Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Happy 70th Birthday to first female superstar of Bollywood and..
Dreamgirl of yesteryears..graceful Hema Maliniji!


Remembering nice meeting her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
Sympathy and support to Ms.Tanushree and all such suffered!

They should get justice!! 

 - Manoj Kulkarni


Real brothers Ashok Kumar & Kishore Kumar in reel roles as-in 'Bhai-Bhai' (1956).

Recently happened 13th October..birth anniversary of one of the great actors of our Indian cinema..Ashok Kumar and..also death anniversary of his brother singer-actor Kishore Kumar!

Nirupa Roy & Kumar brothers in 'Bhai-Bhai' (1956).

They acted brothers in 'AVM's M.V. Raman directed film 'Bhai-Bhai' (1956) completed 60 years!

In this film actress Nirupa Roy acted with them and that's her death anniversary too! (Other actresses in it were Nimmi & Shyama!).

One more important thing about this is the song "Apna hai phir bhee.." which written by Rajendra Krishna and in the music of Madan Mohan sung by..great Mohammed Rafi and picturised on two brothers!

It's a tribute..and homage!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


Great Cinematographer of our India...Subrata Mitra!

Birth anniversary of renowned cinematographer of our India...Subrata Mitra recently happened!

Mitra cinematographed famous train sequence of Ray's 'Pather Panchali' (1955)
In 1955 he began his career as a cinematographer with renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray for 'Pather Panchali' and cinematographed next two films of it's 'The Apu Trilogy'.. 'Aparajito' (1956) & 'Apur Sansar' (1959). After that his camera became the inseparable part of Ray's cinema!
Close up of Aparna..Sharmila Tagore 
in Satyajit Ray's 'Apur Sansar' (1959).

Subrata Mitra known for pioneering the technique of bounce lighting and especially I admire him for the excellent camera movement whether long shots like famous train sequence Or close ups of Apu or Aparna!.His camera talked a lot!

Subrata Mitra & Satyajit Ray shooting film!

He also cinematographed other filmmakers movies like..James Ivory's 'The House Holder' (1963), 'Basu Bhattacharya's 'Teesari Kasam' (1966) 
& Romesh Sharma's 'New Delhi Times' (1985). 
I am with great Subrata Mitraji in film festival!

Subrata Mitra won many awards including national & international!

I still remember meeting Subrata Mitraji!

Tribute to this great cinematographer!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]







Beautiful Kseniya Ryabinkina in 'RK's film 'Mera Naam Joker' (1970).

Recently saw the news of Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin's visit to our India..and remembered the traditional friendship between these two countries!..And also India-Soviet/Russia co-produced films!

We all know our Indian films are very much popular in Russia! People there still sings Bollywood songs like RK's "Aawaaraa hoon.." and Mithun's film song "Jimi Jimi Jimi aaja aaja.." But that is not sufficient, there were several films jointly made by Indian & Soviet/Russian filmmakers!
Nargis, Oleg Strizhenov & Balraj Sahni in 'Pardesi' (1957)

First time in 1957 joint venture happened between Soviet Union's 'Mosfilm Studio' and India's K. A. Abbas's 'Naya Sansar International Production House'..And title of that film was 'Pardesi'! That was based on the travelogues of Afanasy Nikitin..named 'Journey Beyond Three Seas' which was also English title of that film! It tells story of 15th century Russian trader who travelled to India and falls in love with an Indian girl Champa! Abbas wrote it with Mariya Smirnova and himself directed with Soviet cinematographer Vasili Pronin. It was in two versions..Hindi & Russian and artists from both the sides acted..from here Nargis, Balraj Sahni, Padmini & Prithviraj Kapoor..and from there Iva Arepina, Vitali Belyakov, Stepan Kayukov & Oleg Strizhenov as Nikitin! Ali Sardar Jafri & Prem Dhawan wrote the songs of it and music composed by Anil Biswas & Boris Chaikovsky. It's Meena Kapoor sung '"Rasiya re man basiya re.." was memorable! This film won Best Art Direction Award (for M. R. Acharekar)..and was shown in 'Cannes Film Festival'!

Zeenat Aman, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Prem Chopra 
& Rolan Bykov in 'Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor' (1980).
Then there were different genre of films jointly made. In 1971 our renowned filmmaker M. S. Sathyu made film 'Black Mountain' 
on the story by Aleksandr Zguridi who also co-directed it! That was on heart trending friendship of young boy with elephant! Artists in it were Reshama Pasha & Prince Pradeep! Like this there was short children film 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' (1975). 

