Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Madhumanti and Indrani Dutta stormed Zee Bangla Banglar Sera Poribar.
Madhumanti and Indrani Dutta stormed Zee Bangla Banglar Sera Poribar on 27th October, 2012. Madhumanti had married Ashok Biswanathan, the son of eminent actor N. Biswanathan. She had been successful as a news reader in man Bengali channels.
Indrani Dutta had been successful Bengali actress in many Bengali films. She had acted with even Prasenjit Chatterjee. In the first round, that is katakuti round Prasenjit Chatterjee asked Madhumanti questions relating to Bengali cinema.
A scene of Bengali cinema Chaddabeshi was shown. The scene was related to Bikash Roy’s testing of Uttam Kumar regarding his under knowledge of Bengali language. The question was what was the name with which Bikash Roy called Uttam Kumar. Madhumanti gave wrong answer. The correct answer was Bhajahari. The actual name of Uttam Kumar in the film was Gourhari.
Another scene was shown from the bollywood film Munnabhai MBBS. In that film a scene was shown where Sanjay Dutt was speaking with Boman Irani. Boman Irani asked Sanjay Dutt whether he did meet his daughter. The question was how many times the name of his daughter was uttered. The answer would have been 2 times. Indrani Dutta gave the right answer.
Both Indrani Dutta’s family and Madhumanti’s family did well in the Bong Anubad round and the other rounds. Prasenjit Chatterjee anchored the program very well.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Happy birthday to Shammi Kapoor and remembering his combination with Mohammad Rafi.
The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to rock and roll star Shammi Kapoor on 21st October, 2012. He died in 2011 making huge number of audience sad. He had remained a dancing sensation in the 60s.
Shammi Kapoor is also admired a lot by a big section of music lovers because most of the hit songs of the 50s and 60s belonged to him and the legendary singer Mohammad Rafi had sung immense number of brilliant songs for the stylish actor.
Although in the early part of his career he had mediocre films like Laila Majnu, he bounced back in style with the film Tumsa Nahi Dekha in 1957 and Dil Deke Dekho in 1959. His stylish andaz and dancing mannerisms like Elvis Priestley created a separate image before the viewers. He in fact modernized Indian films.
His combination with Shankar Jaikishan and Mohammad Rafi was very grand. SJ composed music in almost 22 films of Shammi Kapoor and the songs of those films are still considered musical gems. Hit songs include “yahoo chahe koi mujhe jungle kahen”, “ehsaan tera hoga mujhpar”, “meri yaar shabba khair”, “ay ay ya karoon me kya sukoo sukoo” sung by Rafi, composed by SJ in Junglee, “tumse accha kaun hai”, “lal chari”, “humko hai tumse pyar”, “meri muhobbat jawan raha hai”, sung by Rafi, composed by SJ in Janwar, “aye gulbadan”, “awaz deke”, composed by SJ sung by Rafi in the film Professor, “tumne pukara aur hum chale aye”, “yeh rang badalti duniya me”, “hoshiyaar”, “tumne kisi ki jaanko jate hue dekha hai”, composed by SJ, sung by Rafi in the film Raj Kumar, “aasmaan se aya farishta”, “raat ke humsafar”, “akele akele kahan ja rahe ho”, “dewaane ka naam to pucho”, “tera dil hai mera” composed by SJ and sung by Rafi in the film An Evening in Paris, “mai gayun tum so jayo”, “aajkal tere mere pyar ke charche”, “dil ke jharoke me”, “chakke pe chakka”composed by SJ sung by Rafi in the film Brahmchari, to name a few.
Shankar Jaikishan composed music in other less known films of Shankr Jaikishan like Boy Friend, Andaz, Singapore, Tumse Accha Kaun Hai, Jawan Muhobbat. Mohammad Rafi’s hit songs in those films include “dil use do jo jaan de den”, “re mamma re mamma re”, “hai na bolo bolo”, “tumse accha kaun hai”, “janam janam ka saath hai”, etc. The list can go on.
Shammi Kapoor received filmfare award for best actor only once, for the performance in the film Brahmchari in 1968. But that cannot show his dominance in bollywood films in the 60s. If Rajender Kumar portrayed the sophisticated style of romance in the 60s, Shammi Kapoor portrayed the westernized dimension. Actors like Joy Mukherjee, Biswajeet followed the Shammi Kapoor style and got success in contemporary films like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Mere Sanam, etc.
