Throw Back

23 January , 2019

Khaike Paan Banaraswala was originally designed and composed for Dev Anand Rakhee starrer Banarasi Babu. Somehow things didn’t work out, and the song was incorporated in the movie Don. In the original situation too, the main lead was supposed to be wearing dhoti, which director vetoed. Even while the shoot of Amitabh Bachchan’s song, the idea was suggested but discarded by the writers Salim-Javed. The song required the male lead to chew paan, so Amitabh Bachchan chewed over 25 paans, leaving his tongue burnt. The singer Kishore Kumar too chewed paan while recording it, to give it an original flavour, Paan intended.

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21 January , 2019

The song "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kiya" has an unusual history to it: it cost Rs. 10 million at a time when a film would be made for less than a million; it was written and re-written 105 times by the lyricist, Shakeel Badayuni, before the music director, Naushad, could approve of it; it was shot in the renowned Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors); and in those days of sound recording, editing and mixing, as there was no way to provide the reverberation of sound, Naushad had playback singer Lata Mangeshkar sing the song in a studio bathroom.

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18 January , 2019

Mohd. Rafi emerged as a prominent male playback singer in 1949 with another Madhubala starrer Dulari with the hit number “Suhani raat dhal chuki…”. The last year of 1940's proved to be a watershed year for film music, as it prominently gave rise to the playback system wherein professional singers sang for the actors on screen who just had to move their lips without worrying about the ‘sur’ and ‘taal’ of the songs.

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16 January , 2019

One of the most important developments in Indian cinema was the introduction of playback singing. Rai Chand Boral was the first to use the systematic technique of playback singing in the film Dhoop Chhaon in 1935. Prior to this, actors would sing live on the set and that was recorded just like dialogues.

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14 January , 2019

Indrasabha, a Hindi film released in 1932, had 72 songs. The film was based on Inder Sabha, an Urdu play and opera written by Agha Hasan Amanat, and first staged in 1853.

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11 January , 2019

Kishore Kumar was banned from AIR (All India Radio) After he refused to promote late PM Indira Gandhi’s 20-point programme,In those days, the Congress asked Kishore Kumar to perform at its rally. He refused. Such was his crime... at that time he was everywhere, TV, radio.but after that he was banned from AIR during emergency period of 1975 to 1977.

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8 January , 2019

The EverGreen song 'Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya' was sung by Lata  Mangeshkar and more than 100 supporting singers. Without any argument her voice made a miracle on this song. That is one of the reasons people still love this song. 

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7 January , 2019

Michael Jackson bought the rights to most of The Beatles’ music for $47.5 million in 1985. It’s now worth more than $450 million.

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5 January , 2019

Once, in early 1950s, Lata had refused to sing the song 'Main baharon ki natkhat rani' (Film: Boot Polish), because initially, the lyrics were 'bazaron ki', which was objectionable to Lata. So it was changed to 'baharon ki' for Lata's sake. Even then Lata would not budge and continued her refusal to sing the song, and finally SJ had to record this song using Asha's voice.

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4 January , 2019

The classic Padosan song is actually much older than the film. The original was featured in the 1941 film Jhoola sung by and picturized on Kishore Kumar's elder brother Ashok Kumar.  It was Kishore Kumar, who took inspiration from his elder brother's work and suggested the lyricist of Padosan Rajinder Krishan to write the extended version for the film.

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