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25May
25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Sunil Dutt on his death anniversary

Balraj Dutt was enjoying his stint as a radio announcer for Radio Ceylon, interviewing popular film stars. When Ramesh Saigal spotted him on the sets of Shikast (1953) he made him put on Dilip Kumar's costumes and appear for a screen test. Thus, Sunil Dutt was born. The legendary actor passed away on 25 May, 2005. 
Balraj Dutt was enjoying his stint as a radio announcer for Radio Ceylon, interviewing popular film stars. When Ramesh Saigal spotted him on the sets of Shikast (1953) he made him put on Dilip Kumar's costumes and appear for a screen test. Thus, Sunil Dutt was born. The legendary actor passed away on 25 May, 2005. 
25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Laxmikant Shantaram Kundalkar on his death anniversary

From fellow music arrangers and assistants to Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal went on to become one of the most successful music composer duos of all time. Their orchestral backgrounds gave them a sound footing in musical variations, which allowed them to adapt and stay ahead of the curve most of the time. Their career is littered with many trend-setting numbers as well as 7 Filmfare Award wins. They also hold the record for most nominations...
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From fellow music arrangers and assistants to Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal went on to become one of the most successful music composer duos of all time. Their orchestral backgrounds gave them a sound footing in musical variations, which allowed them to adapt and stay ahead of the curve most of the time. Their career is littered with many trend-setting numbers as well as 7 Filmfare Award wins. They also hold the record for most nominations at 25. Laxmikant Shantaram Kundalkar passed away on 25 May, 1998. He was a fan of Shankar Jaikishan and learnt to play the mandolin from Hussain Ali.
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25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers S A Wahab on his birth anniversary

Remembering art director S A Wahab who was born 26 May in 1906 in Bangalore. He is known for his work in production design in films such as Prabhu Ka Ghar (1945), Jogan (1950), Papi (1953), Bara-Dari (1955), Sahara (1958), Panchayat (1958), Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963), and 5 Rifles (1974).
Remembering art director S A Wahab who was born 26 May in 1906 in Bangalore. He is known for his work in production design in films such as Prabhu Ka Ghar (1945), Jogan (1950), Papi (1953), Bara-Dari (1955), Sahara (1958), Panchayat (1958), Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963), and 5 Rifles (1974).
25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Sharad Kadway on his death anniversary

Cinematographer Sharad Kadway passed away this day, 25 May in 2007. He is known for his work in films such as Shehzada (1972), Ponga Pandit (1975), Hum Paanch (1980), and Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986). He had started off in the 1950s, working as assistant cameraman on R K Films productions such as Awaara (1951), Aah (1953), Shree 420 (1959), Anari (1959), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Bobby (1973), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Mera Naam Joker...
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Cinematographer Sharad Kadway passed away this day, 25 May in 2007. He is known for his work in films such as Shehzada (1972), Ponga Pandit (1975), Hum Paanch (1980), and Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986). He had started off in the 1950s, working as assistant cameraman on R K Films productions such as Awaara (1951), Aah (1953), Shree 420 (1959), Anari (1959), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Bobby (1973), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Mera Naam Joker (1970).
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25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Ismail Merchant on his death anniversary

A young Ismail Merchant, born in Bombay in 1936, had a great fascination for the Hindi film industry. He was friends with the actress Nimmi and accompanied her to the premiere of Barsaat (1949). It was in USA that he would meet James Ivory and begin a lifelong partnership, that established them as one of the most successful independent filmmaker teams of all time. The name Merchant Ivory productions came to denote carefully made, brilliantly acte...
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A young Ismail Merchant, born in Bombay in 1936, had a great fascination for the Hindi film industry. He was friends with the actress Nimmi and accompanied her to the premiere of Barsaat (1949). It was in USA that he would meet James Ivory and begin a lifelong partnership, that established them as one of the most successful independent filmmaker teams of all time. The name Merchant Ivory productions came to denote carefully made, brilliantly acted, prestige dramas. He passed away on 25 May, 2005.
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25 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers T M Soundarajan on his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers Tamil playback singer and Carnatic musician of long standing, T M Soundarajan on the occasion of his death anniversary. Born in 1923 in Madurai, he learnt South Indian classical singing at age 7. Giving his first concert at 23, he went on to enter the film industry, rendering songs for South Indian film stars. He became the singing voice for Tamil screen sensations such as M G Ramachandran, and Sivaji Ganesan. Memorable for re...
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Cinemaazi remembers Tamil playback singer and Carnatic musician of long standing, T M Soundarajan on the occasion of his death anniversary. Born in 1923 in Madurai, he learnt South Indian classical singing at age 7. Giving his first concert at 23, he went on to enter the film industry, rendering songs for South Indian film stars. He became the singing voice for Tamil screen sensations such as M G Ramachandran, and Sivaji Ganesan. Memorable for rendering several hit numbers such as Ponaal pogotum poda in Paalum Pazamum (1961) and Anbe vaa (1966) in the film of the same name, Soundarajan sang an astounding number of songs in films, besides rendering classical, devotional, and light music songs. Enjoying a long and successful career, his first film song was in 1946, at the age of 24, and his last was rendered with P Suseela in 2010 at the age of 88. Richly honoured for his contribution to music, he was also awarded the Padma Shri, among other awards. T M Soundarajan passed away aged 91, on 25 May 2013.
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25 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Lalita Deulkar on her death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers the singer Lalita Deulkar on her death anniversary. A popular singer from the 1940s and early 1950s, she passed away on 25 May 2010. Her duet More raja ho le chalna diya ke paar with Mohammed Rafi, featured in the Dilip Kumar-Kamini Kaushal starrer Nadiya Ke Par(1948), is among her best-known songs.   
Cinemaazi remembers the singer Lalita Deulkar on her death anniversary. A popular singer from the 1940s and early 1950s, she passed away on 25 May 2010. Her duet More raja ho le chalna diya ke paar with Mohammed Rafi, featured in the Dilip Kumar-Kamini Kaushal starrer Nadiya Ke Par(1948), is among her best-known songs. 

