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The Search for a Voice – On Khayyam, Part 11


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Kamaal Amrohi was an actor long before he became a director. Records state that he debuted as an actor in the film Jailor, which was released in 1938. The first film he directed was the chartbusting Mahal (1949) of “aayega ...

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A One-off Collaboration to Remember: On Khayyam, Part 10


Monday, June 29, 2020

    The history of Hindi cinema is replete with instances of enduring collaborations between different people. Several directors were known to repeatedly pick from the same set of scriptwriters, cinematographers, editors and music composers for their films. Take, directors & cinematographers, ...

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On Khayyam – Part 9


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The term jubilee may seem an anachronism in this age of the 100 Cr. club and multiple screen releases. Indeed, it means nothing to filmmakers and actors today. But back in the day, it was the Holy Grail. Silver, gold, ...

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On Khayyam – Part 8


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Khayyam worked closely with a few singers, repeatedly harnessing their talent to give his songs a sense of completion, and to enhance their beauty. Talat Mehmood, Mukesh, Geeta Dutt, Rafi, Asha and Lata were his mainstays in first part of ...

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On Khayyam – Part 7


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

  Jaidev had a spare, ascetic build, and was totally consumed by music. He was spare in his musical sensibilities, too. In all this, he was just like his junior contemporary, Khayyam. Both brought to their music the same sense of ...

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On Khayyam – Part 6


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Khayyam did not compose for films between 1967 and 1974. It was due to a combination of reasons, including the fact that he somehow could not sign up any films during this period. He however put this time to good ...

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