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  • 07/20/11--09:28: Metropolis (1927)
  • As Samir pointed out in a comment on my last post, Pyaasa was one of the films (in fact, the only Hindi film) to find a place on Time Magazine’s all-time 100 best films list. That’s something Pyaasa shares in common with this film. Metropolis, a silent film made in Germany thirty years before Pyaasa, [...]

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    MetropolisMetropolis

    The machines that power MetropolisThe machines that power Metropolis

    ... and the men who work on those machines... and the men who work on those machines

    Joh Fredersen, the master of MetropolisJoh Fredersen, the master of Metropolis

    Freder in the Eternal GardensFreder in the Eternal Gardens

    An intrusionAn intrusion

    Maria brings some workers' children to the Eternal GardensMaria brings some workers' children to the Eternal Gardens

    A horrible accident down at the machinesA horrible accident down at the machines

    Water off a duck's backWater off a duck's back

    Josaphat is dismissedJosaphat is dismissed

    ... and 'saved' by Freder... and 'saved' by Freder

    The Thin Man is deputed to spy on FrederThe Thin Man is deputed to spy on Freder

    Freder takes over from #11811Freder takes over from #11811

    ... and switches identities with him... and switches identities with him

    The mad inventor, RotwangThe mad inventor, Rotwang

    Rotwang shows off his latest invention to FredersenRotwang shows off his latest invention to Fredersen

    Freder, Rotwang and the Machine-ManFreder, Rotwang and the Machine-Man

    The mysterious plansThe mysterious plans

    Freder is given an odd messageFreder is given an odd message

    Down in the catacombsDown in the catacombs

    The creation - in mind only - of the Tower of BabelThe creation - in mind only - of the Tower of Babel

    Freder and MariaFreder and Maria

    Fredersen has a premonition...Fredersen has a premonition...

    ... and assigns Rotwang a task... and assigns Rotwang a task

    The 'woman atop a scarlet beast...'The 'woman atop a scarlet beast...'

    A frame from MetropolisA frame from Metropolis

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    … and its sequel, Das Indische Grabmal, also 1959. Fritz Lang made the visually stunning Metropolis in 1927. Over thirty years later, freed from the constraints of black and white and silence, he made two films, which are together known as ‘Fritz Lang’s Indian epic’. The second film was Das Indische Grabmal (‘The Indian Tomb’); [...]

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    Literally, the tiger...Literally, the tiger...

    Paul Hubschmidt and Debra Paget in Der Tiger von EschnapurPaul Hubschmidt and Debra Paget in Der Tiger von Eschnapur

    Berger learns of the tiger's existenceBerger learns of the tiger's existence

    Berger comes to Baharani's rescueBerger comes to Baharani's rescue

    ... and is thanked by Seetha... and is thanked by Seetha

    Seetha and Baharani exult over the escort they'll be getting to EschnapurSeetha and Baharani exult over the escort they'll be getting to Eschnapur

    The continuation of a romanceThe continuation of a romance

    Chandra feeds his pet tigersChandra feeds his pet tigers

    Padhu (in the boat-like turban) and Ramigani (in blue) plotPadhu (in the boat-like turban) and Ramigani (in blue) plot

    Chandra expresses his gratitude to BergerChandra expresses his gratitude to Berger

    Berger visits SeethaBerger visits Seetha

    ... and makes an astounding discovery... and makes an astounding discovery

    Berger and Asagara head down into the depths of the palaceBerger and Asagara head down into the depths of the palace

    The temple of 'Sheeva'The temple of 'Sheeva'

    Seetha dances for 'Sheeva'Seetha dances for 'Sheeva'

    Chandra gifts Seetha a priceless necklace - and proposesChandra gifts Seetha a priceless necklace - and proposes

    A desperate race through the desertA desperate race through the desert

    Irene Rhodes arrives with her husbandIrene Rhodes arrives with her husband

    Shots from Der Tiger von EschnapurShots from Der Tiger von Eschnapur

    another... this is against the backdrop of a sheesh mahalanother... this is against the backdrop of a sheesh mahal

    - and a shot of a garden in a palace- and a shot of a garden in a palace

    A very odd sari indeedA very odd sari indeed

    ... and what is this?... and what is this?

