Saturday, April 29, 2017


It is an irony of the filmdom that while actors and actresses and even playback singers get catapulted to fame, star and super star status , the persons who work behind the camera such as directors, music directors and lyricists hardly get the acclaim they deserve for contributing immensely to the success of a film .One such personality was Kidar Sharma or Kedar Sharma, a director, producer , screen writer and a lyricist whose death anniversary falls today.
Starting his journey in 1935 with the film Inqilab as a set painter and actor, the same year he acted in Dhoop Chhaon and was also the Assistant Manager. In 1936 he appeared in Pujarin as an actor . The same year in Krorpati, he acted as well as wrote lyrics, in Devdas he he wrote the dialogues and lyrics; in 1937 , he acted in Vidyapati and wrote the film Anant Ashram. Never looking back, he remained associated with a number of films as an actor , writer, lyricist, director, dialogue writer and producer , the prominent among these being Jawani Ki Reet, Badi Didi ,Dil Hi To hai, Zindag, Aulad, Chitralekha, Armaan, Chand Chakori, Duniya Ek Sarai ,Neel Kamal, Suhag Raat , Baware Nain, Jogan, Hamari Yaad Ayegi and Kaajal. Kedar Sharma helped launch the career of stalwarts like , Raj Kapoor , Madhubala, Geeta Bali Nargis, Mala Sinha, Bharat Bhushan , Tanuja who became the greats of Hindi Cinema . Nargis herself once acknowledged that her best performance was in the film Jogan directed by Kedar Sharma .
Image may contain: 1 person, closeup
 He also wrote beautiful lyrics, like 'Balam aayo baso more man mein', 'Main kya jaanu kya jaadu hai', 'So jaa raaj kumaari', 'Dukh kay ab din beetat nahi' and 'Panchhi kahye hot udas', which were sung by none other than the legendary K.L.Saigal. His other notable songs are Khayalon mein kisi ke is tarah aya nahin karte (Mukesh & Geeta Dutt) Kabhi Tanahaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi (Mubarak Begum) ,Teri Duniya mein Dil Lagta Nahin (Mukesh).
In 1945 he toured England and Hollywood as a member of a delegation and met the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney.
Subsequently,in the late ‘50s Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru asked him to become the Director-in – Chief of Children’s Film Society of India and Kedar Sharma helped make many films for Children, contributing in various capacities as writer, director, lyricist etc. etc. One of the films, Jaldeep won international acclaim as well.
Our humble tributes to this multi faceted, multi talented personality !

No comments:

Post a Comment