Shammi Kapoor acted opposite all the leading actresses of bollywood films in the 60s, including Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali, Sadhna in Raj Kumar, Asha Parekh in Teesri Manzil, Saira Banu in Junglee, Rajashree in Janwar, Hema Malini in Andaz, Mala Sinha in Dil Tera Diwana, Nutan in Laatsahab, etc. After the 70s, he switched to character roles and there also showed his skills.
Shammi Kapoor and Mohammad Rafi combination was phenomenal even in other films where music was composed other than Shankar Jaikishan. For example OP Nayyar was unparallel in Kashmir Ki Kali, Tumsa Nahi Dekha, RD Burman was excellent in Teesri Kasam, Ravi was brilliant in China Town.
Some of his memorable films in old age include Betaab, Bidhata, Prem Rog, Parvarish, etc. His films and songs should be restored to remember the golden age of Indian films with colourful music.
Happy birthday to actor of actors Om Puri.
The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to actor of actors Om Puri on 18th October, 2012. Om Puri, along with Naseeruddin Shah used to be considered and is still considered the most versatile actor of all times. Born on 18th October, 1950, Om Puri learned acting from Film and Television Institute of India. He was an alumnus of 1973 batch of Delhi School of Drama along with Naseeruddin Shah.
He was the automatic choice of the greatest directors of Indian films like Satyajit Ray who did cast him in Sadgati, Govind Nihalini who had cast him in Aakrosh, Ardha Satya, etc., Ketan Mehta who had cast him in Mirch Masala, Gulzar, who had cast him in Maachis, to name a few.
But when question came in relation to awards, critics feel that Om Puri, did not receive the recognition he deserved. He received national awards for best actor for his performance in the films Arohan and Ardhya Satya. But there is no justification as to the fact why did not receive a national award for his lifetime performance in the film Aakrosh. He did not have a single dialogue, and in a mute role, he expressed his agony, which was at par with some of the best Hollywood actors of all times.
His performance in Satyajit Ray’s film Sadgati requires special mention. He died at the end of the film while cutting wood for cremation purposes for Mohan Agase in the film. He made the classic literature of Munshi Premchand immortal with his performance. He was sublime in Mirch Masala. He was outstanding in Tamas.
Although he won a number of international awards, that does not justify his immense acting skills. He won the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for his performance in the film Ardhya Satya in 1984. He won Brussels International Best Film Actor award in 1998 for his performance in the film My Son the fanatic.
Even his performance in commercial films like Ghayal or Gupt or China Gate requires special mention. In the last 10 years he had featured in every alternate films including Gulzar’s Maachis, Priya Darshaan’s Malamaal Weekly, Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Pukar, Sohail Khan’s Dabaang. His performance in small roles in landmark films like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi had amazed everyone. In the last few years his performance in Saif Ali Khan’s film Qurbaan, Ashay Kumar’s film Action Replay had been very impressive.
Even in commercial films like Salman Khan’s Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Om Puri played the role of a wrestler very well. He balanced the performances of Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher. In 2011, viewers are waiting to see his performance opposite Shahrukh Khan in the film Don 2 – the chase continues.
The viewers and critics feel that Om Puri should continue his brilliant work irrespective of adequate justice being done through the awards, because his actual admirer are the immense number of viewers who had always considered him a genius of genius. In 2012, he played an important role in the film Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal with Nana Patekar and others. The viewers expect him to continue the dream run in respect of powerful performances.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
On Mahalaya Bengalies all over the world listen to Mohishashur Mordini in All India Radio.
Mahalaya held every year, marks the beginning of Durga Puja all over the world. For bengalies in Mahalaya pritripakha ends, debipakha begins. On the same day, people go to the holy ganges to do tarpan, that is pay respect to the departed souls of father and ancestors. Different types of tarpans are done on the day including pitri tarpan, matri tarpan, deb tarpan, etc.
Durga Puja is the puja of Asurdalani Maa Durga, who had defeated the evil forces (mahashahura) and brought peace and solidarity in the earth. All India Radio had a played a very important role in depicting the story of Mahalaya every year in the early morning.
