Monday, September 29, 2014


Navin Nischol was born in Lahore on 11th April 1946 and was an Indian Film Actor who appeared in lead roles of several films and later confined to supporting roles and character roles.He was a Gold Medalist from the prestigious Film and Television Institute Of India at Pune.
His debut film was Sawan Bhadon in 1970.He was the lead in super hits like Victoria No.203 (72),Dhund(73),Hanste Zakhm etc. He also appeared in TV serials and earned a nice opinion.One of the successful popular serial was 'Dekh Bhai Dekh' co-starring Sushma Seth,Shekhar Suman,Farida Jalal etc.
He also starred in some  Punjabi films like  'Aasra Pyar De(83).

'Sawan Bhadon' was debut film of Navin Nischol and also for the heroine Rekha in 1970.Jayashree T. also acted along with them.Director was Mohan Segal.
In the film 'Buddha Mil Gaya' Om Prakash played an important role as an elderly man.Deven Varma and Navin had equally important roles.The film was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.The theme of the film was about a rich and elderly missing man.
Navin and Saira Banu were the lead pair of the super hit film Victoria No. 203.
Ashok Kumar and Pran gave much contributions to make the film a big success.
Hanste Zakhm was produced and directed by Chetan Anand in which Priya Rajvansh was the heroine.
In the 1977 film 'Aafat' Naveen and Leena Chandavarkar were the lead pair and Atma Ram was the director.Navin played the role as Inspector Amar and Leena as Inspecor Chhaya.
Naveen paired with Vidya Sinha in the film 'Saboot' which was released in 1980.Director was Sohan Lal Karwar.
Navin and Shabana Azmi were the lead pair of the film 'Ek Baar Kaho' directed by Lekh Tandon in 1980.
He acted along with Amitabh Bachchan,Sharmila Tagore,Hema Malini etc in the super hit film 'Desh Premee'.
He was having an important role in the hit film 'Babu' directed by A.C.Trilok Chander in 1985 along with Rajesh Khanna who was the male lead of the film.
In the film 'Samundar' of 1986 he acted in an important role along with Sunny Deol.
Vinod Khanna,shabana Azmi,Vijay Shanti etc acted in the hit film 'Muqaddar Ka Baadshah.
Akshay Kumar,Ayesha Jhulka,Anupam Kher,Rakhee,Paresh Rawal etc acted in the film 'Dil Ki Baazi' directed by Anil Ganguly in 1993.
Madhavan,Diya Mirza,Saif Ali Khan,Anupam Kher etc acted in the 2001 film 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' in which Navin Nischol also acted.The director was Gautham Menon.
Imran Khan,Deepika Padukone were the lead actors of the 2010 film 'Break Ke Baad' directed by Danish Asiam.Navin Nischol acted in an important role as 'Jeet'.
Navin Nischol married Dev Anand's niece Neelu Kapoor but they divorced later.He married 'Geetanjali' in 2006 but she committed suicide.
Navin Nischol passed away due to heart attack on 19 March 2011.
Selected Filmography

Sawan Bhadon
Buddha Mil Gaya
Victoria No.203
Hanste Zakhm
Barkha Bahar
Wohi Mein Nahin

Mere Sajna
Ek se Badhkar Ek

Tumhari Kasam
Do Ladke Dono Kadke

The burning Train
Shiv Charan
Log Kya Kahenge
Dil Hi Dil Mein
Anokha Bandan
Desh Premee
Teri Bahon Mein

Lover Boy
Mard Ki Zaban
7 Saal Baad
Param Dharam
Mera Shikar
Teri Payal Mera Geet
Muquadar ka Baadshah
Numbri Aadmi
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
Dil Ki Baazi
Lahoo Ke Do Rang

Major Saab
Rahna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Bollywood Calling
Yeh Hai Jalwa
Classic Dance Of Love
Aashiq Banaya Apne
Break Ke Baad

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


R.Nataraja Mudaliar who produced several silent films from 1916 is considered as the Father of Tamil Cinema.
Scene from Markandeya
Rangaswamy Nataraja Mudaliar was born in Vellore, Madras Presidency, in the year 1885 and he reached Madras City  to start a business there.He chose to sell bicycles and the price of a bicycle,which was a common vehicle those days was just Rs.25/- and so his business flourished well.His business was under the trade name 'Watson  and Company'.
Scene from Draupadi Vastraharanam