And in 1980 popular film 'Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor' (Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves') was an India-USSR join production. Basically the folk tale from Arabian Nights..for film screenplay was written by Shanti Prakash Bakshi & Boris Saakov. This film produced by F. C. Mehra and jointly directed by Latif Faiziyev & Umeash Mehra. In this Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman & Rolan Bykov were in the main roles! R. D. Burman composed music and P. L. Raj choreographed the dances of this hit film! 

Poonam Dhillon, Sunny Deol and others in film 'Sohni Mahiwal' (1984)
Again in 1984 same writer-producer-directors made film on immortal lovers.. 'Sohni Mahiwal' for which Javed Siddiqui wrote dialogues! Handsome Sunny Deol 
and pretty gorgeous Poonam Dhillon were in the romantic lead with Indian & Russian artists in it! This hit film's songs written by Anand Bakshi & Anu Malik composed music! This film won 3 Filmfare awards which includes Best Female Playback Singer for Anupama Deshpande for song "Sohni Chinab di.."  

Then same directors jointly made film 'Shikari' (1991) under the banners of 'Eagle Films' (India) & 'Shak Film' (USSR). This film co-written by Roskov, Nikolai, Ulmas Umberbekov & Vinay Shukla..And also co-cinematographed by L. Travitsky and  
S. Pappu! In this Mithun Chakraborty, Varsha Usgaonkar & Russian Irina Kushnareva were in the main roles!
Mithun Chakraborty and Russian 
Irina Kushnareva in 'Shikari' (1991).

In 1991 our famous actor Shashi Kapoor produced film 'Ajooba' which he co-directed with Soviet filmmaker Gennadi Vasilyev. Inspired from Arabian mythology..this fantasy film co-written by Yu Avetikov, Bharat Bhalla, Valentin Ezhov, Brij Katyal & Prayag Raj. Also co-cinematographed by Sergei Anufriyev, Aleksandr Kovalchuk & Peter Pereira..And co-edited by Bhanudas Divakar & Tatyana Malyavina! This big budget film was produced in association with famous 'Gorky Studios' in Moscow. Amitabh Bachchan was in the lead of this film with (first time) Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Sonam & Amrish Puri. With them there were several Russian artists, but their speech not matched with Hindi dialogues! This film released in the Soviet Union with Russian title 'Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora'!

Shashi Kapoor with Shammi Kapoor & Russian artists 
during the shooting of his 'Ajooba' (1991).
Apart from co-productions, Russian artists always comes India to work in our Bollywood. Like Kseniya Ryabinkina who acted in 'RK's 'Mera Naam Joker' (1970) and got popularity!..Now more such beautiful artists & talented people from Russia can work creatively here!

At the end I just modified the old song of 'RK's film 'Sangam'..

"Mere man ki Ganga aur tere man ki Volga ka
Bol sangaam hoga ke nahin.."

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

Monday, 15 October 2018


Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi!
It was nice to hear Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi recently in the 'Leadership Summit' on CNN News 18..
in which he expressed his desire to bringing India together for comprehensive growth!

With Economics background 
Mr. Gandhi emphasised on economical liberalisation and more job opportunities! 
He also mentioned the need of development in villages and more investment in education and health with top quality!

He said Congress is decentralised institution and believe in listening to people from all the parts of society! 'Criticism does not disturb me. respect everybody's perspective!' he also stated!

All the best!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Sunday, 7 October 2018

On today's World Smile Day..
I remembered Charlie Chaplin's this romantic smile!

It's from my favourite film of him..'City Lights' (1931).
Here Chaplin in romantic mood with pretty Virginia Cherrill.

Have a nice smile like this

- Manoj Kulkarni

Saturday, 6 October 2018


Beautiful actress & writer Nandana Sen is a golden jubilee celebrity!

Pretty Gorgeous Nandana Sen!
Daughter of Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen & Padmashri holder writer Nabanita Dev Sen...this pretty intelligent Bengali girl Nandana's writing at teen age published in the 'Sondesh' a magazine edited by renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray!

Detur Prize holder in literature studies from Harvard University Nandana learnt Film Production from USC Film School! She wrote & directed short films there. She also got training in acting from 'Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts', London.

Nandana Sen in 'Tango Charlie' (2005).
Pretty Gorgeous Nandana made her screen debut with title role of 'Gudia' (1997) a film directed by renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose & Mithun Chakroborty was with him! This film screened at 'Cannes Film Festival'. Then she acted in mostly foreign films like Canadian 'Forever' (1999) & American 'The War Within' (2004).

Then in 2005 she appeared on Indian screen with multi-starrer war film 'Tango Charlie' & Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Black'! After that she acted in Bengali film 'Autograph' (2010) which was a tribute to Ray's film 'Nayak' (1966). Srijit Mukherjee directed in this film Prosenjit was a hero!

