Tuesday, 9 January 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Yesterday was 110th Birth Anniversary of legendary stunt actress of Indian Cinema..Fearless Nadia!..And today is her 21st Death Anniversary!!

Pretty Mary Ann..Nadia!
She was born in Australia as Mary Ann who came with parents in India during World War I. Here she got training in horse riding & shooting. Latter she learned ballet in Bombay and performed on theatre all over India!

Fearless Nadia's hit films!
After mastered in the art of cartwheels & splits..in 1930 she joined 'Zarko Circus' with the name of (fearless) Nadia! Then she was introduced to cinema by Jamshed 'J.B.H.' Wadia, founder of 'Wadia Movietone'. There he first presented her in film 'Desh Deepak' as a cameo in hand-painted colour sequence..in which her blue eyes & blonde hair impressed!
Homi Wadia & Jamshed Wadia.

Then she appeared on screen as Princess Parizaad in costume-drama 'Noor-e-Yaman'. After it's grand success, considering her skills in stunts..J.B.H.s younger brother director Homi Wadia presented her with such roles in action films like..'Hunterwali'. (1935), 'Miss Frontier Mail' (1936), 'Lutaru Lalana' (1938), 'Diamond Queen' (1940) & 'Jungle Princess' (1942). In all such films stuntman John Cawas was her hero!
Fearless Nadia's 'Khiladi'!

Almost all her films became hits and she became Lady Stunt Star of Indian Cinema! At her 50s she came on screen like James Bond in film 'Khiladi' (1967) which also directed by Homi Wadia whom she married!

In 1993 her grandnephew Riyad Vinci Wadia made documentary on her..'Fearless: The Hunterwali Story'! In 1996 at the age of 88 she left the world!

Homage to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Monday, 8 January 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Our renowned Music director A.R. Rahman!

One of the icons of world music..Indian composer, singer, songwriter & music producer..A.R. Rahman now 51!

Mani Ratnam's film 'Roja' (1992).

Rahman's career as film music composer started in 1990s and he got success with renowned filmmaker Mani Ratnam's Social Tamil/Hindi film 'Roja's (1992) music. It's title track with strong performances of Aravind Swami & Madhu touched the hearts! Then he got fame with music of Prabhu Deva & Nagma acted S. Shankar's romantic Tamil film 'Kadhalan' (1994) in which his songs like "Mukkabla.." & he sung "Urvashi.." became hits!
Ram Gopal Varma's 'Rangeela' (1995).

He made his bollywood debut in 1995 with music of Ram Gopal Varma's film 'Rangeela' in which Amir Khan & Urmila Matondkar rocked on his hit tunes! Same year Mani Ratnam's strong contemporary film 'Bombay' came..And he composed it's theme & songs like "Kehna hi kya.." made the visuals & performance of pretty Manisha Koirala..more intense!
Mani Ratnam's 'Bombay' (1995).

Then Mani Ratnam directed beautiful Aishwarya Rai's debut film 'Iruvar' (Tamil/1997) & Shahrukh Khan starrer social 'Dil se' (Hindi/1998) established him as leading music director in Tamil & Hindi film industry!

Mani Ratnam & Ram Gopal Varma with A. R. Rahman!

In 2008 he entered in international cinema with Danny Boyle's English film 'Slumdog Millionaire' which won 8 Academy Awards and he gained 'Best Original Score' award which was a first for an Asian! Then his music for Hollywood film 'Couples Retreat' won Best Score 'BMI' London Award!

Mani Ratnam's 'Iruvar' (1997).

From Subhash Ghai's musical 'Taal' (1999), Ashutosh Govarikar's historical epic 'Jodha Akbar' (2008) to Yash Chopra's modern romantic 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' (2012)..A. R. Rahman composed special kind of scores..and continuing his outstanding musical journey. In 2017 he made his debut as a director & writer with the film 'Le Musk'!

YRF's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' (2012).

Rahman's works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic Western music..So he known as one of the world's most prominent & prolific music composers & ''Mozart of Madras''!

Music director A.R. Rahman with two 'Oscar' awards!

He won various awards in which includes two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, four National Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards! And he also got Padma Bhushan!

Best wishes to him with his 'Oscar' winning song.."JAY HO.."

