Friday, August 17, 2012


Enchanting actress Zeenat Aman with her gorgeous figure and cute smile entered in to the hearts of young men of 70's with the success of Dev Anand film 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'.She acted as the drug addict sister 'Janice' of Super Star Dev Anand in that film.The song and song sequence of 'Dum Maro Dum' thrilled  millions of film goers and she  suddenly rose to the heights of popularity.Youngsters loved her stylish appearance and pretty face so that the
media also competitively put her as the cover girl of several top line magazines of those period.
Zeenat Aman was born on 19 Nov 1951 to Script writer Amanulla Khan.Her mother was a Hindu. Her father died when Zeenat was only 13 years old and her mother got remarried to a German.Zeenat graduated from St.Xavier's College,Mumbai and went to California for further studies with a scholarship.
When she came back she joined as journalist of 'Femina' magazine and later turned to modelling.She became second runner up of Miss India contest and Won 
Miss Asia Pacific in 1970.
Her debut to the film industry was with  the film 'Hulchul' and then  she appeared in the film 'Hangama' along with Kishore Kumar but both the films were flops.At that stage she got last minute chance to portray the role of 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' which dealt with the life style of Hippies.The film was a roaring success and there after several hit films were released with Dev Anad-Zeenat Aman Pair."Heera Panna,Ishq Ishq Ishq,Prem Shastra, Warrant, Darling Darling, Kalabaaz" were blockbuster films of Dev Anand and Zeenat during 73-77.
Big banners and eminent directors utilized her for gigantic success projects.B.R.Chopra,Raj Kapoor,Man Mohan Desai,Feroz Khan,Nazeer Hussain Manoj Kumar, Sakti Samanta,Prakasah Mehra etc made memorable films of Zeenat Aman.
She was very bold enough to reveal her glamour and play unconventional roles also and so viewers could enjoy films like 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna', 'Roti Kapada aur Makan', Ajnabee'  ' Manoranjan'  ' Prem Shastra' etc.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna's songs are still popular.The lyrics were written by 
Anand Bakshi,Music was by RD Burman and 'Dum Maro Dum' was sung by Asha Bhosle for which she received Filmfare Best playback female singer award.For the role in that film, Zeenat Aman got Best Supporting actress award from Filmfare.
'Yadon Ki Baarat' was 1973 film of Dharmendra,Zeenat Aman,Vijay Arora, directed by Nazeer Hussain which boosted the acting career of Zeenat.
The song 'Chura Liya Hai' sung by Asha Bhosle is very popular.
The film and role of Zeenat Aman in Dev Anand's 'Heera Panna'  received accolades for her.
'Roti Kapada Makan' was written,produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, which turned to be the  highest grosser of 1974.
'Manoranjan' was a film of Shammi Kapoor,Sanjeev Kumar, directed by Shammi Kapoor   in which Zeenat portrayed an unconventional role.
'Warrant' of Dev Anand and Zeenat pair was a super duper hit.

'Dharam Veer' was film of Man Mohan Desai with the theme 'separated and reunited'.Dharmendra,Jeetendra,Zeenat Aman,Neetu Singh,etc were in the cast.'Hum Kisise Kum Naheen' was super hit film of Nazeer Hussain in which Rishi Kapoor,Kajal Kiran,Zeenat Aman,Amjad Khan etc acted.
'Satyam Sivam Sundaram' produced and directed by Raj Kapoor in 1978 in which she was shown attractively as an art piece is still admired by many viewers.

Her last appearance as lead role was for film 'Gawahi' in 1989.

Zeenat Aman married Mazher Khan in 1985 but he died in 1998.She is living with her two  sons at present and occasionally appears in films also.

Selected Filmography
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Yadon Ki Baarat
Heera Panna 
Roti Kapada aur Makaan
Prem Shastra
Ishq Ishq Ishq
Chori Mera Kaam
Dharam Veer
Darling Darling
Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
Heeralal Pannalal
Satyam Sivam Sundaram
Alibababa aur 40 Chor
Insaf ka Tarasu
Professor pyarelal
Teesri Ankh
Hum se Hai Zamana
Yeh Desh
Meri Adalat
Baat ban Jaye
Ugli aur Pagli
Dunno Y Na Janane Kyon

