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She was known as one of the most beautiful women in the world:anuradha.leela.5

anuradha.leela.9 Last month while checking my blog dashboard, I noticed skyrocketing hits searching a post I’d done a while back on The Householder (1963). Closer inspection revealed to me that the  search engine term that referred people to the blog was Leela Naidu.  It was then I read the news that she had died on July 28, 2009. Since I posted a few pictures of Naidu in The Householder post, people were coming to look at her.  Then I went ahead to look for more images of Naidu online and  I noticed that there weren’t too many, though Pitu Sultan has a few great ones HERE.   So as a public service, I went ahead to take some screen caps of this lovely woman from two more of her films.  I saw Anuradha (1960) from the beginning of her career and Trikaal (1985) from the end of her career.  In each of these films she played the suffering wife and looked and acted equally beautiful in both.

Here are a few images of Leela Naidu from Anuradha.  She begins the film as a famous singer:

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1960-f-AnuradhaAnuradha Roy (Leela Naidu), a noted radio singer and daughter of a rich man, falls in love with an idealistic doctor, Dr. Nirmal Chowdhary (Balraj Sahni), who serves the poor in the distant village Nanda gaon. After the marriage and a daughter, she realizes the gravity of the choice of living in a village, it is then she has to decide between her love and her love for city life. (source)

After marriage to a doctor (Balraj Sahni) assigned to work in a rural village, Anuradha (Naidu) loses here fame and stands around looking gorgeous, waiting for her husband to pay some attention to her:

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Extra credit in Anuradha:

There’s  a brief apperance by David, who is looking very young here.anuradha.david

Twenty five years after making Arunadha (1960), Leela Naidu starred in Trikaal (1985) , where she continued to look glamorous.

1462_17_TrikaalTrikaal (1985) (Past, Present and Future) is an Indian movie written and directed by Shyam Benegal, setin Goa during the early 1960’s (pre liberation) Period. The film starred yester years actress, Leela Naidu, in a comeback role after many decades. Set in 1961 Goa, when colonial rule of Portuguese was on its last gasp,  the movie revolves around the life and tribulations of a fictional Goan Christian family called “Souza Soares”. (source)

trikalExtra credit in Trikaal: You get to see Naseeruddin Shahas well as Kunal Kapoor. No not that Kunal Kapoor, but the Kunal Kapoor who is Shashi Kapoor’s son, playing Captain Rebeiro.  Can you see a resemblance? I believe I can.

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There were also some great subtitles.  I like seeing the use of “paining”:

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Anti European comments are always a pleasure:

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And, best of all, the use of the term spinster always makes me smile, since I am a spinster myself! Jai spinsters!

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Naidu is pictured here above with Neena Gupta and Anita Kanwar.  There was also an appearance by playback singer Alisha Chinai, who played a singer of all things.  trikal.alishaChinoy

The song performed was a nice love ballad in what I thought might be Portuguese, but is more likely in Konkani, but I couldn’t find it online, so allow me to substitute a completely unrelated Alisha Chinai song since I admit I love it, and I know you probably will too. So here’s the interval to this post:

~ INTERVAL ~

Teekay, the interval is finished, back to Trikaal. Naidu’s Dona Maria Souza-Soares  raises Milagrenia as her own child, even though she’s the child her husband fathers in one of his many affairs.  Kuta! The classy Dona Maria shares both her grief and wisdom over the loss of her husband with Milagrenia.

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The two women share seances and finally have a mystic vision leaving them at peace with their grief and confusion:

I was able to find some prophetic images from both films where we can imagine Naidu is speaking on the end of her own life on this earth:

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And perhaps talking about what’s going on with her now:

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And if you’d still like to see more of Leela Naidu…

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Rest in peace Leela Naidu.

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For a more in depth look into Naidu’s life, read Leela: A Patchwork Life, by Naidu along with Jerry Pinto, reviewed here by G Sampath in his article The importance of being Leela Naidu for  DNA.

