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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.

Image courtsey At the edge

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Seven Little Amputees: guest post by Kumar Shankar De

The following post is a by a guest @operation_cloud a very good friend of mine

 

Seven little amputees sitting on a tree

All their legs cut below their knee

‘How do you balance?’ a passerby said

‘We’ve got hands don’t we, you fucking dickhead’

 

Once when the branch was about to break

Amputee number three caught a nearby snake

He made it bite one and two

Their bodies dropped down and the others said ‘phew!’

 

Six was hungry so he cut five’s arm

He said it tasted like chicken from a farm

Unable to balance five fell down

The rest said ‘good riddance to another clown’

 

Seven and four had a sour past

They’d each survived a jihadi bomb blast

Not to be outdone by the other

They each decided to survive another

They blew the fucking tree apart

And all that remained was the smell of their fart

RIP Dara Singh Ji

As a kid I remember my dadi used to watch Ramayana every sunday morning in Sony I guess if am not wrong (yes I am talking about post DD days when it had a rerun) and because I had nothing else to do I also used to watch it with her. I dont remember much from that show except Arun Govil as Ram and Dara Singh as Hanuman. Dara Singh’s portrayal of Lord Hanuman was so strong for me that for many coming years he would have been the image of Hanumanji whenever I used to have nightmares at night.

As an actor his fondest memory for me is from the show Hudd Kar Di  directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar where he played the role of Papaji the head of the family, a role which was somewhat similar to the character of Hanumanji where he plays the protector of the family with a heart of gold. If you think about it his whole life has been example of this character be it on reel or real. I haven’t done much research on him but of what I know about him and from what I can recall from my childhood he will remain an avtar of Hanumanji for me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

I’m coming back to blogging after a really long time and what better way to start than what I love most: Photography. So here’s an update for weekly photo challenge with its theme “Movement”

This photo was taken in the summer of 2010 in Ladakh at the now famous Pangong Tso lake where 3 Idiots was shot.

I’m Posting every week in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Rahul Agrawal

The Book of My Life- Sting Ft Anoushka Shankar

Am a big fan of fusion music and though am not an avid Sting listener, I just love this song by them as it has a really soothing music with use of various instruments like Sitar(played By Anoushka Shankar), Violin, Cello, Tabla and Drum Sets. What makes this song more special is the fact that it has some really deep and meaningful words. So I wanted to share these words with you.

Let me watch by the fire and remember my days
And it may be a trick of the firelight
But the flickering pages that trouble my sight
Is a book I’m afraid to write

It’s the book of my days, it’s the book of my life
And it’s cut like a fruit on the blade of a knife
And it’s all there to see as the section reveals
There’s some sorrow in every life

If it reads like a puzzle, a wandering maze
Then I won’t understand ’til the end of my days
I’m still forced to remember,
Remember the words of my life

There are promises broken and promises kept
Angry words that were spoken, when I should have wept
There’s a chapter of secrets, and words to confess
If I lose everything that I possess
There’s a chapter on loss and a ghost who won’t die
There’s a chapter on love where the ink’s never dry
There are sentences served in a prison I built out of lies.

Though the pages are numbered
I can’t see where they lead
For the end is a mystery no-one can read
In the book of my life

There’s a chapter on fathers a chapter on sons
There are pages of conflicts that nobody won
And the battles you lost and your bitter defeat,
There’s a page where we fail to meet

There are tales of good fortune that couldn’t be planned
There’s a chapter on god that I don’t understand
There’s a promise of Heaven and Hell but I’m damned if I see

Though the pages are numbered
I can’t see where they lead
For the end is a mystery no-one can read
In the book of my life

Now the daylight’s returning
And if one sentence is true
All these pages are burning
And all that’s left is you

Though the pages are numbered
I can’t see where they lead
For the end is a mystery no-one can read
In the book of my life

Mothers Special

Right now while writing this post am on my way to home to give my mom a surprise. You see it’s her birthday tomorrow and I have not told her that I am coming home and will be giving a surprise to her. And roght now at the moment, the only thing coming to my mind are some songs about mothers and I’ll like to share them with you. So guys this post is dedicated to my mom and all the mothers in the world.

Mumma (Dasvidanya): This song from Dasvidanya is just so sweet. Every time I hear this song I just want to go and hug my mom tightly.

Lukka Chuppi (Rang De Basanti): This mother son duet by Lataji and AR Rahman is my favourite track from RDB. The song is about a mother calling her son and telling him to come back soon as she is getting worried. The son is telling her that even though he is liking this new place and he has everything but still her absence makes him very sad

Tu Kitni Achi Hai (Raja Aur Rank): Another song by Lataji but this time not as a mother but as a child. This is a song which every child feels for her mother.

Usko Dekha Nahi Hamne (Daadimaa): I don’t know if any of you guys might have heard this song or not so I’m posting a YouTube link of this song here. Mahendra Kapoor and Mohd Rafi’s deep voice are just amazing.

Ye to Sach Hai Ki Bhagwaan Hai (Hum Saath Saath Hai): This song is more dedicated to both ma n pa rather than just to mom but still I am including this song in this list. Hariharan’s smooth voice and some touching words make this song really special.

Maa (Taare Zameen Par): If you are thinking of a song about mothers then it is impossible that this song will not come in your mind. This song touches you every time you listen to it. Each and every line of this song makes your heart shiver. Prasoon Joshi as the lyricist and Shankar Mahadevan behind the mike do equally commendable job and bring out the best Mother Song you can ever get.