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Shabana Azmi is a highly talented actress well acclaimed for her manifestation of characters sagaciously perfect as if real.She will always transform herself as   the  character and portrays it with conspicuous mannerisms best suited so that the audience will be delighted to watch  her performance.Her dedication to the career is wonderful such that she is not bothered about the stardom or image but accepts juicy characters with some stuff to act which she loves to take as a challenge.No wonder she got National Award as Best Actress continuously in the years 1982,83 and 84.Altogether she got National award as Best Actress five times.
Shabana Azmi was born on 18 Sept 1950 in Hyderabad to parents Kaifi Azmi and Shoukat Azmi.Her father father earned reputation as a Poet and mother  a 
Veteran Indian People's Theatre Association Stage Actress.Both of them were 
members of Communist Party of India.
Shabana Azmi had her Schooling at Bombay and graduated in Psychology from 
St.Xavier's College Bombay.Since she loved acting career so much she joined 
Film and Television Institute of India(FTII)  at Pune and graduated from the Institute in 1973.She was signed in some films at that time but the first film released was Shyam Benegal's 'Ankur' in 1974.It was the directorial debut of Shyam Benegal.Shabana Azmi got National Award as Best Actress for this film, thereby she got much publicity and appreciation.
During 70's and 80's several intellectual directors were making realistic films 

as parallel cinema and in such neo-realistic films Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi had appeared in several unforgettable roles.She used to act in mainstream films also .
'Nishant' was another film directed by Shyam Benegal in 1975 with Shabana Azmi and Girish Karnad in lead roles.Amrish Puri,Smita Patil and Naseerudin Shah were also in the cast.
Shyam Benegal's 'Junoon' of 1978 was also highly acclaimed.It was produced
by Shashi Kapoor and he handled the hero role.The film earned several Filmfare awards and National Award as Best Feature film in Hindi, and Awards for Best Cinematography and Audiography.
'Swamy' was a popular film of 77 which was directed  by Basu Chateerjee.Shabana,Vikram and Girish Karnad were in main roles.
'Namkeen' of 82 was a  nice film of Gulzar in which Sanjeev Kumar,Sharmila Tagore,Wahida Rehman,Shabana Azmi etc acted.Shabana Azmi portrayed as an intellectual but mute girl in this film.
'Masoom' of 83 was directorial debut of Shekhar Kapoor.It's screenplay was by Gulzar.The film won several Filmfare awards.Naseerudin Shah got Best Actor award by Filmfare for this film.Gulzar received award for Best Lyricist.

'Amardeep' was a successful film of 1979 produced by K.Balajee and directed by R.Krishnamurthy.It was one of the Best films of Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi as the pair.In many films they have appeared together as pair.
'Khamosh' was a thriller film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra in 85 in which Shabana Azmi,Naseerudin Shah and Amol Palekar were in Prime roles.
'Susman' of 87 and 'Antarnaad' of 91 were nice films directed by Shyam Benegal.
'Arth' was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 82, 'Khandhar' was directed by Mrinal Sen in 83 and 'Paar' was a film directed by Goutam Ghosa in 84 for  which Shabana Azmi got National Award as Best Actress.
The film 'God Mother' of 1999 earned her Best Actress  National Award for the fifth time.This film earned her husband 'Javed Akhtar' National Award as Best Lyricist.Her husband Javed Akhtar is a poet,Lyricist,script writer and film producer.
Shabana Azmi has acted in Hollywood Productions also such as 'Madame Sousatzka' and 'City of Joy'.She earned accolades and International recognition by acting in the film 'Fire' in 96 directed by Deepa Mehta.
Shabana Azmi  has acted in TV Serial and acted on stages also.She is a well known social worker.
She is recipient of several National and International Awards.From 1997 she served as nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha'.(Upper Parliament).
She was given Padma Shri in 1988.She got Gandhi Int'l peace Award in 2006.
She got 'Padma Bhushan' Award  from Government of India in 2012.
Selected Filmography
Shatranj Ke Khiladi
Ek Hi Phool
Amar Akbar Antony
Hira aur Pathar
Adha Din Adhi Raat
Amar Deep
Ram Tera Desh
Ram Tere Kitna Naam
Rahi Badal Gaya
Son of the Pink Panther 
FireMorning Raga
Side Streets Earth
In custody
City of Joy
God Mother
Park Avenue
Umrao Jaan
Honeymoon travels pvtLtd.
It's a wonderful Afterlife

