Thursday, 2 February 2012
GEETU MOHANDAS BLOGRAPHYDate of Birth
1981, Kannur, Kerala, India
After attending primary classes in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Geethu moved to Canada with her family. During her school days, she won many prizes for painting. Studied Acting at Toronto University.
Child artiste turned Malayalam film heroine. When director Fazil came to know that she was in Kerala for vacations, he approached her with his offer of a role in Life Is Beautiful (2000), which ended up relaunching her career.
Won the Kerala State Award for Best Child Artiste for her role in Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (1986), in which the wide-eyed five year-old girl stole the audiences' heart.
Tied with Kavya Madhavan for the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in Syamaprasad's Akale (2004), and Pradeep Nair's "Oridam".
Geetu Mohandas is a Malayalam film actress who acted alongside Madhavan in Nala Damayanthi. She has acted in several other Malayalam films.
Geetu’s actual name is Gayathri Mohandas. Affectionately called Geetu by her family, the name was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her first movie “Onnu Mudhal Poojyam Vare” in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role. Geetu was five years old then and captured the hearts of malayalam fimgoers as a fatherless child who discovers a father in an anonymous telephone caller. She also acted in the Tamil remake of Fazil’s “Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku” (Malayalam) with Baby Shalini in the title role and Geetu was in the Tamil version “En Bommukutty Ammavukku”, which was a top grosser.
Geetu is now working on a film she plans to direct shortly. She is one of those rare intellectually ambitious female actors who consciously avoided being cast as a beautiful female lead. Instead, from the beginning of her career she has taken on the out-of-ordinary and the more challenging roles which a young female actor would normally be at pains to refuse. Her brother, Arjun Das, is a physician in Chicago, Illinois.
Geetu Mohandas is a Malayalam actress who acted alongside Madhavan in Nala Damayanthi. She has acted several other Malayalam films.
Geetu's actual name is Gayathri Mohandas. Affectionately called Geetu by her family, the name was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her first movie "Onnu Mudhal Poojyam Vare" in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role. Geetu was five years old then and captured the hearts of malayalam fimgoers as a fatherless child who discovers a father in an anonymous telephone caller. She also acted in the Tamil remake of Fazil's "Ente maamaattykutty ammakku" (malayalam) with Baby Shalini as the title role. The Tamil version was named as "En bommakutty ammavukku", which was a top grosser in Tamil industry. Geetu was in the title role.
Geetu is now working on a film she plans to direct shortly.
Geetu is one of those rare intellectually ambitious female actors who consciously avoided being cast as a beautiful female lead. Instead, from the beginning of her career she has taken on the out-of-ordinary and the more challenging roles which a young female actor would normally be at pains to refuse.
Her brother, Arjun Das, is a physician in Chicago, Illinois.
On 14 November 2009,She got married to Rajiv Ravi, a cinematographer.The wedding took place in Kochi, in Kerala, India.
Awards – Kerala State Film Awards:
* Best Actress – 2004 – Akale, Oridam
* Best Child Artist – 1986 – Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare
1. Nammal Thammil (2009) – Anu
2. Akasha Gopuram (2008)
3. Naalu Pennungal (2007) – The Virgin … aka Four Women (Canada: English title: festival title)
4. Thakarachenda (2007) – Latha
5. Bharathan (2007)
6. Poi [TAMIL](2006) – Ramya
7. Pauran (2005) – Annie
8. Rappakal (2005) – Malavika Varma
9. Ullam (2005) – Radha
10. Akale (2004) – Rose
11. Nala Damayanthi [TAMIL](2003) – Damayanthi
12. Choonda (2003) – Mohini Varma
13. Mullavalliyum Thenmavum (2003) – Eva Cherian
14. Sahodaran Sahadevan (2003) – Arathi
15. Kakke Kakke Koodevide (2002)
16. Kannaki (2002) – Kumudam
17. Krishna Gopalkrishna (2002) – Gayathri
18. Pakalpooram (2002) – Ghost
19. Sesham (2002)
20. Valkannadi (2002) – Devu
21. Thenkasipattanam (2000) – Sangeetha
22. Life Is Beautiful (2000) – Bala
23. Rareeram (1986) – Geethu
24. Veendum(1986) (as Baby Geethu) – Anju
25. Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (1986) – Deepa
Malayalam Film Actress Geetu Mohandas Filmography
Nammal Thammil (Malayalam, 2009)
Akasha Gopuram (Malayalam, 2008)
