Wednesday, 20 June 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Australia’s most prolific film auteur..Paul Cox!

There was a death anniversary of..Father of Independent cinema in Australia..Paul Cox!
Young Paul Cox with camera!

Paulus Henriqus Benedictus 'Paul Cox'..was Australia’s most prolific film auteur! His unique films focused on uncertainty in life & loneliness within relationships!
Paul Cox's film 'Innocence' (2000).

Started with 'Illuminations' (1976)..Paul Cox's films reflected such genre in 'Lonely Hearts' (1982), 'Man of Flowers' (1983), 'Island' (1989)', 'Exile' (1994), 'Lust and Revenge' (1996), 'Innocence' (2000) & 'Human Touch' (2004).
I am with Paul Cox in 'IFFI' held at Trivandrum in 1997!

He also made 14 short films and 12 documentaries in which includes some on our India like..'Calcutta' (1971). He received many awards in prestigious international film festivals! Last heard about his film 'Force of Destiny' (2015) with David Wenham & Indian Actress Shahana Goswami!

I remember nice meeting to Paul Cox in our 'International Film Festival of India' (IFFI) held at Trivandr
um in 1997!

Humble Homage!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]



 - Manoj Kulkarni

Pioneer of Assamese Cinema..Jyoti Prasad Agarwala!

Recently there was 115th Birth Anniversary of Assamese Playwright and Filmmaker Jyoti Prasad Agarwala! He made first Assamese feature film 'Joymoti' in 1935!

Jyoti Prasad Agarwala in making of first Assamese film!
After studying Film-making at 'UFA Studio', Germany..Jyoti Prasad Agarwala participated in Indian Independence activities! Then in 1932 he formed 'Chitraban Studio' in Bholaguri Tea Estate. In 1933 he started making film on a play 'Sati Joymoti' by Laxminath Bezbarua.

Released in 1935 his 'Joymoti' was the first Assamese film in which Aideu Handique portrayed title role of Ahom Princess Soti Joymoti! After this in 1939 he made romantic film 'Indramalati' on his own story! He also wrote songs and composed music..which called 'Jyoti Xongit'!
Aideu Handique in & as 'Joymoti' (1935).

Considered as Assamese Cultural Icon..he popularly known as Rupkonwar! He died on 17th January, 1951..And his death anniversary called as 'Silpi Divas' (Artist's Day).

Tribute to this pioneer of Assamese Cinema!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Graceful Actress-Singer..Suraiyya!


- Manoj Kulkarni

It's Birth Anniversary of one of the most popular singer-actresses of Indian sub-continent...
Suraiyya Jamal Sheikh!
Suraiyya's beautiful screen appearances!

Suraiyya appeared on screen as child artist..and played young Mumtaz in film 'Taj Mahal' (1941). Then music director Naushad Ali chose her to sing in A.R. Kardar's film 'Sharda' (1942). In Mehboob Khan's classic 'Anmol Ghadi' (1946) she acted with big singer-actress of that era.. NoorJehan!

After the hit films 'Pyar ki Jeet' (1948) & 'Dillagi' (1949) Suraiyya became highest paid female star of 1940s & 1950s!
Romantic pair..Suraiyya & Dev Anand!

Star of beautiful face & romantic voice.. Suraiyya's songs lingering in mind..

'Dillagi's "Tu mera chand main teri chandani.." and 
1954 national award winner film 'Mirza Ghalib's.."Nukta cheen hain gham-e-dil.."

- Manoj Kulkarni 
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 15 June 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Great Filmmaker K.Asif on set of sheeshmahal of his great love saga 'Mughal-E-Azam'!

Legendary Film Producer-Director & maker of great love saga 'Mughal-E-Azam'...K. Asif's Birth Anniversary just happened!
K.Asif first directed film 'Phool' (1945)

Born Asif Karim came Bombay with a big dream of cinema! In 1944 the first thought in his mind was to make a film on Salim-Anarkali's intense love story based on a Urdu novel wrote by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj. But it was not happened that time..And he became director K. Asif with film 'Phool' (1945) in which famous Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote & Suraiyya were in the main roles..This film got big success!
Dilip Kumar-Nargis acted K.Asif's 'Hulchul' (1951).

