Thursday, September 26, 2013


During the early 70's a sector of the audience got stressed  with the usual crime filled themes of cinema and they got bored about the roaring Villains and boasting heroes alike.The trend of art-house movies started as a result in many languages in India by genius film makers like V.Santaram,Girish Karnad,Adoor Gopalakrishnan,G.Aravindan,John abraham and many more.They approached the subject very seriously and the common film viewers such as the labourers  found it difficult to understand what is being said by reading between lines and so  kept away from cinema theatres where they were exhibited.
In such a situation many directors and writers came up with middle path films which were not fully commercial and were not art-films also.Such films which when poised with the poignant terror,crime and violence filled films, provided a cool, soothing breeze like affect for the film lovers.Writer cum film director Gulzar made several fantastic films in this category.In Malayalam director Bharathan  and Padmarajan made several classic films of this sort.Such films handled a usual subject in a natural well defined subtle way so artistically and brilliantly.They never included any costly sets or gimmicks.There were no hallucinate scenes and shots.But they were manipulated in a conspicuous way and stood varied  with eminence.People of all categories liked them and these low budget films were super hits at the box office.The hero and heroine of such films represented common people and depicted as possessing all up and downs as well as faults and mistakes.
Vidya Sinha is a famous Bollywood actress who acted in several middle path films as heroine and received much accolades.She has also made winning appearances in commercial hits like 'Pati Patni aur Woh'.
'Rajnigandha(1974) and Chchoti si baat(75) are her most renowned films.
She was born on 15 November 1947 in Mumbai.Her father Rana Pratap Singh was a film producer.Vidya Sinha got married at the age of 21 to Venkiteswaran.She entered film field as an actor after her marriage and  with the consent of her husband.She was noted by her heroine role of 'Rajnigandha' in 1974 which was directed by Basu Chatterjee.The low budget film was a blockbuster, box office hit.Afterwards she was cast in many more low budget,art house films and middle path films like Choti si baat.Later she got chance in main stream films also.She took a long leave from films in 1986

when her career was at its peak.Her daughter 'Janhavi' was born in 1989.Her husband Venkiteswaran Iyer died in 1996.
Vidya Sinha returned to act  for T.V. Serials  in 2000 and acted in Bahu Rani,Bhabi,Neem Neem,Shahad Shahad,Kavyanjali,Zaara,Qubool Hai etc.
Selected Filmography
Chchoti si baat
Jeevan Mukti
Tumhare Liye
Pati Pati aur Woh
Pyara Dushman
Love story(1981)

Friday, September 20, 2013


L.Vijaya Lakshmi as the heroine of 'Jnana Sundari' and 'Laila Majnu' was  very popular in Kerala during early 60's.The very beautiful actor with fantastic dancing skill was very familiar to all film goers  during that period.Her entry in to film world was through Telugu films.Then she entered Tamil films and  in Tamil also films like 'Iru Vallavargal', 'Vallavan Oruvan',
'Kudiyiruntha Kovil','Kaakkum Karangal', 'Pancha Varnakili' etc
made her a top artiste who was loved by the audience.
Vijayalakshmi  is an accomplished dancer who was born at Tirunalveli  and she shifted from Pune from where they were living  to Chennai to learn Bharatanatyam.She selected a Bharatanatyam exponent Guru 'Kamala' and got trained in that art form and became a graceful dancer in that art form also.At that time itself she was expert of some other classical dance forms.
L.Vijaya Laksmi, after her 'arangetram' of Bharatanatyam got offer from a Telugu film.She had a character role in it and  performed a classical dance also for that film which was liked by the audience.She continuously got chance to act and   dance in several films afterwards since Telugu audience loves classical dance.Soon she became a great star.In Telugu she acted along with NTR,ANR and other super

At that stage she got offer from Tamil films and acted in super hit films of M.G.R, Sivaji Ganesan,Jai Shankar etc.
'Bangra dance number' of film 'Kudiyiruntha Kovil' with the song "Aadaludan Padal kettu rasipathilethan sugam sugam" became a tremendous hit.The dance sequence as well as the song was very much liked by the audience.It is said that MGR took adequate training of 'Bangra Dance' to dance along Vijaya Lakshmi for the sequence.Vijayalakshmi got appreciation always for her excellence in dance presentation,perfection of speed,expressions,and elegance.At that period she equalled or excelled any other dancer on the Indian film screen.
In Malayalam also she acted in several pictures out of which three were  with Prem Nazir. ' Jnana Sundari,Laila Majnu,Sathya Bhama' were super hits during early 60's.
She got married to Surjaj Kumar Datta after 7-8 years of acting career when she was a top heroine in Telugu,Tamil and Malayalam. Her husband Dutta  was employed  abroad.Later they moved to USA.She is now living there.
L.Vijayalakshmi was familiar as 'Viji' in the film industry.
She has acted in some Hindi films as well.She acted with Sanjeev Kumar in 'Husn Aur Ishq(1966),Baadal,Alibaba and 40 thieves. In some other Hindi films also she acted like 'Shabnam' which was along with Mehboob..During her acting career she has acted in more than 100 films.
Selected Filmography
Sumai Thangi
Kakkum Karangal
Iru Vallavargal
Vallavan Oruvan
Ayirathil Oruvan
Ootty varai Uravu
Kudiyiruntha Kovil
Jnana Sundari
Sathya Bhama
Laila Majnu