Naalu Pennungal (Malayalam, 2007)
Thakarachenda (Malayalam, 2007)
Bharathan (Malayalam, 2007)
Poi (Tamil, 2006)
Pauran (Malayalam, 2005)
Rappakal (Malayalam, 2005)
Ullam (Malayalam, 2005)
Akale (Malayalam, 2004)
Nala Damayanthi (Tamil, 2003)
Choonda (Malayalam, 2003)
Mullavalliyum Thenmavum (Malayalam, 2003)
Sahodharan Sahadevan (Malayalam, 2003)
Kakke Kakke Koodevide (Malayalam, 2002)
Kannaki (Malayalam, 2002)
Krishna Gopalkrishna (Malayalam, 2002)
Pakalpooram (Malayalam, 2002)
Sesham (Malayalam, 2002)
Valkannadi (Malayalam, 2002)
Thenkasipattanam (Malayalam, 2000)
Life is Beautiful (Malayalam, 2000)
Rareeram (Malayalam, 1986)
Veendum (Malayalam, 1986)
Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (Malayalam, 1986)
Kerala State Film Awards: Best Actress (2004, Akale, Oridam)
Kerala State Film Awards: Best Child Artist (1986, Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare)
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GEETA DUTT BIOGRAPHY
Date of Birth
23 November 1930, Faridpur District, East Bengal, India
Date of Death
20 July 1972, Bombay, India (cirrhosis of the liver)
Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri
Geeta Dutt was born in Faridpur District in East Bengal in 1930. Music Director Hanuman Prasad gave her chance to sing two lines in the film Bhakt Prahlad (1946). Her major assignment came the following year, 1947, with Do Bhai. From 1947-1949 Geeta Duttt was number playback singer in Mumbai. Initially Geeta was a singer well known for bhajans and weepy, weepy sad songs. But in 1951 after the release of a film, Baazi revealed a new facet. During the recording of the song she met Guru Dutt and later in 1953 they got married. However in 1957 they had some problems. Due to marriage problems she was not readily available for rehearsals and found solace in drink. She suffered a nervous breakdown but resumed singing again. But her drinking problems were not over and she died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1972.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Alps
Acclaimed as the one singer who was feared by Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt held a rare mellifluous tone in her voice that could fuel passion and all kinds of emotions into whatever song she sung. This rare ability also enabled her to swap from traditional songs to Western-styled tunes without skipping a beat. When Lata Mangeshkar arrived as the new queen of melody, it was this fluid quality in her voice that kept her up in the playback industry. If it hadn't been for her tragic relationship with the great director Guru Dutt, her genius would have shone on unclouded her entire life.
She was born Geeta Roy on 7 July 1930, the daughter of a wealthy zamindar in the Faridpur district of East Bengal. In 1942, at the age of 12, the family moved to Bombay and took up residence in a modest apartment in the Dadar district. In that flat, music director K. Hanumath Prasad heard her voice, and agreed to give her a small part in Bhakta Prahlad (1946), a film he was scoring songs for at that time. She only sang two lines in that film, but her talent astonished everyone in the recording studio. It was only a matter of time before she became a top singer, and soon she got her break with Two Brothers (1947). The music of that film became immensely popular and thus began a successful career for Geeta.
From 1947 to 1949, Geeta was the queen of playback songs, moving from strength to strength. She was initially called on to sing religious songs and sad songs, but on the release of Baazi (1951), a crime thriller which featured jazz-based songs, a newer, more sensual side was revealed in her voice, which instantly made her more popular. She went from traditional songs to Western-beat tunes with such flexibility that she became much demanded by all music directors who had to compose completely opposite songs for a film. When 'Lata Mangeshkar' rose as the new queen of Bollywood music, Geeta and Shamshad Begum the only two singers who were still called upon for songs.
On the personal front, during recording the songs for Baazi (1951), Geeta met a young upcoming film director, Guru Dutt. They fell in love and, although they faced strong opposition from their families, they married on 26 May 1953, and had three children. Their romance also seemed to bring a sparkle into Geeta's voice; she sang some of her best ever songs in her husband's films. Later on, though, the marriage started to hit rocky ground; Geeta, while having a beautiful voice also had a possessive and suspicious nature, and the couple fought and reconciled several times.