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Hema Malini is an actress of Bollywood for more than four decades.The charisma of Hema Malini as an actress, dancer and Politician is amazing.This enchanting actress blessed with raving beauty was introduced to the tinsel world in a Telugu film for a dance scene.After three years  at the  age of 20 she acted as heroine of Raj Kapoor in the film 'Sapno  ka Soudagar'.In the debut film itself she was promoted as 'Dream Girl' and she proved within a few years that she deserved that title with her fascinating acting style,stunning dancing skill and  mesmerizing smile.
Hema Malini was born on 16 Oct 1948 at Ammankudi,Thiruchirapally,Tamil Nadu in an Iyengar family to parents V.S.Ramanujam Chakravorthy and Jaya Chakravorthy.From childhood itself she was trained in classical Bharatanatyam dance and she became an expert in that dance form.
In the year 1965 she got a chance to act in a Telugu film in a dance scene.After three years in 1968 she acted opposite to Raj Kapoor.The precociousness in her acting and dancing was well noted by other producers and directors so that she was cast in other films  which boosted her acting career.
She made hits with  Shashi Kapoor,Dev Aanad and Dharmendra initially.
In 1970 Dharmenda-Hema Malini had two hits " Tum Haseen Mein Jawan and Sherafat".In 1971 she took courage to act as a widow in the film 'Andaz' of Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor.Rajesh Khanna's character 'Raj' dies and Hema Malini,  his wife becoming in a frustrated state and other developments were the theme.It was the last film of Shammi Kapoor as a hero.The song "Zindagi Ek Safar" became very popular and it was the last song of music director 'Jai Kishan'.
In the film 'Seetha aur Geetha' she portrayed dual roles of two identical twin  sisters.Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra acted as their partners.Ramesh Sippy was the director.
'Raja Jani and Jugnu' were hits of Dharmendra in 73.For the film 'Jugnu' Dharmendra got accolades and the dialogues of that film was critically acclaimed.1974 film of Dharmendra and Hema Malini pair 'Patthar aur Payal' was also a hit.
1975 film 'Sholay' made history which was directed by Ramesh Sippy.The film which became a mega hit ran for more than five years continuously in a  film theater of Mumbai.The film was a record grosser in which Sanjeev Kumar,Amitabh Bachchan,Dharmendra,Amjad Khan,Hema Malini etc acted.

Dharmendra -Hema Malini pair acted in large number of films and most of them were hits.In 1976 'Charas' was a Dharmendra film of Hema Malini.
In 1977 she played five different characters 'Sapna,Padma,Dream Girl' etc to steal money to maintain a home of orphans.It was directed by Pramod Chakravarthy.
'Meera' was a female centric film of Gulzar in 1979 in which Hema Malini proved her acting prowess.
In the year 1980 Hema Malini married Dharmendra by accepting Islam by both of them.After the marriage also Dharmenda-Hema Malini pair was accepted by the audience in several hits such as "Burning Train,Ali Baba aur 40 Chor, Krodhi,Samrat,Raj Tilak etc.
With Dev Anand she had hits like 'Johny Mera Naam,Amir garib,Tere Mere Sapne' etc
With Amitabh Bachchan she had hits like 'Gahri Chaal,Satte pe Satta,Desh Premee,Naseeb' etc.'Naseeb' was a super duper hit directed by Man Mohan Desai and 'Desh Premee' was also Man Mohan Desai film.
'Trishul' was highest grosser film of 1978 in which Sanjeev Kumar,Amitabh Bachchan,Shakthi Kapoor,Hema Malini,Rakhee,Waheeda Rehman etc acted and was directed by Yash Chopra.

'Kranti' of 81 was also a super hit film in which Dilip Kumar,Manoj Kumar,Shashi Kapoor, etc acted which told a story of fight for Indian Independence.
Jeetendra also acted in several  super hit films like 'Dulhan, 'Khushboo''Qaidi' etc.
With Rajesh Khanna she had 8 blockbuster films during 80-87 but films like 'Palkon ki Chhaon Mein' were flops.'Prem Nagar' of Rajesh Khanna in 74 was 
a big hit which was the remake of 'Prem Nagar' of Telugu and 'Vasantha Maligai' of Sivaji Ganesan-Vanisree Tamil film.
She directed a film 'Dil Aashna Hai' in 1992 in which Mithun Chakrabarthy,Sharukh Khan,Divya Bharati,Jeetendra,Amrita Singh,Dimple Kapadia etc acted but was not a success.Later in 2011 she produced and directed 'Tell me O Khuda' in which her daughter Esha Deol was the heroine.
She has directed a T.V.Serial 'Noopur' also.
She is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha' from 2003 to 2009.
She served as Chairperson of Film Development corporation for three years.
Hema Malini received Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1972.
She got Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
In 2000 she was given 'Padma Shri' by Government of India.
Selected Filmography
Sapno ke Saudagar
Aansoo aur Maskan
Tere Mere Sapne
Raja Jani
Naya Zamana
Prem Parvat
Garam Masala
Babul ki Galiyan
Prem Nagar
Patthar aur Payal
Do Thug
Aap Beati
Dream Girl
Apna Khoon
Chacha Bhatija
Dil Ka Heera
The Burning Train
Farz aur Kanoon
Andha Kanoon
Himalay Putra
Hey Ram