IFH Explores What Makes Mohammad Rafi

IFH Explores What Makes Mohammad Rafi India’s Greatest Singer?

Naa fankaar tujhsa tere baaad aaya Zamaane ko jisne, Deewaana banaaya Muskil hai tujko kabhi bhool pana Mohammad rafi Tuhje hamesha yaad karega zamana! The above verse beautifully captures the larger-than-life persona of Indian Film Music Industries’ undisputed ‘Monarch’ in playback singing called – Mohammed Rafi. Today, 41 yrs have passed since he bid adieu on 31st July 1980, yet,…

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Decline Of Producers And Rise Of Actors

The Era When Producers Ruled Cinema – Part 2

Film making may be a director’s craft and a film star’s glitz to pull in the audience into cinema halls but without a sensible ‘producer’ a film cannot be imagined. Hence producers dominated filmmaking in the past. The glorious Prabhat Films founded by actor/director V Shantaram laid the foundation of filmmaking in India in 1929. Prabhat Films made several thought-provoking…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Ashok Kumar’s ‘Kismet’ – India’s First Film To Run For 3 Years In A Single Cinema Hall

Kismet (1943) was Bombay Talkies‘ biggest blockbuster that broke all box-office records and runs to packed houses for uninterrupted 3 years at Roxy Theatre in Kolkata!  The film introduced the lost and found drama which later became a favorite of Bollywood and it minted gold in the ’70s with films like Waqt (1965), Yaadon ki Baraat (1973), Fakira (1976), Amar…

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Amitabh Bachchan

The ‘One Man Industry’- Amitabh Bachchan

Born Iquilaab Shrivastava, in Allahabad, Amitabh Bachchan came from humble beginnings, where his mother Teji Bachchan was a domestic home-maker and a social activist, while his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a Kavastha Hindu poet. Although his birth name was Inquilaab, inspired by a word commonly used during the independence days, a fellow poet friend suggested the name Amitabh, meaning…

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The decline of Bollywood Music

The Decline Of Bollywood Music – Part 2

Golden Era Music had competent lyricist and music directors well versed in ‘Classical Music’ During the Golden Era filmmakers used film songs as an integral part of the story to create a social awakening in society. Hence music played a key role. During pre-independence days it was the film songs like Door hatoon aye Duniya walo Hindustan Hamara hain… (Kismet…

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Vicky Kaushal Kicked His Lucrative Electronic Engineering Job To Become A Film Star! – Part 4

“How is Josh?” True this is the famous lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the actor who popularized these lines into a national craze dialogue is Vicky Kaushal, who uttered these lines with extreme fervour and enthusiasm in his hit film Uri (2018). Vicky who has risen to instant stardom after the success of Sanju and Raazi is one…

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Double Roles Had A New Formula – Part 2

Bombay Talkies Kismet film popularized double role The movie that made double role a permanent feature in commercial Bollywood film was Kismet (1943). Filmmaker Gyan Mukherjee of Bombay Talkies introduced a unique experimentation of lost and found of identical brothers. The lost and found formula was a big hit in the 60 and 70’s. Remember hit films like Waqt (1965),…

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