While all her songs became hugely popular, it was the composers Sachin Dev Burman and O.P. Nayyar who gave Geeta her best ever tunes. Burman, although he made her a success with the jazzy Baazi (1951), preferred to use that special lilt in her voice for traditional Indian melodies; in fact no other singer apart from Geeta has truly embodied the spirit of Burman's music. Nayyar, on the other hand, developed Geeta's voice for more Westernized songs, and under his music Geeta could sing for just about any genre of song. Whether the song was hip, Western,
Unfortunately, by 1957 her life was beginning to fall apart. Guru Dutt had gotten involved with his protégé Waheeda Rehman, and the breaking up of her personal life began to impact on her professional career. Music directors began to complain about her not being easily available for song rehearsals and recordings; things got so bad that both Burman and Nayyar picked the newer, more available Asha Bhosle over Geeta and groomed Asha into a great singer. To quieten things down Dutt began shooting "Gauri," which starred his wife in the title role; she was to be launched as a singing star, but the film was shelved after just a few days.
Finally, on 10 October 1964 Guru Dutt was found dead in his bed, having committed suicide. His death caused Geeta to suffer a nervous breakdown. To make matters worse, she was in a financial mess; and due to all the stressful events around her she took to alcohol. She attempted to revive her career by cutting discs at the Durga Poja and performing at stage shows, and even tried starring as a heroine in the Bengali film Badhu Bharan (1967). But by then the alcohol had done its work and her health was in a decline. She eventually died in 20 July 1972, from cirrhosis of the liver.
It was a tribute to her vocal genius, though, that even when her health was failing she could call it up and breathe it into songs; Anubhav (1971) is renowned for having some of Geeta Dutt's best songs. And even after her death, her voice still rings with that special memorizing lilt...
Geeta Dutt (born: Geeta Roy) was one of the most influential vocalists in the history of Indian cinema. During the ten years that she was in her prime (1947 to 1957), she recorded the soundtracks for such popular Indian films as "Do Bhai", "Barsaat", "Andaaz" and "Mahal".. Initially known for her singing of sorrowful ballads, Dutt successfully moved to a more-jazzy approach with the soundtrack of the 1951 film, "Baazi", the directing debut of her future husband, Guru Dutt. One of ten children born to a middle class family in the East Bengal village of Faridpur District, Dutt attracted attention with her singing shortly after moving with her family to Mumbai in 1942. Overheard by a music director, Hanuman Prasad, she was given two lines to sing in a 1946 film, "Bhakt Prahlad". The movie's success resulted in Dutt being invited to sing the soundtrack of the film, "Do Bhai", the following year. Dutt's popularity continued to grow. Between 1947 and 1949, she was the most successful playback singer in India. With the emergence of Lala Manishkar in 1949, however, her status was lowered to number two. Nevertheless, Dutt continued to enjoy a thriving career. Married to Guru Dutt on May 26, 1953, Dutt's future seemed secure. The couple had two sons and a daughter. By 1957, however, the marriage had disintegrated. When Guru Dutt began a relationship with a new leading lady, Waheeda Rehman, divorce became unavoidable. In the aftermath of her divorce, Dutt attempted a return to films. Although plans were made for her to star in "Gauri", intended to be India's first film in Cinemascope, the movie was shelved a few days before shooting was scheduled to begin amidst reports of Dutt's being unavailable for rehearsals or recording sessions. Following Guru Dutt's death on October 10, 1964, reportedly from an overdose of sleeping tablets, Dutt suffered a nervous breakdown. Although she recovered and attempted a comeback, appearing in "Badhu Bharan" in 1967 and "Anubhav" in 1971, she continued to drink and her health deteriated. Dutt died of cirrhosis of the liver on July 20, 1972. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide
Around the mid thirties, almost daily, all round the year, in a small village called Idilpur in Faridpur district of East Bengal, a little girl of about five to six years of age sat under a tree, her dreamy eyes fixed on the ferry passing over the wide river in front, her ears listening to songs sung by the boatmen-Songs like "Bhabasagar hotey paar karo amarey" were among her favourites and she liked the songs and wanted to sing them. She could spend a whole day with this kind of activity and at times would fall asleep, only to be awakened by her loving mother, who reminded her of her studies and other little household jobs that an average Bengalee girl was expected to learn. She had already been admitted to the local Pathhsala (village school), but showed no interest in studies and spent her time humming tunes that she had picked up from the boatmen. She loved to sing and at that young age also liked to dance to the tunes she had learnt. She was not the only child in the family. Her name was Geeta and she was born on the twenty third day of November, 1930. She was one of the ten children of Debendranath Ghosh Roychoudhury (Ghosh was the surname while Roychoudhury a title common to several landlords) and Amiya Devi. Her parents soon became aware of