Here I am sharing with you some of the evergreen melodies of my childhood from Bollywood films of the 50s & 60s.
Kohinoor is a 1960 entertainer produced by Dr V. N. Sinha and directed by S U Sunny. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Kum Kum and Leela Chitnis. It is said that Dilip Kumar went into depression after playing tragic roles in films such as Devdas and his psychiatrist recommended that he do lighter roles. One such role that he took up was Kohinoor. Kohinoor had Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari play a prince and princess of different kingdoms and was full of sword fights, songs and dances. Its tone was light and it lacked the intense characterizations of his earlier films.
While all the songs in Madhumati were super-hits, here I am sharing with you what I consider as the best number in Madhumati.
VYJAYANTIMALA & DILIPKUMAR ON SCREEN
SADHANA WITH DEVANAND ON SCREEN
C.I.D (1956) produced by Guru Dutt and directed by Raj Khosla features Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K. N. Singh and Waheeda Rehman. The movie was a crime thriller and has Dev playing a police inspector investigating a case. O. P. Nayyar composed music to the lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri.
Raj Kapoor (1924-88) is considered one of the greatest showmen of the "golden age" of Bombay musicals, and one of Bollywood's first megastars: producer and director, as well as star, of a string of box office hits. Shri 420 is one of the masterpieces of the Bombay cinema of the 50s, This is the second film to feature Raj Kapoor’s trademark character Raju, a Chaplinesque Indian Everyman. The title refers to section 420 of the Indian penal code, which deals with fraudsters; to call someone "a 420" is to imply that he is a cheat; "Shri" is an honorific prefix.
The song "Ramayya vastavayya, Ramayya vastavayya…." is an evergreen number from Shree 420 rendered by the two legends of Hindi Cinema, Mohamed Rafi & Mukesh besides Lata and chorus.
I invite you to enjoy the Video clip of “Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi” an evergreen hit from Awara. Music composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo to Shailendra’s inimitable lyric.
Padosan is a lighthearted comedy and tells the story of a simpleton (Sunil Dutt) who falls in love with his neighbour (Saira Banu) and woos her with ceaseless support from his friends (Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee). Mehmood donning the role of a Tamil musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is the highlights of the film.
It is a remake of the super-hit Tamil film Adutha Veettu Penn (1960) starring Anjali Devi, Thangavelu and T.R. Ramachandran.
KISHORE KUMAR , MEHMOOD, SUNIL DUTT AND SAIRA BHANU ON SCREEN
Dosti is an amazing depiction of friendship between Mohan (Sudhir Kumar) who is blind and Ramu (Shushil Kumar) a cripple. Sudhir Kumar and Sushil Kumar have performed as if they were born to play the role. The bonding between the two is perfect in the movie. Direction by Satyen Bose is faultless with each emotion being captured and portrayed so vividly. The scene where Mohan brings a lantern for Ramu was just superb and the way Ramu's examination result is disclosed to Mohan at the end is so heart wrenching and emotional that one can hardly resist one's tears.
The fact that Dosti was released on the same day as Sangam (the magnum opus from RK banner) and gave the latter a run in box-office ratings was hard to digest for some of the super powers of Bollywood and SudhirKumar (the role of blind boy) died under mysterious circumstances soon after the release of Dosti.
I invite you to enjoy the Video Clip of the song ‘Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta’ a solo by Mohamed Rafi in Dosti.
SUDHIR AND SUSHIL KUMAR DUO ON SCREEN