proficient musicians. Trained in the sitar by his father, he focussed his attention on the flute by the time he was 18. Moving to Calcutta in search of a livelihood, he went on to assist in music production at New Theatres Ltd, after which he shifted to Bombay in 1940 for better prospects. Ghosh made his debut as independent music composer with Sneh Bandhan (1940), which included such popular songs as Aabroo ke kamaanon mein and Sneh bandhan mein bandhe hue. He also composed the background score for Aandhiyan (1952) along with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. His filmography as independent music director includes Anjaan (1941), Basant (1942), Bhalai (1943), Duhai (1943), Sawaal (1943), Police (1944), Beesvi Sadi (1945), and Aadhar (1945). Pannalal Ghosh remains memorable for being the first to introduce the seven-hold flute.
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20 Apr 2021

Cinemazi remembers Shakeel Badayuni on his death anniversary

Inspired by Zia-ul-Qadri, Shakeel Badayuni turned to poetry and in the process Hindi cinema gained one of its most accomplished lyricists. His first stint with cinema came with Mehndi (1947), but his first break was Dard (1947) whose songs became famous. He went on to contribute to several acclaimed soundtracks like Mela (1948), Dillagi (1949), Deedar (1951), Aan (1952), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Gunga Jamna (1961) and many more. He was known fo...
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Inspired by Zia-ul-Qadri, Shakeel Badayuni turned to poetry and in the process Hindi cinema gained one of its most accomplished lyricists. His first stint with cinema came with Mehndi (1947), but his first break was Dard (1947) whose songs became famous. He went on to contribute to several acclaimed soundtracks like Mela (1948), Dillagi (1949), Deedar (1951), Aan (1952), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Gunga Jamna (1961) and many more. He was known for his successful collaborations with Naushad. Today is his death anniversary.

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20 Apr 2021

Cinemaazi wishes Babita a very happy birthday

Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Babita! Making her debut in DusLakh (1966), and gaining everyone's attention with Raaz (1967), she acted in a number of successful films in the 60s and 70s. Regarded as a fashion icon of her generation, she retired from cinema after her marriage to Randhir Kapoor.
Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Babita! Making her debut in DusLakh (1966), and gaining everyone's attention with Raaz (1967), she acted in a number of successful films in the 60s and 70s. Regarded as a fashion icon of her generation, she retired from cinema after her marriage to Randhir Kapoor.
20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Ghulam Mohammad on his birth anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers Ghulam Mohammad (also spelt as Mohammed), the highly regarded music composer, on his birth anniversary. Ghulam Mohammad was born on 20 April, 1903.  He worked with great music directors like Anil Biswas and Naushad. Starting with Sanjog (1943) and up until the release of Aan (1952), Ghulam Mohammad worked as an assistant to Naushad. After Aan, he started working as an independent music composer. With his work in films...
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Cinemaazi remembers Ghulam Mohammad (also spelt as Mohammed), the highly regarded music composer, on his birth anniversary. Ghulam Mohammad was born on 20 April, 1903. 

He worked with great music directors like Anil Biswas and Naushad. Starting with Sanjog (1943) and up until the release of Aan (1952), Ghulam Mohammad worked as an assistant to Naushad. After Aan, he started working as an independent music composer. With his work in films like Paras (1949), Mera Khwab (1943), Tiger Queen (1947) and Doli(1947), he found a place for himself in the world of Hindi film music. He continued with movies like Pagdi(1948),Pardes (1950), Nazneen(1951), Gauhar (1953), Rail Ka Dibba (1953), Hoor-E-Arab (1955),Sitara (1955) and Dil-E-Nadan (1953). His compositions for Pakeezah (1971) played no small part in the eventual success of the film. 
MirzaGhalib (1954) was another landmark film for which Ghulam Mohammad composed music. 

It is widely believed that Ghulam Mohammad was responsible for introducing the matka as an instrument widely used in film music. He used the matka to great effect in one of his most popular compositions, Iss dard ki maari duniya mein mujh sabhi koi majboor na ho in Paras

 
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20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi celebrates 60 years of Love in Simla

Love in Simla (1960) completes 60 years from the date of its release, April 20. The film, produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee under his banner, Filmalaya, was directed by R.K. Nayyar. Joy Mukherjee, the producer’s son, played the male lead opposite Sadhana. The movie proved to be a huge hit.  Ayan Mukherjee, director of recent films like Wake Up Sid (2009) is on record saying that he would love to remake this film by his grandfather. &l...
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Love in Simla (1960) completes 60 years from the date of its release, April 20. The film, produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee under his banner, Filmalaya, was directed by R.K. Nayyar. Joy Mukherjee, the producer’s son, played the male lead opposite Sadhana. The movie proved to be a huge hit. 