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  • 08/02/11--03:17: Kohinoor (1960)
  • Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das Indische Grabmal were, as Anu called them, ‘raja-rani’ (‘king-and-queen’) films, no matter how warped they may have been as examples of that genre. In line with my last post, therefore, here’s another film: also raja-rani, also set in the India of maharajas, evil plotters wanting to make a grab [...]

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    Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari in KohinoorDilip Kumar and Meena Kumari in Kohinoor

    Veer Singh, the Diwan of KailashnagarVeer Singh, the Diwan of Kailashnagar

    Veer Singh's wife and Surendra show their support for Devendra...Veer Singh's wife and Surendra show their support for Devendra...

    ... while Veer Singh plots to kill Devendra... while Veer Singh plots to kill Devendra

    The effect of one look at Chandramukhi's portraitThe effect of one look at Chandramukhi's portrait

    The senapati piles onThe senapati piles on

    Chandramukhi puts her foot downChandramukhi puts her foot down

    A performance at a musical assemblyA performance at a musical assembly

    Devendra fights off an attempt on his lifeDevendra fights off an attempt on his life

    Devendra confronts Veer SinghDevendra confronts Veer Singh

    A narrow escapeA narrow escape

    An odd sadhu comes to meet ChandramukhiAn odd sadhu comes to meet Chandramukhi

    ... and some kidnappers sneak in... and some kidnappers sneak in

    Chandramukhi discovers who her abductor isChandramukhi discovers who her abductor is

    Chandramukhi versus the senapatiChandramukhi versus the senapati

    A happy meetingA happy meeting

    Chandramukhi and her stick, with Devendra - and a guardChandramukhi and her stick, with Devendra - and a guard

    Rajlakshmi looks after DevendraRajlakshmi looks after Devendra

    The senapati listens to his advisersThe senapati listens to his advisers

    Sangeetkaar Maharaj Kohinoor Baba and his chela arrive at the senapati'sSangeetkaar Maharaj Kohinoor Baba and his chela arrive at the senapati's

    Meena Kumari...Meena Kumari...

    ... and again... and again

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  • 08/08/11--04:35: Prince of Foxes (1949)
  • The last film I reviewed, Kohinoor, was part swashbuckler, part romance and part political intrigue. So is Prince of Foxes (though this has none of the comedy that makes Kohinoor such an endearing film). Interestingly, though, that isn’t the only thing common between these two films. They also have one scene in common. It’s a [...]

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    Tyrone Power in Prince of FoxesTyrone Power in Prince of Foxes

    At Lucrezia Borgia's husband's funeralAt Lucrezia Borgia's husband's funeral

    Cesare Borgia discusses his plansCesare Borgia discusses his plans

    Borgia's menBorgia's men

    Angela Borgia hears of Orsini's missionAngela Borgia hears of Orsini's mission

    Orsini meets a visitor at a Venetian art dealer'sOrsini meets a visitor at a Venetian art dealer's

    Camilla talks of her husbandCamilla talks of her husband

    Orsini confronts Belli...Orsini confronts Belli...

    ... and Belli agrees to become his servant... and Belli agrees to become his servant

    The boatman tells Orsini about the black sheep in the Zoppo familyThe boatman tells Orsini about the black sheep in the Zoppo family

    Mona Zoppo has an unexpected visitorMona Zoppo has an unexpected visitor

    Mona Zoppo versus AndreaMona Zoppo versus Andrea

    Belli eavesdrops on a conversationBelli eavesdrops on a conversation

    The Duke of Ferrara turns down the marriage proposal of Lucrezia...The Duke of Ferrara turns down the marriage proposal of Lucrezia...

    ... but his son Alfonso accepts gladly... but his son Alfonso accepts gladly

    Camilla, with her husband, Count Marc Antonio VeranoCamilla, with her husband, Count Marc Antonio Verano

    Citta del Monte, the seat of the VeranosCitta del Monte, the seat of the Veranos

    Cesare Borgia proposes Orsini as ambassador to Citta del MonteCesare Borgia proposes Orsini as ambassador to Citta del Monte

    Camilla Verano warns OrsiniCamilla Verano warns Orsini

    Orson Welles as Cesare Borgia in Prince of FoxesOrson Welles as Cesare Borgia in Prince of Foxes

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  • 08/12/11--09:56: Humayun (1945)
  • One of the main characters in Prince of Foxes was a man who actually existed in history: Cesare Borgia (1475 (?) – 1507 AD). This post is about a film that features one of Cesare Borgia’s contemporaries, a man born halfway across the world, seven or eight years after Cesare Borgia was born. A man [...]