her vocal talent and allowed her to sing in the presence of village people and were delighted at the response, the villagers all agreed that she had a very good voice and sang very well. Although Debendranath was a zamindar (landlord), some difficulties cropped up, the family had to shift to Calcutta, then capital of undivided Bengal of British India, in the early forties. Here a music master Shri Harendranath Nandi (a family relative) gave her lessons in music. She learnt folk music, light music and also picked up songs from records and films and was a happy child with the freedom she got in singing. She did not have to go to school then. In 1942, the family shifted again, this time to Bombay. Frequent change of place did cause some moments of anguish, with Geeta's music lessons getting hampered. Moreover, she was admitted to Bengali School of Bombay, although the naughty girl did not bother much about school attendance-She passed her Matriculation examination as a private student in 1947 and at the same time continued singing, which was her first love. The family, by then reduced financially to middle class status, could not afford to engage any expensive master for formal training in music. During her stay in Bombay from 1942 onwards, she came in touch with several non-Bengali families and was quick to learn different languages through the association and acquired working knowledge of Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Sindhi, Urdu, Gujrati and others and this proved to be useful in later years. Music lesson and practice wise she was now on her own, having learnt to play the harmonium by then. It was destiny indeed that Pandit Hanuman Prasad should have been walking in front of Debendranath Roy Choudhury's house with Geeta singing inside. Hanuman Prasad heard the voice and walked straight into the house and enquired about the singer to Geeta's father. He was told by Debendranath that it was the voice of his teenage daughter Geeta and immediately came an offer from Prasad to sing in films. Hanuman Prasad explained that he would not be able to give much work to the young girl, but for Bhakt Prahlad (1946) where he had a chorus, he wanted Geeta to sing just two lines on her own in Suno Suno Binti Hamari Prabhuji. The song would be chorus, but in it Geeta's voice would be recognizable. It was a difficult situation for the ex landlord to permit his daughter to sing in films, but he relented keeping in mind Geeta's own interest and love for songs. It was Hanuman Prasad again who introduced the girl to Sachin Dev Burman, who was then making music for Do Bhai (1947) and S.D. Burman was actually present when Geeta was singing at the recording studio. Going against the advice of friends in the music circle, Burman made Geeta the principal singer of Do Bhai (1947). Of the nine songs in the film, the newcomer in the industry was given six songs-four solo numbers and two duets and history was created with Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya, filmed on Kamini Kaushal. Other hits from the film included Yaad Karoge Yaad Karoge Ekdin Humko Yaad Karoge and Mere Piya To Base Pardes Hai Basant Ritu Kyon Ayee. Very soon other music directors like Anil Biswas, Bulo C. Rani, Khemchand Prakash, Vasant Prakash, Gyan Dutt, Ram Ganguly (much later in his last days in the nineties in Calcutta, Ganguly said in an interview that he considered Geeta's voice better suited for films than that of Lata Mangeshkar, no disputes or controversies please, Ganguly just expressed his own view), Sajjad Hussain, Hansraj Behl, Robin Chattopadhyay, Avinash Vyas, Shaukat Hussain, Datta Korgaonkar, Ghulam Haider, S.N.Tripathy, Vasant Desai, Husnlal-Bhagatram, Ghulam Mohammad, Shyambabu Pathak, Balkishan Kalla, Shankar Shastri, Shankar Rao Vyas, Hiren Bose, Hemanta Kumar Mukherjee and others started using her voice making Geeta a busy singer. Sachin Dev Burman and Pandit Hanuman Prasad continued to give her work.. Sachin Dev Burman gave Geeta her first opportunity to sing in a Bengali film Samar (1950), the song was Khela Bhangar Khela. Samar was based on Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's novel and the film was made in Bombay. It was a double version film and Geeta sang for Sumitra Devi in both versions. Till 1951 a pattern followed. Mostly Geeta used to be the major female singer in the films that came to her. Then came Baazi (1951) and Guru Dutt. Of the eight songs in Baazi, six were by Geeta (of the other two-one each by Kishore Kumar and Shamshad Begum). All the Baazi songs were great hits, particularly Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le. Dev Anand has said on more than one occasion that people saw this film several times only for this song sequence. Her popularity and position was established firmly with Baazi, but the Baazi songs also caused music directors thereafter to offer her mainly the light, westernized and club / cabaret numbers. She excelled in these songs as well and the result was that only this type of songs started coming to her. Exceptions included Zalzala (1952), with music by Pankaj Mallick. The film flopped and down went the songs with the film, but songs like Bujho Bujho Ai Dilwalon and Mujhey Wo Dekh Kar sound great today but in 1952, the response was lukewarm. Again, Ferry (1954) with music by Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay met with the same fate, but Geeta's Rangili Rangili Chhabili Rani was superb in one word.
