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Bappi Lahiri
(बप्पी लाहिड़ी)

Bappi Lahiri (1952 – 2022) also known as Bappi Da was an Indian singer-composer and record producer, known for his synthesised disco music in the Indian film industry. Popular in the 1980s and 1990s, he also delivered major box office successes in Bengali, Telugu, and Kannada films. He holds a Guinness World Record (1986) for recording more than 180 songs in a year for 33 films, and made another record by composing music for 12 silver jubilee movies between 1983–1985. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Sharaabi (1984) and was conferred with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2018).

Disco Dancer (1982)

Hindi | Colour | 135 Mins.

Director: Babbar Subhash

Producer: Babbar Subhash

Right Holder: Shemaroo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

Screenplay: Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza, Deepak Balraj Vij

Music: Bappi Lahiri

Cinematographer: Nadeem Khan

Editor: Mangesh Chavan, Shyam Gupte

Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Kim, Kalpana Iyer, Om Puri, Geeta Kak

 

Synopsis: Jimmy, a talented and popular singer wants to exact revenge on Mr Oberoi for having insulted and imprisoning his mother on false charges years ago.  But Oberoi’s son, Sam also a singer, becomes envious of Jimmy’s soaring success. The father-son duo conspire to bring an end to Jimmy’s career in such devious ways that it changes his life and career forever. 

Bhupinder Singh (भूपिंदर सिंह)

Bhupinder Singh (1940 – 2022) was an Indian musician, a ghazal and playback singer for Hindi films. He started his career with All India Radio and also worked with Doordarshan. He was given the opportunity to sing alongside Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey in Chetan Anand’s Haqeeqat (1964) and got a solo by Khayyam in the film Aakhri Khat (1966). Mid-1980s onwards, he began singing jointly with his wife Mitali at concerts and released many ghazal albums. Some of his famous songs are “Dil Dhoondta hai”, “Do diwane shahar mein”, “Naam gum jayega”, and “Ek akela is Shehar Mein”.

Mausam (1975)

 

Hindi | Colour | 156 Mins.

Director: Gulzar

Producer: P. Mallikharjuna Rao

Screenplay: Gulzar, Bhushan Banmali, Kamleshwar

Music: Madan Mohan

Cinematographer: K. Vaikunth

Editor: Waman B. Bhosle, Gurudutt Shirali

Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Om Shivpuri

 

Synopsis: 

Dr. Amarnath falls in love with Chanda, while visiting Darjeeling with a promise to return which he never keeps. Years later, he learns that Chanda was married to a crippled old man, had a daughter Kajli, became insane and died. Kajli, closely resembling her mother ends up at a brothel. Amarnath brings her home but Kajli falls in love with him.

KK alias Krishnakumar Kunnath (केके उर्फ कृष्णकुमार कुन्नाथ)

KK alias Krishnakumar Kunnath (1968 – 2022) was an Indian playback singer, regarded as one of the best and most versatile singers with songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati. KK sang 3500 advertising jingles before making his film debut in 1996 with A. R. Rahman. His debut album, Pal (1999) became very popular and he sang many superhit songs during his career for films and television. He received the Screen Award for Best Playback Singer – Male twice, for the album Pal (1999) and for the song “Khuda Jaane” (2009), from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

Hindi | Colour | 154 Mins.

Director: Priyadarshan

Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar

Screenplay: Neeraj Vora

Music: Pritam

Cinematographer: Tirru

Editor: N. Gopalakrishnan, Arun Kumar Aravind

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal

Synopsis: When US-based Siddharth visits his Indian hometown with his new wife, he insists they stay at their ancestral house and laughs off the family’s warnings that the mansion is haunted by the spirit of a dancer Manjulika. But with unexplained and terrifying occurrences, Siddharth calls on his psychiatrist friend to help unfold the mystery that leads to an unexpected twist. 

K. P. A. C. Lalitha (के.पी.ए.सी.ललिता)

K. P. A. C. Lalitha (1947 – 2022) aka Maheshwari Amma, was an Indian film and stage actress primarily in Malayalam. She started her acting career with K. P. A. C., a theatre collective in Kayamkulam, Kerala. In a career spanning five decades, she starred in over 550 films. She won four Kerala State Film Awards and two National Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress for the films Amaram (1991) and Shantham (2000). She was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the Filmfare Awards South (2009) and served as the chairperson of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. 

