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KalidasaKalidasa, said to be born in the 4th century AD, is widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language.  Had he been alive today, he would have been a very busy man, possibly assisted by a huge team of research assistants, dishing out scripts, dialogues and lyrics for a vast majority of our dream merchants in Bollywood.

His emphasis on capturing the innate beauty of nature might not have enthused many of our present day producers and directors. However, his evocative portrayal of female beauty and the passionate depiction of the affairs of the heart would have surely had the Bollywood movie makers in enthrall.

In his ‘Ritusamhara’ (Medley of Seasons), Kalidasa describes six seasons in his inimitable style: Summer (Greeshma), Monsoon (Varsha), Autumn (Sharad/Patjhad), Pre-winter (Hemant), Winter (Shishir) and Spring (Vasanta). Each one is dealt with evocative descriptions of the elements of…

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With its scenic promenade, picturesque locations, an old world French ambience, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, Puducherry offers the lay visitor a curious combination of hedonistic as well as spiritual opportunities. One could go on a spirited binge and simply freak out. Otherwise, one could soak in its spiritual glow and get mentally uplifted.

True to the innate character of Puducherry, most of the films shot in the town also reflect a somewhat similar bipolar tendency. Amorous endeavors get captured on celluloid. Themes with a spiritual strain also find Puducherry attractive. Occasionally, one would find the town getting mentioned in a block buster!

Here is a quick recap of the Hindi and English movies which have had a Puducherry connection.pondy movie Jism

Jism (2003, Amit Saxena) was an erotic thriller. Obsession with the pleasures of the flesh and greed for wealth eventually drive the main protagonists towards a tragic end.

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My Views On Bollywood

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Sharada Iyer

The very mention of their names immediately brings to our mind the evergreen super-hit song ‘Zindagi ek safar hai suhana…’ from the film ANDAZ. From the opening prelude to the yodelling to the fast-paced beats – everything about the song became unforgettable! Added to that superstar Rajesh Khanna’s charismatic screen presence turned this song not only into one of the most loved songs of Hindi cinema but also became one of the biggest hits of the careers of  Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar and Shankar-Jaikishen. 

ANDAZ (1971): ‘Zindagi ek safar hai suhana…’

Shankar-Jaikishen (SJ): The music director duo who revolutionized the very definition of Hindi film music with their path-breaking music and tunes…

Kishore Kumar: The genius actor-singer who created his own path and carved a place in the Hindi film music scene which people cannot even dream of achieving…   

Both the singer as…

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My Views On Bollywood

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Sharada Iyer
Fifty years ago it was on 26th April 1968 that this superbly directed and thoroughly entertaining evergreen musical Brahmachari released and went on to become a runaway hit at the box-office!
The film won six prestigious Filmfare awards that year:
Best Film of the Year
Best Actor: Shammi Kapoor
Best Screenplay: Sachin Bhowmick
Best Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Best Male Playback Singer: Mohammed Rafi (‘Dil ke jharoke mein tujhko bithakar…)
Best Lyricist: Shailendra (‘Main gaoon tum so jao…’ )
Nominations:
Best Director: Bhappi Sonie
Best Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri (‘Dil ke jharoke mein tujhko bithakar…’)
Best Male Playback Singer: Mohammed Rafi (‘Main gaoon tum so jao…’)
Today on the occasion of its golden anniversary let us take a trip down memory lane to recollect some of its glorious moments…
To begin with, the film ranks high on…

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My Views On Bollywood

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Sharada Iyer

The very mention of Naushad’s name brings to our mind this genius composer’s heartfelt and melodious compositions steeped in Indian ethos and transports us to a magical era when music reigned supreme in our films and meaningful lyrics added beauty to these tunes. Naushad had tremendous knowledge of Indian classical music and could play several musical instruments and to him goes the credit of pioneering a unique style by bringing Indian classical ‘ragas’ into popular film music. He also added a touch of folk music to his songs and being a poet himself always gave importance to lyrics. All these gave his songs a unique edge and set him apart from his contemporaries.

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He was also the proud recipient of one of the highest civilian honours bestowed by our country Padma Bhushan and the recipient of the highest award for contribution to Indian cinema-

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My Views On Bollywood

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Sharada Iyer

The very mention of Naushad’s name brings to our mind this genius composer’s heartfelt and melodious compositions steeped in Indian ethos and transports us to a magical era when music reigned supreme in our films and meaningful lyrics added beauty to these tunes. Naushad had tremendous knowledge of Indian classical music and could play several musical instruments and to him goes the credit of pioneering a unique style wherein he brought Indian classical ragas into popular film music. He also added a touch of folk music to his songs and being a poet himself always gave importance to lyrics. All these gave his songs a unique edge and set him apart from his contemporaries.

Indeed success comes only to those who are truly passionate about their goal and are ready to face any obstacle in their path. And success certainly did not come easy to Naushad as…

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Most people may not be aware that singer Bhupinder Singh loved for his soulful ghazals and memorable songs from films like Gharonda, Mausam, Thodi Si Bewafai, Kinara, Parichay, Aitbaar, Bazaar, etc., is also an expert guitarist and has composed some of the most memorable guitar pieces ever heard of in Hindi cinema.

Born in Amritsar it was destiny that dragged him first to Delhi and then to Mumbai where he became very popular as a playback singer and ghazal singer thanks to his unique resonating voice. However the guitarist in him never came to be publicized much and this humble man always put in his best and just let his work speak for itself.

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Adept at playing different types of guitars like the Hawaian guitar, Spanish guitar and Electric guitar, he joined R D Burman’s group of musicians as one of the lead guitarists…

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