Sunday, 18 February 2018

Music director Khayyam sahab.
"Zindagi jab bhi teri bazm mein.."

Our legendary music director Khayyam composed this romantic ghazal of 'Umrao Jaan'! Today is his 91st birthday!

Mohammed Zahur known as Khayyam composed the music for meaningful Indian cinema for over last five decades..and the songs he composed are always consider as a Classic Talat Mahmood sung.."Sham-e-gham ki kasam.."
Dilip Kumar & Meena Kumari in 'Footpath's(1953) song "Sham-e-gham."

Mostly famous for ghazals...he composed the best lyrics of notable Sahir Ludhianvi's "Woh subah kabhi to aayegi..", Kaifi Aazami's "Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum.." and great Mir Taqi Mir's "Dikhayee diye yun.."
Music director Khayyam sahab and ghazal singer Talat Aziz!

'Kabhi Kabhi', 'Noori' to 'Yatra'..his musical journey is still going on!

In 1982 he received National Award for 'Umrao Jaan'..which superbly portrayed by Rekha & her mujra on "Dil cheej kya hai.." was lajawab!
Beautiful Rekha in 'Umrao Jaan' (1981).

He won three 'Filmfare' awards..including lifetime achievement award!..And in 2011 he was honoured with 'Padma Bhushan' by the Government of India!

Music director Khayyam sahab with wife singer Jagjeet Kaurji!
Still remember meeting Khayyamsahab in the function 'Celebrating 75 years of Indian talkie cinema' held at Mumbai..and latter in Pune when he was awarded by 'PIFF'! While interacting him..when I mentioned one of his best compositions..sung by his wife Jagjeet Kaurji in 'Shagun' (1964).."Tum apna ranj-o-gham.." he emotionally talked on it!

Saalgirah mubarak ho Khayyamsahab!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 16 February 2018

Beauty Queen of Indian Cinema..Madhubala.




- Manoj Kulkarni

Romantic coi-incidence..on Valentine's Day there was Birth Anniversary of our India's most Beautiful Actress Malika-E-Husn Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi MADHUBALA!..On this occasion thought to focus on her love story!!
Malika-E-Husn Madhubala & Dilip Kumar 'Mughal-E-Aazam' (1960).

Malika-E-Husn Madhubala acted with most of the leading actors of her time. But her romantic love association was only with Shahenshah of Indian Cinema Yusuf Khan means Dilip Kumar!..This great pair first appeared together in film 'Har Singar' (1949).
Madhubala & Dilip Kumar intense romantic in 'Tarana' (1951).
Then their intense love observed in  film 'Tarana's (1951) songs "Nain mile nain hue baware.." & "Seene mein sulagate hai armaan.." (sung by Talat Mehmood & Lata Mangeshkar).

Their on screen chemistry developed with film 'Sangdil' (1952). It's romantic song "Dil mein sama gaye sajan.." (sung by Talat Mehmood & Lata Mangeshkar) showed the love between them! After that they came in Mehboob Khan's 'Amar' (1954). Their love was on high idealism in it's climax (Rafisahab's) song "Insaaf ka mandir hai yeh.."
Madhubala & Dilip Kumar in 'Sangdil' (1952)..natural love!

After that they were supposed to do B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur' (1957) but that did not happen because of family disturb! Finally Vyajayanthimala came with Dilip kumar in 'Naya Daur'!

Madhubala & Dilip Kumar in romantic scene of 'Amar' (1954).

All their hidden romanticism came on screen through historical epic follows the love affair of Prince Salim & court dancer Anarkali in 'Mughal-E-Aazam'..a masterpiece of great filmmaker K. Aasif..who started film in 1944 and completed in 1960; because of it's rich production values! Thus Dilip Kumar first met Madhubala in 1944 and during 16 years of making this great film their real love also developed!

Madhubala & K. Asif on set of 'Mughal-E-Azam'!
You can observe the emotions of their on screen faces in 'Mughal-E-Azam'...Specifically there was a debate scene between Badshah Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) and his son Salim (Dilip Kumar) related to Anarkali (Madhubala)...In which Salim strongly says.."Anarkali kisi Shehanshah ki saltanat nahi..Jo uspar huqumat kar sake!..Anarkali Salim ki hai aur Salim ki rahegi!!"..And his face talked much in it!
Prithviraj Kapoor (Akbar) & Dilip Kumar (Salim)..Debate!