During the making of Baazi, love happened between a new film director Guru Dutt Padukone, yet to find a place in the industry and Geeta, a well established playback singer. Guru Dutt belonged to a small community of Saraswat Brahmins, his mother tongue was Konkani. Geeta was a Bengali Kayastha girl. However, problems of caste, creed and position in society were overcome and they got married on the 26th day of March, 1953. Music director Anil Biswas and his singer wife Meena Kapoor played active roles in arranging the marriage ceremony. In 1952, came O.P. Nayyar, who used Geeta's voice in Aasmaan. This film flopped (Dekho Jadu Bhare Morey Nain remain one of the all time favorites of Geeta fans) but Nayyar used Geeta again in Baaz (1953). This one also bombed at the box office but songs like Zara Saamne Aa, Majhi Albele, Taare Chandni Afsane make enchanting listening even today. In spite of a trail of flops in Nayyar's career till then, Geeta recommended Nayyar's name when husband Guru Dutt produced Aarpaar (1954) and right she was because every song of Aarpaar (1954) became wild hits. Apart from Geeta, the other playback singers were Shamshad Begum, Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur. Nayyar did not have to look back after Aarpaar. At home unfortunately, the happy days did not last long. The couple was blessed with three children, two sons Tarun and Arun and a daughter Neena. At the same time "the other woman" became very relevant in Guru Dutt's life and things for the couple was never the same again. Guru Dutt's love for Waheeda Rehman caused serious marital discord and the husband started staying out of home most of the time and started depending on alcohol and sleeping pills, the dose of which increased day by day. Geeta suffered from depression on the other hand and found solace in alcohol. After a violent quarrel one day, Geeta threatened Guru Dutt that she would never sing in his films. Guru Dutt immediately contacted Lata Mangeshkar, who agreed readily to sing for Kagaz Ke Phool. However, Geeta came to know of this and went straight to Lata and requested her to dissociate herself from the project. Lata listened sympathetically, understood the situation and called Guru Dutt and told him that she would not be able to sing for him. So Guru Dutt went to back to his wife. Meantime, Geeta's career suffered badly with her almost never being ready for the recordings in time. At times she was drowned in alcohol and when sober she was mentally too upset to turn up to the studios to rehearse or to record. Music directors gradually shied away, there was neither the time nor the need to wait for Geeta for others were available. Life had become miserable for Geeta. Sometime in the late fifties, Guru Dutt probably made a serious effort for a make up with his wife. Things had gone far, but perhaps not beyond repair. Guru planned a film Gauri, with Geeta as the heroine in the title role. Some shooting was done and Geeta felt better, regained some confidence. However, film was shelved for reasons unknown. Again, when Kanan Devi's husband director Haridas Bhattacharjee approached Guru Dutt to do Srikanta's role in Abhaya O Srikanta (1965), Guru Dutt agreed readily but insisted that Geeta should get the role of heroine Abhaya. Haridas Bhattacharjee was hesitant about taking Geeta, because the role required not singing but acting prowess, but Guru Dutt remained firm. Some shots from Gauri were shown to Bhattacharjee, who still did not feel very confidant. Guru Dutt probably wanted Geeta to return to a stable and healthy mental state. However, cutting off Waheeda Rehman from his life seemed to be impossible and confronted with the situation of keeping both the wife and the lover happy at the same time, one fatal night, took an overdose of sleeping pills, whether by accident or by choice is debatable. He was found dead in the early hours of the ninth day of October, 1964. The Bengal situation had been somewhat different for Geeta. She continued to sing almost till the death of her husband, nothing big quantity wise but superb as far as quality was concerned. Her Bengali basic songs like Krishnachura Agun Tumi, Sachimata Go, Krishnanagar Thekey Ami, Bhaber Kheya Ebar Baowa and several others continue to haunt music lovers even today. For the Bengali films she sang for the heroines mainly till the end and senior music directors like Robin Chattopadhyay, Anil Bagchi, Hemanta Mukherjee, Sudhin Dasgupta used her voice to full advantage.
