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22April, 2021

Cinemaazi remembers B R Chopra on his birth anniversary

One of the great directors of 20th century Hindi cinema,B R Chopra maintained a standard of excellence even as he produced and directed a wide range of films spanning diverse genres over his career. Remembered for his sensitive storytelling, extracting great performances from big stars and memorable music, B R Chopra's films remain treasured by movie goers. Today is his birth anniversary.

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One of the great directors of 20th century Hindi cinema,B R Chopra maintained a standard of excellence even as he produced and directed a wide range of films spanning diverse genres over his career. Remembered for his sensitive storytelling, extracting great performances from big stars and memorable music, B R Chopra's films remain treasured by movie goers. Today is his birth anniversary.

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Cinemaazi remembers Kanan Devi on her birth anniversary

One of the biggest singing stars of her era, Kanan Devi was born #OnThisDay in 1916. She began her career as a child artiste in Jyotish Bannerjee's films in the 1920s. She intially worked with Madan Theatre and Radha Films. It was later with New Theatres that she reached the peak of stardom, beginning with P C Barua's Mukti (1937), and Debaki Bose's Bidyapati (1937). Her distinctive fast tempo singing made her one of the ide

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One of the biggest singing stars of her era, Kanan Devi was born #OnThisDay in 1916. She began her career as a child artiste in Jyotish Bannerjee's films in the 1920s. She intially worked with Madan Theatre and Radha Films. It was later with New Theatres that she reached the peak of stardom, beginning with P C Barua's Mukti (1937), and Debaki Bose's Bidyapati (1937). Her distinctive fast tempo singing made her one of the identifiable voices of the era, associated with innummerable hits. Along with K L Saigal she was the top star for New Theatres. She also flouted tradition in her personal life, by marrying Ashok Maitra despite stringent opposition from Brahmo Samaj members. She formed Shrimati Pictures in 1949 and turned producer. Another significant achievement was the formation of the Sabyasachi collective, of which noted cinematographer-director Ajoy Kar was a member. Cinemaazi salutes her for her contributions.

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Cinemaazi remembers Kumkum on her birth anniversary

Today on Kumkum's birth anniversary, Syed Shozab Hussain pens a touching tribute to the human being he remembered and shares some rare images of her.
Today on Kumkum's birth anniversary, Syed Shozab Hussain pens a touching tribute to the human being he remembered and shares some rare images of her.

Cinemaazi remembers Shyam Kumar on his death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers actor Shyam Kumar on his death anniversary. A talented actor and singer, he gained fame for starring in several stunt and fantasy films of the 50s and 60s.
Cinemaazi remembers actor Shyam Kumar on his death anniversary. A talented actor and singer, he gained fame for starring in several stunt and fantasy films of the 50s and 60s.

Cinemaazi remembers Usha Kiron on her birth anniversary

After making her debut in Uday Shankar's Kalpana (1948), the talented Usha Kiron received recognition for her role in Gauna (1950), despite the film's financial failure. She followed it up with great performances in Patita (1953), Aulad (1954), Musafir (1957), Nazrana (1961) and many more. Today is her birth anniversary.
After making her debut in Uday Shankar's Kalpana (1948), the talented Usha Kiron received recognition for her role in Gauna (1950), despite the film's financial failure. She followed it up with great performances in Patita (1953), Aulad (1954), Musafir (1957), Nazrana (1961) and many more. Today is her birth anniversary.
21April, 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Nigar Sultana on her death anniversary

Nigar Sultana enthralled audiences in the 40s and 50s, with Raj Kapoor's Aag (1948) being her breakthrough film. Today is her death anniversary.
Nigar Sultana enthralled audiences in the 40s and 50s, with Raj Kapoor's Aag (1948) being her breakthrough film. Today is her death anniversary.

Cinemaazi remembers R C Talwar on his birth anniversary


Directorc R C Talwar, known for films like Mem Sahib (1956) and Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963), was born on this day in 1910. Cinemaazi remembers him for his contributions.

Directorc R C Talwar, known for films like Mem Sahib (1956) and Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963), was born on this day in 1910. Cinemaazi remembers him for his contributions.

Cinemaazi remembers Sailesh Kumar on his death anniversary

Dashing and good-looking, Sailesh Kumar is remembered for his starring role as an Indian James Bond in Golden Eyes: Secret Agent 077 (1968). Beginning as a lead actor in the 60s, he later played character roles in sevral films in the 70s and 80s. Today is his death anniversary.
Dashing and good-looking, Sailesh Kumar is remembered for his starring role as an Indian James Bond in Golden Eyes: Secret Agent 077 (1968). Beginning as a lead actor in the 60s, he later played character roles in sevral films in the 70s and 80s. Today is his death anniversary.