Shantham (2000)

 

Malayalam | Colour | 95 Mins.

Director: Jayaraj Nair

Producer: P.V. Gangadharan

Screenplay: P. Suresh Kumar, Madampu Kuniukuttan

Music: Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri

Cinematographer: Ravi Varman

Editor: N P Sathish

Cast: K.P.A.C. Lalitha, I.M.Vijayan, Kalamandalam Gopi

 

Synopsis: Velayudhan is a young man living in a place torn apart by civil strife. In the midst of a raging street war, he kills his best friend. Velayudhan feels guilty and is disturbed. Political enemies plot their revenge on Velayudhan. The movie addresses the very contemporary issue of political rivalry and violence in society in an unusually imaginative way. 

Lata Mangeshkar (लता मंगेशकर)

Lata Mangeshkar (1929 – 2022) is widely considered as one of the greatest Indian playback singers and was known as the ‘Queen of Melody’. In a career spanning eight decades, she recorded songs in over 36 Indian languages and a few foreign languages. She is the recipient some of the highest national and international honours; Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2007), as well as three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, seven Filmfare Awards, and has been conferred with many more honours and accolades.

Abhimaan (1973)

Hindi | Colour | 154 Mins.

 

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Producer: Susheela Kamat, Pawan Kumar Jain

Screenplay: Nabendu Ghosh, Biresh Chatterjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Mohan N. Sippy

Music: Sachin Dev Burman

Cinematographer: Jaywant Pathare

Editor: Das Dhaimade

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Asrani, Bindu

 

Synopsis: Subir Kumar is a famous professional singer. Thronged by female fans, Subir does not plan to marry until he meets Uma, a musically gifted girl in a village. Upon his return to Mumbai, he fosters his wife Uma’s singing career. As her singing career thrives and her popularity soars, it starts to hurt Subir’s pride, resulting in their marriage falling apart. 

Pt. Birju Maharaj (पंडित बिरजू महाराज)

Pt. Birju Maharaj (1938 – 2022) was an Indian dancer, composer, singer and exponent of the Lucknow ‘Kalka-Bindadin’ Gharana of Kathak dance in India. A descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers with his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj, he choreographed and composed music for many Indian movies, practiced Hindustani classical music as a vocalist. A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1964) and the Padma Vibhushan (1986), he won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for Vishwaroopam (2012), and the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography (2016) for Bajirao Mastani (2015).

Dedh Ishqiya (2014)

 

Hindi | Colour | 148 Mins.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Producer: Raman Maroo, Vishal Bhardwaj

Right Holder: Shemaroo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

Screenplay: Vishal Bhardwaj, Abhishek Chaubey, Gulzar

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Cinematographer: Satyajit Pande

Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Huma Qureshi

 

Synopsis: The thief duo, Khalujaan and his nephew Babban steal a prized necklace. With the police after them, they split.  Later, Babban finds Khalujaan posing as a nawab attending a poetry contest to woo the widowed Begum of Mahmudabad, Begum Para.  Babban falls in love with Begum Para’s assistant Muniya and they plan to kidnap the Begum when things get complicated. 

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (पंडित शिवकुमार शर्मा)

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (1938 – 2022) was an Indian classical musician and Santoor player, credited with adapting the Santoor for Indian classical music. He started playing the Santoor at the age of thirteen and gave his first public performance in 1955. As a music composer, he collaborated with Indian flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia under the collaborative name Shiv–Hari and they composed music for many Indian films including Silsila (1981), Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993). He is the recipient of national honours like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1986), the Padma Shri (1991), and the Padma Bhushan (2001).

Lamhe (1991)

Hindi | Colour | 187 Mins.

Director: Yash Chopra

Producer: Yash Chopra

Screenplay: Honey Irani, Rahi Masoom Reza

Music: Shiv Kumar Sharma

Cinematographer: Manmohan Singh

Editor:  Keshav Naidu

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Waheeda Rehman

 

Synopsis : Viren comes to India and meets Pallavi. But she is already in love. He returns heartbroken promising Pallavi’s dying father that he’ll take care of her. Pallavi and her husband die in an accident leaving their infant daughter Pooja behind. Twenty years on, Viren meets Pooja for the first time – a splitting image of her mother in love with him. 