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    Ashok Kumar in and as HumayunAshok Kumar in and as Humayun

    Babur marches into India...Babur marches into India...

    ... and comes up against a valiant princess... and comes up against a valiant princess

    Jai Singh resents the princess's alliance with BaburJai Singh resents the princess's alliance with Babur

    - and so does Randhir- and so does Randhir

    Babur and the princess try to stop bloodshedBabur and the princess try to stop bloodshed

    Randhir takes a bloody vowRandhir takes a bloody vow

    Hamida Bano arrivesHamida Bano arrives

    Humayun and Hamida fall in love...Humayun and Hamida fall in love...

    ... but Hamida refuses to marry him... but Hamida refuses to marry him

    One life in exchange for anotherOne life in exchange for another

    Kamran pleads for forgivenessKamran pleads for forgiveness

    Randhir reiterates his voe to kill Humayun in combatRandhir reiterates his voe to kill Humayun in combat

    The princess tries to persuade Hamida to marry HumayunThe princess tries to persuade Hamida to marry Humayun

    Veena in HumayunVeena in Humayun

    Nargis in HumayunNargis in Humayun

    A frame from HumayunA frame from Humayun

    Gulbadan appears!Gulbadan appears!

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  • 08/14/11--23:35: Rajkumar (1964)
  • My blog has featured Shammi Kapoor now and then – with reviews of some of his films, in my list of classic Hindi cinema’s handsomest men (which he topped, by a very long margin), and in various lists of songs. Yesterday morning, when I woke up and logged on to the Internet, the first news [...]

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    Shammi Kapoor in Rajkumar, with SadhanaShammi Kapoor in Rajkumar, with Sadhana

    Maharani Kalavati expresses her fears...Maharani Kalavati expresses her fears...

    ... but plots with Narpat Singh... but plots with Narpat Singh

    Bhanu and Kapil plan a counter-plotBhanu and Kapil plan a counter-plot

    Bhanu shows his dai-ma the armour that saved himBhanu shows his dai-ma the armour that saved him

    The frivolous Prince Bhanu makes a pass at SangeetaThe frivolous Prince Bhanu makes a pass at Sangeeta

    Bhanu finds himself thwarted by Kalavati and Narpat SinghBhanu finds himself thwarted by Kalavati and Narpat Singh

    Narpat Singh and Bhimasaran plot Bhanu and the Maharaj's downfall - and Sangeeta'sNarpat Singh and Bhimasaran plot Bhanu and the Maharaj's downfall - and Sangeeta's

    Kalavati extracts a strange promise...Kalavati extracts a strange promise...

    ... and Sangeeta's father is killed... and Sangeeta's father is killed

    Sangeeta arrives in court, demanding justiceSangeeta arrives in court, demanding justice

    Bhanu finds himself caught in an awful trapBhanu finds himself caught in an awful trap

    Sangeeta vows vengeance on the escaped Prince BhanuSangeeta vows vengeance on the escaped Prince Bhanu

    Sangeeta falls in love with a stranger, BhagatramSangeeta falls in love with a stranger, Bhagatram

    Shammi Kapoor in disguise as a sadhu in Rajkumar...Shammi Kapoor in disguise as a sadhu in Rajkumar...

    ... as the foppish Prince Bhanu Pratap Singh... as the foppish Prince Bhanu Pratap Singh

    ... and as Sangeeta's lover, Bhagatram... and as Sangeeta's lover, Bhagatram

    Shammi Kapoor, 21 October 1931 – 14 August 2011Shammi Kapoor, 21 October 1931 – 14 August 2011

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  • 08/21/11--10:21: Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
  • If Rajkumar is the trademark ‘Shammi Kapoor at his peak’ film, then Tumsa Nahin Dekha is an equally – if not more – important film, because this is the one that made Shammi Kapoor into the icon he was by the mid-60s. Till Nasir Hussain got Shammi Kapoor to shave off his moustache and act [...]