Then see how Dilip Kumar and Madhubala portrayed classic royal kind love of Salim & Anarkali in the romantic garden scene of 'Mughal-E-Azam'. In this particular scene where Sangeet samrat Tansen sings in the background Aasifsahab wanted great Hindustani classical vocalist Bade Ghulam Ali khan's voice...and for that with it's Music director Naushadsahab he approached to Khansahab, who first refused to sing for film..but latter agreed with his 'great' terms and sung in Darbaari raagas.."Prem Jogan ban ke.."
Shahenshah Dilip Kumar & Malika-E-Husn Madhubala in 'Mughal-E-Aazam' (1960).

This is my most favourite love scene from our Indian Cinema!

Tribute to this real Mumtaz Mahal..Madhubala!!

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

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Olivia Hussey as Juliet & Leonard Whiting as Romeo!




- Manoj Kulkarni

My top most favourite screen adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic 'Romeo and Juliet' is made in prominent Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli. Film is completed 50 years and Mr. Zeffirelli is 95 now!
Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli of 'Romeo and Juliet'!

Olivia Hussey (Juliet) & Leonard Whiting (Romeo)..balcony kissing scene!
Special thing about this film is pretty gorgeous Olivia Hussey portrayed Juliet in it. This English-Argentine theatre actress was only 15 years old that time! With her handsome English actor & singer Leonard Whiting played the Romeo..who was 17 years old!

Song sequence of "What is a Youth.? "in 'Romeo and Juliet' (1968).
BHE Films' produced this Italian-British film 'Romeo and Juliet's (1968) director Franco Zeffirelli co-written it's screenplay with Franco Brusati & Masolino D'Amico! While adapting the original play (wrote by great William Shakespeare) Zeffirelli did some modification for instance long speeches were trimmed and emphasized reaction shots! For this Pasqualino De Santis camerawork and Reginald Mills editing did excellent jobs! In addition to this Eugene Walter written & Nino Rota composed it's sensitive song "What is a Youth..?" which emotionally sung by Glen Weston!
Argentine Pretty gorgeous actress Olivia Hussey as Juliet in it!

This commercially super successful film was very popular among that time teenagers & critics also highly appreciated! It won 'Academy Awards' for 'Best Cinematography' (De Santis) & 'Best Costume Design' (Danilo Donati)..And Olivia Hussey won 'Golden Globe' and 'David di Donatello Award' for her best portrait of beautiful Juliet! She expressed emotions of love intensely!!

I always remember the famous balcony scene of it with Shakespeare quote..for this beautiful (favourite) Juliet Olivia..
"It is the East and Juliet is the Sun!"

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

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Romantic 'A Man and a Woman' (1966).




- Manoj Kulkarni

Filmmaker Claude Lelouch directing!

One of my most favourite romantic French films..'Un Homme Et Une Femme' ('A Man and a Woman'/1966) is already completed 50 years; But it's relationship theme is still contemporary! This unconventional matured film written-produced & directed by renowned French filmmaker Claude Lelouch who is 80 now!
Poster of 'A Man and a Woman' (1966) capturing main scenes!

The film is about a young widow and widower who meet by chance at their children's boarding school and whose budding relationship is complicated by the memories of their spouses! Beautiful Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant portrayed this romantic lead sensibly with Pierre Barouch, Valerie Lagrange & Antoine Sire!
Jean-Louis Trintignant & Anouk Aimee in 'A Man and a Woman's song!

Lelouch himself nicely cinematographed this film on the screenplay which he wrote with Pierre Uytterhoeven...And also himself edited the film with Claude Barrois! Francis Lai nicely composed it's music & theme song which superbly sung by Nicole Croisille & Pierre Barouh!

Beautiful Anouk Aimee & Jean-Louis Trintignant
Commercially very successful this film was screened in various prestigious international film festivals & won several awards! This won 'Palme d'Or' at 'Cannes Film Festival' and 'Best Foreign Language Film' & 'Best Writing' of 'Oscar'! In addition to this Anouk Aimee won 'Best Actress' of 'Golden Globe'!!
'A Man and a Woman'..Part I (1966) & II (1986).

In 1986 Lelouch made a sequel of this film as 'A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later' (Un Homme et une Femme, 20 Ans Déjà) with same lead artists!

I remember nice meeting with it's filmmaker Claude Lelouch at our 'International Film Festival of India' about 20 years ago!!

It's theme song "Chabadabada.." with intense romantic scenes still lingering in mind!
Renowned French filmmaker Claude Lelouch.

