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#SalmanKhan and #MadhuriDixitNene in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.
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(1938) ‘Mother India’ “Having pioneered the talkie in India, Imperial Studio's Ardeshir Irani wanted to be the first to bring colour to the Hindi screen. He experimented with it in Kisan Kanya in 1937. His second attempt, Mother India (1938), was more successful”. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

On the occasion of Shiv Jayanti today, sharing a poster of the 1987 Hindi film 'Sher Shivaji'. 'Sher Shivaji' is a 1987 Hindi film starring Parikshit Sahni, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Asrani, Shreeram Lagoo, Ramesh Deo, Jayashree Gadkar and Vijaya Mehta. It is Directed by Ram Gabale and produced by Maharashtra Government. Music of this film is composed by Sudhir Phadke. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

#AmitabhBachchan, #Govinda and #DavidDhawan in press conference of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

#MoonMoonSen and Ustad Zakir Hussain, the famous tabla player in an ad. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

#SatyajitRay in Paris. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

#TomHanks getting ready for the famous bench scene in #ForrestGump (1994). ‬

Bollywoodirect remembers Jan Nisar Akhtar, the illustrious Urdu poet and Hindi film lyricist on his 105th birth anniversary today.

Jan Nisar Akhtar was an acclaimed poet of Urdu ghazals and nazms, and a part of the Progressive Writers' Movement, who was also a lyricist in Hindi films.

Jan Nisar Akhtar has worked with leading music composers including C. Ramchandra, O.P. Nayyar, N Dutta and Khayyam. In a career spanning four decades, he wrote nearly 150 songs. Notable among them were songs from his breakthrough film, A.R. Kardar’s Yasmin (1955), 'Aankhon hi Aankhon Mein' in Guru Dutt's C.I.D. (1956), "Aap yun faaslon se guzarte rahe" (Shankar Hussain), "Yeh dil aur unki nigahon ke saaye' in Prem Parbat (1974) 'Aaja re o mere dilbar aaja' in Noorie (1979) and his last song, "Ae Dil-e-naadaan", in Kamal Amrohi’s Razia Sultan (1983). He wrote and produced a film, Bahu Begum (1967), starring Pradeep Kumar and Meena Kumari.
His poetry works include Nazr-e-Butaan, Salaasil, Javidaan, Pichali Pehar, Ghar Angan and Khaak-e-dil. The latter was a poetry collection for which he was awarded the 1976 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.

He died in Mumbai, India on 19 August 1976, while he was still working on Kamal Amrohi's film, Razia Sultan. He was nominated posthumously for 1980 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for "Aaja Re Mere Dilbar" from the film, Noorie. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates

Such a long time ago. Photo shoot for #Madhubala. #GuruDutt. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

Wishing yesteryear shining star, #Nimmi happy birthday as she turns 86 years today.
Nimmi was a highly popular star right through the 1950s acting with all the top heroes of her time and working with directors like Raj Kapoor, Kidar Sharma, Mehboob Khan, Amiya Chakravarty, S.U. Sunny and KA Abbas. However, her larger than life gestures and eye-popping theatrics have not always held up well and admittedly many of her performances look stilted today. But there’s no denying her stardom and popularity in her heyday. In fact, one of her greatest admirers was no less than Ismail Merchant!

She gained popularity playing spirited village belle type characters but also appeared in diverse genres such as fantasy and social films.

Here, Nimmi speaks about her first break in films: "Raj Kapoor noticed me on the sets of “Andaz” in 1948 and offered me the role of a prominent character opposite his brother-in-law Prem Nath in “Barsaat” in 1949. I was thrilled at the opportunity of working with established actors like Raj Kapoor and Nargis. At the same time, I also feared being sandwiched between heavyweights like them.

Though it was his second film as a director, Raj Kapoor showed ample promise both behind and in front of the camera. Since he himself was a natural actor, he did not believe in theatricals and gave equal footage to all actors. Raj Kapoor was one director who never kept the camera focused too much on himself.

During the shooting of “Barsaat”, I emoted more than required in some of my pathos scenes. Raj Kapoor maintained his cool and then told me, “Don't overdo. Remember, you are a normal human being who has been ditched by her playboy lover. Be conscious whilst delivering your shots but again don't get over conscious.” These words from Raj Kapoor were like an inspirational mantra for me. I followed them throughout my career.

After the success of “Barsaat”, I was flooded with offers. Mehboob Khan cast me opposite Dilip Kumar in his technicolor costume drama “Aan” in 1951. Read More On Our Facebook Page

Birthday Greetings to one of Hindi cinema's great music composers Khayyam, who turned 92 glorious years today.
Khayyam sahab had an illustrious career as a music composer in the Hindi film industry for a glorious four decades from 1953 to 1990. Known for his mellifluous melodies in super hit films like Kabhie Kabhie, Umrao Jaan and Trishul, he is a living legend.

Khayyam sahab belongs to an age when music was soulful and had a classical touch. The maestro's treasure trove of melodies leaves us spellbound. Yet, the humble composer credits his success to his family and lyricists.

Wishing Khayyam Sahab a Very Happy Birthday and many more to come. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

The Angry Young Man - #AmitabhBachchan in Zanjeer (1973). Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates.

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