Tuesday, 20 March 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Veteran legendary Chilean filmmaker Miguel Littin.

When saw Chilean new film 'A Fantastic Woman' won this '90th Oscar's 'Best Foreign Language Film' award..I remembered Chilean legendary filmmaker Miguel Littin who is a pioneer of New Latin American Cinema!..He is 75 years old now!
Chilean filmmaker Miguel Littin directing!

Novelist & Screenwriter Miguel Ernesto Littin Cucumides directed his first film 'El Chacal de Nahueltoro' (1969) on the real story (of exploited & alcoholic farmer) which he wrote. This revolutionary Chilean film got international recognition and became the landmark of New Latin American Cinema!
Littin's revolutionary Chilean film 'El Chacal de Nahueltoro' (1969).

Then Miguel Littin was exiled in Mexico after Augusto Pinochet the dictator of Chile came to power! That time depicting the situation his film 'The Promised Land' (1973) was screened in international film festivals like Cannes and Moscow! Then he made several films in Mexico..like 'Oscar' nominated 'Letters from Marusia' (1976) based on a miners strike in Chile!
Littin's documentary 'Actas De Marusia' (1985).

Then Littin went to Nicaragua and directed Spanish film 'Alsino and the Condor' (1982) which won the Golden Prize at the '13th Moscow International Film Festival'. In 1984 he moved to Spain and decided to make a documentary on the condition of the Chile under the Pinochet regime..and 'Acta General de Chile' (1986) came out! On this 'Nobel' winner Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marques wrote the book 'Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin'!
Miguel Littin's film 'La Ultima Luna' (2005).

After that he returned to Chile and made films like 'Los naufragos' (1994) and 'Tierra del Fuego' (2000) on group of political prisoners! Apart from making films..during 1992-94 & 1996-2000 he was the Mayor of his home town Palmilla!
Chilean legendary filmmaker Miguel Littin!

I still remember interacting with Miguel Littin in our 'International Film Festival of India', 1997 held at Trivandrum!

All the best with good health..Mr. Littin!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]


Playback Singer Krishna Kalle!
Three years over..Playback Singer Krishna Kalle left this world!

She became famous in Marathi films playback singing with 'Kela Ishara Jata Jata' for which she sung lavanis! After that she also sung all kind of songs including classical too!

With Marathi she also sung for Hindi films with the leading male playback singers of that time!
Krishna Kalle also sung classical.!

Maharashtra Government honoured her with.. 'Lata Mangeshkar Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar'!

Still remember her beautiful songs like.. "Parikathetil Rajkumara.." and "God gojiri.."

Homage to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


Suraiyya with Gregory Peck!
Here are two rare love stories of Beautiful Singer-Actress of our Indian cinema.. Suraiyya!

Dev Anand & Suraiyy's on screen love!
First was with Hollywood star..Gregory Peck whom Suraiyya admired a lot. And he paid a surprise visit to her!

Second was with..Dev Anand who was in love with Suraiyya! They both acted in films 'Vidya' (1948), 'Jeet' (1949), 'Afsar' (1950) & 'Sanam' (1951). As old media mentioned he used to enact Gregory Peck's mannerism to please her!

But their love story was unsuccessful..like Suraiyya sung 'Mirza Ghalib's nazm...
"yeh na thī hamārī qismat ki visāl-e-yār hotā.."
Suraiyy & Dev Anand's off screen love!

[Long back I wrote about them in my series of article about 'Hit Pairs on Indian Screen'!]

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Saturday, 17 March 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Pretty gorgeous & talented actress..Alia Bhatt!

Bollywood's young & beautiful actress..Alia Bhatt just celebrated her silver jubilee birthday!
Child artist Alia in 'Sangharsh' (1999).

Daughter of Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Actress Soni Razdan...cute gorgeous Alia appeared on screen in 1999 as child artist in thriller 'Sangharsh'. Tanuja Chandra directed in this film she played younger (junior) Preity Zinta!
Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt & Varun Dhawan!