 
25 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Sunil Dutt on his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers the iconic actor Sunil Dutt on his fifteenth death anniversary. He enthralled fans from his very first film, Ramesh Saigal’s Railway Platform(1955), to his last, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.(2003).   
Cinemaazi remembers the iconic actor Sunil Dutt on his fifteenth death anniversary. He enthralled fans from his very first film, Ramesh Saigal’s Railway Platform(1955), to his last, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.(2003). 

 
25 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Ismail Merchant on his 15th death anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers the filmmaker Ismail Merchant on his 15th death anniversary. Ismail Merchant was born Noormuhammad Abdul Rahman on 5 December 1936 into a middle-class Muslim family in Bombay. He was sent to the U.S. by his family, and completed a Masters degree in business administration at New York University.  While he was in the U.S., he met the American director James Ivory, starting a remarkable partnership that lasted over four...
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Cinemaazi remembers the filmmaker Ismail Merchant on his 15th death anniversary. Ismail Merchant was born Noormuhammad Abdul Rahman on 5 December 1936 into a middle-class Muslim family in Bombay. He was sent to the U.S. by his family, and completed a Masters degree in business administration at New York University. 

While he was in the U.S., he met the American director James Ivory, starting a remarkable partnership that lasted over four decades and forty films. Merchant-Ivory’s collaboration is the longest partnership in film history worldwide. 

Their film, The Household (1963), starring Shashi Kapoor and Leela Naidu, based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s eponymous book, was a huge hit. The screenplay was penned by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala herself, and the film was shot by Subrata Mitra. Merchant’s other famous productions shot in India included Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1983). 

Under the Merchant-Ivory banner, the duo produced and directed over 50 films. In total, they earned around 31 nominations for Academy Awards, and six Academy Awards. The banner won its first Academy Award for the James Ivory directed A Room with a View (1985). 

For his contribution to Indian cinema, Ismail Merchant was honoured with a Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honour, in 2002. He also pursued a lifelong passion for food: he opened a restaurant in 1993, and published several books on travel and cuisine. 

 
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25 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkaron his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers the musician Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkaron his death anniversary. One of the famousLaxmikant-Pyarelal duo who took the Hindi film industry by storm for over four decades with their enchanting songs, he passed away on 25 May 1998.  Laxmikant and Pyarelal met as teenagers at Ranjit Studios in Bombay. They became the best of friends, and through their hard work and passion, soon came to occupy the upper echelons of the...
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Cinemaazi remembers the musician Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkaron his death anniversary. One of the famousLaxmikant-Pyarelal duo who took the Hindi film industry by storm for over four decades with their enchanting songs, he passed away on 25 May 1998. 

Laxmikant and Pyarelal met as teenagers at Ranjit Studios in Bombay. They became the best of friends, and through their hard work and passion, soon came to occupy the upper echelons of the Hindi film music industry. For the next forty years or so, they spent most of their waking hours together in studios with top musicians and producers, composing music for over 600 films. 

