Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema

Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema – Part 7

How the film industry struggled against Audio Cassette Piracy? Music is the backbone of the Indian film industry. According to trade pundits, 70% of the film industry’s revenue is due to good music. Good music not only builds pre-release publicity but in most cases,  it has played a pivotal role in the mega-success of a film. Since the early ’30s,…

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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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Mothers' of Bollywood

The Unsung Mothers of Bollywood – Part 4

Many actresses in Bollywood have played mothers role but some have played with such conviction that they became stereotyped and did the off-repetitive mothers role in umpteen films yet it is tragic that the films buffs recognize them only by their ‘face’ and not by their ‘names’. Thus these actresses despite playing successful mother roles are ‘unsung’ or left unrecognized.…

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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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FEMALE DIRECTORS

None Of The Popular Actresses Of Bollywood Succeeded As Director – Part 6

Many beautiful actresses of Bollywood attempted film direction but tragically none of the popular actresses of Bollywood succeeded as director! Sadhana Shivdasani better is known as Sadhana, the stunningly beautiful actress of the 60’s was as a top-notch actress. She gave multiple hits like Hum Dono, Woh Kaun Thi, Waqt, Arzoo, Mera Saaya, Anita and Ek Phool Do Mali. Her…

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Music, R D Burman

R.D. Burman Did Not Live To Taste His Success – Part 6

Today, Rahul Dev Burman is regarded as a Music Genius, Music Maverick and Music director par excellence but the bitter truth is that when R.D. Burman was around in the film industry, he was never given his due place. He was ignored, overlooked and even ridiculed for lifting western album tunes and shamefully labeled as a plagiarist Agreed that there is a long list…

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