After the death of Guru Dutt, financial problems took a serious turn and Geeta had to go back to music directors and producers for work. Nothing much came out of these appeals. She took up singing in public functions again but here again the bottle only helped her to slip down the stairs. Here one must mention the role played by Hemanta Mukherjee on one such occasion. A function had been arranged in Calcutta with Hemanta and Geeta, from Bombay, as the main singers. Tickets sold by their name and the other singers were mainly local newcomers. The audience cheered merrily when Geeta took over the mike, but Hemanta was quite alarmed, he felt that Geeta was heavily bottled and barely managed to stand on the dais. He rose to the occasion as an elder brother would and entered the stage and announced that Geeta and he had decided to sing their duets that evening. This was greeted with more cheers. Hemanta did all the singing while Geeta just joined him where she could. The entire stage management passed off well and the audience did not get to know what had actually happened. There were occasions when Geeta was shooed out of the stage by the public.
Music director Kanu Roy in his maiden venture as music director, gave her one of the two songs in Uski Kahani (1966), the unforgettable Aaj Ki Kalighata. In the mid sixties, director cum producer cum actor Ajay Biswas, offered her a role opposite Pradeep Kumar in a Bengali film Badhubaran (1967). Geeta had one of the four songs here and in spite of Kamal Dasgupta's music, the film and the song flopped. Her career was finished for all practical purposes after 1962 after Sahib Bibi Ghulam (1962) and alcohol was her only companion. However, in 1971, she was called by the Gramophone Company of India to record two songs for Durga-Puja time release. The two songs (O Bodhu Shono O Amay Bolo and Anjan Diyechhi Chokhey, music by Swapan and Jagmohan with lyrics by Mukul Datta in an extended play record with one song in each side on Odeon label) became quite popular though not great hits. Kanu Roy, in his next venture gave her three songs for Anubhav (1971). Mera dil Jo Mera Hota, Meri Jaan and Koi Chupke Se Aake from Anubhav showed clearly that in spite of all the calamities, she could sing and sing well enough. These songs' popularity could mean a second innings for her. However all this came rather late in the day and with her liver badly damaged from cirrhosis, a possible second innings came to be a non-starter. Considering the market of Geeta's 1971 Puja songs, the company invited her again to record two more songs for the 1972 Pujas. The day was the thirteenth day of July, 1972. Geeta called up the studio and informed that she was unwell and would not be available that afternoon. The authorities took for granted that the real reason for her absence was the bottle again. However, she was hospitalized again and exactly a week later on the twentieth of July, 1972 she breathed her last at Harkisandas Hospital.
Geeta Dutt was born into a rich zamindaar's family as Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri in Faridpur, East Bengal, her parents shifted to a Dadar apartment in Bombay when she was twelve. Over there in their modest flat at Dadar, composer/music director Hanuman Prasad, overheard her singing casually and agreed to impart her training in singing. He launched her in a chorus song in Bhakht Prahlad (1946), where she sang only two lines. But her rendering of those two lines stood out and astonished everybody in the recording studio. Her major assignment was in the following year with Do Bhai. The music of that film clicked in a big way and Geeta became a top playback singer.
1947 - 1949 saw Geeta as the number one playback singer in the Bombay film industry as she moved from strength to strength. Only two playback singers managed to survive Lata's onslaught in the 1950s. They were Shamshad Begum and Geeta Roy. Though relegated to the second spot, Geeta managed to hold her own against Lata for more than a decade, and she and Lata became the premier female playback singers of the 1950s. Initially, Geeta was a singer well known for singing bhajans and weepy, sad songs, but 1951 saw the release of Baazi. The jazzy musical score of the film by SD Burman created a new facet in Geeta's singing. The sex appeal in her voice and the ease with which she went western was marvelous to behold. From then on in the 1950s for a club dance and a seductive song, was the first choice was Geeta.