 
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24May
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Tapen Chatterjee on his death anniversary

No one was more shocked than Tapen Chatterjee himself when he was offered the lead role in Satyajit Ray's Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968). Acting was never on his mind and even after the film's stupendous success, he only did a handful of other roles. Satyajit Ray's magical minstrel remains his immortal creation. Today is the actor's death anniversary.
No one was more shocked than Tapen Chatterjee himself when he was offered the lead role in Satyajit Ray's Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968). Acting was never on his mind and even after the film's stupendous success, he only did a handful of other roles. Satyajit Ray's magical minstrel remains his immortal creation. Today is the actor's death anniversary.
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Keshavrao Bhole on his birth anniversary

Taking over from Govindrao Tembe, Keshavrao Bhole brought a more experimental flair and extensive knowledge of orchestration to Prabhat's music. His work in films like Amrit Manthan (1934), Sant Tukaram (1936), Kunku (1937), Sant Dnyaneshwar (1940) and others remains legendary. He was born on 23 May, 1896.
Taking over from Govindrao Tembe, Keshavrao Bhole brought a more experimental flair and extensive knowledge of orchestration to Prabhat's music. His work in films like Amrit Manthan (1934), Sant Tukaram (1936), Kunku (1937), Sant Dnyaneshwar (1940) and others remains legendary. He was born on 23 May, 1896.
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers M W Mukadam o his birth anniversary

Remembering cinematographer M W Mukadam on the occasion of his birth anniversary. He was born this day, 24 May, 1921 in Godhra. He is known for his work in films such as Daera (1953), Pocket Maar (1956), Arab Ka Saudagar (1956), Sharada (1957), Agra Road (1957), Post Box 999 (1958), Dulha Dulhan (1964), Dil Ne Pukara (1967), Upaasna (1971), Anjaan Raahen (1974), Raja Kaka (1974), and Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977). Prominent among his films were the L...
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Remembering cinematographer M W Mukadam on the occasion of his birth anniversary. He was born this day, 24 May, 1921 in Godhra. He is known for his work in films such as Daera (1953), Pocket Maar (1956), Arab Ka Saudagar (1956), Sharada (1957), Agra Road (1957), Post Box 999 (1958), Dulha Dulhan (1964), Dil Ne Pukara (1967), Upaasna (1971), Anjaan Raahen (1974), Raja Kaka (1974), and Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977). Prominent among his films were the L V Prasad-directed Sharada which starred Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor in the lead in a film that depicted love beyond labels, and Kamal Amrohi’s Daera which followed the life of a 16-year-old girl, Sheetal (Meena Kumari) caught in a vortex of uncertainty and morality.
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24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Bulo C Rani on his death anniversary

One of the little known aspects of Bulo C Rani's career was that he was also an occassional playback singer, sometimes under the pseudonym Bhola. The composer left his mark in several films from the 40s and 50s, with Jogan (1950) being the most memorable. His life met a tragic end on 24th May, 1993.
One of the little known aspects of Bulo C Rani's career was that he was also an occassional playback singer, sometimes under the pseudonym Bhola. The composer left his mark in several films from the 40s and 50s, with Jogan (1950) being the most memorable. His life met a tragic end on 24th May, 1993.
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Bidrohi Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam on his birth anniversary

One of the most singularly influential poets and staunch critique of fundamentalism and oppression, the Bidrohi Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on 24 May, 1899. Noone except Rabindranath Tagore can claim to have exerted as much influence on Bengali music as he did. His compositions and lyrics were also hugely influential on the tradition adopted by the IPTA. This influence extended to the Bangladesh Liberation War, as his radical nationalist writ...
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One of the most singularly influential poets and staunch critique of fundamentalism and oppression, the Bidrohi Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on 24 May, 1899. Noone except Rabindranath Tagore can claim to have exerted as much influence on Bengali music as he did. His compositions and lyrics were also hugely influential on the tradition adopted by the IPTA. This influence extended to the Bangladesh Liberation War, as his radical nationalist writings were considered deeply inspirational. His nationalist writings for the journal Dhoomketu led to repeated imprisonment and also a charge of sedition.
Trained in Islamic philosophy as a young man, Nazrul was deeply attracted to theatre, even joining a theatre troupe. He expanded his horizons by studying Bengali and Sanskrit literature as well as Hindu scriptures. He began by writing plays, before moving on to poetry and prose. He even had as stint in the British Indian Army. After settling in Calcutta, his writing flourished, even though he faced criticism for his unorthodox writing style. Bidrohi (1922) was the breakthrough work of his career and still the poem that he is most associated with. His ghazals, and addresses to Kali were hugely influential. His nearly 4000 songs are collectively called Nazrul Geeti, one of the major schools of Bengali music. He also faced attacks from both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists due to his radical views on religion. He faces charges of sedition in 1930 for the book Pralayshikhm.
He became one of the first composers to sign a contract with a major record company. This opened the doors of opportunity for other composers as well. In the sphere of cinema some sources credit him as the director of Dhruba Bhakta (1934). He had started a production company called Bengal Tiger Pictures with another famous music personality, Abbasuddin Ahmed. Their film which was an adaptation of Nazrul Islam's novel Madina remained unfinished. Other than this he is credited as a composer for Gora (1938), as the writer for New Theatre's Bidyapati (1937) and the lyricist for Nandini (1941) and Dikshul (1943). Vidyapati had been adapted from his play. He also composed for several important theatrical productions.
He suffered from a neuro-degenerative disease called Morbus Pick from the age of 43. Later in his life he had moved to Dhaka where he passed away in 1976.
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24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Tripti Mitra on her death anniversary

