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Musing 46: Dance as sex, Son of Hatimtai (!965)

I think everybody realizes that the hero-heroine dances are there to make up for the lack of sex that censors do not allow. I don't think any film person has admitted it. Recently, Edwina Violette spelled it out

“Yes I would imagine that the Hip Shaking & the Top
Half of the Body Shaking & any part of the Body
Shaking done by The Female Dancers especially in the
Film Line is to spell out ‘Sex’ from Beginning to End"

Now you know!

Listen to Son of Hatimtai (1965)


Musing 28: Dinesh Sharma, Phool Bane Angare (1963)

Some people like Hindi films, others love them, but a few blessed ones like Har Mandir and his successors are crazy about films and their songs. One such person is Dinesh Sharma of  Dhulia, Maharashtra. He started noting down the picturizations of films in notebooks, loose sheets of paper and scraps of paper. He has been mostly responsible in all the picturization info you see in the various singers' Geet Koshes. Here is what the compilers of the Rafi Geet Kosh, 'Mere Geet Tumhare' had to say about him.

Dinesh Sharma

Mr Dinesh Sharma: Suggested to include picturizations in 'Mere Geet Tumhare' and continued sending new information that was very important in making the book truly complete. His address is given next.

Now you know!

Listen to Phool Bane Angare (1963) 



Musing 1 Tanar System Camera

Number 1 2017/08/16

Tanar Single-System Camera

Starting a new series of brief notes by me. Hoping to publish on a daily basis

One reads in various books and articles that Ardeshir Irani shot Alam Ara (1931) on a single-system Tanar camera. Single System means that the audio and video were recorded on the same film negative at the same time, solving the problem of sound synchronization. We see here Mr Irani recording the film and we see a big box.

(Photo from the book So Many Cinemas by B D Garga). That is all people knew for a long time. Thanks to modern science, we now have the Internet. Here is an ad of the Tanar System from the magazine American Cinematographer, January 1931. 

In the second photo the famous Douglas Fairbanks (not Jr, but Sr) with two boxes, endorsing it as a portable talkie making system to sound-film your vacation! The first one gives more info. According to Irani, they used to take the two boxes everywhere for outdoor shooting. The foreign expert Mr Wiford Demming charged Rs 100 per month for training Mr Irani and Mr Rustam Bharucha. They learnt how to assemble it and use it.

Now you know!