Meanwhile he started working on a film based on Ali Taj's novel 'Anarkali'...For that he first casted Chandramohan and Nargis in the main lead..But in 1946, before the production Chandramohan died! At that time he temporarily shelved that project and in 1951 produced film 'Hulchul' in which Dilip Kumar & Nargis acted.!
Madhubala & K.Asif on set of film 'Mughal-E-Azam'!

Then he started working on dream project 'Mughal-e-Azam' with recast Dilip Kumar & Madhubala in the romantic lead! For this film he took 12 years to complete..that film which had rich production values with colourful sheeshmahal in which beautiful Madhubala's song "Jab pyar kiya to darana kya.." picturized! This film released in 1960..and became a huge hit all over India. With this he attained legendary status!

Poster of K. Asif's great movie 'Mughal-E-Azam' (1960).

After that he planned his first complete colour film 'Love and God' and began production..with great Guru Dutt and Nimmi in the lead. And he faced same difficulty when Gurudutt died in 1964. Then he recast Sanjeev Kumar in the male lead and started shooting film again..which took long time and K.Asif himself died in 1971 at the age of 48 only! Then in 1986 his wife Akhtar Asif released this film in an incomplete form!
Poster of K.Asif's first & last colour film 'Love and God'!

He won 'Filmfare's Best Film and Best Director awards for his great movie 'Mughal-E-Azam' and also got President Silver Medal for Best Hindi Film!

Humble Tribute To Asifsahab!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Sunday, 13 May 2018


After 'Oscar' now this '71st Cannes Film Festival' will honour India's internationally popular (late) actress Sridevi!

News that on 16th May a special evening..will showcase best scenes & performances of this beautiful actress audience at the French Riviera!
Family photo of beautiful actress Sridevi!

Her film producer husband Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhavi & Khushi will attend this special event!


- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Saturday, 12 May 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Renowned English Film Critic..Derek Malcolm!
Today is birthday of renowned English Film Critic & historian Derek Malcolm! He is 85+ now!
I am with senior film journalists friends..and Mr. Derek Malcolm & 
our renowned film historian (late) P. K. 'IFFI', Goa few years back!

After education in Eton & Merton Colleges, Oxford..Derek Elliston Michael Malcolm started writing on cinema. He worked for several decades as a film critic with world famous 'The Guardian'!

In 1980s he hosted 'The Film Club' on 'BBC2'. Then he became the Director of the 'London Film Festival'! He has been attending prestigious international film festivals for the last so many years. In 1977 he was a member of the Jury at 'Berlin International Film Festival' and in 2008 at 'Moscow International Film Festival'!

I first met Mr. Derek Malcolm in our 'International Film Festival of India' ('IFFI') held at New Delhi many years ago!..And met in 'IFFI' at Goa also!

Wishing all the best to him!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]



- Manoj Kulkarni

Lead artists of India's first (real) colour film 'Kisan Kanya' (1937).

Writer of film..Manto!
When I wrote about the birth anniversary of great writer Manto..found that he wrote India's first colour film 'Kisan Kanya' which made in 1937 by 'Imperial Pictures'!..Means this film celebrated it's 80th anniversary!

Attempt of colour film 'Sairandhri' (1933).
Before this 'Prabhat Film Company' tried to make first colour film 'Sairandhri' in 1933..And for processing it's director V. Shantaram took it to 'UFA Studio' at Germany..But that technique failed and the colour turned out to be garish and film released in Black & White!

Producer 'Imperial's Ardeshir Irani.
Then in 1937..the first colour film to be produced & processed in India..was 'Kisan Kanya' by 'Imperial's Ardeshir Irani..who also made our India's first talkie film 'Alam Aara' (1931). Before this in silent era his film 'Nala Damayanti' (1920) was India's first international co-production..which was with Italy!
Poster of film 'Kisan Kanya' (1937).

Moti B. Gidwani directed this film 'Kisan Kanya' was based on a novel by Manto! This social film focused on the plight of poor farmers..the subject is still contemporary. Artists acted in it were Padmadevi, Jillo, Ghulam Mohammed, Nissar, Ghani & Syed Ahmed!

This Hindi Cinecolor feature film was India's first indigenously made colour movie..And was well received at theatres!!

Tribute to this first colour film of our India!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]