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Renowned music composer: KHEMCHAND PRAKASH

Remembered for his timeless music, he was among Indian cinema’s early music composers. Starting out with assisting Timir Baran in Devdas (1935) he gave a number of classics that were ahead of their time.

His notable films include Pardesi (1941), Fariyad (1942), Tansen (1943), Ziddi (1948), Sawan Aya Re (1949) and Mahal (1949). Legendary singers and composers like Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Naushad were mentored by him.

Some of his iconic compositions are ‘Diya jalaao jagmag jagmag’, ‘Rumjhum rumjhum chal tihari’ (Tansen), ‘Marne ki duaaen kyun maangu’, ‘Chanda re ja re ja re’ (Ziddi) and ‘Aayega Aanewala’, ‘Dil Ne Fir Yaad Kiya’ (Mahal). He also sang and featured in the comedy song ‘Lo kha lo madam khana’ (Street Singer, 1938). #indiancinema #indianfilms #mahal #indiancinemalover #hindustaniclassicalmusic #latamangeshkar #kishorekumar #naushad #music #sangeet #nfai #pune
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Popular actor: RAJINIKANTH

The star, known for his swashbuckling style and larger-than-life antics has portrayed many memorable characters over the years. In his early career, he played supporting and antagonistic roles in films like Apoorva Ragangal (1975), Avargal (1977), 16 Vayathinile (1977) and Gayatri (1977). He established himself as a leading star with films such as Chilakamma Cheppindi (1977), Bhairavi (1978) and Murattu Kalai (1980). In the series of remakes of Amitabh Bachchan starrers, he gave popular films such as Billa (1980), Thee (1981), Mr. Bharat (1986) and Panakkaran (1990). The star has given noteworthy performances in films like Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984), Thalapathy (1991), Muthu (1995), Padayappa (1999), Sivaji (2007) and Enthiran (2010). Interestingly, throughout his career, he has featured in black-and-white, colour, 3D and motion-capture films.  #rajinikanth #superstar #superstarrajinikanth #thalaivar #thalaiva #indiancinema #nfai #pune #basha #billa #robot #sivaji
In #MondayMemories, we take you back to Tapi Chanakya's Ram Aur Shyam (1967). Usually known for his tragic roles, Dilip Kumar excelled at humour in this comedy-of-errors, playing identical twins. The film was a remake of the director's own Telugu film Ramudu Bheemudu (1964).
A look back at Dilip Kumar's powerful performances over the decades, from a social drama like Naya Daur (1957) to a romantic epic period film Mughal-e-Azam (1960) to a gritty crime drama Shakti (1982). #HappyBirthdayDilipKumar
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The inimitable DILIP KUMAR

A legend of Indian cinema, Dilip Kumar pioneered the technique of naturalistic acting in India, with a rare ability to internalize his characters' spirit. The tragic roles played by him, in films such as Jogan (1950), Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958) and Mughal-e-Azam (1960), are especially iconic.

His portrayal of the character’s inner torment in Devdas broke new ground. Madhumati, noted for its gothic noir imagery, explored the theme of rebirth and served as the model for films to come, such as Om Shanti Om (2007). The dacoit drama Gunga Jumna (1961), which he also wrote, dealt with the theme of brothers on opposite sides of the law, and inspired films like Deewaar (1975) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). Mughal-e-Azam remains among the milestones of Indian cinema, and Dilip Kumar’s portrayal of Prince Salim remains unmatched even today.

The films where he played flamboyant heroes, such as Aan (1952) and Kohinoor (1960), were popular too. He has also done notable work in “social” films, such as Naya Daur (1957), and comedies, such as Ram Aur Shyam (1967). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actor #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune #rare #beautifulshot
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Noted actress: RATI AGNIHOTRI

A star of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi cinema, Rati Agnihotri has acted in the films of acclaimed filmmakers K. Balachander and P. Bharathiraja.