During the recording of a song, she met the young and upcoming director of the film, Guru Dutt. Thus blossomed a romance and they became engaged. They had to overcome a lot of family oppostition to marry. They married on 26 May 1953 and had three children. They were Tarun (b. 1954), Arun (b. 1956), and Nina Dutt (b. 1962). Geeta went on to sing some of her best songs in his films while continuing to sing in various outside assignments as well. S.D. Burman was amongst the earliest to discover the magic in her voice with Do Bhai. He effectively used the Bengali lilt in her voice memorably in films like Devdas (1955) and Pyaasa (1957). In fact, no female singer has better articulated the spirit of Burmanda's music in its early years. O.P. Nayyar had developed the side of Geeta which had emerged with Baazi. Under his freewheeling baton, Geeta developed into a really hep singer who could belt out any number - soft, sultry, happy, snappy, romantic, teasing or tragic. It was O.P. who got Geeta to stop being overly emotional in sad songs. However by 1957, Geeta's marriage had run through rough weather and was on the rocks. Guru Dutt had gotten romantically involved with his new leading lady Waheeda Rehman. The breaking up of her marriage also began giving repercussions on her career. To quieten things down, Guru Dutt launched a film Gauri (1957) with her in the lead. She was to be launched as a singing star and it was to be India's first film in cinemascope but the film was shelved after just a few days of shooting. This was the time when one heard complaints from music directors about her not being easily available for rehearsals and recordings.
In fact, in 1958, when he fell out with Lata Mangeshkar, Burmanda was looking to make Geeta his main singer rather than the upcoming Asha Bhosle. After all Geeta was a mature singer while Asha was still raw. But due to her troubled marriage, Geeta was not able to practice in the style required by Burman who was a hard taskmaster regarding rehearsals. He joined O.P. Nayyar in shaping Asha rather than wait for Geeta. Consequently, Asha not only took her place but went beyond her. And to make things worse, Geeta began finding solace in drinking
Geeta Roy was born in Faridpur District in East Bengal when she was just twelve her parents shifted to Mumbai. Over there in their modest flat at Dadar music director Hanuman Prasad heard her singing casually. He gave her two lines to sing in the film Bhakt Prahlad ( 1946 ). "I gave playback for some children." she said. But her rendering of those two lines stood out and astonished everybody in the recording studio. A minor incident became the genesis of a great musical career. Her major assignment come the following year, 1947, with Filmistan's Do Bhai. Music Director S.D. Burman had heard the song in Bhakt Prahlad and he promptly got hold of her address and met her to use her voice in the film. The music of that film clicked in a big way particularly 'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya.' Geeta Roy had arrived. Disc scales of the song rocketed to new heights. 1947-1949 saw Geeta Roy rule as the number one playback singer in the Mumbai film industry as she moved from strength to strength.
However three films released in 1949. Barsaat, Andaaz and Mahal. All three smashing hits. The music of each film better than the other. In all three films the heroine's songs were sung by a young lady who had also made her debut in playback singing in 1946 but till then had not made any significant headway in her career. The success of these films changed all that. The song 'Aayega aanewala' from Mahal soared to heights of till then unseen popularity. ( It remains an all time favourite even today ) The singer was ... Lata Mangeshkar. Lata went on to become the greatest playback singer the Indian screen has ever seen. Only two singers managed to survive the Lata onslaught in the 1950s. Shamshad Begam and Geeta Roy. Though relegated to the second spot, Geeta managed to hold her own against Lata for more than a decade and she and Lata were the premier two female playback singers of the 1950s.
By 1951, Geeta had become a singer well known for bhajans and weepy weepy sad songs. Jogan( 1950 ) in fact had 12 solo bhajans sung by her! But 1951 also saw the release of a film, Baazi. Directed by first time director Guru Dutt, the film, a crime thriller influenced by the film noir movement of Hollywood was a trend setter of sorts, leading to a spate of urban crime films that Bollywood churned out in the 1950s. The jazzy musical score revealed a new facet to Geeta's singing. The sex appeal in her voice and the ease with which she went western was marvellous to behold. While every song in the film was a raging hit, one stood out for special appeal. 'Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer' a ghazal that was occidentalized into a jazzy seductive song! From then on in the 1950s for a club dance or a seductive song, the first choice was Geeta. The song stood out fo rmore reasons than one. During the recording of the song she met the young director of the film, Guru Dutt. Thus blossomed a romance which culminated in marriage on 26 May,1953. Geeta went on to sing some of her best songs in her husband's films while continuing singing in various outside assignments as well. The couple had two sons Tarun and Arun and a daughter Nina.
