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Remember the first time the illustrious Mangeshkar sisters sang together? Or the time when music composer, poet and lyricist Gulzar was prohibited from singing his own song? And do you know who was supposed to step into the famous actress Madhubala's shoes in Mughal-e-Azam? Replete with little-known facts about the actors, actresses, directors, producers, composers and lyricists of the path-breaking films of the '50s and '60s, a period rightly qualified as the Golden Years of Bollywood, this hook, rich with anecdotes is an important record of cinematic history that examines the changing trends in Hindi films, right from the times ofAlaai Ara to films like Lagaan and Tare Zameen Par via films like Pyaasa, Do Bigah Zamin, Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay and the rest.
A film critic with the renowned Indian daily The Hindu since 2000, ZIYA US SALAM has been writing regularly on cinema, preferring a multi-layered approach CO the medium often reduced to mere slapstick in today's media. A dispassionate observer of Hindi cinema, he has contributed to several anthologies.
|Publisher||Om Books International|
|Number of Pages||312 Pages|
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.
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