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surjit singh

Writer, Hindi film related books on unsung personalities
Writer, Hindi film related books on unsung personalities

Professor Surjit Singh, a diehard movie fanatic, period. He is a retired Theoretical Physicist. He has been watching Hindi movies since 1952,has been collecting Hindi songs, movies and magazines since 1969, andhas been writing about these things since 1996. He has had a websitesince 1999.Read More...

हिन्दी सवाक् फ़िल्मोग्राफ़ी (1951-1960)

Books by हर मन्दिर सिंह 'हमराज़'

यह पुस्तक एक सहयोगी परियोजना प्रतिफल है जो कई स्वयंसेवकों की मदद से हम दोनों द्वारा शुरू की गई बहुत बड़ी परियोजना का एक हिस्सा मात्र है. परियोजना का पूरा विवरण मुख्य वेबसाइट पर द

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Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast IV (1943-1946)

Books by Sheo Khetan

How many times have you wanted to know how the actors in old movies looked like? Of course, we are all familiar with the famous ones, Saigal, Ashok Kumar, Lila Chitnis, Madhubala. But how about many others whose names appear in the film cast and filmographies? This book is an attempt put faces to their names. In this book, the fourth in this series, we have 39 Hindi films from 1943-46, whose videos are in our collection and captured about 840 pictures of the c

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India: A Reckoning With History

Books by Dr Sanjay Sood

In this book, the author has tried to provide a brief but vivid overview of some important events that proved to be turning points in the nation’s history and have had tremendous impact on Indian civilization over the last 2,500 years. His main purpose in writing this book is to understand the impact of these events on the development of Indian society through the centuries and what light they can shed on the current state of the society.

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The Story of The Rainbow Bunch

Books by Dr Amit Sur

Children named after the rainbow colors seek to understand different religions of the world. There are seven of them, just like the raibow colors. They seek knowledge about various religions of the world.

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ALI(VE) in Bits And Pieces

Books by Ali Peter John

In this book, the well-known editor of Screen Weekly for 48 years, Ali Peter John describes his life, his 'strange' name, his early life of utter deprivation and misery, the life and death of his parents, and the dire circumstances in which he completed his education. He describes how he happened to send a postcard to the famous Indian writer Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and his subsequent employment in Blitz and Screen. He ends his poignant story with his thoughts on G

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The Golden Era Of Hindi Film Music

Books by Ashok Jagtap

Ashok Jagtap is a professional musician in the Hindi film industry playing violin as an extra special grade artist. This book is a treasure trove of his memories of the Golden Era of Bollywood. You will know more about the many accomplished musicians and arrangers who supported the music directors of Hindi Films. Some are familiar but there are many more unsung forgotten musicians. The book is illustrated with rare photographs from the author's collection.

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हिंदी सवाक फ़िल्में (1931-2010): सेंसर सर्टिफ़िकेट जानकारी

Books by हर मंदिर सिंह 'हमराज़'

यह पुस्तक एक सहयोगी परियोजना प्रतिफल है जो कई स्वयंसेवकों की मदद से हम दोनों द्वारा शुरू की गई बहुत बड़ी परियोजना का एक हिस्सा मात्र है. परियोजना का पूरा विवरण मुख्य वेबसाइट पर द

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तुझे मेरे गीत बुलाते हैं - पं. भरत व्यास फ़िल्मोग्राफ़ी

Books by संजीव तंवर

हिंदी फिल्म जगत  में संगीत के  सुनहरे दौर  में  वैसे तो अनेकों गीतकार हुए लेकिन उनसे से ज्यादातर ने अपनी भाषा में उर्दू को प्रमुखता दी  ऐसे  दौर में साहित्यिक हिंदी में ग

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The Bitter-Sweet Cocktail Movies, Music, Wine, Women The Life and Times of C. Ramchandra

Books by Dilip Shripad Phansalkar

This a biography of the celebrated music director C Ramchandra based his Marathi autobiography. The year of birth and death of famous Indian personalities, wherever possible, has been added. A special mention has been made of the music maestro’s musical milestones and other trivia. Many rare pictures related to him and pictures of Suraiya from her personal collection are also included.  

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WITH YOU, MAA, WITHOUT YOU, OH MAA!

Books by Ali Peter John

I have been trying all that I can do to describe my mother.
How can I forget all that she taught me about life love and more love?
Wasn't she a much greater teacher than any of the teachers who have taught me lessons about life?
Wasn't she even greater than God who I have been believing in for as many years as I have been living?
Wasn't she more beautiful than all the woman I have seen, met lived with, try to love, understand and have failed?

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Early Hindi Film Advertisements (1935-39)

Books by N Ramaswamy

In this book, we present almost 400 images of early talkies ads. We had a lot of fun working on them, to capture them and making them suitable for print, organizing them. We hope that you will also enjoy this peek into the early history of the talkies.