Nandana Sen and Randeep Hooda in  'Rang Rasiya' (2014).
Nandana Sen came in big news with her portrayal of Sugandha as an inspiration of 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma in film 'Rang Rasiya' (2014). Renowned filmmaker Ketan Mehta directed in this film Randeep Hooda played the title role! Some of her bold scenes in this created unnecessary controversy but critically acclaimed..And she won Kalakar Award!

Nandana acted in over 20 films during her 20 years of film career. With this she has been writing in various genre like non-fiction & poetry. But mostly writing for children and working for their rights! And she is also a screenwriter and short filmmaker!
Nandana Sen with father Amartya Sen & mother Nabanita Dev Sen!

I first met beautiful Nandana in our 'Internatioanl Film Festival of India' held at New Delhi in 2000..And have been meeting her in various festivals. Her enthusiasm and desire to do offbeat roles is commendable!

All the best Nandana!!

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

Wednesday, 3 October 2018


Birthday of pretty sensible Marathi actress..Devika Daftardar just happened!

Devika Daftardar in Marathi film 'Nital' (2006).
She started acting on stage in school-college days..mainly experimental theatre! In 2004 she appeared on screen with Marathi film 'Devrai' made by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. This film was about Schizophrenia awareness and she acted with Atul Kulkarni!
Devika Daftardar in film 'Samhita' (2013).

In 2006 challenging role came to Devika in film 'Nital' (2006) made by Bhave & Sukthankar. She intensely portrayed the struggle of girl who has Vitiligo, a skin disease in it! 

Then she acted with handsome Sameer Dharmadhikari in his wife Aparna Dharmadhikari produced film 'Nirop' (2007).
Pretty Devika Daftardar!

She continued acting in Bhave-Sukthankar's films like social 'Ek Cup Chya' (2009), experimental 'Samhita' (2013) & national award winner 'Kaasav' (2016). 

She also did different kind of roles in contemporary films made by other directors like Gajendra Ahire's 'Sawar re' (2008) and Jaypraad Desai's 'Nagrik' (2015).
Devika Daftardar 'in role'!

Like Best Actress for role in 'Nital'..she acted various films won awards! 

Recently her family drama film 'Pari Hoon Main' released!

All the best for her film career!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


Veteran popular actress..Aasha Parekh!

Veteran actress of popular romantic cinema..Aasha Parekh's 76th birthday just happened!

Aasha Parekh & Shammi Kapoor in 'Dil Deke Dekho' (1959).
Known as Jubilee girl..beautiful Aasha Parekh appeared on screen as child artist in 'Aasmaan' (1952). And then producer S. Mukherjee and writer-director Nasir Hussain made her heroine in film 'Dil Deke Dekho' (1959) with Shammi Kapoor!
Nasir Hussain & Aasha Parekh during shooting of 'Caravan' (1971).

After this successful film she became the inseparable part of Nasir Hussain's films and they gave hit romantic musicals like 'Jab Pyar Kisi se Hota Hai' (1963), 'Teesri Manzil' (1966), 'Pyar ka Mausam' (1969) & 'Caravan' (1971). All were my favourites in college days!

Apart from 'NH Films' she also played nice roles in other movies like 'Mere Sanam' (1965), 'Love in Tokyo' (1966), 'Aaya Sawan Jhoom ke' (1969) & 'Aan Milo Sajana' (1970). She also acted in her own Gujarati language films like hit 'Akhand Saubhagyavati' (1963).
Aasha Parekh & Rajesh Khanna in 'Kati Patang' (1970).

Aasha Parekh's notable character was in Shakti Samanta's film 'Kati Patang' (1970) which was based on a novel by Gulshan Nanda! She won 'Best Actress Filmfare' for this!

With other awards she was honoured with the 'Padma Shri'!

Still remember nice meetings & interacting her!!

Best Wishes Ms. Aashaji!!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 28 September 2018


Indian handsome star Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani pretty star Mawra Hocane!

Today is Birthday of two popular stars..one is our Indian film actor Ranbir Kapoor and another is Pakistani TV & film actress Mawra Hocane!

Ranbir Kapoor in & as 'Rockstar' (2011).
In a decade of his film career handsome Ranbir Kapoor did notable roles like 'Rockstar' (2011) & 'Barfi' (2012). He also gave romantic hits like with Katrina Kaif 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani' (2009) & with Deepika Padukone 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' (2013).
Mawra Hocane in 'Sanam Teri Kasam' (2016).

And beautiful Mawra Hocane did superb roles in drama serials there..like 'Nikhar Gaye Gulab Saare' & social 'Kitni Girahain Baqi Hain'! 

