About

This is a website dedicated to vintage bollywood.

Here are my other websites:

my youtube channel

my other blog on vintage bollywood

my blog on legendary singer actress, the great Madam Noor Jehan

Image header: A great group photo of vintage singers (from left to right):

Zohrabai Ambalewali, Rajkumari, Amirbai Karnataki, Hamida Bano, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, G M Durrani, Talat Mehmood, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh and others

Sidebar Images: 1. Dilip Kumar and Noor Jehan in Jugnu (1947)

2. Durga Khote, Shanta Apte and Vasanti in Amar Jyoti (1936)

3. K. L. Saigal and Kanan Devi in Parichay (1941)

4. Singer – actress Khursheed

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8 Responses to “About”

  1. j s pande Says:

    what an amazing collection. how long have you been collecting films?thanks for your comment about shamshad bai, mother of naseem bano.

  2. Hello, do you have film Bhagwat Mahima (1955)?

    • Thanks for commenting, but unfortunately I don’t have the film. I searched online but couldn’t find it. I will certainly tell you if I come across it.

  3. Hello Vidur, this is a lovely blog. I am yet to read all of it but I have read 5-6 posts and it wonderful. Do you have a list of films you have in you collection? I am looking for films starring PREM ADIB and the early works of my eternal grandma, DURGA KHOTE. I love that pic on the side from Amar Jyoti. Are any films starring DEVIKA RANI available in the market? I have not found a single film.

    • Thanks a lot for the appreciation! Looking forward to eager audience like you. Actually it’s a while since I posted and I hope to do much more…from today.

      Prem Adib Ji – he is one of my most favourite actors ever since I saw him, for the first time, in Bharat Milap (1942), just like you šŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for your lovely post! The article from Inhein Na Bhulana was a true delight and a huge favour to me. Looking forward to many other such lovely posts in your interesting site.

      Prem Adib Ji, Durga Khote Ji, and Devika Rani Ji are my favourites too. I will soon post a lot about them.

      Did you know that he was actually a very good singer as well, and sang through the 1930s and even some songs in the (mostly early) 1940s? Surprisingly, didn’t sing much in 1943 – 1947, even though the era was one which supported singing acting a lot. Great playback singer G. M. Durrani Ji definitely made best playback for him, and since the former was one of the top most singer (actually along with Khan Mastana Ji and S. D. Batish Ji), Prem Adib Ji got a lot of famous playback from him, and the combination was truly fabulous.

      Durga Khote Ji started as a heroine with the first Marathi talkie, Ayodhyecha Raja (1932), opposite the film’s hero, singer, composer and lyricist (!) Govindrao Tembe Ji. Though her first film was Fareb Jaal (1931, silent), made by Prabhat Films. He composed for the earliest Prabhat Films, mostly 1932 – 1934. Later Keshavrao Bhole Ji and Master Krishnarao Ji overtook him in fame. Her earliest work had a lot to do with Prabhat Films in fact, mostly as a heroine. She used to sing her own songs as well, and did a great job! She did get playback in the 1940s, but still sang in films like Panna Dai (1945), Village Girl/Gaon Ki Gori (1945, in a chorus song), Hum Ek Hain (1946). I will soon make a post on her singing. Amar Jyoti (1936) in Hindi plus Ayodhyecha Raja (1932), Maya Macchindra (1932). Gaon Ki Gori, Hum Ek Hain, Bharat Milap were some of her early older roles. Surprisingly, she made a 37 year old heroine (rare in her times) in Prithvi Vallabh (1943), opposite Sohrab Modi Ji.

      Devika Rani Ji, none of her films are available locally, in fact, presently, I don’t think you can get them in India at all! Though, I have her most famous film, Achut Kanya (1936), from a request overseas. I believe Janmabhoomi (1936) is the only other movie of hers available, which was unfortunately not there in my wishlist. Dr. Bukhari Ji from Pakistan has put it in his site: oldsongshop.in

      Thanks a lot for commenting again, and please see http://www.indianvintagesongs.blogspot.com, where I post vintage songs and will post many rare songs soon.

  4. Oh you read our blog :). Thank you for taking time. I am glad you liked it. Please do post your comments there. We have just started and are not as informed as you. Its just that one small clip of Prem ji got us curious. We developed instant liking for him and he just became someone we wanted to write about.

    Yes I have read he sang his songs too. But have not heard any song yet. He wrote lyrics of songs for the film he directed Ram Vivah. I wonder if we will ever get to see it.

    Our knowledge on Vintage Cinema is very limited right now. Actually we got fed up of all the non-sense that is shown on TV and movies these days. So we decided to stop wasting time and try looking back at our roots.

    You must be having our email details, please do write to us, there are somethings I want to ask you.

    • Oh, it was my pleasure to read such a lovely blog. Do keep up the great efforts! I did post a comment (a huge one in fact šŸ˜‰ and before you told me) and will surely comment more. Well, Iam not a blogger of very high standards…I didn’t post for a long time as I told you. I also developed an interesting liking for him like you.

      Some of his songs – not many though – are available. I will post them on my http://www.indianvintagesongs.blogspot.com since that is meant for free music sharing. Three songs are available from Ram Vivah (1949), composed by Shankarrao Vyaas Ji (who, in fact, composed fantastically for most of Prem Ji’s early Ram films – Bharat Milap (1942), Ram Rajya (1943), Rambaan (1948), Ram Vivah (1949)) All are by the great Rajkumari Ji, one is a duet with fairly young Geeta Dutt (then Roy) Ji. I too hope we get this film.

      Would be glad to help for knowledge of vintage films. Iam also fed up of today’s movies and programs šŸ˜› (cartoons are quite nice though šŸ˜‰ ). Glad you want to preserve our great filmi heritage.

      Sure, I will write to you now. Please do check my comments on your blog and tell me if you found them interesting/helpful.

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