Mahishashur Mordini had been eternal creation of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Bani Kumar and Pankaj Mullick. The way Birendra Krishna Bhadra had uttered the slokas “ya devi sarbabhuteshu shaktirupenu samhastita, namasthaswai namasthaswai namasthaswai namoh namohah”, he created an enchanting atmosphere, and devotees started feeling that they were in heaven.
The other great part of Mahishashur Mordini was the great songs sung by legendary Bengali singers of the golden age, namely “taba achinto “ sung by Manobendra Mukherjee, “jago tumi jago” sung by Dwijen Mukherjee, and many songs sung by Sandhya Mukherjee, Suprava Sarkar, Supriti Ghosh, Shyamal Mitra and other legends.
These days a lot of programs are held in television to depict mohishashur mordini in television. For example in Zee Bangla channel on 15th October, 2012, Srabanti Chatterjee and Shubhashree are going to play the role of Sati in Satir Ekanno Peeth in the play related to Mahishashur Mordini. But the importance of mohishashur mordini in All India Radio cannot be replaced. It is a historical piece of creation and should be restored.
In the new durga puja in 2012, it is expected that everyone in every part of the world should enjoy Durgapuja in their own way.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Manobendra Mukherjee was in great demand during Durga Puja.
During 1950s and 1960s, Bengali modern songs dominated the world of music in Bengal. Durga Puja was the greatest festival of the bengalies.
Whenever Durga puja used to come the great artists were invited to sing in jalsas and programs in different parts of the country. The basic discs of the popular singers like Manobendra Mukherjee, Sandhya Mukherjee, Shyamal Mitra, Satinath Mukherjee used to come up during the Durga Puja.
Some of the great songs of Manobendra Mukherjee which stormed Bengali music included “ami eto je tomay bhalobesechi”, “ei ganga sei padda”, “sei bhalo ei bosonto noi”, to name a few. Manobendra Mukherjee was in strong demand due to his classical rendition of songs. Some of his classical songs which became extremely popular included “bare bare ke jeno dake”, “na jeona modhujamini”, “rimjhim baje monjiro kar”, etc.
Manobendra Mukherjee had great combination with lyricist Shyamal Gupta. Many of his songs were written by Shyamal Mitra. Some of the other popular songs of Manobendra Mukherjee included “moyurkonthi ratero nile” composed by Sudhin Dasgupta, “bone noy mone more” composed by Dr. Nochiketa Ghosh, “amar pother prante moner” composed by Satinath Mukherjee, “ei nil nil jol sagore” composed by Prabir Majumdar, etc.
Manobendra Mukherjee’s successful Shyamasangeet records and nazrulgeeti records also used to come up during Durgapuja. Listeners also used to like his classical rendition with popular tabla-player Radhakanto Nandi in songs which were taal-based.
Manobendra Mukherjee had sung more than 1000 songs of different categories. So it is very difficult to mention them in a small article. His songs should be restored.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Lily Chakravarty and Anamika Saha stormed Zee Bangla Banglar Sera Poribar.
Actresses Lily Chakravarty and Anamika Saha stormed Zee Bangla Banglar Sera Poribar on 5th October, 2012. Prasenjit Chatterjee invited them in the show and they played with their entire families.
Prasenjit Chatterjee asked many questions to Lily Chakravarty, a veteran actress of many Bengali films in the Katakuti Round. She said that she started acting in the stage in the play Shreyasi. In that play all the stalwarts of Bengali film industry played important roles. The list was very long. She faced Chabi Biswas, Kamal Mitra, Bosonto Choudhury, Sabitri Chatterjee, Bhanu Banerjee and others in the play Shreyashi. Although she was a newcomer in those days, the veteran actors and actresses they made her feel that. They helped her in every way.
Prasenjit Chatterjee showed many clippings of successful Bengali films and asked questions from them. A scene from the film Sare Chuttor was shown. In that scene Tulsi Chakravarty was shown communicating with his daughter and asking her to call her mother Malina Debi. The question was what was the name of the daughter of Tulsi Chakravarty in the film? The answer was Charu.