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johnniewalker.jpgJust like yesterday’s video, here’s another from Raja Hindustani (1996):

“Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge”

The song is set at a party where Raj (Aamir Khan) is feeling mighty low and drinks away his shame of being from the wrong side of the tracks. Eventually after consuming some J&B whiskey, he starts drinking Johnnie Walker, Red Label at first, but then it switches to Black Label, which is one of the things I love finding in Bollywood movies: Characters drinking Johnnie Walker! And as all you fans of the genre already know, drinking Johnnie Walker is as common as seeing a dance contest, hearing “Happy Birthday” sung, or people getting a tight slap to the face in Bollywood films. Yet another one of its many, many charms!

See, first the J&B, then the Johnnie Walker:

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Of couse BollyWHAT? already has a great Synopsisof this scene:

At Aarti’s stepmother’s request, they go to Mumbai to celebrate Aarti and her father’s joint birthday. (Aarti’s stepmother is scheming to find a way to keep all the wealth in her own hands.) Shalini tricks Aarti into giving Raja a tuxedo and lying about where it came from (at Shalini’s suggestion, she tells Raja she saved up and bought it herself). Later, at the party, Shalini’s nephew tells Raja that it is actually his tuxedo, and Aarti gave it to Raja because she didn’t want to be shamed by his shabby clothing. Raja gets drunk and embarrasses Aarti horribly, and then raises his hand to her father, a slight which she cannot forgive and which leads her to cast him out from her home. (Fun fact: Aamir Khan, who is not in the habit of drinking, consumed almost a liter of vodka before the filming of the song in this sequence, “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge.”) (Thanks BollyWHAT?)

rajahindustani.jpgThis scene features most of the movie’s cast: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Archana Puran Singh, Pramod Muthu and a lot of extras and dancers. Boy wouldn’t it have been fun to play one of the extras?

And now “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge,” with music by Nadeem Sharavan, Lyrics by Sameer, and playback singers Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, and Sapna Mukherjhee.

 

“I’ll dance around in your love!”

Lyrics in Hindi and English from BollyWhat?

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Bollywood continues to unite the world. Thanks to our Russian connection, youtuber DenMotiga, here’s a longer version of the smash hit (at least it’s a smash hit in my mind) “Zooby Zooby Zooby.”

 

Dance Dance dance.jpgis an Indian Bollywood movie released on May 29, 1987, directed and produced by Babbar Subhash. The film is a musical and stars Mithun Chakraborty, Smita Patil and Mandakini in lead roles. It also stars Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor and Om Shivpuri in supporting roles. It is about brother and sister, who try to find success and become to big singers. (wikipedia)

The song is sung by playback singer, Alisha Chinoy, and picturized on  in the 1987 movie Dance Dance. It’s interesting to know a little of the Russian background as it relates to Bollywood. DenMotiga wrote to me:

I didn’t know that Indian films so popular in US. In Russia it is a retro style, it was very popular in USSR (about 70s and 80s) when my parents couldn’t see Hollywood films.

Who needs Hollywood when you have Bollywood? SPASIBA DenMotiga! Enjoy the Russian dubbing:

If you’d like to see some more of the same, there’s another post about it on our blog HERE.

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We discussed Dance Dance in yesterday’s post, but that’s not enough! I must add more. WOW! Look what happens in the opening credits of  Dance Dance ! First there’s the fabulous song, “Zooby Zooby Zooby” sung by playback singer, Alisha Chinoy AKA the “Indian Madonna”, and currently a judge on “Indian Idol 3.” Who is the actress that plays Sita?  Look at the evil A.M. Singh, played by Amrish Puri. Look at the special powers ring he wears! All this in the opening credits! And some say they don’t have time for Bollywood! Forgive them father, they know not what they say, they hath not seen the opening credits for  Dance Dance .

and the bummer re-mix, part II of “Zooby Zooby Zooby,” after Sita is kidnapped! Sing along with the lyrics!

For a bit more about the movie, click HERE.

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