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  2/1/2017 Ten Bits of Trivia from Classic Hindi cinema | Dustedoff https://madhulikaliddle.com/2012/02/29/ten-bits-of-trivia-from-classic-hindi-cinema/ 1/32 Ten Bits of Trivia from Classic Hindi cinema POSTED ON FEBRUARY 29, 2012 BY DUSTEDOFF134This is another of the prize posts for those who participated in the Classic Bollywood Quiz(hၝps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/announcing‑the‑answers‑%E2%80%93‑and‑the‑winners/) I hosted on this blog last year. I’ve two awards left to ‘hand out’ – (read ‘two moreposts to dedicate to readers’) – but this post is dedicated to Neha, whose blog is really  niche:it’s a collection of interesting trivia about black‑and‑white Hindi films. Neha won the  HopeSprings Eternal Award  in the quiz, simply because she didn’t allow herself to be deterred bythe fact that she couldn’t guess more than a handful of the answers. Aၝa‑girl, Neha! That’s theaၝitude.Anyway, here goes: a post for Neha. Since Neha’s so keen on trivia(hၝp://nehamalude.wordpress.com/)    , I decided to do something along those lines for her post.Not, unfortunately for Neha, from just black‑and‑white Hindi films, but at least from pre‑70sHindi films. Just some liၝle snippets that I’ve discovered over the years, and thought werefun. 1. Naushad: Tailor or Music Director? In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the cinema industry was still considered a low profession –and not necessarily just for women, and not necessarily if you appeared onscreen. The musicdirector Naushad, who’d delivered his first big hit score with Ra轫an (hၝps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/raၝan‑1944/) (1944), had just become Hindi filmmusic’s blue‑eyed boy.   2/1/2017 Ten Bits of Trivia from Classic Hindi cinema | Dustedoff https://madhulikaliddle.com/2012/02/29/ten-bits-of-trivia-from-classic-hindi-cinema/ 2/32 (hၝps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/naushad.jpg) But his parents – who were very keen to get their son married – figured that there was nochance of geၝing a good match for Naushad if they let on that he was in the cinema industry.When they eventually found a good bride and fixed up the wedding, they informed Naushad: “We’ve told the girl’s parents that you’re a tailor. If they knew you worked in the pictures, they’d neverallow the marriage.” So Naushad got married, posing as a tailor – and, ironically enough, found that the wedding band along with the baaraat  was playing the latest hit songs – from Ra轫an .  2. How Madan Mohan ‘bribed’ Manna Dey Manna Dey recalls that the music director Madan Mohan was a very good cook (as, actually,was Manna Dey himself). One day, Madan Mohan phoned Manna Dey and invited him overfor lunch. When Manna Dey jokingly asked, “But what are you cooking?” Madan Mohanreplied, “ Bhindi  meat.”So Manna Dey went to the composer’s house and enjoyed a hearty meal of bhindi  meat curryand rice. When he was sated and happy, Madan Mohan said, “Now, you must listen to a tuneI have composed – but on one condition: you will be the one to sing it in the film.” And,having thus ‘bribed’ Manna Dey into agreeing, Madan Mohan proceeded to sing the song –which ended up being Kaun aaya mere mann ke dwaare  (hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_vcV7JGKpY), sung by Manna Dey and picturised on Anoop Kumar in Dekh Kabira Roya (hၝps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/dekh‑kabira‑roya‑1957/). (hps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/madanmohanandmannadey.jpg)3. Mohammad Rafi’s meeting with Mohammed Ali When visiting Chicago once on tour, Mohammad Rafi (who was very keen on sports,especially boxing and cricket) requested the organisers of the tour to try and get him anappointment to meet Mohammed Ali, of whom Mohammad Rafi was a big fan. Mohammed Ali was not usually available for meetings such as these, but when he was toldhow legendary Rafi Sahib was in India, he not only agreed, but even made the effort ofcoming all the way to Mohammad Rafi’s hotel to meet him.Here (hၝp://rafifanblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/rafi‑saab‑with‑boxer‑mohamed‑ali.html) is acute photo of Rafi Sahib and Ali throwing mock punches at each other. And here(hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32NV08aCiPk&feature=related) is Rafi’s son, Khalid,recounting the incident. 4. How Joy Mukherji’s dance in Duniya paagal hai  came about    2/1/2017 Ten Bits of Trivia from Classic Hindi cinema | Dustedoff https://madhulikaliddle.com/2012/02/29/ten-bits-of-trivia-from-classic-hindi-cinema/ 3/32 En route to Tokyo for the filming of  Love in Tokyo(h轫ps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/love‑in‑tokyo‑1966/)  , Joy Mukherji stopped over inHong Kong. There, in a nightclub, he saw a dancer dancing very vigorously and with aninfectious verve. He was so impressed that he introduced himself to her and asked her if shewould teach him the dance. She did, and that was the dance he replicated in Duniya paagal hai ya phir main deewaana  (hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBd0Pe3CpYU), from Shagird .(hၝps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/shagird_duniyapaagalhai.png) 5. The filming of the last scene of  Jab jab phool khile If you’ve seen this Shashi Kapoor‑Nanda starrer, you know that it climaxes when the ‘hero’Raja (Shashi Kapoor) realises that his urbanised, made‑over persona is all fake and causesonly unhappiness. He therefore decides to go back to his roots – by donning his old clothesand catching the train back home. In the last scene, his sweetheart Rita (Nanda) realises thatshe loves him so much, she would rather be poor and live in a village with Raja than in thehigh society of Bombay.In the last scene, Rita is running along the edge of the platform pleading with Raja (who’s inthe train) to take her with him. The director, Suraj Prakash, gave Shashi Kapoor explicitinstructions on exactly when to pull Nanda into the train. Shashi Kapoor followed thedirections so completely that he hauled up Nanda when just a few feet of platform were left.Suraj Prakash, at the last moment, was so petrified that Shashi Kapoor wouldn’t lift her up intime and she would be killed, that he shut his eyes. The last few critical moments weretherefore shot with the director not watching.   2/1/2017 Ten Bits of Trivia from Classic Hindi cinema | Dustedoff https://madhulikaliddle.com/2012/02/29/ten-bits-of-trivia-from-classic-hindi-cinema/ 4/32 (hၝps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/jabjabphoolkhile_end.png) 6. Shammi Kapoor and two versions of ‘Sugar in the morning’ Remember the title song (hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxByhOM_i‑w) of Dil DekeDekho  (hၝps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/dil‑deke‑dekho‑1959/) (1959)? It was anice, peppy tune composed by Usha Khanna – well, sort of ‘composed’, since the tune was apreၝy much straightforward lift from the McGuire Sisters’ song Sugar in the morning (hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msAICs‑OodM&feature=related).(hၝps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/dildekedekho.png) That, incidentally, is a song that Shammi Kapoor actually went on to sing – onscreen, in hisown voice, with only a minor change in the words – in a film just two years down the line. The film was  Junglee  (hၝps://dustedoff.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/junglee‑1961/) (1961). WhenShammi’s character, Shekhar, comes back after a meeting with his unwanted fiancée, he doesan impromptu jig in his office with his secretary and the manager. He provides the song forthe liၝle dance: “Love in the morning, love in the evening –” You can see the clip shortly after the beginning of this video (hၝp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA8wzcxVp88&feature=relmfu).(hၝps://dustedoff.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/junglee.png) 7. A Variety of Fans for Dev Anand  
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