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    Shammi Kapoor in Tumsa Nahin DekhaShammi Kapoor in Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    Meena hears Rajpal's storyMeena hears Rajpal's story

    A desperate Rajpal kills a manA desperate Rajpal kills a man

    A hurried farewellA hurried farewell

    Rajpal remembers the pastRajpal remembers the past

    Meena makes a suggestionMeena makes a suggestion

    Shankar shows his disdain for his absentee fatherShankar shows his disdain for his absentee father

    Kammo writes to RajpalKammo writes to Rajpal

    ... and sends Shankar off to Ghatpur... and sends Shankar off to Ghatpur

    The police get cracking...The police get cracking...

    ... and so does Vishnu... and so does Vishnu

    Sohan hatches a plotSohan hatches a plot

    A chance meeting in a trainA chance meeting in a train

    A tonga ride, with unpleasant consequencesA tonga ride, with unpleasant consequences

    Shankar arrives, looking for shelterShankar arrives, looking for shelter

    An impromptu assertionAn impromptu assertion

    Sohan takes shelter in a shed - and sees a burglar go pastSohan takes shelter in a shed - and sees a burglar go past

    Sohan appropriates Shankar's mother's letterSohan appropriates Shankar's mother's letter

    The effect of ShankarThe effect of Shankar

    Rajpal finds himself being presented with another ShankarRajpal finds himself being presented with another Shankar

    Meena finds herself in a quandaryMeena finds herself in a quandary

    Bhola, Seema and their clanBhola, Seema and their clan

    Shankar and MeenaShankar and Meena

    Shammi Kapoor in Tumsa Nahin DekhaShammi Kapoor in Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    Shetty in Tumsa Nahin DekhaShetty in Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    Bela Bose, glimpsed in Tumsa Nahin DekhaBela Bose, glimpsed in Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    The Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries book coverThe Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries book cover

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  • 08/26/11--04:17: Mere Sanam
  • Nasir Hussain may have made his Tumsa Nahin Dekha story into four separate – and equally successful – films, but did that induce others to be original? On the contrary. Narinder Bedi, at least, probably seemed to think that what worked for Nasir Hussain might well work for him. Therefore, Mere Sanam, which has a [...]

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    Biswajeet and Asha Parekh in Mere SanamBiswajeet and Asha Parekh in Mere Sanam

    Mr Mehra mourns his dead wife and daughterMr Mehra mourns his dead wife and daughter

    Kumar finds his wedding being fixed for himKumar finds his wedding being fixed for him

    Kumar plans a trip to KashmirKumar plans a trip to Kashmir

    A chance encounter in KashmirA chance encounter in Kashmir

    Baanke and Pyaare, who run the hotelBaanke and Pyaare, who run the hotel

    Shyam tries to account for turning the mansion into a hotelShyam tries to account for turning the mansion into a hotel

    Kumar tells the girls who he is...Kumar tells the girls who he is...

    Shyam tells the girls a tall tale - and is believedShyam tells the girls a tall tale - and is believed

    Neena changes her mind about KumarNeena changes her mind about Kumar

    Savitri Devi throws a fitSavitri Devi throws a fit

    Lal Chand reveals a secretLal Chand reveals a secret

    Shyam starts buttering up Savitri DeviShyam starts buttering up Savitri Devi

    Shyam goes to Kammo with a schemeShyam goes to Kammo with a scheme

    Kumar is lured into a trapKumar is lured into a trap

    Mumtaz as Kammo in Mere SanamMumtaz as Kammo in Mere Sanam

    Mumtaz as Kammo in Mere SanamMumtaz as Kammo in Mere Sanam

    Asha Parekh in Mere SanamAsha Parekh in Mere Sanam

    Asit Sen in Mere Sanam: wasted!Asit Sen in Mere Sanam: wasted!

    Too many caps...Too many caps...

    ... interfere with the scenery... interfere with the scenery

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  • 09/01/11--08:19: Rustom-e-Hind (1965)
  • Mumtaz, as I mentioned in my last post, was one of the best things that happened to Mere Sanam. She may not have had much screen time in the film, but she certainly left her mark – more than she’d been doing in the B-grade films she’d mostly appeared in till then. Rustom-e-Hind, made in [...]

