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Waheeda Rehman – Quintessential Beauty of Bollywood

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Waheeda was born in a Tamil and Urdu-speaking family in Chengalpattu-Tamil Nadu, India. Her father was the District Magistrate which led him to be posted in several places. Tragedy visited her in 1948 when her dad passed away. Her mom passed away in 1955. Waheeda Rehmaan combined the classic Tamil-Islamic beauty with an extraordinary grace, talent and a truly transcendent ...

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Resul Pookutty – Oscar Award -Winning Sound Designer

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Resul Pookutty is India’s best known and distinguished Sound Designer/ Audiographer. He has recorded and released the first and only library of Indian sound effects called ‘The Essential Indian Sound Effects’. His autobiography Sabdatharapadam (The Sound of the Milky Way) a huge best seller in his native Malayalam language has been released in English as ‘Sounding Off – The Memoirs ...

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Dilip Kumar

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Dilip Kumar born on 11 December 1922, as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) is one of the greatest actors in the history of Hindi cinema. He is one of the last surviving actors of the Golden era of Indian Cinema (during the 1950 & 60s). Dilip Kumar’s career has spanned six decades. Around 1940, Dilip Kumar settled ...

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Smita Patil

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Smita Patil is regarded among the finest stage and film actresses of her times. She appeared in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films in a career that spanned just over a decade. She received two National Film Awards for ‘Best Actress’ in 1977 for the Hindi film Bhumika and in 1982 for Chakra. In 1985, she was the recipient of ...

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Nargis

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Nargis born as Fatima Rashid on 1 June 1929 is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Indian cinema. She was the first Film artiste to be honored by the Govt. of India with the Padma Shree Award.  She is also the first film actress to receive the Govt. of India National Award for Best Actress. ...

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Geeta Bali

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Legendary Hindi film actress, who dominated the Indian screen in the 1950s & 60s. Geeta Bali died at the young age of 35 due to small pox. She was married to Shammi Kapoor. Her secretary was Surinder Kapoor, father of Hindi film producer Boney Kapoor, and actor Anil Kapoor.  Geeta Bali born as Harikirtan Kaur was a popular Indian actress ...

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Guru Dutt – The legendary film director, producer and actor

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10th Oct. 1964, may be one of the saddest days in the Indian Film Industry. This was the day when legendary film director, producer and actor Guru Dutt died apparently due to an overdose of sleeping pills mixed with alcohol. An air of loss and mystery continues to shroud the talented but troubled Guru Dutt’s premature death at the age ...

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Madhubala – ‘The Venus of the Indian Screen’

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Madhubala born as Mumtaz Jahan Dehlavi on 14 February 1933 was one of the most enduring legends of Indian cinema known as the ‘Venus of the Indian Screen’ for her beauty. She acted in over 70 films in a very short tenure despite suffering from an acute heart problem which sadly took her life at the young age of 36. ...

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Meena Kumari – “The Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema”

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Meena Kumari born on 1 August 1932 as Mahjabeen Bano, was a prominent actress of Hindi Cinema and also a poet. During a career spanning 30 years starting as a child artiste she acted in more than ninety films. She is best known as “The Tragedy Queen”, for her frequent portrayal of sorrowful and tragic roles in films and her ...

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