Snapaka Yohannan
Padhai Theriyudu Paar
Ramudu Bheemudu
Gundamma Katha
Jagadeka Veeruni Katha
Mahamantri Timmarasu
Anbu Vazhi
Bhama Vijayam
Mangamma Sapadham
Bhakta Prahalada 
Bobbili Yudham
Sabash Thambi

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Jaya Bhaduri astonished millions of film viewers by her remarkably superb acting skill in several excellent films of 70's and 80's.She is having inborn acting skills which she got chance to sharpen it at   the 'Film and Television Institute of India'  from where she secured a gold medal.Her authentic acting talent of perfection was visible in a number of fantastic films like 'Guddi,Uphaar,Zanjeer,Kora Kagaz,Parichay,Chupke Chupke,Abhiman,Koshish,Mili,Silsila,Sholay' and many more.
Jaya Bhaduri was born on 9 April 1948 at Calcutta, West Bengal to parents Tarun Kumar Bhaduri and Indira Bhaduri.Her father Tarun Kumar Bhaduri was a writer, journalist and stage artiste.
Jaya Bhaduri was good at studies and  other activities like N.C.C. She got Best All India N.C.C. Cadet Award during republic day celebrations in 1966.
Jaya Bhaduri entered film field by acting in the film 'Mahanagar' which was filmed by Satyajit Ray when she was 15 years old.Later she joined Film Institute and passed out  with a gold medal.
In 1971 her performance in the film 'Guddi' directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee was received with applauses.
Jaya Bhaduri was the heroine of several 'Middle Cinema' of those period which were written and directed by eminent personalities like Gulzar.
'Guddi' was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and was written by Gulzar.Dharmendra and Jaya Bhaduri were the main pair in the film which earned good response from the audience.Amitabh Bachchan,Pran and Omprakash acted in guest roles in that film.
'Uphaar' was Rajshri Productions film of 1971 and was based on a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore.The film was selected as the 'Best Foreign Language Film' at the 45th Academy Awards.
Film 'Parichay' written and directed by Gulzar in 1972 earned good opinion.
She presented remarkable acting style in the comedy film 'Piya ka Ghar' directed by Basu Chatterjee.
'Koshish' is an exceptionally marvellous film with a different type of theme and Jaya Bhaduri and Sanjeev Kumar presented intrinsic acting skill at par.It is written and directed by Gulzar.
'Abhiman' was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1973.Jaya Bhaduri got Filmfare Best Actress award for it.
'Kora Kagaz' in 1974 earned her Filmfare best actress award and it was

directed by Sanjay Mukherjee.
Her performances in films 'Sholay' and 'Mili' of 1975 is also unforgettable.
In 1979 she received Filmfare best actress award for the film 'Nauker' which was directed by Ismail Memon.Her role as servant Geeta was well appreciated by the audience and critics.
She married Amitabh Bachchan in 1973 and took a gap from films after the nice film 'Silsila' of 1981.
She returned to the film field by acting in Govind Nihalani's film 'Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa' in 1998.She then appeared in films like 'Fiza', 'Kabhi Khusi Kabhi Gham' , 'Kal Ho Na Ho' which garnished her with awards and nominations.
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is the holder of Nine Filmfare awards out of which three are Best Actress Awards and three Supporting Actress Awards.She is on the top with actress  'Nutan' in this regard.
She got International Indian Film Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in the year 2001,2002 and 2004.
She got Filmfare Life Achievement Award in the year 2007.
She is the recipient of several Life time Achievement Awards and other awards from prestigious organisations.
She got 'Padma Shri' from Government of India in 1992.
Jaya Bachchan is a member of the 'Rajya Sabha', upper house of Indian Parliament.
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan has acted in a Bangladeshi Film 'Meherjaan' in 2011.
Selected Filmography

Jawani Diwani
Piya ka Ghar
Ek Nazar
Jai Jawan Jai Makan
Dil Diwana
Kora Kagaz
Naya Din Nayi Raat
Doosri Sita
Chupke Chupke
Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa
Kabhi Khusi Kabhi Gham
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Aap Ke Liye Hum