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    Mumtaz in Rustom-e-HindMumtaz in Rustom-e-Hind

    Ranjit's mother on her deathbed...Ranjit's mother on her deathbed...

    ... reveals a secret...... reveals a secret...

    ... but only in part... but only in part

    Ustad Puran and Laxmi thank the brave RanjitUstad Puran and Laxmi thank the brave Ranjit

    Padma falls in love with RanjitPadma falls in love with Ranjit

    The king approves of RanjitThe king approves of Ranjit

    Bhimsen and VikramBhimsen and Vikram

    A love triangle: Jharna, Mohan and MadhoA love triangle: Jharna, Mohan and Madho

    ... and Madho's admirer... and Madho's admirer

    Laxmi Chhaya as a dancer in Phool HaveliLaxmi Chhaya as a dancer in Phool Haveli

    ... and Helen as a dancer in Phool Haveli... and Helen as a dancer in Phool Haveli

    Ranjit questions the madam, but to no availRanjit questions the madam, but to no avail

    Ustad Puran hears something disturbingUstad Puran hears something disturbing

    Ranjit and Padma fall deeper in loveRanjit and Padma fall deeper in love

    Laxmi stands up for her sonLaxmi stands up for her son

    Mumtaz in Rustom-e-HindMumtaz in Rustom-e-Hind

    Dara Singh wields a sword in Rustom-e-HindDara Singh wields a sword in Rustom-e-Hind

    Dara Singh and Mumtaz in Rustom-e-HindDara Singh and Mumtaz in Rustom-e-Hind

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  • 09/08/11--06:50: Aan (1953)
  • I’ve seen this film – a ‘raja-rani’ film, like Rustom-e-Hind – several times, but the most memorable viewing of it was at my parents’ home a couple of years ago. My parents live in Meerut, about two hours’ drive from Delhi. Every year, at Christmas and Easter, my husband and I, and my sister, her [...]

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    Dilip Kumar and Nadira in AanDilip Kumar and Nadira in Aan

    Jai Tilak, sardar of the HadasJai Tilak, sardar of the Hadas

    Mangala, in love with JaiMangala, in love with Jai

    Chandan refuses - at Sardar Ma's orders - to forge a sword for JaiChandan refuses - at Sardar Ma's orders - to forge a sword for Jai

    The Sardar Ma and Mangala plan her wedding to Jai - without asking himThe Sardar Ma and Mangala plan her wedding to Jai - without asking him

    Shamsher issues a challengeShamsher issues a challenge

    ... and so does Raj... and so does Raj

    Jai wins the challengeJai wins the challenge

    The Maharaja makes an announcementThe Maharaja makes an announcement

    ...while a man with a fake beard watches...while a man with a fake beard watches

    Shamsher has the Maharaja murderedShamsher has the Maharaja murdered

    An offbeat doorwayAn offbeat doorway

    So who got killed?So who got killed?

    Not a safe place to prance aboutNot a safe place to prance about

    Mangala spews venom at ShamsherMangala spews venom at Shamsher

    Jai woos a reluctant RajJai woos a reluctant Raj

    Manohari gets on Raj's nervesManohari gets on Raj's nerves

    A princess's equivalent of the rubber ducky: lotusesA princess's equivalent of the rubber ducky: lotuses

    Shamsher carries off MangalaShamsher carries off Mangala

    Mangala gets gifted some poisonMangala gets gifted some poison

    The Maharaja pledges to give his people their dueThe Maharaja pledges to give his people their due

    Part of the dream sequence in AanPart of the dream sequence in Aan

    Nadira in AanNadira in Aan

    ... and Nimmi in Aan... and Nimmi in Aan

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    …with due apologies to Gerald Durrell. Since my review of Aan consisted to a large extent of my family’s almost constant commentary on the film, I figured it was time to introduce you to them – and show you what we’re all about, especially when it comes to watching, appreciating, and mangling cinema. This is [...]

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    My father, mother and sisterMy father, mother and sister

    Aao paas baithein pardon par...Aao paas baithein pardon par...