 

Pratap Pothen (प्रताप पोथेन)

Pratap Pothen (1952 – 2022) was an Indian actor and filmmaker across Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi cinema. He acted in about 100 films and directed 12 while also having worked as a scriptwriter and producer. His directorial debut Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (1985), won him the National Film Award for Best Debut Film of a Director. He directed several successful Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, working with veteran actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Thilakan and Nagarjuna. The turn of the century saw him playing many gratifying roles in films like Priyasakhi (2005), Aayirathil Oruvan (2010) and Ponmagal Vandhal (2020).

Rithubedham (1986)

 

Malayalam | Colour | 135 Mins.

 

Director: Prathap Pothen

Producer: K. V. Abraham alias Thomsun Babu for Thomsun Films

Screenplay: M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Music: Shyam

Cinematographer: B. Lenin, V. T. Vijayan

Editor: B. Lenin, V. T. Vijayan

Cast: Balachandra Menon, Thilakan, Geetha

 

Synopsis: During his research on historical artefacts, Rajan meets Devaki, who is married to a drunkard. Sharing an interest in history and poetry, they become close.

Ramesh Deo (रमेश देव)

Ramesh Deo (1926 – 2022) was an Indian film and television actor. In his long career, he worked in more than 285 Hindi films, 190 Marathi films and 30 Marathi dramas. He also produced feature films, television serials and over 250 ad films, as well as directed a number of films, documentaries and television serials. His debut was a cameo appearance in Paatlaachi Por (1951), and his first full-fledged role was in Andhala Magto Ek Dola (1956). A recipient of many state and national awards, he was conferred with a  Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF 2013).

Hindi | B&W | 156 Mins.

Director: Govind Saraiya

Producer: Vivek

Screenplay: R. Bhatnagar, Vrajendra Gaur, S. Ali Raza

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji

Cinematographer: Nariman A. Irani

Editor: G.G. Mayekar

Cast: Nutan, Manish, Ramesh Deo

Synopsis: A young aristocrat, Saraswatichandra  is betrothed to Kumud, an educated girl from a rich family. But Saraswati decides to cancel the engagement and writes to Kumud informing her. She replies and they start exchanging letters and subsequently meet with Saraswati promising to marry Kumud. However, he is unable to due to a family feud that triggers a series of misunderstandings.

Ravi Tandon (रवि टंडन)

Ravi Tandon (1935 – 2022) was an Indian film director, producer and story writer. Born in a Punjabi family in Agra, he went on to direct a number of superhit movies with all the leading actors in the 1970s and 1980s. The the most popular among these were Anhonee (1973), Majboor (1974), Khel Khel Mein (1975), Zindagi (1976), Khud-daar (1982), Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (1986) and, Nazrana (1987) which was with Rajesh Khanna and was the fifth highest grosser of that year. He is the father of actor Raveena Tandon.

Anhonee (1973)

Hindi | Colour | 127 Mins.

Director: Ravi Tandon

Producer: Ravi Tandon, G. M. Khwaja, Gullu Kochar, Jagdish C. Sharma

Screenplay: K. K. Shukla

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Cinematographer: S. Ramachandra

Editor: Waman B. Bhosle, Gurudutt Shirali

Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Padma Khanna, Kamini Kaushal

 

Synopsis: Dr Rekha admits a patient, Sunil, in her mental hospital and soon, he responds to the treatment and recovers. They fall in love and are all set to get engaged at a lavish party when secrets are revealed. Sunil is not who he claims to be and Rekha has a dark secret that may expose her as a murderer. 

Salim Ghouse(सलीम गौस )

Salim Ghouse (1952 – 2022) was an Indian film, television and theatre actor, theatre director, and martial artist. Born in Chennai, he was a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, and acted in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English films. He worked in many popular television series like Subah (1987), Wagle Ki Duniya (1988) and played the roles of Rama, Krishna and Tipu Sultan in Shyam Benegal’s series Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) and of V.I Munswamy Pillay in the series Samvidhaan (2014). He also acted in several Hindi films like Soldier (1998) and Well Done Abba (2010).

Thiruda Thiruda (1993)

Tamil | Colour | 135 Mins.

