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


Bollywood Time Travel

Having read many blog post series like Bollywood for Beginners by @filmigirl I have also been wanting to start a series of posts from a long time, also wanted a reason to update the blog regularly. Then an idea came after reading @rajasen’s post of his 100 favorite hindi movies. I thought why not blog about my favorite movies, but instead of making one list I should post year wise. So starting from I’ll be regularly posting my favorite movies from 1960 till now. I’ll try to keep the list to a minimum of three per year, but there will be years where the list might come lower than that or I might even have to skip some years since am a 91 born. But I hope that the probability of that happening  stays low. The movies in the list will be purely on based on the fact that how much I enjoyed them and even after many years of watching them like to watch them again. Now as a database I’ll be using IMDB and Wikipedia’s list of movies according to the year. So, if there is any mistake in the release year do tell me and also do tell me If I had missed any movie or a movie which you thought deserved to be on this list.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s challenge

The photo shows the renewal of life after a lot of hardships, like rising above the flames of difficulties.

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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

This week’s topic was a bit tricky. “Dreaming” using long exposure got me into a fix that what could I click. I thought of visiting the local beach at the sunset for some inspiration but it was raining. Then it struck to me that dreaming is not just about nature. We dream about a lot of things nature, happiness, joy, heaven, angels even demons. So I thought of uploading this pic which I had in my archive.

As is evident by the pic. This pic shows our guardian angel, the one who protects us from all the nightmares and helps us to have safe and sound dreams

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.