    Nana karte pyaarNana karte pyaar

    The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music

    Me, about six years oldMe, about six years old

    Mama, with my sister, SwapnaMama, with my sister, Swapna

    MamaMama

    Mama and PapaMama and Papa

    Sadhana in Mera SaayaSadhana in Mera Saaya

    ... and Mama, near a window... and Mama, near a window

    Sadhana in AarzooSadhana in Aarzoo

    Mohammad Rafi (much later, after my Nana used to see him in Lahore)Mohammad Rafi (much later, after my Nana used to see him in Lahore)

    Premnath in DharmatmaPremnath in Dharmatma

    ... and in Aan... and in Aan

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    After having waxed so long and eloquent about my parents, my sister, my cousin, and a couple of other relatives (not to mention servants!) in the context of our love for cinema – it’s time to focus on the one link my family does have to cinema. The one person from our family who made [...]

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    David Vernon KumarDavid Vernon Kumar

    My grandparents and their children: Vernon is in the centre, on the floorMy grandparents and their children: Vernon is in the centre, on the floor

    Tum na jaane kis jahaan mein, from SazaaTum na jaane kis jahaan mein, from Sazaa

    Vande mataram, from AnandmathVande mataram, from Anandmath

    Barsaat: Nimmi, with Premnath's (clean!) feetBarsaat: Nimmi, with Premnath's (clean!) feet

    My Vernie tau with his wife, SheilaMy Vernie tau with his wife, Sheila

    Agha, a great comedian both on- and off-screenAgha, a great comedian both on- and off-screen

    Johnny tau's aspiring-to-be-a-filmstar friendJohnny tau's aspiring-to-be-a-filmstar friend

    Dilip Kumar and MadhubalaDilip Kumar and Madhubala

    MadhubalaMadhubala

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  • 09/23/11--22:43: Mahal (1949)
  • Since my last post was about my uncle, the guitarist David Vernon Kumar, it seemed appropriate to devote this post to one of the films for which he played. Mahal, made when my uncle was about 20 years old, featured the hauntingly melodious Aayega aanewaala, the song that shot Lata Mangeshkar into the limelight – [...]

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    Madhubala in MahalMadhubala in Mahal

    The gardener Krishna tells Shankar an old story about ill-fated loveThe gardener Krishna tells Shankar an old story about ill-fated love

    Krishna continues with his storyKrishna continues with his story

    ... and Shankar listens on... and Shankar listens on

    Shankar sends Krishna off on an errandShankar sends Krishna off on an errand

    A mere coincidence?A mere coincidence?

    A woman on a swingA woman on a swing

    The elusive woman vanishes againThe elusive woman vanishes again

    Shankar shares the story with SrinathShankar shares the story with Srinath

    The spectral Kamini in the riverside gazeboThe spectral Kamini in the riverside gazebo

    Sheela Naik as a dancing girl in MahalSheela Naik as a dancing girl in Mahal

    Shankar finally gets to meet 'Kamini'Shankar finally gets to meet 'Kamini'

    Kamini explains matters to Shankar...Kamini explains matters to Shankar...

    ... and offers a solution... and offers a solution

    Srinath and Shankar's father take him homeSrinath and Shankar's father take him home

    Shankar's father resorts to lecturing - and emotional blackmailShankar's father resorts to lecturing - and emotional blackmail

    A suicide...A suicide...

    ... of sorts... of sorts

    Shankar and Ranjana's wedding nightShankar and Ranjana's wedding night

    Ranjana fins herself left all aloneRanjana fins herself left all alone

    Shankar ends up in a dilemmaShankar ends up in a dilemma

    Ranjana shares her pain with her bhabhiRanjana shares her pain with her bhabhi

    A frame from MahalA frame from Mahal

    Krishna tells a tale while lighting the candles of a chandelierKrishna tells a tale while lighting the candles of a chandelier

    A frustrated, desperate brideA frustrated, desperate bride

    Extreme sorrow? Indifference? Pain? Many emotions...Extreme sorrow? Indifference? Pain? Many emotions...

    Madhubala in MahalMadhubala in Mahal

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    To begin with: don’t bother with this quiz; it isn’t valid any more (see my next post for the quiz that’s now THE quiz). You can scroll down to the end of this post to see the answers to most of the questions (the ones that didn’t get correctly answered are part of the latest [...]