Ayan Mukherjee, director of recent films like Wake Up Sid (2009) is on record saying that he would love to remake this film by his grandfather. “I loved Love in Simla. I don’t think many people are aware of it. If I would ever have to remake a film, it would be this movie as I loved it a lot. I have watched it many times,” he said in an interview to the Indian Express. 
 
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20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi celebrates Pannalal Ghosh on his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on his 60th death anniversary. Pannalal Ghosh, who singlehandedly elevated the status of the bansuri to that of an instrument capable of expressing the sublime nature of the Hindustani classical vocal style, passed away on April 20, 1960.  Pannalal began his career working with Rai Chand Boral, music director at the well-known New Theatres, Calcutta, in 1936. In 1940, he moved to Bombay to join th...
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Cinemaazi remembers Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on his 60th death anniversary. Pannalal Ghosh, who singlehandedly elevated the status of the bansuri to that of an instrument capable of expressing the sublime nature of the Hindustani classical vocal style, passed away on April 20, 1960. 

Pannalal began his career working with Rai Chand Boral, music director at the well-known New Theatres, Calcutta, in 1936. In 1940, he moved to Bombay to join the Bombay Talkies film studio, where he wrote the music for a number of popular films like Basant (1942) in collaboration with the composer Anil Biswas

Pannalal later married Parul Biswas, the sister of Anil Biswas. 


 
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20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Sadhana Bose on her 106th birth anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers Sadhana Bose, an iconic dancer-actress in early talkies of Indian cinema on her 106th birth anniversary.  Born on 20 April, 1914, Sadhana Bose was an acclaimed contemporary dancer before she started working in silent films in the 1930s. Although her first film release was Alibaba(1937) (Bengali), and she acted in many films thereafter, it wasKumkum The Dancer(1940), made by her filmmaker husband Madhu Bose, that catapu...
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Cinemaazi remembers Sadhana Bose, an iconic dancer-actress in early talkies of Indian cinema on her 106th birth anniversary. 

Born on 20 April, 1914, Sadhana Bose was an acclaimed contemporary dancer before she started working in silent films in the 1930s. Although her first film release was Alibaba(1937) (Bengali), and she acted in many films thereafter, it wasKumkum The Dancer(1940), made by her filmmaker husband Madhu Bose, that catapulted her to fame. She also appeared in the popular film Meenakshi (1942). Sadhana Bose is also noted for having acted in the first English film made in India, The Court Dancer/ Raj Nartaki (1941). 
Sadhana Bose passed away on October 3, 1973, in Kolkata. 

 
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20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Shakeel Badayuni on his death anniversary

Main Shakeel dil kahoon tarjuman/ Keh mohabbaton kahoon raazdaan/ Mujhe fakhr hai meri shayari/ Meri zindagi se juda nahin Cinemaazi remembers the accomplished poet and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni on his 50th death anniversary.  Shakeel Badayuni won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award three times, for Chaudhvin ka chand ho from Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) in 1961, Husn wale tera jawab nahin in Gharana (1961) in 1962, and for Kahin deep jale kah...
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Main Shakeel dil kahoon tarjuman/ Keh mohabbaton kahoon raazdaan/ Mujhe fakhr hai meri shayari/ Meri zindagi se juda nahin

Cinemaazi remembers the accomplished poet and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni on his 50th death anniversary. 
Shakeel Badayuni won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award three times, for Chaudhvin ka chand ho from Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) in 1961, Husn wale tera jawab nahin in Gharana (1961) in 1962, and for Kahin deep jale kahin dil from Bees Saal Baad (1962) in 1963. 

To acknowledge his stellar contribution to Hindi film music and the arts, a postal stamp bearing Shakeel Badayuni’s likeness was released by India Post on 3 May 2013. 

 
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20 Apr 2020

Cinemaazi celebrates Babita Kapoor on her birth anniversary

Cinemaazi celebrates the glamorous actress Babita Kapoor on her birth anniversary. Known for her experimental outfits and her magnetic smile onscreen, Babita had a film career that lasted only around five years, within which she appeared in 19 films.  Babita was born Babita Shivdasani to her father, the actor Hari Shivdasani and her mother, the British national Barbara Shivdasani on 20 April 1947. The actress Sadhana was her first cousin....
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Cinemaazi celebrates the glamorous actress Babita Kapoor on her birth anniversary. Known for her experimental outfits and her magnetic smile onscreen, Babita had a film career that lasted only around five years, within which she appeared in 19 films. 

