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Hindi Cinema and Its Unforgettable Icons

Hindi Cinema and Its Unforgettable Icons

B.M. Malhotra


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Binding: Paperback
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-81-939555-1-2
Publishing Solutions: Blue Pencil

This book contains a collection of 37 articles about Hindi Cinema, particularly some memorable filmmakers, directors, actors, music composers, lyricists, singers and others of the Golden Era who have made significant contributions to the steady growth and wide-spread appeal of this industry.

The book is a handy resource point for movie lovers of the younger generation who would like to know about the maestros of our golden past without delving into detailed biographies.

The collection of articles includes biographical sketches of filmmakers such as Dadasaheb Phalke, Ardeshir Irani, Raj Kapoor; singer-actors such as KL Saigal, Suraiya; music directors such as Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan; lyricists such as Sahir Ludhianvi, Kaifi Azmi; actors such as Madhubala, Nutan; comedians such as Johnny Walker, Charlie; singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and also some evergreen characters that lit up the screen such as Kabuliwala, Devdas and Tansen.

The essays are in crisp and concise form that the young movie enthusiast, curious about vintage films and the music would love to read and relish.

The content is based on the author’s observation, study and memory, besides of course research in terms of the background, dates and other factual information.

The collection has, therefore, a certain historical significance as some of the facts may not be known to today’s youth. It also has a distinct nostalgic flavour for the older generation of film lovers, who can recapture their past experiences through the flashbacks offered.

The author’s knowledge of Urdu and Persian helped him better understand the meanings and appreciate the nuances of certain film dialogues and songs. Most of the articles in this collection were published in the magazine, INDIA PERSPECTIVES and the specific months of their publication have been indicated to help the reader keep the time factor in mind.


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About the Author

B.M. Malhotra was born in a village near Chakwal (now in Pakistan) and white still in his teens, migrated to Delhi, in the wake of India’s partition in 1947. Since then, he has lived in New Delhi. After securing a Master’s degree in English literature, he worked for nearly 35 years in the Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi, from where he retired in 1990.

Watching selected films, particularly the song-studded Hindi ones and writing about their different facets as well as iconic directors, music composers, singers and lyricists, has been one of his hobbies. Literature, spirituality, patriotism and India’s rich heritage have been his other interests and his numerous writings on films as well as these subjects saw the light of day in some newspapers and magazines. The Press Trust of India released many of them as “features”, while the All India Radio aired some others as “scripts for broadcast”.