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21February, 2020

Cinemaazi remembers Nutan on her death anniversary

Cinemaazi remembers the legendary actress Nutanon her death anniversary (21.2.1991). Born into a film family as the eldest daughter of director-poet Kumarsen Samarth and actress Shobhana Samarth, Nutan made her film debut with Hamari Beti (1950), directed by her mother. Her first few film appearances did not do very well at the box office, so her mother sent her to finishing school in Switzerland. 
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Cinemaazi remembers the legendary actress Nutanon her death anniversary (21.2.1991). Born into a film family as the eldest daughter of director-poet Kumarsen Samarth and actress Shobhana Samarth, Nutan made her film debut with Hamari Beti (1950), directed by her mother. Her first few film appearances did not do very well at the box office, so her mother sent her to finishing school in Switzerland. 
On her return, she appeared in Seema(1955), a critically acclaimed role that won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1957. There was no looking back from there, and she went on to star in a number of successful movies like Paying Guest (1957), Chhalia(1960), Milan (1967), Saraswati Chandra (1968) and Saudagar (1973). Nutan often played unconventional roles for her time, such as a Dalit woman in Bimal Roy's Sujata(1959), and a convicted murderer in Bandini(1963). In 1959, she married Lt. Cdr. Rajnish Bahl, and continued her acting career post her marriage, unlike most actresses at the time. In the same year, she acted in two hit films, the Raj Kapoor starrer Anari(1959) and Sujata. 
Considered one of the greatest actresses to grace the screen, Nutan was noted for her ability to convey complex emotions with just her expressions and body language. She won five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress over the course of her career, for the films Seema, Sujata, Bandini, Milan and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki(1978). Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki stood out for another reason: though she was 42 years old at the time, she played the female lead to perfection. She won her last Filmfare Award as the Best Supporting Actress for Meri Jung (1985).  For her immense contribution to Indian film and culture, she was felicitated with a Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 1974. 
Nutan continued acting well into the 80s, and in her career spanning nearly four decades, she appeared in more than 70 Hindi films. Her son, Mohnish Bahl, is also a well-known actor in film and television. 
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Remembering Om Prakash on his 22nd death anniversary

Cinemaazi salutes the genial, witty, and incredibly versatile Om Prakash on his 22nd death anniversary (19.12.1919 - 21.2.1998). His inimitable giggle, and the cherubic face, have become part and parcel of Hindi cinema's comic history. He was a stalwart who enjoyed a career of over 300 films.

In Indian cinema, Om Prakash remains a colossus who while complimenting many leading men and women across generations carved out his own niche irrespective of whom he shared the frame with....

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Cinemaazi salutes the genial, witty, and incredibly versatile Om Prakash on his 22nd death anniversary (19.12.1919 - 21.2.1998). His inimitable giggle, and the cherubic face, have become part and parcel of Hindi cinema's comic history. He was a stalwart who enjoyed a career of over 300 films.

In Indian cinema, Om Prakash remains a colossus who while complimenting many leading men and women across generations carved out his own niche irrespective of whom he shared the frame with. Born Om Prakash Chibber on 19 December 1919 in Jammu, Om Prakash began his career with All India Radio and became popular by the name of ‘Fateh Din.’ In 1944 that he made his debut in films with Hiren Bose's Daasi. Before the partition, he featured in a few films directed by Dalsukh Pancholi and became a familiar face thanks to his debut film and later, Dhamki and Aai Bahar. After India’s independence, he shifted to Bombay. From the early 1950s he became a regular on the silver screen with films like Awara(1951), Basant Bahar (1956), and Howrah Bridge (1958), among others.

He shot to lime light after bagging the Best Comedian Filmfare award for his performance as the dizzied millionaire in Dus Lakh (1966). The film was followed by the likes of Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966), Padosan(1968), and the iconic Chupke Chupke (1975). Buddha Mil Gaya (1971) saw him play the mysterious millionaire with a vendetta. He went on to form a very effective partnership with Amitabh Bachchan through films like Parwana (1971), Zanjeer (1973), Laawaris(1981), Namak Halaal(1982) and Sharaabi (1984).

In an industry that worships its stars, it is incredible that Om Prakash remains so memorable. For almost four decades since the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, he managed to avoid being stereotyped as a comedian. His film journey proves how he broke the mould of a 'character artiste’ and even managed to bag a couple of films as the quasi-leading man.

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