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    Madhubala and Ashok Kumar in Ek SaalMadhubala and Ashok Kumar in Ek Saal

    Madhubala and Ashok Kumar, 8 years earlier, in MahalMadhubala and Ashok Kumar, 8 years earlier, in Mahal

    The Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries book coverThe Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries book cover

    The mystery man from Naiyya teri majhdhaarThe mystery man from Naiyya teri majhdhaar

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  • 09/27/11--07:04: … And a revised quiz
  • All right, we had some hiccups with the original ‘Classic Bollywood’ quiz, because some readers got confused about how to submit answers. Never mind. I always have more trivia up my sleeve! So, an updated quiz. Forget about the last one; I’ve already posted the answers to most of those questions, at the end of [...]

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    The mystery man from Naiyya teri majhdhaarThe mystery man from Naiyya teri majhdhaar

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    Ever since I announced the classic Hindi cinema quiz last week, though I’ve published no new posts, I’ve had a lot of traffic on my blog – and a large amount of it to the quiz post. Thank you, everybody, who commented on it, gave up on it (!), and – very especially – sent [...]

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    Pradeep Kumar and Daisy Irani in DetectivePradeep Kumar and Daisy Irani in Detective

    Geeta Bali and Dev Anand in BaaziGeeta Bali and Dev Anand in Baazi

    Johnny Walker in BasantJohnny Walker in Basant

    Dev Anand and Shubha Khote in Paying GuestDev Anand and Shubha Khote in Paying Guest

    ... and Joy Mukherjee and Tabassum in Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon... and Joy Mukherjee and Tabassum in Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon

    Sadhana and Sanjay Khan in IntaquamSadhana and Sanjay Khan in Intaquam

    Sujit Kumar's photo in Kati PatangSujit Kumar's photo in Kati Patang

    Sundar in Solvaan SaalSundar in Solvaan Saal

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    A few months back, I got an e-mail from Tom Daniel, the man who’s been the brains, the initiative and most of the work behind some of the most wonderful song compilations I’ve come across, ever. Tom wondered if I would like to host a series of guest posts about  Edwina Lyons, the dancer who [...]

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    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina with her parentsEdwina with her parents

    Edwina with her familyEdwina with her family

    Inspiration: Audrey HepburnInspiration: Audrey Hepburn

    Edwina with NargisEdwina with Nargis

    Edwina with Raj KapoorEdwina with Raj Kapoor

    Edwina with KeithEdwina with Keith

    Edwina and Keith's weddingEdwina and Keith's wedding

    EdwinaEdwina

    Edwina with Joy Mukherjee in ShagirdEdwina with Joy Mukherjee in Shagird

    Edwina in BrahmachariEdwina in Brahmachari

    Edwina in BrahmachariEdwina in Brahmachari

    Edwina and familyEdwina and family

    Edwina, aged 50 in 1991Edwina, aged 50 in 1991

    And Edwina, today.And Edwina, today.

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    Continuing from where we left off in the last post: the second instalment of the four-part guest posts by Tom Daniel and Edwina Lyons about Edwina’s life in the Hindi film industry of the late 50s and the 60s… (as before, Tom’s writing is in blue, Edwina’s in regular black font). Where the first article [...]

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    Shakila's photo...Shakila's photo...

    ... and the dedication on the back... and the dedication on the back

    Edwina dancing in Raat aur DinEdwina dancing in Raat aur Din

    Edwina in a song from Poonam ki RaatEdwina in a song from Poonam ki Raat

    Edwina with Mumtaz in BoxerEdwina with Mumtaz in Boxer

    Edwina in Hong KongEdwina in Hong Kong

    Edwina in Hong KongEdwina in Hong Kong

    Surya Kumar with Edwina...Surya Kumar with Edwina...

