Suchitra Sen: Greta Garbo of Indian Cinema

Restricted herself mostly to Bengali Cinema , Mrs Suchitra Sen remained in every cinema lovers heart as an emotional, romantic actress who was bestowed with heavenly beauty, grace, personality ………………a diva higher above than ordinary. Her beauty was like a myth…………….and she kept it lifelong………………she was evergreen……………like Greta Garbo she too took reclusion and thoroughly stop bothering media at the point when she was at the peak of her career. Until death she maintained her reclusive status strictly and never ever came out to public by any means. In due course she refused the Honorary Dadasaheb Phalke Award and many more. She started her career after being married to renowned Bengali Industrialist Sri Dibanath Sen. Her first film was Sesh Kothay (1952)[where is the end] which remained unreleased.  It was with Bengal superstar Sri Uttam Kumar which gave her notification from the movie Sare’ Chuattar[74.5] and Uttam Kumar Suchitra Sen’s pair  got the first step to its legendary popularity. Followed by movies like Shaapmochan, Sabar Upare’, Indrani, Agni Parikhsha, Harano Sur, Saptapadi, Sagarika, Trijama, Bipasha, Pathey holo deri, and many many more she proved herself to be the best pair with Uttam Kumar and remained one of the leading actress of cinema lovers. She was the first Indian actress to win an International Award for her role in the movie Saat Paake’ Bandha[ in hindi Jaya Bachchan enacted movie Kora Kagaz]. Apart from that she enacted in Dweep Jwele Jai[ in hindi Khamoshi], Mamta[ bilingual Hindi and Bengali]. For Mamta she got Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination but at the same year Waheeda Rahman enacted Guide was released and she[Waheeda] won the best actress Filmfare Award. She tried her acting in Hindi Movies too and enacted in few movies but as she concentrated on Bengali Cinema more she put down many big Directors of Mumbai like Raj Kapoor. Her few notable movies in Hindi are Devdas[ opposite Dilip Kumar Saab], Bombai ka Babu, Mamta and above all Aandhi. It is said that Gulzar made the movie  Aandhi inspired by the life of Srimati Indira Gandhi and the script was written exclusively for Suchitra Sen in the lead role. Due to date problem she even refused Sri Satyajit Roy who wanted to do Devi Chaudhurani along with her. Later on, another Bengali director Sri Dinen Gupta made a film Devi Chaudhurani with Suchitra Sen. These few words are nothing to describe such a legendary actress like her. At her death right from the President of India, Prime Minister of India , Bangladesh Prime Minister , legendary actor Sri Amitabh Bachchan and many prominent personalities mourned and her cremation was started with an honorary gun salute. How a small town girl developed herself into a magnificent persona, by her acting by her grace  by her enchanting magnetism ……………….. that will be always an inspiration to all.

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Meena Kumari: BOLLYWOOD’S FOREVER QUEEN OF TRAGEDY

Friends, once again I am here with another golden episode of Hundred years of Indian Cinema, in between distracted by many events[ festivals, retirement of Sachin and few more],I am writing  an episode gilded  with pathos and tears, an episode of tragic melodrama………..yeah friends this is the episode of our forever adorable heroine Meena Kumari ji. Born as Mahjabeen Bano Meena Kumari won the heart of thousand million Indian Cinema lovers by her enchanted acting and immense magnetism. Most of the characters she played were tragic and very much realistic which made her immensely popular.  From her thirty nine years of life span she spent thirty years in Indian Cinema as she started acting from a very early age. Her remarkable works are Pakeezah, Dil Apna aur Preet Parai, Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam, Parineeta, Aarti, Mein Choop Rahoongi, Kohinoor, Dil Ek Mandir, Kajal, Phool aur Paththar, Baiju Bawra, Bheegi Raat, Bahu Begum, Baharon ke Manzil  and many more. She was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for 8 times, and won  4 times for the movies like Parineeta, Baiju Bawra, Kajaal, Sahib Biwi Ghulam. She has been liked mostly with noted film actor Sri Raj Kumar Saab with whom she shared on screen space in the film like Dil Ek Mandir, Pakeezah, Dil Apna aur Preet Parai, Kaajal, Ardhangini, even Dharmendra and Pradeep Kumar Saahab were also like with her on screen. She enacted in many versatile and unconventional role which were  equally challenging to portray on screen at that time. Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam, Pakeezah, Dil Apna aur Preet Parai to name a few. I wish I could write on and on about this great legendary actress but stopping here and posting  some of her magnificent photos below.

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The worst storm on record

Originally posted on poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom:

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The worst storm on record has devastated the people of the Philippines, and scientists say climate change fueled it. Leaders are meeting right now to decide whether to pay billions promised to help vulnerable countries recover from and protect against these climate disasters. Money that could go directly to helping the Philippines rebuild. The Filipino negotiator just went on a hunger strike for action and has started a petition on Avaaz — let’s stand with him:

SIGN THE PETITION
The horror of what’s happened in the Philippines is unimaginable. Ten thousand people wiped away by a 25ft wall of water driven by 300km/h winds. A city of 200,000 people looks like a nuclear bomb hit it. It’s the worst storm on record, but it’s just the beginning, unless we act.

Right now the world’s powers are in a global climate conference talking about whether to hand over billions…

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Amazing Children Help Typhoon Victims

Originally posted on The Adventures of Iñigo Boy:

My home country, Philippines declared a national state of emergency following the recent typhoon, which was considered the strongest typhoon in the world. Millions were left homeless, and without a family.

Help started pouring from other countries, which was really amazing.

Today, allow me to share some inspiring stories of heroism from children around the world.

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TOKYO-Thousands of miles in terms of distance certainly was not enough to keep six-year old Shoichi Kondoh from feeling compassion for Filipinos, not thinking twice about giving away his painstakingly saved-up piggyback savings as part of the ever-growing international relief aid.

Accompanied by his mother, Miho Kondoh, Shoichi visited the Philippine Embassy in Japan to hand over JPY 5,000. Shoichi said he was moved to donate his savings  after witnessing the extent of destruction the Philippines experienced from Super Typhoon Yolanda on television.

Consul Dexter Lao expressed the embassy’s gratitude for the sincere gesture…

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