Babita was born Babita Shivdasani to her father, the actor Hari Shivdasani and her mother, the British national Barbara Shivdasani on 20 April 1947. The actress Sadhana was her first cousin. Babita’s first release was the super-hit film Dus Lakh (1966) opposite Sanjay Khan, which also featured Neetu Singh as a child artiste. Though Dus Lakh was released first, the first film Babita had actually signed was Raaz (1967) opposite the then-newcomer Rajesh Khanna. As the story goes, her father had arranged a screen test with G.P. Sippy, but the director announced pack-up after only one shot. A devastated Babita went home only to receive a call from Sippy the next day, asking if she could start shooting within two weeks. “I recognize a star when I see one”, he quipped. Raaz hit the screens after Dus Lakh and earned her many accolades. Incidentally, according to Rajesh Khanna, she was the first actress to play his love interest onscreen, and the two developed a lasting friendship. She appeared opposite him again in Doli(1969). 

Babita’s career reached its peak after she featured in Ravikant Nagaich’s spy thriller Farz (1967). The songs and their dances in the film became immensely popular, and the Jeetendra-Babita duo went on to act in Aulad (1968), Anmol Moti (1969), Banphool (1971) and Ek Hasina Do Diwane (1972). Babita worked with leading actors of her time, including Shammi Kapoor (Tumse Achha Kaun Hai, 1969), Biswajeet (Kismat, 1968), Shashi Kapoor (Hasina Maan Jayegi, 1968), Rajendra Kumar (Anjaana, 1969), Manoj Kumar (Pehchan, 1970) and Dharmendra (Kab? Kyoon?Aur Kahan?, 1970). In Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), she was cast opposite Randhir Kapoor, Raj Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor. The film was also Randhir’s debut as both hero and director. Soon after the film released, the real-life sweethearts Babita and Randhir were married on November 6, 1971. Though she acted in a handful of films after the marriage, Babita retired from the screen in 1973. Her last film was Sone Ke Haath (1973). Unusually for her times, she is known to have actively encouraged her daughters Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan to pursue their acting careers, and helped them make choices that carried both of them to superstardom. 

 
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19April
19 Apr 2021

Cinemaazi mourns the passing away of Sumitra Bhave

Cinemaazi expresses heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of director Sumitra Bhave who passed away in Pune. An acclaimed Marathi director, she has made multiple award winning films in her career. May she rest in peace.
Cinemaazi expresses heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of director Sumitra Bhave who passed away in Pune. An acclaimed Marathi director, she has made multiple award winning films in her career. May she rest in peace.
19 Apr 1976

Cinemaazi remembers Jayant Desai on his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers the legendary filmmaker Jayant Desai on his 46th death anniversary. He made a number of popular films like Toofani Toli (1937), Tansen(1943), Manorama (1944),Har Har Mahadev (1950) and Amber (1952).  Jayant Desai started his career with Ranjit Movietone, where his first directorial work was the 1930 release Noor-e-Watan. Manorama was his first film under his own production banner. His film Amber starred...
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Cinemaazi remembers the legendary filmmaker Jayant Desai on his 46th death anniversary. He made a number of popular films like Toofani Toli (1937), Tansen(1943), Manorama (1944),Har Har Mahadev (1950) and Amber (1952). 

Jayant Desai started his career with Ranjit Movietone, where his first directorial work was the 1930 release Noor-e-Watan. Manorama was his first film under his own production banner. His film Amber starred Raj Kapoor and Nargis, and a young Tanuja playing the part of Nargis as a child. 

 
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19 Apr 1930

Cinemaazi remembers Malti Pandey on her birth anniversary

Remembering popular bhavgeet and playback singer Malti Pandey on the occasion of her birth anniversary. Born 19 April, 1930 in Poona, she had an affinity for music from childhood. Singing on AIR Poona at age 15, she went on to do her PhD in Music. Excelling in classical and Marathi songs, as well as bhavgeet, she also rendered playback for films. Her songs feature in the Hindi films Seeta Swayamvar (1948), Maya Bazar (1949), Shrikrishna Saty...
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Remembering popular bhavgeet and playback singer Malti Pandey on the occasion of her birth anniversary. Born 19 April, 1930 in Poona, she had an affinity for music from childhood. Singing on AIR Poona at age 15, she went on to do her PhD in Music. Excelling in classical and Marathi songs, as well as bhavgeet, she also rendered playback for films. Her songs feature in the Hindi films Seeta Swayamvar (1948), Maya Bazar (1949), Shrikrishna Satyabhama (1951), Shri Vishnu Bhagwan (1951), and Malati Madhav (1955). Vithalpai (1953), Lakhachi Gosht (1952), and Stree Janma Hi Tujhi Kahani (1952) are among the Marathi films she rendered playback for. Her lullaby Kunihi paay naka vajavoo was a favourite, as was Tya tithe, palikade, tikde, maziya priyeche zopde. Malti Pandey passed away in 1997.
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19 Apr 1924

