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The Show Must Go On!

Bombay Talkies' Ashok Kumar starrer Kismet ran continuously for 196 weeks at Chitra, Kolkata. All were regular shows!

G P Sippy's Sholay ran for five years (269 weeks) at Minerva, Mumbai. 151 weeks were in regular shows and 118 in Matinees. For the first 75 weeks, the current booking counter remained shut as tickets were completely sold out in advance!

Yash Chopra's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge broke all records by running continuously for 300 weeks at Maratha Mandir, Mumbai for 53 weeks in regular shows and rest in matinees.


The Sholay Diaries!

Due to censor board's objection the end of the film was re-shot and Gabbar was shown being handed over to the police. In the earlier version he was killed by Thakur.

Initially Danny Denzongpa was signed for the role of Gabbar Singh, but he rejected the offer. And before Amjad Khan was finalized Amitabh Bachchan & Sanjeev Kumar wanted to do the role.

A qawwali "Chand sa koi chehra..", sung by Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Bhupinder & Anand Bakshi, was recorded for the film but was neither used in the film nor released on the disc.


Kishore Kumar and Geeta Dutt sung only one song for the films Sunehra Sansaar and Son of India respectively, and, Hemant Kumar sung only two songs for the films Shabab and Ganaga Jamuna (One song each), under the baton of music director Naushad.


Lata Mangeshkar has not a single song to her credit under the music direction of rhythm king O P Nayyar. Nayyar gave music for over 70 films in his career.



R D Burman was an accomplished mouth organ player. He played mouth organ in the song "Hai Apna Dil To Aawara.." for the film Solva Saal, and, for the song "Rahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta..' for the film Dosti.

Pancham composed the songs "Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa" and "Sir Jo Tera Chakraye.." at the age of 9, which were later used in the films Funtoosh and Pyaasa respectively, by his father.

R D Burman acted in the films Bhoot Bangla and Pyar Ka Mausam. Mahmood wanted him to act in his film Padosan, but, Pancham refused and the role was offered to Kishore Kumar.

R D Burman was the first to introduce double track recording for the film Baharon Ke Sapne, way back in 1968!  

R D Burman was the first to introduce the Brazilian bossa nova rhythm in Hindi film music for the song "Maar Daalega Dard-e-Jigar.." (Pati Patni).



Before starting his career as a playback singer cum actor, Kishore Kumar, sang a song for Saraswati Devi, in chorus for the film Bandhan. The song was "Chal Chal Re Naujawn.."

Though he was particular about his payments/money for work. There were few friends for whom he would sing for free. Rajesh Khanna & Danny Denzongpa were among those lucky people. 

During emergency 1975-77 his songs were banned to go on air. Reason: He denied to sing for Indian National Congress.

Kishore Kumar sang in both male and female voices for a duet song ‘Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe‘. This song was featured in the movie Half Ticket.

There was always a signboard that read ‘Beware of Kishore’ at the gate of his apartment at Warden Road in South Mumbai.

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