14 comments on “Maybe July Is Now the Worst Month for Great Performers from the Golden Age

  1. Thank you for that shout-out, Richard! You tempt me to rewatch Kohinoor. :-) But, given that I am racing again several deadlines right now, I don’t have the time to watch a film I won’t review (since I’ve already reviewed it already), I may end up watching something else starring Dilip Kumar… let’s see. I am definitely in the mood for Kohinoor, though. What a joy that film is!

  2. Madhu, what a coincidence that your comment appeared just as I was fixing the errors in my link to your post! :) I have had a terrible time with WordPress now that it doesn’t seem to want to give me a choice to use the old editor anymore – or else I just can’t find the choice. (I couldn’t find how to add the link the supposedly simple way, so I just did all the links in HTML code – which I hadn’t done in a while.) There was no need to “improve” everything – why can’t they leave these things alone? But, anyway, you are welcome now that the shout-out is working!

    I understand about the limited time and the deadlines. But you did put your Dilip Kumar post up quickly, as I thought you would. :) If you are in the mood for Kohinoor, maybe you should just give yourself a break and watch it instead of something you don’t know! (And if you are stressed out on deadlines, don’t forget that another Dilip Kumar film stands a better chance of being depressing, which maybe you don’t want.)

    Anyway, yes, the film was a joy. When I reviewed it in the spring of 2009, I wasn’t nearly as advanced in my Hindi film education as I am now. And now, as I said, I love it even more. (That’s nice, because I always expect, for some reason, that the tendency will go in the other direction.)

  3. Oh!
    I haven’t watched Kohinoor and I think it’s the right time to watch it.
    Thanks for the post.
    I’m a great fan of Meena Kumari and Kumkum. So I need to watch it actually. Naushad’s songs are DK are another attractions. Imust confess I haven’t seen much of DK and so it would be a great start for that too!


  4. You’re welcome, Anup. I’m also a big fan of Kumkum (as you might know already) and Meena Kumari too. I also can see that Dilip Kumar was a great actor and he never let me down with any performance that I saw, though I am less likely to look for a movie just because he is in it. But in my experience, there has never been a need to look for him, because he seemed to appear in almost every other Golden Age film that I picked up on DVD or found online. I find it curious that you have actually managed not to see much of him. :)

    As lots of people point out, Kohinoor is an unusually light film for the Tragedy King (and Tragedy Queen – though I think I have seen Meena in more comedies than some people give her credit for). But though it may a relatively atypical kind of film for Dilip Kumar, I think he plays his role in this as well as just about everything else that I have seen him in. (And it’s not exactly his only swashbuckling role, either – Aan is another one that comes to mind.)

  5. @Richard, as it happened, the film I chose to watch – Sangharsh – wasn’t depressing in the usual early Dilip Kumar style, but I’ll leave my thoughts on that for my review. But now I think I should watch Musafir (which, being Hrisikesh Mukherjee, I am hoping won’t be horrid), and then perhaps a rewatch of Ram aur Shyam. That’s another film that allows him to be lots of fun.

  6. Madhu, I assume that you mean the 1968 film that I always see spelled as Sunghursh? (Slightly different transliterations again?) I wrote a short review of that, also a bit more than a dozen years ago: https://roughinhere.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/my-favorite-scene-in-sunghursh-1968/

    I am pretty sure I watched it at least one more time since then too. I have watched the two big Vyjayanthimala dances many times. (And I see that I’m going to have to replace the clip that I posted in that review.)

    I also watched Musafir (Tom’s upload), within the past year. Oh, the Dilip Kumar segment is quite Dilip Kumar-style tragic. He is very good in that, though (of course). I thought the film was very good overall.

    I haven’t seen Ram Aur Shyam.

  7. Yes, the same Sunghursh. I’m writing my review of it now, so I won’t go have a look at your review until I’ve published mine! (Which I won’t publish now; I’ve decided to reserve it for HS Rawail’s birth centenary in August). I will begin Musafir today, hopefully.

  8. My review of Sunghursh wasn’t a very full review – just some brief comments that I tossed up quickly. I look forward to seeing your thoughts about this film. It’s interesting that you are doing it as a tribute to H.S. Rawail. (I recall that we both enjoyed Patanga. I love the songs and dances from Sagai, but I haven’t been able to find a full copy with subtitles. And Tom has posted Pocket Maar; I’ll get to it sometime. And there are more I’d like to see – Mere Mehboob, etc.).

    Enjoy Musafir! (Even though that Dilip Kumar segment is such a downer. LOL)

  9. This is such a coincidence, Richard. I just put up a review of Kohinoor yesterday! What a delightful film it is! I have watched it so many times, and I can still watch it again!

    And do let me echo Madhu – thanks for the shout out.

  10. Anu, yes, it is quite a coincidence! And it is good to see that you are delighted by this film . But, then, who isn’t and why would anyone not be? :)

    Of course, you are welcome regarding the “shout-out” too.

  11. Richard,
    Since you all recommend Kohinoor so highly, I would now make an effort to watch it fully. I have watched it in bits and pieces, but lost the plot in a maze of rajkumars, rajkumaris, palace intrigues. But don’t you agree the best comedy Dilip Kumar did was in Ram Aur Shyam? Besides a Titan of acting, he was a very cultured and literate person. That is a rarity in the film world. His passing away means the final end of an era.

  12. AK, I hope that you will find when you watch Kohinoor fully that it was well worth making the extra effort to get past that royal maze. :) I admit that I found all that rajkumar/rajkumari stuff in the beginning to be a bit confusing, too. And while I enjoyed the unusual comic chemistry between Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari., I really wasn’t that interested in whether the prince would get to be with the princess in the end. As I said, I thought Kumkum’s character was a lot more interesting than the princess – or the prince, for that matter (no matter how good an acting job Dilip and Meena did).

    Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari also did nicely as a comic duo in Azaad, but unfortunately, they really got upstaged by dancers in this one, named Sayee and Sabbulakshmi. :)

    I admit that I have never have seen Ram Aur Shyam, but I will make a point to do so sometime soon.

    Dilip Kumar may be the last of the great male actors of the Golden Age to leave us, but a number of his leading ladies are still around – including Waheeda Rehman, Vyjayanthimala, and even Kamini Kaushal. While these great actresses are still with us, I won’t consider the curtains of their era to be completely drawn. :)

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