[Bollywood's hit film 'Andaz' (with stars Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini & Shammi Kapoor) made by Ramesh Sippy in 1971..had a similar plot! I mentioned this while interacting with Mr. Sippy in 'IFFI' at Goa few years back!]

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

Monday, 12 February 2018




- Manoj Kulkarni

Rajendra Kumar in song "Ae husn zara."
"Ae Husn zaraa jaag..Tujhe Ishq jagaaye.."

This is a song from one of my top most favourite romantic movies with Urdu Shayaari..'Mere Mehboob' (1963)..the love expressed with shayaarana andaz in it is like the way of expressing love in our Indian style..rather my kind of expressing love!
.Ameeta, H.S. Rawail & Sadhana on set of 'Mere Mehboob' (1963).
Filmmaker who made such kind of (Muslim socials the term used by film scholars) lyrical romantics..Harnam Singh Rawail best known as H. S. Rawail written (with Vinod Kumar), Produced & Directed this classic Hindi-Urdu film 'Mere Mehboob' (1963). Story takes place in traditional which courtesan's poet brother falls in love with the sister of nawab!

In this jubilee star Rajendra Kumar and (Indian Audry Hepburn) beautiful Sadhana performed the romantic lead..Anwar and Husna in requied Luckhanavi nazaakat with Ashok Kumar as Nawab Buland Akhtar and others Nimmi (Anwar's sister Najma), Ameeta (Husna's cousin Naseem) and Pran & Johney Walker in their fixed roles!

"Mere Mehboob tujhe.."
Rajendra Kumar.."Mere Mehboob.."
Film start with this romantic song in which Anwar remembers his first romantic meet with Husna on farewell day..such scenes picturized in the hall and few places of 'Aligarh Muslim University'!

Apart from this famous Art Director Sudhendu Roy created the Luckhanavi shayarana mahol nicely for the romantic song sequences like in first mentioned piano song and when Anwar expressed his love to Husna in song "Tumse Izhar-E-Haal Kar Baithe." In such scenes romantic andaaz of Rajendra Kumar & Sadhana was beautiful with Hindustani tehzeeb!
Rajendra Kumar & Sadhana in song "Tumse Izhar-E-Haal Kar Baithe."

Naushad, Mohammed Rafi & Shakeel Badayuni.

Shakeel Badayuni wrote such nine romantic songs of this film which music director Naushad Ali composed in that lyrical Luckhanavi andaaz..And sung by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Asha Bhosle! In addition to this G. Singh beautifully cinematographed (with romantic close ups) and Krishan Sachdev sensibly edited this film!

This film became a big hit! After this H. S. Rawail made two such hit romantic films with same genre..'Mehboob Ki Mehndi' (1971) with Rajesh Khanna & Leena Chandavarkar and 'Laila Majnu' (1976) with Rishi Kapoor & Ranjeeta! Both also got big success!
Sadhana & Rajendra Kumar in romantic scene!

This film became all time favourite of lovers who are such romantic..Whenever I hear it's title song "Mere Mehboob tujhe.." or "Ae Husn zaraa.." I feel nostalgic with lovely memories..and imagine making love in that shayaraana andaaz!!

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

Sunday, 11 February 2018



- Manoj Kulkarni

Beautiful Maria Schell & Handsome Marcello Mastrolianni in film 'White Nights' (1957).

Italian Filmmaker Luchino Visconti.
True love never leave you and can wait for a long..I think this was what Russian writer Dostoevsky and Italian filmmaker Visconti wanted to convey through their classic work 'White Nights' of the most influential romantic movies in the history of world cinema..which completed 60 years!
Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Prominent Filmmaker who made 'Ossessione' (1943) the first film of Italian Neo-Realism..Luchino Visconti directed this romantic movie 'Le Notti BIanche' (White Nights/1957) which produced by Franco Cristaldi. For this Visconti took the basic plot of the classic story which Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in 1848!

Marcello Mastrolianni & Maria Schell in 'White Nights' (1957).

In this young gentleman Mario meets lonely young woman Natalia who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. Then his attempts to win her heart ends on the return of her lover! Legendary Italian actor Marcello Mastrolianni & beautiful Austrian-Swiss actress Maria Schell intensely portrayed characters of Mario & Natalia..and French actor Jean Marais appeared as her (aged) lover! Among these artists Maria Schell's very natural performance of showing the passionate love through her disturbed expressions touched the heart!
Marcello Mastrolianni, Jean Marais, Maria Schell..'White Nights' (1957) climax!

