The 50's was
the era of the Singing Star. America had
Elvis Presley, England had
Cliff Richard and India had Talat Mahmood ! Handsome, good looking men
with fantastic voices and a distinguished style of singing that was
all their own. The mere mention of their names on the silver screen
was enough to pull in female crowds looking for gentle romantic fare,
with clean cut story lines. Whether Elvis, Cliff or Talat, these
singers were packaged and presented on the silver screen with the
utmost of care. Nothing was left to chance. For them, it was nothing
biggest producers, the biggest banners, the topmost heroines and of
course, hand picked music composers to create those scintillating musical scores !
Modi, Suraiya, Nadira, Mrs Talat, Talat Mahmood
Nitin Bose at premiere of 'WARIS'
Sohrab Modi (the Cecil B. DeMille of Indian Cinema) conceived the film
'WARIS' for the reigning singing superstar Talat Mahmood, he decided
to bring in the highly respected Director Nitin Bose, renowned for introducing playback singing
to Indian Cinema and later for directing the great Dilip Kumar's
magnum opus 'Ganga Jamuna'. Not just one,
but two top heroines were signed up to play the lead opposite Talat
Mahmood - Suraiya, the highest paid heroine of her time and the beautiful Nadira
! Apart from being the top stars of the day, they were
also great fans of this handsome singer and welcomed the chance to
team up with the
Ghazal King. 'WARIS' of course, was a hit!
Talat Mahmood starred with the actress par excellence, Nutan, in Sone Ki Chidiya. Nutan always referred to Seema and Sone Ki Chidiya as her
careers two most memorable films !
Famous producer - director A.R. Kardar,
signed up Talat Mahmood for his musical venture Dil e Nadaan. An
beauty contest was then launched to find a heroine to star opposite mega
star Talat Mahmood for this film ! The winner was lovely Peace Kanwal.
After acting in Dil e Nadaan, she got married to a well known
industrialist and gave up acting completely.
starred in the 1957 hit Ek
Gaon Ki Kahani with the lovely Mala Sinha as heroine,
directed by well
known director Dulal Guha and produced by Satyen Bose ( who has also
produced one of the biggest hits and highest box office grossers of
all time - 'Dosti' )
Producer S.U. Sunny, who had earlier made the Dilip Kumar starrers Babul and
Udan Khatola, cast the striking singer-duo of Talat
Mahmood and Suraiya for his film Maalik.
Despite the presence of Dev Anand and Madhubala in Araam, the
star appeal of Talat Mahmood was used to boost the box
office ratings of the film !
*** Director Nitin Bose, whose credits include the great Dilip Kumar's
magnum opus Ganga Jamuna, directed Talat Mahmood in Waris
Suraiya retrospective in Mumbai in 1994, a much-acclaimed film was the
late Sohrab Modi's Waris. This film starred handsome Talat
Mahmood as hero.
OF 'DIL E NADAAN'
A star studded premiere was
held for Talat's film 'Dil e Nadaan' and film industry friends from Dilip Kumar to Raj Kapoor turned up to wish the reigning
Talat Mahmood all the very best!
Peace Kanwal, Nimmi, V Shantaram,
Talat, Dilip Kumar
Talat, Karan Dewan, Dewan
Sharar, producer of 'Dil
e Nadaan' A R Kardar,
V Shantaram and Raj Kapoor