    ... and Surya Kumar with Helen... and Surya Kumar with Helen

    Abe and Edwina in Shriman SatyawadiAbe and Edwina in Shriman Satyawadi

    Abe and Edwina in a song from Shriman SatyawadiAbe and Edwina in a song from Shriman Satyawadi

    A dance sequence from Aamne SaamneA dance sequence from Aamne Saamne

    Edwina's sister MarieEdwina's sister Marie

    Edwina's dear friend Pamela appears in this danceEdwina's dear friend Pamela appears in this dance

    Marie's husband Shinde appears in this screen capMarie's husband Shinde appears in this screen cap

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    Tom and Edwina’s fabulous guest posts on Edwina’s career as a dancer in the Hindi film industry of the 50s and 60s: part 3, about the people whom Edwina danced with. If you haven’t already read the first two posts, click here to read post 1 (a short biography of Edwina) and here for Edwina’s [...]

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    Teresa with EdwinaTeresa with Edwina

    A still from Mere Sanam, with Teresa, Edwina, Oscar and Asha ParekhA still from Mere Sanam, with Teresa, Edwina, Oscar and Asha Parekh

    Jenny in a video from Cha Cha ChaJenny in a video from Cha Cha Cha

    Edwina's sister Marie, with EdwinaEdwina's sister Marie, with Edwina

    ShindeShinde

    Pamela BonicciPamela Bonicci

    Pamela and Edwina in a song from Black CatPamela and Edwina in a song from Black Cat

    Saroj Khan in a song from Vallah Kya Baat HaiSaroj Khan in a song from Vallah Kya Baat Hai

    Robert in a song from Woh Kaun Thi?Robert in a song from Woh Kaun Thi?

    Herman Benjamin and Edwina in Teen Kanaster Peet Peet karHerman Benjamin and Edwina in Teen Kanaster Peet Peet kar

    Vijay and Edwina in Do UstadVijay and Edwina in Do Ustad

    A dance sequence from Shriman Satyawadi - Edwina with Abe CohenA dance sequence from Shriman Satyawadi - Edwina with Abe Cohen

    Bhagwaan, Ahmed, Helen and AbeBhagwaan, Ahmed, Helen and Abe

    Saroj Khan and Tony, Pamela and P L RajSaroj Khan and Tony, Pamela and P L Raj

    Abe, Tony, Bhagwan, Fazlu and EdwinaAbe, Tony, Bhagwan, Fazlu and Edwina

    A dance sequence from AarzooA dance sequence from Aarzoo

    Some of Edwina's fellow dancers in a song from IlzaamSome of Edwina's fellow dancers in a song from Ilzaam

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  • Sadly, all good things must come to an end. So, with a heavy heart, I’m having to publish this post: the last of the four-part guest posts on Edwina Lyons, written by Edwina, along with Tom Daniel. If you haven’t yet read the earlier posts, click here for the first (a mini biography), here for [...]

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    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina LyonsEdwina Lyons

    Edwina with Shakila in a qawwali from Nakli NawabEdwina with Shakila in a qawwali from Nakli Nawab

    Edwina in Bade hain dil ke kaale, from Dil Deke DekhoEdwina in Bade hain dil ke kaale, from Dil Deke Dekho

    From the title song of Dil Deke DekhoFrom the title song of Dil Deke Dekho

    Yeh Aajkal ke ladke, from DillagiYeh Aajkal ke ladke, from Dillagi

    Edwina in a kasta sari in MayaEdwina in a kasta sari in Maya

    Edwina in Ustadon ke UstadEdwina in Ustadon ke Ustad

    Edwina with her older brother TerenceEdwina with her older brother Terence

    Edwina, at 16Edwina, at 16

    Edwina, with her brother-in-law, ShindeEdwina, with her brother-in-law, Shinde

    Edwina, at a film studio in 1963Edwina, at a film studio in 1963

    Edwina in Brisbane with her brother TerenceEdwina in Brisbane with her brother Terence

    Edwina's son Nigel, with Tracy and Edwina's first grandchildEdwina's son Nigel, with Tracy and Edwina's first grandchild

    Teresa, Edwina and PamelaTeresa, Edwina and Pamela

    Three of Edwina's four childrenThree of Edwina's four children

    Edwina with PamelaEdwina with Pamela

    Edwina with MarieEdwina with Marie

    Edwina with her familyEdwina with her family

    Edwina's sons Nigel and AndyEdwina's sons Nigel and Andy

    Edwina's daughter MichelleEdwina's daughter Michelle

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