Scene from Phalke's Harishchandra
Meanwhile, he made relationship with a foreign firm and he got licence to sell American Cars and he was the first Indian to sell American Cars which was available for Rs.1000/- those days.That business was also a success.
Nataraja Mudaliar had a flair for photography and he wanted to  study about motion pictures photography  when he witnessed silent films from Mumbai.He made friendship with a British Cinematographer 'Stewart Smith' and he taught him the basics of film making.Later he went to Pune and had further study over the subject.
Dada Saheb Phalke's Harishchandra was a big
inspiration for Mudaliyar.
He made his first film which was a silent film in 1916 in the name 'Keechaka Vadham', under the banner of the production house 'India Film Company'  and it was the illustration of a story taken from the Epic Mahabharatha'.It was more than 6000 feet and  was the first silent film made in South India.He was the writer,cinematographer,producer,editor and director of this film.
With the help of his friend Dharmalingam and others he set up a film studio at Muller's Road and continued with his film making and always selected  Hindu mythological themes  or historical themes for the films.
Later a fire accident in the studio caused the death of Mudaliar's son and he quit film production and closed the film studio also.
Nataraja Mudaliar passed away in the year 1972.

Selected Filmography

Kechaka Vadham
Draupadi Vasthraharanam
Mayil Ravana
Lava Kusa
Kalia Mardanam
Rugmini Kalyanam

Saturday, September 20, 2014


 Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal  got popularized as K.B.Sundarambal and mesmerized the masses by her unique wonderful voice along with her  her enormous  acting skill.She was born on  26 October 1908 at Kodumudi, a small town in Erode District of Tamil Nadu and was in utter poverty during childhood days.She used to sing songs on moving trains and asked for alms from the passengers those days.
T.G.Natesa Iyer, a Railway Official, who was also a stage actor,impresario,play producer liked her quality of voice and singing style.He noticed that she was rendering the songs exactly the same as their original and she could reach the high octaves with effortless ease.During those days stage actors who rose to the top as heroes and heroines were supposed to sing beautifully and better knowledge of Carnatic music was also a requisite for them.Sometimes they were supposed to act without the aid of  loudspeakers which was not very common thing  during those days and so the actors who could render the dialogues and songs loudly and in high pitch got better chances.At he age of ten K.B.Sundarambal became a stage actress with the help of her mentor T.G.Natesha Iyer.We can assume that she should have undergone music training including Carnatic Music during those days in  her spare time  because later in her life  she conducted numerous music concerts with much expertise.
S.G.Kittappa and K.B.Sundarambal
K.B.Sundarambal with her excellent acting and singing skills rose to the level of heroine very soon and the audience of that period were very much impressed about her talents. She was termed as 'The Queen of  Indian Stage'.Her plays such as 'Valli Thirumanam' 'Pavalakodi' and 'Harishchandra' became very very popular and successful.
When the drama troupe made a Sri Lankan tour, she met the acting and singing exponent S.G.Kittappa and they fell in love at first sight.She married him in 1926 and both of them back in India started a drama troupe by name 'Srigana Sabha' in 1928.
Sundarambal as Lord Muruga
K.B. Sundarambal and Kittappa Bhagavathar as the lead pair presented several plays which were very much liked by the audience.In the Lord Muruga Play they used to exchange roles, such as in one play K.B.Sundarambal if portrayed Devi Vally and Kittappa as Lord Muruga during the next show or next day they used to interchange as Muruga  depicted by Sundrambal and Vally by Kittappa.The audience were very much amused about these skillful actions  also.
Both of them were very much attracted to Indian Freedom movement those days and  actively took part in the struggle.She used to wear white Khadi sarees  and Kittappa Bhagavathar too used white Khadi clothes.
Kittappa Bhagavathar died unexpectedly on 2nd December 1933 which put her in deep sorrow, panic  and loneliness.K.B.Sundarambal  had delivered a baby girl of Kittappa Bhagavathar ealier  but the child died and they didn't get a second child.Life became miserable for her in sorrow and grief  and she quit acting one stage also.
In the year 1935  some film producers approached her with offer to act in film but she was not willing and just for  sending them back she demanded 1 lakh rupees which was a high salary and  not used to pay  to any actor those days.
But the producer of 'Nandanar' film offered her 1 Lakh rupees and it was the highest amount received by any woman artist at that time.
Sundarambal as a staunch believer of God used to give music concerts in temples from that period itself and she demanded only low payment for them and thought it  as a service to God.
She acted in 'Nandanar' movie  directed by Manik Lal Tandon in which K.B.Sundarambal and  Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer were the lead pair.She sang two songs for this film.
In 1940 she acted in 'Manimekalai' produced by T.K.Productions and sang 3 songs also for this film
In 1953 she acted in the lead role of the film 'Avvaiyar' which was produced by Gemini Studios and Gemini Ganesan  was the male lead.The film was made in Tamil and Telugu and both the versions were big success.It contained 15 songs sung by K.B.Sundarambal.The film received audience and critics appraisal as well as good opinion  received from politicians also.
'Thiruvilayadal' was a super hit mythological film of 1965 directed by A.P.Nagarajan in which Sivaji Ganesan,Savithri,Muthuraman,Nagesh etc acted.K.B.Sundarambal acted as an Avvaiyar in it which grabbed much appreciation  and the songs she rendered for this film earned astounding popularity.
'Kandan Karunai' a film about Lord Muruga was directed by A.P.Nagarajan in 1967.Sivaji Ganesan,Gemini Ganesan,Jayalalitha,Savithri,K.R.Vijaya etc acted in it.Seerkazhi Govindarajan also appeared in this film in a cameo role as 'Nakkeerar'.
K.B.Sundarambal passed away on 19th September 1980.
Selected Filmography
Mahakavi Kalidas
Kandan Karunai
Uyirmel Aasai
Sakthi Leelai
Gnayiru Thingal
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Thirumalai Deivam