Cinemaazi wishes Shivaji Satam a very happy birthday

An iconic actor of our times, Shivaji Satam has become a legend for his portrayal of ACP Pradyuman on the TV series C.I.D. Though most well-known for his television role, he has had a long innings in Hindi and Marathi cinema as well, beginning with Pestonjee (1988). It was the veteran theatre actor Bal Dhuri who gave him his first break as an actor. His TV debut came back in 1980 in Rishte Naate. He has acted in other films like English August (1
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An iconic actor of our times, Shivaji Satam has become a legend for his portrayal of ACP Pradyuman on the TV series C.I.D. Though most well-known for his television role, he has had a long innings in Hindi and Marathi cinema as well, beginning with Pestonjee (1988). It was the veteran theatre actor Bal Dhuri who gave him his first break as an actor. His TV debut came back in 1980 in Rishte Naate. He has acted in other films like English August (1995), Yeshwant (1997), Yugpurush (1998), China Gate (1998), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Sooryavansham (1999) and many more. Starting to act in C.I.D from 1998, his oneliners like 'Daya darwaza tod do' and 'Kuch to gadbad hai' have become the stuff of pop culture legend. Cinemaazi wishes him a happy birthday!
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20April, 2021

Cinemaazi remembers Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on his death anniversary

Remembering the pioneer of Hindustani classical flute music, bansuri player and composer Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on the occasion of his death anniversary. The maestro had passed away this day, 20 April, in 1960 at the age of 48. Born Amal Jyoti Ghosh in 1911 in Barisal in current Bangladesh, he hailed from a family of proficient musicians. Trained in the sitar by his father, he focussed his attention on the flute by the time he was 18. Moving to Ca
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Remembering the pioneer of Hindustani classical flute music, bansuri player and composer Pandit Pannalal Ghosh on the occasion of his death anniversary. The maestro had passed away this day, 20 April, in 1960 at the age of 48. Born Amal Jyoti Ghosh in 1911 in Barisal in current Bangladesh, he hailed from a family of proficient musicians. Trained in the sitar by his father, he focussed his attention on the flute by the time he was 18. Moving to Calcutta in search of a livelihood, he went on to assist in music production at New Theatres Ltd, after which he shifted to Bombay in 1940 for better prospects. Ghosh made his debut as independent music composer with Sneh Bandhan (1940), which included such popular songs as Aabroo ke kamaanon mein and Sneh bandhan mein bandhe hue. He also composed the background score for Aandhiyan (1952) along with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. His filmography as independent music director includes Anjaan (1941), Basant (1942), Bhalai (1943), Duhai (1943), Sawaal (1943), Police (1944), Beesvi Sadi (1945), and Aadhar (1945). Pannalal Ghosh remains memorable for being the first to introduce the seven-hold flute.
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Cinemaazi remembers Sadhana Bose on her birth anniversary

Iconic dancer-actress of the early years of cinema, Sadhana Bose was born this day, 20 April in 1914. A fine actress and singer too, her exceptional talent in dance helped briefly establish her as one of the leading female stars of the 1940s. Marrying filmmaker Madhu Bose at a young age, she joined his theatrical company, Calcutta Art Players. Venturing into films, she featured in the Bengali film Alibaba (1937), a runaway hit, which carved
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Iconic dancer-actress of the early years of cinema, Sadhana Bose was born this day, 20 April in 1914. A fine actress and singer too, her exceptional talent in dance helped briefly establish her as one of the leading female stars of the 1940s. Marrying filmmaker Madhu Bose at a young age, she joined his theatrical company, Calcutta Art Players. Venturing into films, she featured in the Bengali film Alibaba (1937), a runaway hit, which carved her a permanent place in the history of Bengali films. Abhinay (1938), her next was another major success. Migrating to Bombay, she featured in successful films such as Kumkum (1940), Rajnartaki (1941), Meenakshi (1942), Shankar Parvati (1943), Vishkanya (1943), Paigham (1943) and others, establishing herself as a heroine in her own right. She enjoyed only a brief yet brilliant period of creativity and success, passing away in 1973.
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Cinemaazi remembers Wajahat Mirza on his birth anniversary

Today on Wajahat Mirza's birth anniversary, revisit this rare Mehboob Khan classic Watan (1938). The film featured some sparkling dialogues by Mirza.
Today on Wajahat Mirza's birth anniversary, revisit this rare Mehboob Khan classic Watan (1938). The film featured some sparkling dialogues by Mirza.

Cinemaazi wishes Babita a very happy birthday

Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Babita! Making her debut in DusLakh (1966), and gaining everyone's attention with Raaz (1967), she acted in a number of successful films in the 60s and 70s. Regarded as a fashion icon of her generation, she retired from cinema after her marriage to Randhir Kapoor.
Cinemaazi wishes a very happy birthday to Babita! Making her debut in DusLakh (1966), and gaining everyone's attention with Raaz (1967), she acted in a number of successful films in the 60s and 70s. Regarded as a fashion icon of her generation, she retired from cinema after her marriage to Randhir Kapoor.

Cinemazi remembers Shakeel Badayuni on his death anniversary

Inspired by Zia-ul-Qadri, Shakeel Badayuni turned to poetry and in the process Hindi cinema gained one of its most accomplished lyricists. His first stint with cinema came with Mehndi (1947), but his first break was Dard (1947) whose songs became famous. He went on to contribute to several acclaimed soundtracks like Mela (1948), Dillagi (1949), Deedar (1951), Aan (1952), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Gunga Jamna (1961) and many more. He was known fo
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Inspired by Zia-ul-Qadri, Shakeel Badayuni turned to poetry and in the process Hindi cinema gained one of its most accomplished lyricists. His first stint with cinema came with Mehndi (1947), but his first break was Dard (1947) whose songs became famous. He went on to contribute to several acclaimed soundtracks like Mela (1948), Dillagi (1949), Deedar (1951), Aan (1952), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Gunga Jamna (1961) and many more. He was known for his successful collaborations with Naushad. Today is his death anniversary.

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