Saturday, August 2, 2014

Meena Kumari : Epitome of Tragedy Part – II

In the last issue you read that Meena Kuamri became a star with Baiju Bawra. Now read how eminent filmmaker Kamla Amrohi came in her life and how her life from a blooming flower was withered and became a tale of melancholy and despair. 

Its reported that though Meena Kumari married Kamla Amrohi much against the wishes of her father but later she repented when Amrohi ill treated her. The atrocities that Meena Kumari underwent at the hands of Kamal Amrohi were so extreme that she took to alcohol to overcome the mental trauma. In fact after abandoning Kamal Amrohi, Meena Kumari never came out from the ordeal and became an ardent alcoholic. Her pomes depict her melancholy and trauma quite apparently. She wrote …

Listen to Meena Kumari Songs on

Gam hii dushman hai meraa, Gam hii ko dil Dhunta hai , Ek lamhe kii judaaii bhii agar hotii hai 

(Sorrow is my villain but my heart hunts for sorrow if there is a separation from sorrow for even a minute). 

Meena Kumari poured her emotions in Guru Dutt’s movie SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM and deservedly won the Filmfare Best actress award. Interestingly on one hand while her reel life was going through turmoil, her real life was at the peak. In fact in 1962 besides SAHIB BIBI AUR GHULAM she gave many hits like ‘AARTI’ and ‘MAIN CHOOP RAHOONGI’ and was also nominated for best actress award by Filmfare thus becoming Bollywood’s only actress to be nominated that year in three films. 

After this Meena Kumari went strength to strength representing a rarefied concept of a traditional womanhood that was divested of all its physical antecedents with movies like DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAYI, DIL EK MANDIR, CHIRAG KAHAN ROSHNI KAHAN, BHABHI KI CHUDIYAAN, KAAJAL etc.

While she won loads of laurels for her emotional roles few recognized her mastery in lighter roles where she effortlessly matched with the comic of genius, Kishore Kumar, in movies like – ‘SHARARAT’ and ‘ILZAAM’. Further her performance with Dilip Kumar in ‘AZAAD’ and ‘KOHINOOR’ proved beyond doubt that the great tragedienne of Indian Cinema was equally adept in comedies too! Further with PAKEEZAH’ is become immortal in Indian cinema. 

She acted in about 80 films in her 30 odd years in the industry. Paying tribute to her on her death Bunney Ruben wrote, ‘with her death, an era of Indian Cinema died, an era larger than life’

Remembering ‘DOSTI’ on International Friendship Day

Jivan Ka Yahi Hai Dastur
Pyaar Bina Akela Majabur
Dosti Ko Maane To Sab Dukh Dur
Koi Kaahe Thokar Khaae, Mere Sang Aae...

On the occasion of International Friendship Day that falls on Sunday, August 3 Raaga.Com remembers Bollywood’s black and white classic DOSTI (1964), the movie that redefined friendship between two boys, one blind and the other a cripple.

Till date DOSTI remains the best film dedicated to friendship. Produced and Tarachand Barjatya (Rajshree Pictures) and directed by Satyen Bose the highlight of the movie were its protagonists two young actors Sushil Kumar, who played the role of Ramu, the cripple boy and Sudhir Kumar, the boy who essayed the role of Mohan, the blind boy. Though both the actors made their debuts in the movie yet their performances were so authentic and appealing that the movie became an instant hit despite the missing of the so called necessary ingredient of Bollywood movies like romance, cabaret dance and action

The movie has a simple tale that depicted the sacrifice of a friend for other. Ramu is a brilliant student, who wants to study but destiny makes him cripple and is left to beg on the streets in the cruel city of Mumbai. Here he befriends another ill-fated fellow, Mohan, who is blind and is searching for his sister. To make a living Mohan, who has a good voice sing songs on streets and Ramu who plays harmonica adds glitter to his songs by his music. However the story takes a twist when Mohan learns Ramu’s ambition to study and labors day in and day out to collect money for his examination fees. 

The poignant tale of selfless sacrifice added with Laxmikant Pyarelal’s gem of music leaves the viewers mesmerized. 

Dosti was amongst the top 10 grosser of 1964 and won several Filmfare awards. It won six awards from seven nominations that it received. The awards included Best Film - Tarachand Barjatya; Best Music Director - Laxmikant Pyarelal; Best Story - Ban Bhatt; Best Dialogue - Govind Moonis; Best Playback Singer - Mohammad Rafi and Best Lyricist - Majrooh Sultanpuri 

The movie also participated in the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. 

One wonders why filmmakers of today do make a remake of such classic so that today’s generation will be able to watch the classic of yesteryear and feel pride of our art and culture.