Saturday, March 25, 2017


Today is the birth anniversary  of  Farooq  Sheikh, the popular  Bollywood  actor, TV  Presenter and a  philanthropist. Born in Gujarat  and educated  in Bombay, now Mumbai, in the beginning he did theatre and  acted in plays  staged and sponsored  by  IPTA. He presented  Quiz Program  on AIR  Bombay  but real recognition came his way when he anchored  programmes like Yuvadarshan  and Young World on Bombay  Doordarshan. .     While still in law college, he was spotted by M.S. Sathyu , the film director  and    was  offered  a supporting role in the film   Garam Hawa,  with Balraj Sahni  playing the lead role. This  was his first major role in a film. With this started    Farooq  Sheikh’s life long  association with Parallel or New Cinema. He  went  on to work in films like  Gaman, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Noorie, Chashme Baddoor , Umrao Jaan , Bazaar, Saath Saath , rang Birangi, Kisi Se Na Kehna, Biwi Ho To Aisi. He paired well  with  renowned actresses  Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval and the films he did with them  won critical acclaim. Lorie, Salmaa, Faasle , Gharwali Baharwali are some of his other notable films.Two of his films  - Children of War  &  Youngistan were released after his death.  

He acted in TV serial Chandrakant  and  a  comedy  serial  Chamatkar. He also  anchored   a popular programme   Jeena  Isi  Ka Naam Hai , a peep into the life of celebrity artistes , who were also invited as guests.
His is a great name in New Cinema to which his contribution is immense.
He won the National Best Supporting Actor war for film  Lahore , in 2010.

Our humble  tributes to the suave mannered  talented  actor !


Today is the death anniversary of  Nanda, the beautiful talented   actress who worked in Hindi and Marathi films. Due to untimely death of her father  in 1947 at a young age of 41, Nanda took to acting as a child artiste  to support her family. Between 1948 and 1956 she appeared as a   child artiste in films  like Mandir, Jaggu, Angaarey and Jagriti. V Shantaram,   the  renowned  director and producer, who happened to be her uncle gave Nanda a big break in 1956 in  film Toofan  Aur Diya , which turned out to be a hit. The very next year  in 1957 she  was nominated for the Filmfare  Best Supprting Actress   award for film Bhabhi  . She played a supporting role in Dev Anand  starrer Kala Bazaar  and also  had a nice role in  Dhool  Ka  Phool.  The film that actually made her a star was the film Chhoti  Behan  (1959).She had a lead role in dev Anand’s  Teen  Deviyan  and  Hum Dono , both hit movies. She was a lead heroine in B.R.Chopra’s  film  Kanoon(1960), a rare movie  without songs. During different  periods  she  shared the top slot with  Nutan, Waheeda Rehman and  Sadhana  as the highly paid actress.
Once becoming an established actress  herself, she is known to have encouraged  new comers.She signed eight movies with the newcomer Shashi Kapoor . The first two movies with Shashi Kapoor-  Char Diwari and  Mehendi Lagi  Mere Haath , did not meet success at the box office but  subsequently the films  Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain, Jab Jab Phool Khille, Neend hamari Khwaab Tumhare, Raja Saab, and Rootha Na karo became hits. She paired with all the top heroes of the time like Dev Anand, Rajinder Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar. With Jeetendra, she paired in films Parivar and Dharti kahe Pukar Ke.An affable person, she  enjoyed  had  cordial relations with Waheeda  Rehman, Nutan, Sadhana and Asha Parekh. Her last films include  Aahista Aahista, prem Rog and  Majdoor. She  won Filmfre Best Actress Award for the film Ittifaq , and the Best Supporting Actress  Award for  Aanchal, Aahista aahista and Prem Rog.

Our humble tributes !