Director: Mani Ratnam

Producer: Mani Ratnam

Screenplay: P.K. Mishra, Mani Ratnam, Umesh Sharma, Ram Gopal Varma

Music: A.R. Rahman

Cinematographer: P.C. Sreeram

Editor: Suresh Urs

Cast: Salim Ghouse, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Heera Rajgopal

Synopsis: 10 billion rupees are stolen by the henchmen of gangster Vikram from a train. The code card opening the money container comes into the possession of Chandralekha who encounters a band of thieves on her way back to Vikram. Befriending them, she decides to share the loot but soon discovers that Vikram will stop at nothing to retrieve his money.

 

Sawan Kumar Tak(सावन कुमार टाक )

Sawan Kumar Tak (1936 –2022) was an Indian film director, producer, and lyricist. He began his career as producer for the film Naunihal (1967) starring Sanjeev Kumar which received the Presidential mention at the National Film Awards. His directorial debut was Gomti Ke Kinare (1972), which was Meena Kumari’s last film, released posthumously. He directed many successful Hindi films and is credited for giving breaks to actors like Sanjeev Kumar and Mehmood Junior. His famous film Souten (1983) was a platinum jubilee hit. A prolific lyricist, he wrote songs for most of his produced and directed films, and for other films.

Souten (1983)

Hindi | Colour | 160 Mins.

Director:Saawan Kumar Tak

Producer: Saawan Kumar Tak

Right Holder: Shemaroo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

Screenplay:Vijay Kaul, Kamleshwar

Music: Usha Khanna

Cinematographer: Manmohan Singh

Editor: David Dhawan

Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Tina Ambani, Padmini Kolhapure

 

Synopsis: Shyam, an ambitious middle-class man meets Rukmini, a millionaire’s daughter, and marries her despite opposition from her family. Shyam wants to become a father, but Rukmini is not interested in becoming a mother yet. Consequently, their relationship sours. Shyam finds solace in the company of Radha, the daughter of Shyam’s employee that complicates the lives of all three. 

Shiv Kumar Subramaniam(शिव कुमार सुब्रामण्यम )

Shiv Kumar Subramaniam (1959 – 2022) was an Indian actor and screenwriter. Known for his role as the industrialist I.M. Virani in the Indian television series Mukti Bandhan (2011), he wrote the screenplay for films like Parinda (1989) and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005). As an actor, he appeared in supporting roles in many films like 1942: A Love Story (1994), Kaminey (2009), Teen Patti (2010), 2 States (2014) and Meenakshi Sundareshwar (2021). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Parinda (1989), and the Filmfare Award for Best Story for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005) shared with Sudhir Mishra and Ruchi Narain. 

Parinda (1989)

 

Hindi | Colour | 148 Mins.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Screenplay: Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Vidhu Vinod Chopra 

Music: R. D. Burman

Cinematographer: Binod Pradhan

Editor: Renu Saluja

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher

Synopsis: Anna rules the Mumbai underworld. Among his gang of loyal commandants is Kishen, who has shielded his younger brother Karan by sending him to college abroad. Upon returning, an unknowing Karan separated from his brother and his love, Paro, witnesses Paro’s brother’s death by Anna’s gang and decides to avenge it, which throws him into a vortex of violence. 

Krishnam Raju(कृष्णम राजू)

Krishnam Raju (1940 – 2022) was an Indian actor and politician.  Popular in Telugu cinema, he was widely known as ‘Rebel Star’’ for his rebellious acting style, and starred in more than 183 films. He made his acting debut with the film Chilaka Gorinka (1966) produced and directed by K. Pratyagatma. He won five Filmfare Awards South, including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) and three state Nandi Awards, including the inaugural Nandi Award for Best Actor. As an active politician, he was a Member of Parliament and served as Minister of State holding various offices from 1999 to 2004. 

Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)

Hindi | Colour | 157 Mins.

Director: T. Rama Rao

Producer: D. Rama Naidu

Screenplay: Acharya Aatreya

Music: J. V. Raghavulu

Cinematographer: S. Venkataratnam

Cast: Sobhan Babu, Krishnam raju, Vanisree

 

Synopsis:  Venu Gopala Rao and Savitri are a couple with two children. But Venu Gopala has an affair with another woman and leaves his family to marry her. He has two children from his second wife. Savitri has no shelter so lives with her brother and sister-in-law facing insults from them. The film traces their lives in a complex family drama.

