Since 1999

Books

Musical Date with a Decade (1981-1990)

Compiler: Narendra Singh

After the publication of Hindi Film Geet Kosh lovers of Hindi film music have been eagerly waiting for similar books on the later years. I am happy to report that this need has been ably filled by Shri Narendra Singh of Lucknow , now living in New Delhi. The author kindly sent me a copy and I must say that it is a monumental piece of work.

I am sure that in this day and age many people would say that this is not needed because so much information is now readily available on the Internet. Later one can hear the same people bemoaning the fact that much of the information on the Internet is incomplete and erroneous! Therefore there is ample need for this kind of solid work. There are also people who say (myself included) that the quality of music has been going down and nobody cares for the 'modern' music. To them I say that people have been complaining about the quality of music since the early forties when Khazaanchi's music became a hit, so that is nothing new. In any case, de gustibus non disputandum est, or Khyaal apanaa apanaa pasand apanee apanee.

The book obviously required a lot of hard work. It is complied in the style of the previous Geet Koshes. So, there is information about the title, producer, director, cast, songs etc.. The author has introduced many enhancements. He has included information about the video availability, release date, and other info. In the best example set by earlier Koshes, he has wisely left blanks where reliable information is not available.

I can recommend this book very strongly. Here is some information about the book.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/musicaldate/

Publisher Asha Rani and Ira Singh, New Delhi, India

Size About 900 pages of full size pages, hard cover

Price Rs 2,000 (India), $40 (abroad) including all charges

Author email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cell phone number 91 9643287097

Please contact the author for buying the book.

Here are photos of the compiler, title page of the book and a review in the Hindustan Times

Narendra Photo

 Musical title

hindutan times

 

Note: The Sitara in the cast of Devdas (1935) is not the well-known Sitara Devi who acted in films like Roti (1942) and Hulchul (1951), but a different Sitara, sister of Jamuna. We thank Dr J P Guha for this information.

professor toofaanii publishers is happy to announce their 12th book

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast (1933-1937)

by Sheo Khetan (it is first non-technical book) and Prof Surjit Singh (it is his 8th book and 6th on Hindi cinema)

How many times have you wanted to know how the actors in old movies looked like? Of course, we are all familiar with the famous ones, Saigal, Ashok Kumar, Lila Chitnis, Madhubala. But how about many others whose names appear in the film cast and filmographies? This book is an attempt put faces to their names. We have taken the first 20 Hindi films whose videos are in our collection and captured pictures of the cast and included more than 300 pictures.

Black and White, paperback, color cover, 117 pages, with Table of Contents and Index.

Buying information

1. Paperback on Pothi India

India Pothi Paperback

2. ebook on Pothi India

India Pothi ebook

International Edition

 

front

 

back

 

 

 

 

Edwina: An Unsung Bollywood Dancer of the Golden Era

PREFACE    1
HINDI MOVIE AND ITS ORIGINS    7
Theater before the Modern Era    7
Modern Era    9
Outline of Hindi Cinema    10
DANCE IN HINDI FILMS    15
Shehzadi    15
Azurie (Anna or Annette Marie Gueizielor)    16
Cuckoo Moray, or Cuckoo    16
Helen    17
Dancer Actresses    17
Male Dancers    17
Same Sex Dances    18
Other Types of Dances    18
Backup Dancers    18
ANGLO-INDIANS IN HINDI CINEMA    21
Brief Note on Anglo-Indians    21
Anglo-Indians in Theater and Cinema    22
EDWINA'S LIFE STORY    23
Early Life    23
Movies and Marriage    28
Life in the UK    34
Some memorable photos    37
HEROES, HEROINES AND SUCH    41
Actors    42
Mehmood    43
Actresses    47
Choreographers    50
Robert Master (Surya Kumar)    50
P L Raj    51
Herman    52
HER FELLOW GROUP DANCERS    55
Terence    55
Philomena    57
Teresa and Oscar    58
Jennifer    60
Marie and Shinde    61
Pamela (Bonnici)    62
Saroj Khan    63
Herman (as a dancer)    63
Vijay (Borade)    64
Abe Cohn    65
Tony Pereira    66
Ahmed    67
Bhagwan    67
Robert D'Souza    68
Other Group Dancers    68
HER ADVENTURES IN THE FILM LINE    69
Becoming a Dancer    69
Clothes, Hair, and Makeup    70
Edu's Hairstyles    72
Filming A Dance    74
Hip Shaking and Eye Rolling    75
Some Dance Memories    76
The Downside    76
CONCLUDING REMARKS    79
FILMOGRAPHY    81
List of Films    81
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REMARKS    89
ALPHABETICAL INDEX    91
ABOUT THE AUTHOR    95