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Naushad letterhead

A scan of the letter of Naushad from 1969. He mentions all his movies with info on their success. [Thanks to Khwaja Irfan Anwar, son of MD Khurshid Anwar

A Year in Hindi Movies 1947

A Year in Hindi Movies 1947 Part I

1947 - Part A: Saigal and Noorjahan gone.

Saigal was born on April 11, 1904 and learnt singing
from his mother Mrs. Kesar Kaur. Made just 28 movies and
sang about 250 songs, including non-filmi songs. The
legendary singer died on January 18, 1947. His last movie
was paravaanaa, his third and last with suraiyaa. Baby
khurshiid, later known as shyaamaa played his
sister. The music was by khurshiid anvar and lyrics were
by madhok. Saigal sang five songs,

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Filmfare Awards 1959 and 1968

A Controversy on Classic RMIM

Long ago there were heated discussions about Filmfare awards after a member had posted an article on them. People believed in the Internet and it was wrong. I will let veteran RMIMer Asif Alvi tell the story in his own words, from a recent email to me,

At this time I am sharing with you 4 PDF pages, 2 each from 2 different Filmfare issues.  Two pages show Filmfare Award winners and nominations for the year 1959, and the other 2 pages show winners for the year 1968.  One of these pages show color photos of Rafi and Asha.  It is worth noting that Rafi won his Filmfare Award for the song 'main gaaoon tum so jaao' (Brahamachari), not for 'dil ke jharokhe mein' from the same film as the Internet claims - and so do a countless people who sourced their knowledge of this award from Internet.  You would be surprised to see that site also has this same error.  If you remember it, I talked about this error (seemingly sourced from Filmfare website in those days; the site does not list the awards anymore) on RMIM years ago when Late Shri Kalraji was alive and he also confirmed this error and agreed with me.  I have always known this fact since boyhood days when I devoured Filmfare from my father's library.
I am wondering if you can please upload these pages on your site for music lovers to know the truth.  The reason I am requesting you to also upload the pages about awards from the year 1959 is personal.  In 2003 I posted a list of all Filmfare Award winners as well as nominations up to the year 1980 or so on Mukesh Yahoo group.  A few members appreciated this list as a new knowledge for them.  However, an idiot fraud named George James openly insulted me by saying that my list was incorrect, I was wrong, and calling me names - without citing any facts of his own.  He claimed that Mukesh' song 'mujhe tumse kuchh bhi na chaahiye' was nominated among 3 songs rather than Lata's 'bhaiyya mere raakhi ke bandhan ko nibhaana' listed by me on that post.  He also said that Rafi won his award for the song 'dil ke jharokhe mein' instead of 'main gaaoon tum so jaao' listed by me on the same post.  He asked me to find the "fact" on site and called me dumb and "too young to admit my mistakes."  His attack on me turned so disgusting that I left the group in agony and anger after trying to prove myself in a few posts (without being able to show real Filmfare issues, which I did not have at that time).  I never forgot that insult.  You can still see the post titled Filmfare Awards on Singer Mukesh Yahoo group without having to log in and that idiot's responses full of filth and lies.
I posted my response last night to that idiot's last response on that thread, but it is not still not published there.  The moderator probably rejected it, because I called that idiot 'idiot' and 'fraud' at several places in my response, nothing obscene or ugly.  I may never be able to settle a score with that fraud; however, I want the world to know the truth, especially about Rafi's award in 1968.
I would greatly appreciate if you please upload these 4 pages on your site.  Thanks and take care.
The 4 pages are here