In 2012 Alia Bhatt got lead role in Karan Johar's college love triangle film 'Student of the year' with Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra! This film became hit and won awards..With this Alia became rising star of romantic cinema!

Alia Bhatt in 'Highway' (2014).
Then she worked in Karan Johar produced romantic comedies with different regional flavours like..Abhishek Varman directed '2 States' (2014) with Arjun Kapoor and Shashank Khaitan made 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' (2014) & 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' (2017)..both with Varun Dhawan! By this time she established herself as an actress of commercially successful films!
Alia Bhatt in 'Udta Punjab' (2016) & 'Best Actress Filmfare' for it!

Singer Alia Bhatt!
Apart from this her emotional intense performances in contemporary films 'Highway' (2014) & 'Udta Punjab' (2016) and coming-of-age film 'Dear Zindagi' (2016) got critical acclaim..And she won 'Best Actress' awards of 'Filmfare'!

She has also good voice of singing and she sung 6 songs for her starrer films..which includes famous "Samjhawan.."
Hit pair Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt in Badrinath Ki Dulhania' (2017).

With several awards..she appeared in 'Forbes India's Celebrity 100' list based on the popularity!

All the best to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
   [Pune, India]

Thursday, 15 March 2018


Smita Patil and G. Aravindan during he directed 'Chidambaram's (1985) shooting!
Great Actress of Marathi Parallel Cinema..Smita Patil and Doyen of Malayalam Parallel Cinema..Filmmaker G. Aravindan..during he directed film 'Chidambaram's (1985) shooting!.Both are not in this world!
Smita Patil in 'Chidambaram' (1985).

This National Award & five Kerala State Film Awards winner film dealt with theme guilt and redemption and explores relations between men & women!

Today is Death Anniversary of G. Aravindan..so remembered this!

Filmmaker G. Aravindan with Camera!
Humble Homage!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


- Manoj Kulkarni

Zubeida & Master Vithal in 'Imperial Movietone's Ardeshir Irani's 'Alam Ara' (1931).

Ardeshir Irani recording sound of 'Alam Ara' (1931).
The first Indian talkie film made by 'Imperial Movietone's Ardeshir Irani 'ALAM ARA' released on 14th March, 1931 at 'Majestic Cinema' Mumbai..and now it completed 87 years!
Prithviraj Kapoor & Jillo in 'Alam Ara' (1931).

Khan Bahadur Ardeshir Irani was one of the most important pioneers of our Indian Cinema! Earlier he directed 8 silent films..mostly mythological ('Veer Abhimanyu'/1922) and historical ('Shahjehan/1924). 

In 1931 he made our India's first talkie film 'Alam Ara'! For this he handled the sound recording by using the Tanar Sound system. It was shot with the Tanar single-system camera which recorded sound directly on to the film!

'Alam Ara' was a love story between a prince & a gypsy girl, which was based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David and Munshi Zapper in Urdu!
Master Vithal & Zubeida in romantic scene of 'Alam Ara' (1931).

It cinematographed by Wilford Deming & Adi M. Irani and edited by Ezra Mir!..And the lead artists in our first talkie were Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jilloo, Sushila & Prithviraj Kapoor!
Wazir Mohammed Khan singing in 'Alam Ara' (1931).

It had music by Ferozshah M. Mistri & B. Irani...and total 7 songs were there..from which "De de khuda ke naam.." was the first song of Indian cinema..which was sung by Wazir Mohammed Khan who played fakir in it! Artists Zubeida & Jilloo also sung!

This our first talkie was successful and its music was hit! Unfortunately the film has long been lost and not available but I have seen the documentary made on 'Alam Ara' in the programme 'Celebrating 75 years of Indian Talkie' held at Mumbai decade ago!
Ardeshir Irani checking print of 'Alam Ara' (1931).

And glad to note that..the inaugural special issue of my film magazine 'Chitrasrushti' was on '75 Years of World Talkie' published in 2002!

Salute to master of Indian Talkie..Irani sahab!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
  [Pune, India]