For this Enzo Eusepi superbly developed the set with proper lighting. On that Cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno did excellent camera work in which he took the close ups for showing emotions of characters with required depth and especially the climax long shot capturing three characters in the one frame! In this Mario Serandrei's Editing achieved expected effects and Nino Rota's music contributed in changing the scenario & emotions of characters nicely!

I think this film is appropriate for honouring Promise Day in Valentine week!!

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

Saturday, 10 February 2018



- Manoj Kulkarni

Tatyana Samoilova & Aleksey Batalov in romantic scene of  'The Cranes Are Flying' (1957).

Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov.
Humanity and Love always suffer in a war situation! That effectively depicted in Soviet's classic film 'The Cranes Are Flying' (1957). Special thing about this film is great acting of legendary Soviet/Russian actress Tatyana Samoilova who still best known for female protagonist she portrayed in it..Veronica!

Tatyana Samoilova in 'The Cranes Are Flying' cinematographed Sergey Urusevsky!
'People's Artist of the USSR'..Georgian origin Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov sensibly made this film at 'Mosfilm' on the play of Victor Rozov! 

On the backdrop of World War II film's story centres on the passionate love of Veronika for her boyfriend Boris (played by Aleksey Batalov) who is missing, actually killed in the war! Beautiful actress Tatyana Samoilova very sensitively performed this character..which represents Soviet women in the cotext of aftermath of the aforementioned war!

Pretty Tatyana Samoilova.
In this subjective camera work done by renowned Soviet cinematographer Sergey Urusevsky who did experiments with war & emotions of people which powerfully came on screen! For that Mariya Timofeyeva's Editing worked effectively..And Moisev Vaynberg's music also contributed!

This film won many international awards with prestigious 'Palme d'Or' at 'Cannes Film Festival'..the only Soviet film to win that award. In this actress Tatyana Samoilova also won special award. Latter she was named a 'People's Artists of Russia'!

Tatyana Samoilova in climax of 'The Cranes Are Flying' (1957).
During my degree course of 'Communication & Journalism' in 1988 at Ranade Institue (University of Pune) I also looked after our Film Club and arranged screenings of important films in the history of world cinema..And in that screened this 'The Cranes Are Flying' also!..Still remember the reactions of our group while watching this great film!

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

Friday, 9 February 2018

Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday' (1953).



- Manoj Kulkarni

Filmmaker William Wyler!

'Roman Holiday' (1953) is still most popular romantic classic in the history of world cinema. Legendary American filmmaker William Wyler superbly directed this film is like a urban fairy tale!

Romantic Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday' (1953).

It's novelist Dalton Trumbo also wrote the screenplay of this film with John Dighton. This tells the story of royal princess who escapes from her live free life & falls in love with journalist in Rome!

Hollywood's most popular beautiful actress Audrey Hepburn & Handsome star Gregory Peck played these main roles intensely romantic!
Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck at Rome in 'Roman Holiday' (1953).

This film was shot by Cinematographers Henri Alekan & Franz Planer in 'Cinecitta Studios' and at location of Rome during 'Hollywood on the Tiber' era! Then Robert Swink did Editing of this film for which Georges Auric & Victor Young composed the music!
Pretty Audrey Hepburn.

This film won 3 'Oscar' awards including 'Best Actress' to Audrey Hepburn. She also won 'Golden Globe', 'BAFTA' & 'New York Film Critics Circle's 'Best Actress' awards!..Cute romantic expressions of this pretty gorgeous star are just memorable!!

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

Thursday, 8 February 2018



Birger Malmsten & Maj-Britt Nilsson in Swedish film 'Summer Interlude' (1951).

My most favourite romantic movie of renowned Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is 'Summer Interlude' (1951). Based on the story 'Mari' which Bergman himself wrote & sensibly directed. It's about a ballerina who recalls her first love during summer vacation!
Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

Cinematographed by Gunnar Fischer & Edited by Oscar Rasander! And Erik Nordgren gave lyrical music for beautiful ballet dance sequences in it! Handsome Birger Malmsten & Pretty Maj-Britt Nilsson intensely expressed this sensitive love on screen which touched the heart!
Romantic scene of Maj-Britt Nilsson & Birger Malmsten!

This is one of my top most favourite romantic films from the history of world cinema!..I still remember watching 'Summer Interlude' first time in our 'Film Appreciation Course', 1989 at FTII (Pune)..and romantic feelings shared with special friend!

- Manoj Kulkarni
 ['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Beautiful ballet dance sequence in Ingmar Bergman's Swedish film..'Summer Interlude' (1951).