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Pudukkottai Ulaganathan Pillai Chinnappa , who was  popularly known as P.U.Chinnappa and Chinnappa Bhagavathar was a top film actor and classical singer who worked in Tamil Cinema during 30's and 40's.
He is credited as one of the major influential actor of South Cinema.Because of his excellent acting skill he earned the title "Nadigar Mannar".
He hailed from Puthukkottai in Tamil Nadu(Born on 5 May 1916) and rose to the top level as an excellent actor because of his acting skill,singing skill,and even stunt  skill. 
Some critics and moviegoers of that period considered him better than the superstar Thyagaraja Bhagavathar because of his acting prowess by  precise acting expressions, rendition of songs beautifully, perfection  of  even stunt scenes which Thyagaraja Bhagavathar could not perform.

Chinnappa Bhagavathar entered Tamil films in 1930's and he rose to much popularity  by the film 'Uthamaputhiran' in 1940 in which P.U.Chinnappa performed double role.It was the first Tamil film in which the hero acted in double roles.He established himself as a singing star in Tamil by this film and the patriotic song of that film became very popular.M.V.Rajamma was the heroine and T.S.Balaiah played the role as a villain.Uthama Puthiran was produced by Salem Modern Theatres and directed by T.R.Sundaram.

"Aryamala' was 1941 film produced by Pakshiraja films and directed by T.C.Vadivelu Naicker.It was a major box Office success film and established P.U.Chinnappa as a box Office hero.

'Kannagi' was 1942 film and this successful film was the top grosser of that year.It was based on the Tamil epic 'Silappadhigaaram' in which P.U.Chinnappa portrayed the role of Kovilan,P.Kannamba played Kannagi's tittle role and N.S.Saroja appeared as the beautiful dancer 'Madhavi' who seduced Kovilan.
The film was directed by R.S.Mani.
Manonmani was 1942 film in which P.U.Chinnappa and T.R.Rajakumari acted in lead roles.P.U.Chinnappa,T.R.Rajakumari,Serukalathur Sama,T.S.Balaiah,T.R.Mahalngam,K.K.Perumal,A.Sakunthala etc acted in it.

"Kubera Kuchela' was a box Office successful film of 1943 in which Chinnappa Bhagavathar was in the lead role.Papanasam Sivan,T.R.Rajakumari,N.S.Krishnan.T.A.Madhuram etc acted in it.

In the film 'Jagathalaprathapan' (44) P.U.Chinnappa acted as the hero and portrayed a prince.This film sealed P.U.Chinnappa's position as a top star of Tamil Cinema.
In the 1944 film 'Harichandra' P.U.Chinnappa acted as  'Harichandra Raja' and P.Kannamba acted as the heroine.Director was K.B.Nagabhushanam.M.N.Nambiar,R.Balasubramanyam,M.R.Swaminathan etc acted in it.
1949 film 'Rathna Kumar' was directed by Krishnan Panju in which P.Bhanumathi acted opposite to P.U.Chinnappa.M.G.Ramachandran had a supporting role in this film.
The 1951 film 'Vanasundari' was produced by Krishna Pictures and was directed by T.R.Raghunath.P.U.Chinnappa,T.R.Rajakumari,T.S.Balaiah,S.Varalakshmi,M.G.Chakrapani,R.Balasubramaniam' etc acted in it.
Nadigar Mannar P.U.Chinnappa passed away on 23 September 1951 at the age of 35.
Selected Filmography

Raja Mohan
Punjab Kesari
Anadhai Penn
Uthama Puthiran
Dharma Veeran
Kubera Kuchela
Jagathala Prathapan
Thulasi Jalander
Krishna Bakthi
Rathna Kumar