Cinemaazi remembers Raghunath Madhav Tipnis on his birth anniversary

Born 19 April, 1924, in Amraoti, Raghunath Madhav Tipnis was a known editor of films. Credited by the name R M Tipnis or R Tipnis, he edited such films as Kamal Amrohi’s reincarnation thriller Mahal (1949), the hit musical comedy Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Patang (1960), Bhaiyya (1961), Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963), Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Men (1964), Afsana (1966), Baazigar (1972), Jugnu (1973), and Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (1974). Cinemaazi remembe...
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Born 19 April, 1924, in Amraoti, Raghunath Madhav Tipnis was a known editor of films. Credited by the name R M Tipnis or R Tipnis, he edited such films as Kamal Amrohi’s reincarnation thriller Mahal (1949), the hit musical comedy Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Patang (1960), Bhaiyya (1961), Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963), Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Men (1964), Afsana (1966), Baazigar (1972), Jugnu (1973), and Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (1974). Cinemaazi remembers the contribution of R M Tiipnis on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
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18April
18 Apr 2001

Cinemaazi celebrates Khursheed on her death anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers the actress Khursheed on her death anniversary. Born in Lahore in 1914, Khursheed’s first film was Laila Majnu(1931), in which she was credited as Miss Shehla. However, some sources differ on this, claiming that Miss Shehla was a different actress. She worked with Madan Theatres in Calcutta, Mahalakshmi Cinetone, National Movietone and Saroj Movietone in Bombay. She remained active in films till the early 1950s, and appe...
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Cinemaazi remembers the actress Khursheed on her death anniversary. Born in Lahore in 1914, Khursheed’s first film was Laila Majnu(1931), in which she was credited as Miss Shehla. However, some sources differ on this, claiming that Miss Shehla was a different actress. She worked with Madan Theatres in Calcutta, Mahalakshmi Cinetone, National Movietone and Saroj Movietone in Bombay. She remained active in films till the early 1950s, and appeared in her last two films after moving to Pakistan following the Partition. She passed away on April 18, 2001, after a protracted battle with illness. 
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18 Apr 1962

Cinemaazi remembers Bela Bose on her birth anniversary

Born on this day in 1941, Bela Bose used to frequent film muhurats in the hopes of getting coca cola and sweets. An accomplished dancer, she stood out to director Naresh Sehgal, who gave her the opportnity to showcase her skills in Main Nashe Main Hoon (1959). She went on to enthrall audiences with her dance skills in many films through the 60s and 70s. Image source: www.beetehuedin.com
Born on this day in 1941, Bela Bose used to frequent film muhurats in the hopes of getting coca cola and sweets. An accomplished dancer, she stood out to director Naresh Sehgal, who gave her the opportnity to showcase her skills in Main Nashe Main Hoon (1959). She went on to enthrall audiences with her dance skills in many films through the 60s and 70s.

Image source: www.beetehuedin.com
18 Apr 1928

Cinemaazi remembers Dulari on her birth anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers the actress Ambika Gautam, popularly known as Dulari, on her birth anniversary. In a career spanning 56 years, she acted in over 200 films of various languages. She also often played a mother in Hindi films over the latter half of her career.   
Cinemaazi remembers the actress Ambika Gautam, popularly known as Dulari, on her birth anniversary. In a career spanning 56 years, she acted in over 200 films of various languages. She also often played a mother in Hindi films over the latter half of her career. 

 
18 Apr 1907

Cinemaazi remembers Kantilal on his birth anniversary

Actor-singer Kantilal received training in classical music from Pandit Onkarnath and made his debut with Bulbul-e-Paristan (1934). He went on to become an accomplished singer and actor, singing over 60 songs over his career. Today is his birth anniversary.
Actor-singer Kantilal received training in classical music from Pandit Onkarnath and made his debut with Bulbul-e-Paristan (1934). He went on to become an accomplished singer and actor, singing over 60 songs over his career. Today is his birth anniversary.