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

Monday, 1 January 2018

Friday, 29 December 2017




What a emotional & lovely coincidence!..First superstar of our Indian cinema..Rajesh Khanna and his beautiful daughter actress-writer Twinkle Khanna have same birthday!

Today is Kaka..Rajesh Khanna's 75th birth anniversary! Tribute to him!

And Twinkle Khanna is now 40+! Happy Birthday to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Tuesday, 26 December 2017



Renowned Croatian writer-director of cinema, drama & tv..Mr. Branko Ivanda is 75+ now!

Started in Yugoslav cinema with directing 'Gravitation' (1968)..he then made various Croatian films like 'Court Martial' (1978), 'Zlocin u skoli' (1982) to 'Lea and Darija' (2011).

Apart from this since 1980 he is a regular professor of Film and TV at the 'Academy of Dramatic Arts' in Zagreb. He has received several international awards for his tv and feature films!

I met Mr. Branko Ivanda in our 'International Film Festival of India' held at Goa a decade back..after watching his Croatian film 'Konjanik' (2003) there. It was nice meeting him and actress of this film Zrinka Cvitesic whom I interviewed!

Wishing all the best to them!!

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


- Manoj Kulkarni


Pretty gorgeous Sadhana in film 'Rajkumar' (1964).

Two years over..beautiful star of our Indian cinema during 1960s & 1970s..Sadhanaji left this world!
Sadhana & Joy Mukherjee in 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina' (1962).

First appeared in Sindhi film 'Abaana' (1958) at teen age..Sadhana Shivdasani was introduced to Hindi cinema by S. Mukherjee in 'Love in Simla' (1960) with her iconic hairstyle ('Sadhana cut') which was inspired from that time Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn!
Sadhana & Dev Anand in 'Hum Dono' (1961).

After successful start in films like 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina' with Joy Mukherjee..Sadhana's intense simple role in Bimal Roy's award winning film 'Parakh' was critically acclaimed! Then with Dev Aanand in 'Hum Dono' & Asli Naqli' (1962) she was so natural!

Rajendra Kumar & Sadhana in 'Mere Mehboob' (1963).

After that her nazaqatdar husn in H.S.Rawail's 'Mere Mehboob' (1963) was superb! In Raj Khosla's 'Woh Kaun Thi' (1964) & 'Mera Saya' (1966) she played double role!

Sadhana's beautiful appearance in romantic musicals like..with Shammi Kapoor in 'Rajkumar' (1964) and with Rajendra Kumar in 'Aarazoo' (1965) & 'Aap Aaye Bahar Aayee' (1971) also unforgetable! 
Sadhana & Manoj Kumar in 'Woh Kaun Thi' (1964).
In 1994 her last film 'Ulfat ki Nayee Manzeelein' released and in 2002 she was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by 'IIFA'!

Old Sadhanaji felecitated!

Homage to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
 [Pune, India]

Sunday, 24 December 2017


- Manoj Kulkarni

Young Toshiro Mifune!
Today is 20th death anniversary of one of the great actors of world cinema..Japanese legendary actor Toshiro Mifune!

Toshiro Mifune in 'Rashomon' (1950).
Started working in 1947 as assistant cameraman Toshiro Mifune appeared on screen with 'Shin Baka Jidai'! Then he acted in film 'Drunken Angel' (1948) directed by great master Akira Kurosawa who then made him most famous actor of Japanese cinema!

Mifune acted in Kurosawa's 16 films in which includes famous 'Rashomon' (1950), 'The Seven Samurai' (1954), 'Throne of Blood' (1957), 'Yojimbo' (1961) & 'High and Low' (1963).
Akira Kurosawa directing Toshiro Mifune on the set of 'Yojimbo' (1961).

He also acted in the films made by other filmmakers like Hiroshi Inagaki's 'The Birth of Japan' (1959) & Terence Young's 'Red Sun' (1971). He acted in 170 films & Kei Kumai's 'Deep River' (1995) was his last! He also acted in TV series like 'Shogun'!

Became world famous Toshiro Mifune won many awards in which includes 'Volpi Cup for Best Actor' twice! And he got 'Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon' (1986) & 'The order of the Sacred Treasure' (1993) by the Japanese Government!

Homage to great Mifune!!

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