An ode to Shaktida

An ode to Shaktida

There are 4 comments on the The Hindu story from Apr 16, 2009, titled An ode to Shaktida. In it, The Hindu reports that:

Mehboob Khan, V. Shantaram, Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor are recognised makers of classics.

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Bhopal, India

#1 Apr 17, 2009
Nice Article - describes how Shakti Samanta had always predicted winners and backed the right person at the right time. Describes Rajesh, Shammi's association with him etc.

Pune, India

#2 Apr 17, 2009
He went wrong with Amitabh....

Mumbai, India

#3 Apr 18, 2009
An article by Subhash K Jha in today's Bombay Times....

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18 Apr 2009, 0000 hrs IST

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“I hate tears,” said Rajesh Khanna to Sharmila Tagore in one of Hindi commercial cinema’s best-written films ever. Rajesh Khanna

I love the tears that well up in my eyes each time I watch the old widowed Sharmila Tagore in Amar Prem break her bangle by the riverside after her long-forgotten brute of a husband shows up to die at her doorstep.

Where do we get such large-hearted women in cinema any longer? Compare Bollywood’s newest Bengali beauty Bipasha Basu’s femme-fatale act in Race with Sharmila’s captivating purity and nobility in Amar Prem.

From grace to race? Where do we have an actress possessing Sharmila’s overpowering aura of glamourous seductiveness today? Where are those distinguished filmmakers from the old Bengali Bimal Roy school of filmmaking... Asit Sen, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Shakti Samanta... all gone!

The passing away of Shakti Samanta is truly the end of an era... my era. My own favourite place of escape in my growing-up years. Shaktida’s cinema in the first-half of the 1970s is to me the golden period for Hindi films.

Rajesh Khanna(RK), RD Burman and Samanta... what a threesome they made! And add Sharmila Tagore to the brew... and I’m in heaven mere dost, tears and all.
Aradhana, Amar Prem, Anuraag, Charitraheen are all films that I swoon over. Even Anurodh where Samanta’s favourite hero and lucky mascot RK persuaded the director to give his saali
Simple Kapadia a break.

Wah, Anand Bakshi Saab! Anurodh was a rare film where Shaktida broke his indelible musical bonding with Burman and worked with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
The last time that Shaktida came together with RK and RD it was for the compromised Alag Alag where Mr Khanna was cast with the lady he was seeing at that time.

Movies are not made FOR the heart. They’re made FROM the heart. The day Shaktida changed that golden role of movie making his films went downhill. Though Shaktida remained active even after the end of the Rajesh Khanna’s era he couldn’t regain that glory gone. It makes you wonder... is it right for a filmmaker to be constantly connected to one actor? Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra couldn’t make a successful film after their association ended with the Big B. And after Khanna, Shaktida couldn’t make a success out of The Great Gambler or Barsaat Ki Ek Raat although they starred the formidable Big B.

Mumbai, India

#5 Apr 18, 2009
Here is the link Manohar ji.....

http://timesofindia dot indiatimes dot com/Entertainment/Do-you-want- a-partner/articleshow/4414304 dot cms

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