 

Tarun Majumdar(तरुण मजुमदार)

Tarun Majumdar (1931 – 2022) was an Indian film director known for his work in Bengali cinema. He made his directorial debut, under the screen name Yatrik, with the Bengali film Chaowa Pawa (1959). He garnered wide critical acclaim for his directorial ventures such as Palatak (1963), Nimantran (1971), Sansar Simante (1975) and Ganadevata (1978), and gave blockbusters like Balika Badhu (1967), Shriman Prithviraj (1973), Fuleswari (1974), Dadar Kirti (1980), Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985) and Apan Amar Apan (1990). He was the recipient of four National Film Awards, seven BFJA Awards, five Filmfare Awards, an Anandalok Award and the Padma Shri (1990).

Nimantran (1972)

Bengali | Colour | 122 Mins.

Director: Tarun Majumdar

Producer: Bharat Shumsher, Jung Bahadur Rana

Screenplay: Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Majumdar 

Music: Hemanta Mukherjee

Cinematographer: Shakti Banerjee

Editor: Dulal Dutta

Cast: Sandhya Roy, Anup Kumar, Nandini Maliya

 

Synopsis: The film tells the story of Hirendranath, a young man from Calcutta, who meets Kumudini in his aunt’s village. They fall in love, but marriage is denied to them by Kumudini’s uncle. They go their separate ways only to meet again years later but now married to other people. As old feelings are rekindled, they cannot go against social customs.

 

Vatsala Deshmukh(वत्सला देशमुख)

Vatsala Deshmukh (1930 – 2022) was an Indian film actress in Marathi and Hindi cinema. She started her career as a model and later joined films. She made her screen debut with the Hindi movie Toofan and Deeya (1956), directed by Prabhat Kumar and went on to act in in several Hindi and Marathi films like Navrang (1959), Ladki Sahyadri Ki (1966), Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli (1971), Pinjara (1972), Jyotibacha Navas (1975), Bala Gau Kashi Angai (1977), Suhaag (1979), Kashino Dikro (1979) and Patalin (1981).

Marathi | Colour | 175 Mins.

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir

Screenplay: Shankar Babaji Patil

Music: Ram Kadam, Jagdish Khebudkar

Cinematographer: Shivaji Sawant

Editor: V. Shantaram , Jayesh Dalal

Cast: Vatsala Deshmukh, Krishnakant Dalvi, Babasahed Gawde

 

Synopsis: Pinjara is the tragic love story of a respectable school teacher ‘Guruji’ and a travelling dancer. The school teacher chooses to die under a mistaken identity, to keep the morals and values of Guruji alive in the village, while the dancer dies feeling responsible for Guruji’s fate. The story’s crux revolves around death freeing them from the cage of guilt.

 

Nipon Goswami(निपोन गोस्वामी)

Nipon Goswami was an Indian actor and theater artist associated with Assamese-language films.He was one of the veteran actors of Assamese Film Industry. He started his acting career as a stage actor and later established himself as a film actor.Goswami debuted in the Assamese film industry as a child artist in the movie Piyali Phukan, directed by Phani Sarma in 1957. As a lead actor, Sangram was his first Assamese film and a hit movie. His next movie Dr. Bezbaruah released in 1969 brought him recognition as a star to act in many movies in the coming years. He also acted in a few Hindi movies as a character actor. Goswami was actively involved in mobile theaters, notably, Abaahan, Kohinoor, Hengul, and Shakuntala. He also appeared in few television serials like ‘Writu aahe writu jaai’.

Dr. Bezbarua  (1969)

Assamese |B&W | 143  Mins.

Director: Brajen Barua

Producer: M/s Rangghar Cine Productions

Screenplay: Brajen Barua

Music: Ramen Barua

Cinematographer: Sujit Singha

Cast: Brajen Barua, Nipon Goswami, Meghali Devi

 

Synopsis: The story of the film revolves around protagonist Shivam, the adopted son of industrialist Yashwant Malhotra. When Malhotra’s friend, Dr Satyakam Choudhary, comes to know that Shivam is not the biological son of Malhotra, he starts blackmailing his friend for money and property. Choudhury even traces the whereabouts of Shivam’s biological family. Things get murkier and the story goes on.

 

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