In 2016 Mawra appeared on big screen with Bollywood film 'Sanam Teri Kasam'..in which her intense character touched heart!..Then this year she made her Pakistani film debut in 'Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2'!

There were news about Mawra's fascination for Ranbir and he also praised her beauty & talent!
She adore him!!

Saalgirah Mubaaraq ho!!!

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


[This is her 89th birthday (born: 28th Sept., 1929)..not 90th which is going on in TV news channels!]

Remembered meeting her with my 'Chitrasrushti's music special issue!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Monday, 24 September 2018


Filmmaker Rima Das & picture of her Assamese film 'Village Superstars'!

It is surprising..Assamese film 'Village Superstars' won National Award and sent for 'Oscar'!

Anyway, I already wrote a lot about this film!

Congratulation to it's Filmmaker Ms. Rima Das!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


"Dil hoom hoom kare.."

Sensible Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi left this insensible world!

Remembering meeting her with Bhupenda in our various film festivals!!

Homage to her!!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


In 2016..Amitabh Bachchan, Tapasee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang acted and Anirudha Roy Choudhary directed Hindi film 'Pink' was in the discussion with it's dialogue "No Means No!" The reality showed in it & message is noteworthy!..But this subject is not new to our Cinema too!

In 1980 our renowned filmmaker B. R. Chopra made 'Insaf Ka Tarazu' (with different story) and handled this subject effectively! Zeenat Aman, Raj Babbar, Padmini Kolhapure & Simi Garewal were in the important roles in it. That time also the film was very much discussed and got awards too!

That 'Insaf Ka Tarazu' was based on famous American film 'Lipstick' (1976)..Lamont Johnson directed in this film Margaux & Mariel Hemingway, Chris Sarandon & Anne Bancroft were in the lead roles!..And female protagonist's "Please No!" words in it..touched!

Now more than three decades over..but the situation not changed and new movie on the same subject will become Contemporary!!

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

Sunday, 23 September 2018


Now the picture is almost clear about South Indian Cinema's superstar Kamal Hassan's entering in Politics!

Kamal Hassan & Shahrukh Khan 
in film 'Hey Ram' (2000).
He has been commenting on the socio-cultural scenarios before the releases of his films like 'Vishwaroopam' I & II (2013/2017). His ideology 
is also depicted in the films he made like 'Hey Ram' (2000)..and he acted like 'Indian' (1996).

Rati Agnihotri & Kamal Hassan 
in hit 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' (1981).
I am with Kamal Hassan in 'International Film Festival of India'.
He completed more than 50 years in film industry and acted in different genre of films like Tamil 'Apoorva Raagangal' (1975) & 'Sagar Sangamam' (1983) and Hindi hit 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' (1981) & 'Sagar' (1985)...Silent 'Pushpak' (1987) too! He also wrote, produced & directed notable films under his 'Rajkamal International'!

He won many awards which includes 3 National and 19 Filmfare. And he also honoured with 'Padma Bhushan'!

I remembered meeting Kamal Hassan long back in our 'International Film Festival of India' and his free style of expressing!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 21 September 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Today is birthday of Asia's one of the most famous actresses..Hong Kong born beautiful Maggie Cheung!
Young Jackie Chan & Maggie Cheung!

From modeling Maggie appeared on screen in comic roles; but soon famous martial artist Jackie Chan noticed her and cast as his heroine May in his adventure films series started with 'Police Story' (1985)..and she became star!
Maggie Cheung in 'Irma Vep'!

Apart from commercially hit action movies Maggie Cheung also acted in different genre of films..in which her own favourite works were 'Song of Exile' (1990), 'Centre Stage' (1991), Comrades: Almost a Love Story' (1996) and 'In the Mood for Love' (2000) directed by Hong Kong's second wave filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai!
Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung in 
'In the Mood for Love' (2000).

Till date she acted in almost 80 films. Her recent appearance was as Mazu, Chinese goddess of the sea in film 'Ten Thousand Waves' (2010) made by British filmmaker Isaac Julien!
Maggie Cheung in award winning role of 'Clean' (2004)

Maggie Cheung won many awards and became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the 'Cannes Film Festival' for her role in 'Clean' (2004). 

She was appointed as UNICEF's Ambassador to China! And..
In 2011 she awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Edinburgh!

I am while interviewing Maggie Cheung in 'IFFI', 1997.
I interviewed Maggie Cheung in our '28th International Film Festival of India' (IFFI') held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1997! That time she acted French director Oliver Assayas film 'Irma Vep' was there. She played the film within the film heroine in it!


- Manoj Kulkarni
   [Pune, India]