An icon of Bengali theatre and cinema, Tripti Mitra's influence on the Bengali cultural sphere can never be understated. K A Abbas was impressed with her performance in the landmark Bijon Bhattacharya play Nabanna which led to her role in Dharti Ke Lal (1946). She acted in several Bengali films thereafter, as well as delivering several brilliant performances onstage. She passed away on 24 May, 1989.
An icon of Bengali theatre and cinema, Tripti Mitra's influence on the Bengali cultural sphere can never be understated. K A Abbas was impressed with her performance in the landmark Bijon Bhattacharya play Nabanna which led to her role in Dharti Ke Lal (1946). She acted in several Bengali films thereafter, as well as delivering several brilliant performances onstage. She passed away on 24 May, 1989.
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Majrooh Sultanpuri on his death anniversary

One of the greatest Urdu poets of the 20th century, Majrooh Sultanpuri passed away on this day in 2000. A disciple of Jigar Moradabadi, it was A R Kardar who spotted his talent first. After impressing Naushad, he received his first assignment as a lyricist in Shah Jehan (1946). Over the course of the next five decades, he gifted Hindi cinema with some of its most memorable poets.
One of the greatest Urdu poets of the 20th century, Majrooh Sultanpuri passed away on this day in 2000. A disciple of Jigar Moradabadi, it was A R Kardar who spotted his talent first. After impressing Naushad, he received his first assignment as a lyricist in Shah Jehan (1946). Over the course of the next five decades, he gifted Hindi cinema with some of its most memorable poets.
24 May 2021

Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Rajesh Roshan

Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Rajesh Roshan! The veteran music director has given many memorable hits in films like Julie (1975), Khatta Meetha (1978), Mr Natwarlal (1979), Yaarana (1981), Jurm (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai (2000) and many more. He remains one of the few composers from the 70s to have successfully continued in the present era. Image source: Filmfare
Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Rajesh Roshan! The veteran music director has given many memorable hits in films like Julie (1975), Khatta Meetha (1978), Mr Natwarlal (1979), Yaarana (1981), Jurm (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai (2000) and many more. He remains one of the few composers from the 70s to have successfully continued in the present era.

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24 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Keshavrao Vaman Bhole on his death anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers the music director Keshavrao Vaman Bhole on his death anniversary. His compositions rank amongst the best for Prabhat Studios in its history. Keshavrao Vaman Bhole wrote the music for the classic Sant Tukaram (1936).  Keshavrao also wrote the music for Shantaram’s Kunku/ Duniya Na Mane (1937). Shanta Apte sang an English song for the film, penned by Henry W. Longfellow. Bhole’s innovative approach to compos...
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Cinemaazi remembers the music director Keshavrao Vaman Bhole on his death anniversary. His compositions rank amongst the best for Prabhat Studios in its history. Keshavrao Vaman Bhole wrote the music for the classic Sant Tukaram (1936). 

Keshavrao also wrote the music for Shantaram’s Kunku/ Duniya Na Mane (1937). Shanta Apte sang an English song for the film, penned by Henry W. Longfellow. Bhole’s innovative approach to composing and recording showed to best advantage in the film, in which Shantaram tried to eliminate background music, using only natural sounds. 





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24 May 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Bulo C. Rani on his death anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers Bulo Chandiram Ramchandani, popularly known as Bulo C. Rani, on his death anniversary. A music director of great calibre, he died tragically on May 24, 1993.  In a career spanning almost three decades, Bulo C. Rani wrote the music for many successful films. He also lent his voice to a few popular songs.  Image Credit: milleniumpost.com
Cinemaazi remembers Bulo Chandiram Ramchandani, popularly known as Bulo C. Rani, on his death anniversary. A music director of great calibre, he died tragically on May 24, 1993. 
In a career spanning almost three decades, Bulo C. Rani wrote the music for many successful films. He also lent his voice to a few popular songs. 


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23May
23 May 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Vanmala on her birth anniversary

Born on this day in 1915, Vanmala was introduced by Acharya Atre to V Shantaram. Initially offered the role of assistant director, she was finally convinced by the director to star in the film Lapandav (1940). She had a fruitful career which ended with the award winning Shyamchi Aai (1953).
Born on this day in 1915, Vanmala was introduced by Acharya Atre to V Shantaram. Initially offered the role of assistant director, she was finally convinced by the director to star in the film Lapandav (1940). She had a fruitful career which ended with the award winning Shyamchi Aai (1953).