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post May 29 2009, 09:45 PM
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Muse & Music

Most film loving folks think that the music made for films from 50’s through 80’s represents golden age of music. This may be debatable. However, one thing is certain. Several great musicals emerged during this period and we saw the rise of many singing legends during this time.

One way to take a closer look at the music of the Golden Age is to look into the period through the female stars who were popular in this time frame. Because it is just about impossible to cater for all the stars, I came to a conclusion that probably the following 12 stars will sufficiently represent movies that are part of this golden era. These are:

Asha Parekh
Hema Malini
Mala Sinha
Mumtaz
Nutan
Rekha
Sadhana
Saira Banu
Sharmila Tagore
Vyjayanti Mala
Waheeda Rehman
Zeenat Aman

Others may come up with a different list. But for the music of the Golden Age I want to share with our fellow members these stars probably make a fair representation.

Let us look at filmographies of these actresses and see if we can come to some conclusions. I will present the filmographies in the order listed above.


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Asha Parekh

She shares her birthday with Mahatma Gandhi. She made more hit films than any other female star in the history of Hindi cinema after her spectacular debut in an adult role in “Dil Deke Dekho”.

Asha was trained as a dancer. Bimal Roy was in attendance at a function in which she was dancing. He gave her a supporting role in his film “Baap Beti” when she was only 12 years old. Later Vijay Bhatt took her for the female lead in “Goonj Uthi Shehnai”. After a couple of shoots Bhatt dropped her saying that she doesn’t have the material to be an actress. But soon producer S. Mukherjee of Filmalaya and director Nasir Hussain signed her to star as heroine opposite Shammi Kapoor in “Dil Deke Dekho”. The movie was a super hit and Asha became instantly a star.

Over the next several years she churned out hit after hit acting opposite many of the male stars of the day. Most movies she was in were also musical hits. She remained active in the film industry even after she retired from acting. She was the censor chief for four years and became unpopular with some tough decisions she made. One of the famous case was the rejection of censor certificate to the film “Elizabeth”. This movie was directed by Shekhar Kapoor and was nominated for several Oscars.

Here is the first part of her filmography ...



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Asha Parekh Filmography Continued ...

Here is the second and the last part of Asha's filmography ...



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Hema Malini

Hema Malini first appeared in a dance sequence in a Telugu movie. She tried her hand to enter Tamil film field. Director Sridhar (of "Nazarana", "Dil Ek Mandir", and "Pyar Kiye Ja") who considered her briefly for his film rejected her saying that she does not have what it takes to be an actress. Later she got her break with “Sapnon Ka Saudagar” opposite Raj Kapoor. After that she never looked back.

Her major costar in her heydays was Dharmendra. They apparently appeared together in 38 movies! Eventually Hema married Dharmendra rejecting proposals from other actor suitors Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar.

Many of the movies in which Hema starred made money and several of them were huge musical hits. She was quite busy as an actress. Here is the first part of her filmography …



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Hema Malini Filmography Continued ...

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Hema Malini Filmography (Part 3) Continued ...

This is the third part of Hema Malini's fimography ...



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Concluding Hema Malini Filmography ...

Here is the final part of Hema's filmography ...



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Mala Sinha

Mala Sinha started her career in Bengali movies. While shooting a Bengali movie in Bombay, she met Geeta Dutt. They became good friends. Geeta introduced Mala to Kidar Sharma. He took her for one of the female roles in his “Rangeen Raatein”. Later her performance in Kishore Sahu’s “Hamlet” got her rave reviews. After that there was no looking back for Mala.

She starred in a number of big banner movies with all the top stars. Several of them were huge hits. Most of them enjoyed success musically as well. Here is the first part of her filmography …



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Mala Sinha Filmography Continued ...

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Concluding Mala Sinha Filmography ...

Here is the final part of Mala's filmography ...



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Mumtaz

It is amazing that Mumtaz who later in her career made so many hit movies struggled in small roles and acted in many forgettable movies. She started as an extra and during her struggling years she starred opposite Dara Singh in as many as 16 films! Her major break came with “Mere Sanam” in a major supporting role. Later she acted opposite Dilip in “Ram Aur Shyam”. However it was “Do Raaste” where she starred opposite Rajesh Khanna that brought her finally richly deserved recognition. She was on top for nearly 12 years until she decided to quit.

Mumtaz made many movies during her early struggling career. But she will be well remembered for her contributions made in later films. Almost all of these were musical hits as well. Here is first part of her filmography …



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Mumtaz Filmography Continued ...

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Concluding Mumtaz's Filmography ...

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Nutan

Nutan started as a child actress but soon found adult roles. Her first adult role was as Laila in “Laila Majnu”. But it was the movie “Seema” that brought her fame and recognition. She acted in many movies in late 50’s and 60’s. Several of them were huge musical hits.

Nutan originally wanted to be a playback singer. She had an excellent voice. She sang some of the songs in the movie “Chhabili”. She was crowned Miss India in 1952 and her good looks made her accept acting assignments. She was noted for her sensitive portrayals and is the recipient of maximum number (five) of Filmfare awards. This record is still unbroken for female performers. Here is the first part of her filmography …



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Concluding Nutan's Filmography ...

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