Vijay Kumar's Blog
The earnestness, the depth and the genius of Khayyam led to the creation of masterpiece ghazals, songs and nazms that are among the most beautiful melodies in Hindi film music. Vijay Kumar explores a few of Khayyam's everlastings songs on the music maker's birthday.
Teesri Kasam – the name given to Maare Gaye Gulfam for its cinematic version – was hailed a classic and collected reasonably well at the box-office though a little too late for its producer - the great poet Shailendra. Vijay Kumar explores the similarities and deviations between Teesri Kasam and Maare Gaye Gulfam,...
"In Pyaasa, Mujhe Jeene Do, The Guide, Teesri Kasam and Kaagaz Ke Phool – Waheeda’s best four movies to my mind, Waheeda played the women who traded their charms for sustenance." Vijay Kumar revisits these films from the perspective of the towering women characters in them played by Waheeda Rehman.
Bimal Roy's films refrained from preaching even as they handled problems of such serious dimension as the abuse and exploitation of farmers (Do Bigha Zameen) or the untouchability (Sujata). Vijay Kumar explores the deeper existential layers of thoughts, views, emotions and relationships in Bimal Roy's iconic films.
Sahir’s literary genius resourced the lover within him for expressions. But these expressions, coloured by Sahir the rebel, often took him beyond the contours of conventional poetry. Remembering the iconic poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and some of his pathbreaking songs in a special tribute by Vijay Kumar.