Friday, March 24, 2017


Tie or necktie is a piece of cloth worn as a fashion accessory and tied around the neck with both ends coinciding and meeting at belly. As a youngster I was fond of tying the knot though not so fond of sporting a tie . As a nine year old , I had learnt to tie American Knot , English Knot , single knot and double knot. In my growing years I have seen men of taste sporting tie as a necessary complement to a lounge suit. For sure , it looked elegant and helped make the ensemble complete. Ties can be had in different colours and shades, of different width , made of a variety of fabric. Striped ties appear more in vogue , though plain ties and the ones with other designs also find favour with some. In earlier times, when ready made hard collars did not exist, collars of especially white shirts were starched to present a crisp look if a tie was to be worn. Googling the word ‘Tie’ leads one to sites not only telling about the different types of knots but also the manner or method of tying a knot. I have come to know the Windsor , half Windsor and many other knots. 

The origin of a tie is traced back to 17th century France during Louis XIII regime. It was he who mooted the idea to wear a tie as an accessory and troops were also made to wear it as a part of uniform. The present form of tie is only a hundred year old as of now and undergone some periodic changes since then. It has been a necessary part of school uniform in Public Schools. For smaller classes, the tie comes with a ready made knot through which passes a string which is tied to the neck. In College and Unversity , I used to wear a tie . Later it was reserved for special occasions like interview and social gatherings. Over the years people seem less interested in wearing a tie and keep the collars loose and open . Of course the collars are crisp and look good with or without a tie.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shashi Kapoor

Today is the birthday of Shashi Kapoor, the famous Bollywood actor, producer and director. Youngest of the three sons of Prtithvi Raj Kapoor, he has been active both in theater and cinema and has also worked in English movies like Shakespeare Wallah and Siddhartha. He acted as a child artiste in Aag(1948) and Awaara(1951). While working in theatre in London, he came across theatre artist Jennifer Kendal whon he eventually married.Together they nurtured Prithvi Theatre and acted in many plays. A versatile actor, he acted as a hero , a villain, and a character artist, across the entire spectrum of more than 150 movies he acted in.
He is third of the Kapoor clan to receive the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award and is also a recipient of Padma Bhushan.

Our best wishes to the talented actor of yesteryear who turns 79 today ! !

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Devika Rani

Today is the death anniversary of Devika Rani, arguably the first lady of Indian Cinema.Born in an aristocratic family of Bengal, she went to England to study Architecture but became a Textile Engineer.Coming into contact with Himanshu Roy, her future husband she did costume designing for his films.After marriage the two founded the Bombay Talkies and produced many films.Drawn to acting Devika Rani had a successful career spanning ten years. She teamed well with Ashok Kumar and gave hits like Vachan, Achhoot Kanya,Jeewan Prabhat and Janmabhoomi.
A versatile personality, Devika Rani was also educated at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & Royal Academy of Music.She had also learnt film making in Berlin.Himanshu Roy died in 1941 and for sometime Devika Rani ran the production house singlehandedly.
In 1945 she married Svetoslav Roerich, the Russian painter and artist.
Svetoslav Roerich owned the world famous Art Gallery at Naggar, Kullu named after his father Nikolai Roerich.The duo used to visit and live at Naggar- so much for Devika Rani's Himachal association.
Devika Rani was a recipient of Padma Shri, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and also The Soviet Land Award.
Our humble tributes !

K. Asif

Today is the death anniversary of K. Asif, the Bollywood film producer, director and screenwriter. Best known as the producer, director and screenwriter of Mughal-e- Azam , the all time great of Indian Cinema.As director his first movie was Phool , a successful venture. He had also directed Sanjeev Kumar starrer Love & God, which remained incomplete due to K. Asif's untimely death in 1971.However the movie was released as he had left it.He also produced a movie called Hulchul, in 1951.
The movie bagged three Filmfare awards in a row.
His illustrious career was nipped due to his death at a relatively young age.
Our humble tributes !

Joy Mukherjee

Today is the death anniversary of Joy Mukherjee, the Bollywood actor and director.He was a lead romantic hero in most of the Hindi films made in '60s through '70s . Making his debut in 1960 with the romantic flick Love in Simla opposite Sadhana, he went on to work in movies like Ziddi, Ummeed, Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon,Shagird, Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, Love in Tokyo, Dil aur Mohabbat, Love in Bombay, Humsaya, Ek Kali Muskayi and many many others. The songs picturised on him whether solo or duets became instant hits.
He died this day in 2012 aged 73.
Our humble tributes !