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Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast III (1941-1942)

Books by Sheo Khetan

How many times have you wanted to know how the actors in old movies looked like? Of course, we are all familiar with the famous ones, Saigal, Ashok Kumar, Lila Chitnis, Madhubala. But how about many others whose names appear in the film cast and filmographies? This book is an attempt put faces to their names. In this book, the third in this series, we have 18 Hindi films from 1941-42, whose videos are in our collection and captured about 450 pictures of the ca

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MUNNA The boy who grew into a legend

Books by Ali Peter John

I have been privileged to write about Amitabh Bachchan for the last fifty years and more . I have written about him when he was a nobody in Bombay
     I saw "Saat Hindustani" flop, but I saw this unusual tall actor succeed as an actor and even win a National Award for his performance.
     I have been a close witness (thanks to him) to his rise and rise and the few falls in his illustrious career. I was there when that o

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MY DEV Memories of an Immortal Man

Books by Ali Peter John

Dev Anand was a collection of all the best colours of life. He was an ideal son, brother, father, filmmaker, writer, Director and editor besides being many other men in one man. There were attempts made to know him and understand him when he was alive, there are attempts still being made to know him, but knowing him as I did, I don't think it will be easy for anyone to understand the real Dev. This book, therefore is not my attempt to show my knowledge about h

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Witnessing Wonders

Books by Ali Peter John

It was Khwaja Ahmad Abbas who picked up a post card I had written to him from a heap of fan mail that he used to get every day. It was that one post card that changed my life. I wanted to be a bus conductor. I wanted to be a Roman Catholic priest. I was advised to be a stenographer, but Abbas Sahab changed all my plans and showed me the writer in me and led me on my path.
I joined Screen on January 4, 1969 and left on August 7, 2007. It was the journey bet

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The Caliginous Light

Books by Rashmin Bhardwaj

This book is a vision. A vision for a better and peaceful nation. A vision for the bright future of my birth land. This book occupied my brain with a number of incidents in my life. Second was my enthusiasm for preaching secularism and peace treaty between religions to fellow citizens. This book is the story of change. The change only the younger generation or a true human can bring on the soil of India. The change tried in this book will come successfully or

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Films Showing in Madras Theatres (1941-1947)

Books by Mv Surender

When one talks about the year associated with a film, it is usually the censor certification year. The censor information of Hindi films from 1931 to 2010 is available on the website

http://hamraaz.org/hfgk

The other year, or more commonly date that people often mention is the date of the first release of the film. This date varies from city to city as films having limited number of prints, cannot be released everywhere at once. This was specia

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Rainbow Of Emotions

Books by Lalit Berry

Incontestably emotions dominate our life, lifestyle and approach towards life. This would mean that we live at the mercy of emotions. Does it mean that emotions dominate us ? Why do we give free hand to emotions to impact our thought process ? Deep contemplation awoke the dormant poet residing inside me who penned down words to portray a rainbow of emotions. 

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Background Dancers in Hindi Films (1952-68)

Books by Edwina Violette

Until a few years ago most of did not know Edwina Violette (or Edu) by name. We only knew her as a background dancer in many Hindi songs. Famously, in the song ‘O Hasina Zulfonwali Jane Jahan’ from Teesri Manzil (1966) she appears in the beginning shaking her head and flaunting her long hair, before settling down on the letter C of the giant ROCKY sign. Thanks to the efforts of famous blogger Greta Kaemmer, the world ‘discovered’ her. O

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Censor Certificate Information of Hindi Talkies (1931-2010)

Books by Har Mandir Singh Hamraaz

This is a reference book containing the censor certificate information of Hindi talkies from the first talkie in 1931 to 2010. It has the title, the certificate number and the center, length in feet, number of reels, certificate date, production company and other useful information. Some information about the type of film, such as 16mm, dubbed, 3D, Cinemascope, is also included. It is organized alphabetically by the first letter of the title. People researchin

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Indurani: An Unsung But Unforgettable Heroine Of The Early Talkies

Books by Prof Surjit Singh

Indurani (Ishrat Jehan Siddiqui) (1922-2012) was a star of stunt and social pictures in the thirties. She was the heroine of more than 20 films from 1935 to 1942. Her heroes were Jayant, Prem Adib and E Billimoria. She co-starred with Sardar Akhtar, Leela Chitnis and Ratanbai. Famous actress Azra's mother Sarojini was her elder sister, who was also an actress. After describing how actresses entered films and how the studio system worked, the author details the

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Edwina: An Unsung Bollywood Dancer of the Golden Era

Books by Prof Surjit Singh

If you are a fan of the Bollywood movies of the Golden Age, and who isn't, you must have wondered about all those dancers. I don't mean the famous ones such as Helen, Bela Bose, Minu Mumtaz, Laxmi Chhaya and Madhumati. I am talking about the other male and females mostly in the background, who almost never got close-ups, but were seen in almost every group dance.
You may have heard some of their names because, once in a while, they get a famous song or two

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बीते हुए दिन (हिंदी सिनेमा की भूली बिसरी यादें)

Books by शिशिर कृष्ण शर्मा

इंटरनेट पर हिंदी फिल्मों के बारे में भारी मात्रा में जानकारी उपलब्ध है। दुर्भाग्य से, यह अधिकतर विश्वसनीय नहीं है। गलतियाँ ईमानदारी से हुईं छोटी मोटी त्रुटियों से लेकर, प्रसिद

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Master Ebrahim: The Forgotten Ace Clarinetist

Books by Professor Surjit Singh

Master Ebrahim (1915-1980) was an Indian clarinetist. He was trained in Hindustani classical music. He performed ragas as a solo artist many times a month on All India Radio, Bombay from 1936 to 1974. He also gave instrumental support to many All India Radio Programs such songs, plays, special programs in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi. He was a staff artist at HMV (now Saregama) from 1942 onwards. He played instruments for thousands of Hindi film songs with famous

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Drops on a Leaf

Books by Ms Jyoti Bhamra

Poems by a budding young poetess.

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