A number of questions were also asked to Anamika Saha about her acting career. A scene was shown from the Bengali film Bosonto Bilap. In that scene Aparna Sen was talking with Sibani Ghosh. Chinmoy Roy entered into the ladies hostel in that scene. The question asked was how many names of characters were asked in that scene? The celebrities gave right answers to most of the questions. Prasenjit Chatterjee gave a lot of respect to the senior actresses and said that the Bengali film industry was like a family.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Udit Narayan sang his hit songs in Zee Bangla Saregamapa Program.
Successful playback singer Udit Narayan sang his hit songs in Zee Bangla Saregamapa Program on 4th October, 2012. He was invited as guest judge by Jishu Sengupta in the program.
Kumar Shanu and Alka Yagnik were the other judges. At the beginning of the program the contestants gave tribute to the singers Kumar Shanu, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. They sang the songs of them. Samayan Sarkar sang the song “ladki bari anjani hai” from the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He did a great job.
After the singing of a number of songs, Udit Narayan was requested to sing his hit songs. He sang his super hit song “o mitwa o mitwa” from the film Lagaan. He also sang the song “pehela nasha pehela khumar” which was being requested by Kumar Shanu.
Samayan Sarkar imitated how all the judges used to speak. He imitated Kumar Shanu for his patent comment “fatafati”. He imitated Alka Yagnik for her patent comment “wallah wallah subhan allah”. He also imitated the other judge Joy Sarkar who was absent on that day. He also imitated singer Abhijit. Lastly he imitated Udit Narayan, his mannerism related to singing.
Udit Narayan really graced the occasion in his down to earth style with Kumar Shanu and Alka Yagnik sharing their old experience in singing duets together. Jishu Sengupta anchored the program very well with wit and energy.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Happy birthday to Vinod Khanna.
The viewers of bollywood films wish happy birthday to Vinod Khanna on 6th October 2012. He had remained a versatile actor and contributed in bollywood films from the 70s.
He started his career as an anti-hero. He played the role of a villain in the film Aan Milo Sajna, where Rajesh Khanna was the lead actor. He also acted in negative role in Shammi Kapoor’s film Jaane Anjane opposite Leena Chandravarkar. With the advent of action films in the mid-70s, Vinod Khanna became a dominating figure in bollywood films. Big B’s appearance in the film Zanjeer created a fair competition between Vinod Khanna and Big B.
Both of them featured together in the film Zameer. Both of them showed their action skills against the other actor. In Amar Akbar Anthony, Vinod Khanna played the role of a police officer while Big B played the role of a smuggler. In that film the action skills of Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bacchan was balanced by the romantic style of performance of Rishi Kapoor. Vinod Khanna’s smartness in the role of police officer amazed the viewers. All three of them played the role of the three brothers who were separated earlier but met together at the end of the film. Pran played the role of the father of the three actors.
In Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Vinod Khanna played the role of the friend of Amitabh. Big B sacrificed his life at the end of the film after preventing Amzad Khan from creating any harm to Rakhee. The songs of the film became superhit. Vinod Khanna acted along with Big B in other films like Hera Pheri, Khoon Paseena, Pavarish, etc.
The other notable films of Vinod Khanna included Qurbani with Feroz Khan. Vinod Khanna played the role of his friend who sacrificed his life to save Feroz Khan. Vinod Khanna played a very significant role in the film Burning Train, where Dharmender played the role of his friend. He was the engineer who built the super fast train, but Danny conspired to put a bomb in the train which exploded and burned the train. At the end Dharmender, Jeetender and Vinod Khanna rescued the passengers.
His films Jurm and Satya Mev Jayate also received very positive criticisms. Just like Amitabh Bacchan he established himself as action star, and delivered in action films even in the late 90s, 20 years after his earlier action movies.
After launching his son Akshay Khanna in the film Himalay Putra, Vinod Khanna switched to character roles and got busy with politics. He also joined the Rajnish Ashram in the early 80s. In 2009, he was very impressive in Salman Khan’s super hit film Wanted where he played the role of his father. In 2010, again he played the role of the father of Salman Khan in the blockbuster film Dabaang. Although he died at the end of the film, his soft performance was appreciated by the audience. His sharpness in respect of acting had not withered away and he just like Amitabh Bacchan had matured into a more composed actor. In 2012 he acted in the film Players with Abhishek Bacchan, Bobby Deol and others. The viewers expect him to continue the brilliant work in the years to come.