Having resisted the temptation thus far, I’ve finally decided to throw in the towel and start blogging! I’ve been writing for quite some time now (ahem), and while I have received ample encouragement from many readers, blogging certainly has its appeal. I’ll be posting mostly about Ye Olde Movies, Olde Music and other miscellany that I hope will be of interest.
To start on a sound note, here’s a video of the melodious rendition, “Haye re woh din kyon na aaye”, by Lata from the 1960 film Anuradha, which incidentally won the national film award the following year. This film was directed by the veteran director, Hrishikesh Mukerjee and the music composed by the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar! This footage has been shot nicely as you watch the irresistibly charming Leela Naidu sing to a somewhat disconcerted audience including Balraj Sahni and a somber Nasir Husain. This was Leela Naidu’s first foray into movies and she went onto act in others including Ivory Merchant’s The Householder. In Anuradha, she is married to an idealistic doctor who sets up practice in an Indian village, and goes through the travails of life. A talented actor, Balraj Sahni had earlier given a memorable performance as the poverty stricken hand-rickshaw wallah in Do Bhiga Zameen.
We often tend to talk about heroes and heroines, but the silver screen is replete with talented character actors. In the video, there is a brief shot of Brahm Bharadwaj who has played numerous character roles convincingly. I never could put a name to his face while watching his movies many moons ago. The song epitomizes true nostalgia for the good old days that one yearns for! If you can correctly identify the raga in this melody, do drop me a note.