She has given several popular films in collaboration with actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Her notable films include Puthiya Varpugal (1979), Ullasa Paravaigal (1980), Murattu Kalai (1980) and Kazhugu (1981). She made her Hindi film debut with the landmark film Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) and went on to act in films such as Shaukeen (1981), Coolie (1983) and Tawaif (1985). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actress #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune
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Eminent actress: SUJATHA

Known for her restrained portrayals, she is remembered for her unforgettable performance in K. Balachander’s classic Avargal (1977). In the film she plays Anu, a married woman caught between her husband’s sadistic treatment of her and memories of her past romances. Popular for playing strong-willed, urbane, independent characters; she has acted in films such as Ernakulam Junction (1971), Aval Oru Thodarkathai (1974) and Annakkili (1976). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actress #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune
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Famed actor: SHATRUGHAN SINHA

An alumnus of FTII, the actor is popular for his dominant screen presence and forceful dialogue delivery.  He started out by playing small but effective roles in films such as Saajan (1969) and Raaton Ka Raja (1970) and rose to fame by essaying villainous characters in films like Khilona (1970), Gambler (1971) and Mere Apne (1971). His double role in Subhash Ghai’s Kalicharan (1976) established him as a prominent actor in Hindi films, and he went on to collaborate with the director with Vishwanath (1978) and Gautam Govinda (1979). His notable films include Kala Patthar (1979), Shaan (1980), Dostana (1980), Naseeb (1981) and Chor Police (1983). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actor #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune
The 1st Winter Film Appreciation Course has begun!
A comprehensive course covering various aspects of cinema, it promises to be an insightful experience for the participants.

At the opening session: Varun Bhardwaj, Rajula Shah, Bhupendra Kainthola, Prakash Magdum & Amit Tyagi.

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Famed actress: SHARMILA TAGORE

Known for her sensitive performances, she made notable collaborations with Satyajit Ray. Debuting with Apur Sansar (1959), she gave memorable performances in films like Devi (1960), Nayak (1966), Aranyer Din Ratri (1969) and Seemabaddha (1971). She debuted in Hindi films with Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) which established her as a romantic actress. She formed a prominent pair with Rajesh Khanna, with the films Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1971), Avishkar (1973) and Daag (1973). She won National Awards for her performances in Mausam (1975) and Abar Aranye (2003). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actress #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune
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Celebrated dancer & choreographer: UDAY SHANKAR

A pioneer of dance in India, Uday Shankar was known for his fusion of Indian classical dance with Western Theater. With no formal training in Indian classical dance, he modernized traditional dance forms and popularized it globally.
His only film was the landmark dance spectacle Kalpana (1948), which he directed and starred in. The surrealist ballet fantasy was notable for its expressionistic angles, and the stunning dance sequences served as a model for the dances in films like Chandralekha (1948) and Awaara (1951). The film also has a satirical edge to it, with a frame story about a writer pitching an idea for the film to a producer.

The film has been digitally restored.

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Noted actor: DHARMENDRA

A multifaceted hero, Dharmendra has essayed memorable characters in Hindi cinema over the years. Starting out with romantic roles in his early years, he went on to become a popular comedy and action star. 
Debuting with Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960), he rose to prominence with Bimal Roy’s Bandini (1963) and established himself as an intense action star with Phool Aur Patthar (1966). His sensitive performances in films like Anupama (1966), Manjhli Didi (1967) and Satyakam (1969) were appreciated.  Also noted were his comic performances in Chupke Chupke (1975) and Pratigya (1975). In the timeless classic Sholay (1975), he gave memorable performance as Veeru blending his ‘he-man’ image with romantic-comedy elements.

Also notable is his portrayal of the good-natured gangster in Johnny Gaddaar (2007) and his romantic role in Life in a Metro (2007). As a producer, he won the National Award for Ghayal (1990). #nfai #indiancinema #cinemalover #actor #film #filmlover #light #camera #action #instapic #instaphoto #potd #picoftheday #india #pune