There was a time when actors and actresses used to join Bollywood only out of passion to showcase their talents on Big screen. They had never joined in the rat races of number game, neither they made bold headlines of Cinema World frequently. Presenting few known unknown faces of Bollywood whose contributions are nonetheless great for supporting India’s biggest movie world.
Durga Khote Leela Chitnis
Achala Sachdev Kamini Kaushal
Nirupa Roy Shobhana Samarth
Sulochona Latkar Pratima Devi
Dulari Leela Misra
Mumtaz Begum Chand Usmani
Praveen Paul Shobha Khote
Lalita Pawar Manorama
Nazima Meenu Mumtaz
Seema Deo Usha Kiran
Indrani Mukherjee Vijaya Chaudhury
Ameeta Anita Guha
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.
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.
Muhammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar can be said a legend in Mumbai Film Industry. Unquestionable skill of acting and carrying a character to its highest authentic level can be learned from him. Eighth time Filmfare Award winner Dilip Kumar had enacted in many famous movies like Madhumati, Deedar, Naya Daur, Daag, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Yamuna, Gopi, Leader, Daastan, Ram aur Shyam, Bairag, Kranti, Bidhata, Mashaal, Karma, Shakti, Saudagar, Duniya, Mashaal. He has won Dadashaheb Phalke Award and the highest civilian award from Pakistan “Nishan-e- Imtiaz” which he refused due to Pakistan’s miscreants with India and it was around Kargil War. A king of tragedy , who has got nominated for around twenty times in Filmfare Awards is king of the hearts of millions and billions of fans throughout the world. Without saluting him Hundred Years of Indian Cinema celebration will remain incomplete.
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One of the classical beauties India, as well as Indian cinema has ever possessed, Madhubala …….the name still reigns Bollywood even after 45 years of her death. Started at 14 years of age Madhubala has given number of box office hits like Basant, Mahal, Amar, Mughal-e- Azam, Mr and Mrs 55, Chalti Ka naam gadi, Barsaat ki raat, Biraj Bahu, Howrah Bridge, Phagun, Jwar Bhata, Dulaari, Kala Pani and few more…….. she died at early age due to heart disease.
Raj Kapoor the name itself always Raj[ rein] in Bollywood……..a dynamic actor, director and producer who has gifted his audience numerous wonderful movies like Mera Naam Joker, Shree 420, Awara, Andaaz, Sangam , Teesri Kasam, Jaagte Raho, Barsaat, Jis desh mein Ganga behti hain etc. As a producer he has made Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Bobby, Premrog all of them are widely acclaimed of his talent of showcasing the power and beauty of silver screen. Without him Bollywood is incomplete.
She is not the first, she is not the latest even, but her contribution to Indian Cinema will remain evergreen forever. From Sadma to Chaalbaaz, Mr India, Chandni, Lamhe, Akhri Raasta, Khuda Gawa, Nagina, Himmatwala, Guru, Waqt ki Awaaz, Nakabandi, Judaai, Ladla, Gumrah, and of late English Vinglish, everywhere she had left her extraordinary talent of acting and dancing.
A humble effort to ensemble some of her excellent photographs from different movies.
I will keep on posting articles from time to time on legendary actors and actresses, directors, musicians who had made Bollywood movies so popular in the world……….. a salute to HUNDRED YEARS OF INDIAN CINEMA.
We all know our Bollywood supremo as a angry young man of his days, a serious actor, but this actor has a lighter side also……………..Amitabh Bachchan has marvellous sense of humor which is evident in many of his enacted movies, be it Sholay[ the jail scene, the introduction of Jay to mausi, the famous Shankar Bholenath scene with Hema Malini,] be it Namak Halal[ Vijay Hazare and Vijay merchant running commentary, the fly act in the conference with the hotelier, the song sequence pag ghunghroo and the encounter with his disguised daddu ] everywhere he is marvellous. I
In Satte Pe Satta there is a scene where Hema Malini slapped Amitabhji and the face he made due to that is extremely funny, even in Do aur Do paanch Amitabhji has made great comedy scene with Sashi Kapoor.
Then in Yaarana, his tongue twister, his peculiar way of pronouncing Hindi and many more scenes are really enjoyable. So spontaneously he does all those comic scenes, in Namal Halal movie in the song sequence Jawane Janeman he was standing behind Sashi Kapoor ji carrying two glasses of wine and then after horrendous dance and expressions he poured them down in the floor………….its worthy to watch his comedy there and after that he used a special hymn to pull up the curtain and drop it down once more somebody like him only can utter such things adding so much humor. In the recent times also we have seen his comedy in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in the song sequence of Rock n roll soniye…………….in the midway he just pulled the mic down to say ” and we have not done yet” …………….people with good sense of humor can appreciate his standard of comedy. The timing and expression are superb and above average……………in other movies like Shaan, Silsila, Besharam there are few scenes of comedy which he enacted brilliantly leaving a signature of his standard. Last but not the least is the song of Desh Premi where Amitabhji was wooing Hema Malini in a song sequence[ Khatoon ki Khidmat mein] playing a typical Hyderabadi guy is one of his best comic performances so far. These days he is doing only serious kind of role we expect to see more comic roles from this great actor.