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9 Film Frames: Anand

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9 Film Frames: Mr. India

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9 Film Frames: Black Friday

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9 Film Frames: Andaz Apna Apna

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Few days back I stumbled upon http://9filmframes.tumblr.com/ and I was very much impressed with the idea and the creations so I decided to try some of Indian movies. Hope this doesn’t gets me sued by the original blogger.

Project Punjab: Nur Sarai

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My first site in Punjab’s tour is a Sarai in the village of Nurmahal. Sarai were kind of inns or rest houses for travelers and businessmen on their trips of exchanging goods. They used to spend the night in these Sarais, which was free of cost. Other times kings and queens used to stay when they used to visit the place for their tours or hunting. A typical sarai used to quadrangular space surrounded by rooms and huge walls with a watch tower on all the four sides, a mosque in the centre and other things depending how important that sarai was.

Nur Sarai is located in Nurmahal somewhere around 30 kms from Jalandhar. It is believed to be the birth place of Nurjehan: Jahangir’s wife. Also it is believed Nurjehan spent a large part of her childhood here. The sarai was built in the early 17th century mainly as a hunting lodge where Nurjehan used to rest after her hunting excursions.

The whole structure is made of bricks as was common in those days. The sprawling main gate has carvings with scenes of hunting of tigers and rhinoceros which is believed inhabited this area in those times. There were around 140 rooms at the sarai of which 75% are still present. In the centre of sarai is a mosque and a small building which as told by the caretaker was the Army’s General’s place of stay. Their was also a Rang Mahal which was the queens part of the sarai. The monument is in a pretty decent condition with three sides of the sarai still in position along with the mosque and the general’s place.

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A panoramic view of the sarai

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The mosque at the sarai

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Rang Mahal: The place where the queens used to stay

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Rooms at the sarai

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Delicate

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Dreams are the most delicate things in anybody’s life. Even a small jolt can break dreams so it is our responsibility to take care of them and make sure we fullfil those blurry dreams in real life. Cheers!

Bollywood Time Travel: 1960

Okay its the first post year of the series and am of to a bad start. Only one movie for this year and you know that movie has to be Mughal-e-Azam.

I remember watching the movie on Zee Cinema for the first time when I was 7 year old in Black and White. That time the only scenes in colour were the ones which were shot at the ‘Sheesh Mahal‘ which includes the very famous ‘Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya‘. Later when it was remastered in colour version my school took us to watch this movie and I clearly remember how during the song ‘Teri mehfil mein’ the whole theatre bursted in rounds of claps along with the people on screen.

Coming to the reasons why I like this movie. The list is endless. On the top of those reasons is Madhubala. That lady is hell of a gorgeous woman. Seeing her in B&W was enough for me to make me awestruck but in colour DAMN!!! That woman is beauty personified. When she cries on screen you want to hunt Akbar and threaten him to not torture this poor lady. On a completely different note just imagine Hritik’s Akbar having a pot belly like Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s in his old age.

The story itself is nothing special here but then most of our Indian movies don’t have special stories but K. Asif’s interpretation, his eye for detailing and the way he showed the grandeur is completely beautiful. There are scenes which stay in your mind even after many years you have seen the movie. One of my favorite scene is the first scene between Madhubala and Salim and also when Anarkali’s mother comes to remind Akbar his promise which he had given when Salim was born. It is said that for those grand war scenes the extras used as soldiers were from the Indian army.

The best part about this movie is undoubtedly Naushad’s music which is still etched in people’s hearts. Each and every song is a treasured gem. From the unforgettable ‘Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya‘ to the classical ‘Prem Jogan Ban Ke‘. Do you know for the song ‘Prem Jogan Ban Ke‘ Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan quoted an amount of 25,000 which was nearly 50 times more what Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi used to get. My favorite track from the movie is ‘Mohabbat Zindabad’. Mohd. Rafi’s singing in this track is unparalleled, you cannot even imagine someone else singing this song.

So here was my favorite movie from 1960. Although I have seen some more movies from that time but I can’t recall much from them so it was useless to put them in the list but there are three movies from this year which I really want to see: Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Chaudhvin Ka Chaand and Kaala Baazar. Do tell me your favorite movies from this year. I’ll leave you people with a video showing the frenzy which was created when Mughal-e-Azam

PS: Don’t you miss days like this when attending the first day first show meant getting up early in the morning to reach the theatre early, standing in queues for an hour to get tickets and dancing with the whole theatre during songs.

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