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Published in the year 2012, Housefull: The Golden Age Of Hindi Cinema is a collection of short essays that document some of the groundbreaking film releases during the 1950s and 60s.

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Housefull: The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema is a collection of short essays that provide insights into the best films in Hindi Cinema during the 1950s and 60s. This book starts off with a foreword by Mahesh Bhatt, followed by a brief introduction by Salam. The readers are provided with little-known facts on the lives of actors, directors, composers, lyricists, and producers during this golden age.

This book has been divided into 11 parts, most of which examine the lives of some of the greatest directors during the 50s and 60s, which include Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, B. R. Chopra, Shakti Samanta, Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, V. Shantaram and the Anands. There is a rather incongruous portion placed between these sections, called Period Films (1952-1960). Each section starts off with a brief introduction by a renowned figure in the Hindi film industry, followed by a series of write-ups on films. Only landmark films by a particular director have been included. An example of this is Bimal Roy, whose hit movies such as Devdas, Madhumati, Sujata, Bandini, and Do Bigha Zameen have been added in this book.

Each essay begins with some brief information about the movie, such as the director, writers, lyricist, lead actors, and the cinematographer, which is followed by the movie’s synopsis. Additionally, the readers are given insights into how a particular movie came into being as well as behind-the-scenes stories sans any gossip. The writer of that particular section then gives their take on where the movie scores and what contributed to its success.

This book consists of contributions from some of the most renowned figures such as Vijay Lokapally, Anuj Kumar, and Suresh Kohli. This book takes the readers back in time, when the eminent Mangeshkar sisters sang together and the time Gulzar was prevented from singing his own song. Housefull: The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema helps the readers understand how Indian cinematic history has evolved from films such as Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay, to Tare Zameen Par and Lagaan.

About Ziya Us Salam

Ziya Us Salam is an author and journalist.

Salam is a film critic and renowned journalist. He currently serves as the Deputy Editor for The Hindu’s Metroplus. He has been writing about Indian cinema regularly, making his contributions to several anthologies.

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Author Saiam Z U
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Publisher OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL-NEW DELHI
ISBN-13 9789380070254
ISBN-10 938007025X
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 312 Pages
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Housefull: the Golden Age of HIndi Cinema

The title is very appropriate for this book as the book covers a lot of films which form the golden chapter of our cinema. It talks of films like Mughal e Azam, Do Bigah Zamin, Devdas and Nagin etc. They were all milestone films. The author has done full justice to the title and provided good informations and intersting side stories. The writing style is easy and the presentation of the book very eye catching. Mr Mahesh Bhatt's introduction also reads very well. But I wish there was a chapter on a film like Junglee in it. And also on Meena Kumari's Pakizah and Guru Dutt's Aar Paar. But is a good book to read.

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Housefull

It is a beautifully written book and completely different from the gossipy trash that is often called film writing in India. The book has a sober tone and the films chosen are among the best of Hindi cinema. Though some of the reviews in the book are better than others but overall, there is a certain quality and honesty in each criticism/appreciation. Though Zia Us Salam has not done all the chapters, still as somebody who has read him for many years, his style is apparent in all chapters. Particularly, the introductiion is beautiful.

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Taking readers for a ride

I bought the book assuming that Ziya Us Salam might have written most of the stuff but badly disappointed. He edited the book and compiled the stuff from different and medicore writers. He and Bhavna Somaiya are good film critics from The Hindu.
In recent past, I have observed the trend that many writers are publishing the books with their names but only editing or compiling the books which is an easy job.
I personally don't recommend the book to those who want to buy the book assuming it is written by Ziya Us Salam. Ziya has very little contribution in the book.
Mohd Abdul Razzak

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A melting pot of different opinions

Mr Abdul Razzak has probably not read the book. otherwise, he would not have said that except Ziya other writers are mediocre or that Ziya has done very little writing. People like Mahesh Bhatt and Gulzar have written some piece. Ziya also has done around 30 pieces. How is that for contribution? Housefull is a good melting pot of different opinions and thoughts. Good cover, good photos and good reviews.

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