Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vyjayanthimala And Sridevi Two Crowning Glory Of Indian Cinema

Usually the date 13 is considered to be ill-fated but as far as Indian Cinema is concerned this date is perhaps very auspicious for it, you may wonder why? Well, 13 August, is the birthday of Indian Cinema’s two most gorgeous and versatile actress viz. Vyjayanthimala and Sridevi, who brought crowning glory to Indian Cinema. Raaga.Com wishes these two legendary divas of Indian Cinema birthday wishes. 

Incidentally both these great actress belong to Tamil Nadu and began their respective career from Tamil Cinema and later went on to become national and International star after their foray in Bollywood.

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While Vyjayanthimala was born in Triplicane, Madras Presidency, British India, (now in Tamil Nadu, India); Sridevi was born at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. Nevertheless both reached the pinnacle of success and dominated Bollywood and South Film Industry for over decades. 

Readers would be enlightened to know that Vyjayanthimala was South India’s ‘First actress’ to invade Bollywood and establish her authority as an actress par excellence. Thus paving way for other South Indian actress to conquer Bollywood and attain National stardom. 

Vyjayanthimala besides being a competent actress was an ace dancer and it was she who gave a new identity classical dance form like Bharathanatyam in Bollywood

She ruled the 50’s and 60’s as the highest paid actress and featured opposite great actors like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Her performance as the rustic rural lass in GUNGA JUMANA is still regarded as her best performance, particularly because despite being a South Indian, she spoke the Bhojpuri (North Indian) dialect effortlessly. 

While Vyjayanthimala dominated the 50’s and 60’s; Sridevi ruled the roost during the 80’s and 90’s. Though she made a flop start with SOLVA SAWAN (1978) in Bollywood but it was five years later with HIMMATWALA (1983), a remake of a Telugu film OORIKI MONAGADU, she hit the bull’s eye. Sridevi’s hot thighs show in swimsuit in the movie HIMMATWALA made the film buffs go crazy. She later appeared in a string of commercially successful movies as a glamour doll in movies like MAWAALI (1983), TOHFA (1984), MASTERJI (1985), KARMA (1986) etc. 

However Sridevi was more than a sex symbol. She proved her versatility as an actress par excellence in SADMA (1983), NAGINA (1986), MR. INDIA (1987), CHANDNI (1989), CHAALBAAZ (1989), LAMHE (1991), KHUDA GAWAH (1992), GUMRAH (1993), LAADLA (1994), JUDAAI (1997)etc. 

Critics were tight lipped at her versatility. She not only won five Filmfare Awards (including a Filmfare Special Award) but even the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor. 

‘Independence Special’ The Magic Of ‘Old Patriotic’ Song - Part I

With 15 August round the corner Raaga.Com salutes the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Mother India and presents an ‘Independence Special’ that takes a peek at some of the timeless patriotic songs that makes our national festivals Republic Day and Independence Day special. 

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When Lata echoed this kavi Pradeep written abomination it had such a mesmerizing impact on our then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru that he burst into tears. Today after decades the song commands the same sway and remains the nation’s number one patriotic number. 

Kavi Pradeep, the monarch of patriotic songs who wrote this milestone number, earlier created history when he penned yet another classic song Door hatoon aye duniya walo Hindustan hamara hain

According to film historical the song Door hatoon aye duniya walo Hindustan hamara hain… was intentionally penned by Kavi Prdeep for the movie KISMET because India was under the British rule hence while freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak etc were fighting on the national front, film industry was also supporting the freedom movement by either making patriotic movies or by inserting patriotic songs that would infuse a patriotism among the countrymen. 

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Since Cinema was the best form of reaching maximum countrymen hence film industry was encouraged to include such fiery patriotic numbers that could incite patriotic fervor amidst cine goers. When the movie KISMET was released, the song Door hatoon aye duniya walo Hindustan hamara hain… became a huge hit. It’s believed cine buffs thronged cinema halls again and again just to hear the song. That was the reason the movie was a huge hit and celebrated 200 week run in a single cinema hall in Kolkatta.

It’s claimed that when the song appeared on the screen the audience would stand up and sing in chorus. Sometimes they even forced the theatre management to rewind the song!!! 

Similarly the other number two nationalistic number Saare jahan se accha…written by Iqbal won the masses heart so dearly that it was inserted in the 50’s movie MASOOM and as expected pulled in audience, despite being handicapped of big stars. Likewise the song Vande Matram…( ANAND MATH) and Kar chale hum fida… (HAQEEQAT) have been hot favorites for generations. 

Note: In the next issue read about some other Patriotic songs that became popular