However by 1957 the marriage had run into rough weather and was on the rocks. Guru Dutt had got involved with his new leading lady Waheeda Rehman. And it was ironic that Geeta the playback singer's voice was used on Waheeda Rehman the actress as she 'sang' sweet nothings to Guru Dutt. The breaking up of her marriage also began having repercussions on her career. To quieten things down Guru Dutt launched a film Gauri( 1957 ) with her in the lead. She was to be launched as a singing star and it was to be India's first film in cinemascope but the film was shelved after justa few days shooting. This was the time when one heard complaints from music directors about her not being easily available for either rehearsals or recordings. She neglected her riaz. And to make things worse she began finding solace in drinks.
On October 10, 1964 Guru Dutt passed away. Waheeda had gone out of his life. And Geeta and he could never really get back together. It is said his death due to an overdose of sleeping tablets in his drink was an accident but the cause of death remains a mystery. Geeta was a broken woman, shattered by his death. She now had neither her singing or her husband. Lata's younger sister, Asha Bhonsle, had not only taken her place but had gone beyond her. Geeta suffered a nervous breakdown. When she recovered she found herself in a financial mess. She did try to resume singing again, cutting discs at Durga Puja and giving stage shows , even doing a Bengali film, Badhu Bharan ( 1967 ) as heroine! But her health kept failing as she drank herself to a point of no return. She died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1972. But not before she showed she still had it in her were she given a mike to sing. The songs of Basu Bhattacharya's Anubhav ( 1971 ), 'Meri jaan mujhe jaan na kaho meri jaan', 'Koichupke se aake' and 'Mera dil jo mera hota' represent some of the finest work that Geeta Dutt ever did.
The first thing that strikes one when you hear Geeta Dutt sing was that she never sang. She just glided through a tune. Of all her contemporaries her musical training was perhaps the sketchiest but what she lacked in training and technique, she more than made it with her ability to breathe life and emotion into any song she was singing. In the recording room there was no matching Geeta's vivacity, vitality and spontaneity, her sense of rhythm unparalleled. Her capacity to be both sensual yet sensitive gives Geeta Dutt's voice a unique ethereal quality. To quote Raju Bharathan, Music critic in Filmfare February 1-15, 1985 Page 89,
'Geeta Dutt was thandi hawa and kaali ghata rolled into one. The moment she came, you got the refreshing feeling of aa hi gayi jhoom ke. There was a rare swing in her voice. She hit you like a thunderclap..........This made Geeta Dutt the one singer that Lata Mangeshkar really feared. In training and technique Lata was way ahead but neither training nor technique was of much use when pitted against Geeta in the recording room........This put Lata on the defensive and I think she avoided singing with Geeta as far as possible. (They have sung few duets) I vaguely remember Lata acknowledging this fact when Geeta died on July 20, 1972.'
Geeta Dutt scored heavily as a singer particularly when she sang under the baton of two music directors, S.D. Burman and O.P.Nayyar.
The S.D. Factor:
S.D. Burman was among the earliest to discover the magic in Geeta Dutt's voice. In 1947 with Filmistan's DoBhai. He persuaded the producer to give her a break. The producer being unsure of Geeta made a deal with S.D. Burman. She would record a song but it would be retained only after hearing the result. The song 'Humein chod piyakis desh gaye' was recorded and played back. The rest as they say is history. Even as it lead to Geeta becoming the foremost singer of the industry by 1951 she had found herself in a position where she was regarded good only for bhajans and sad songs. It took S.D.Burman's jazzy and westernized score for Baazi which showcased Geeta's versatility, her breezy voice. S.D. Burman effectively used the Bengali lilt in her voice memorably in films like Devdas and Pyaasa. Thesong 'Aaj sajan mohe ang lagalo' from the latter is one of the finest examples of the Bengali kirtan put over on the Hindi screen. No female singer has better articulated the spirit of Burmanda's music in its early years. In fact in 1957, when he fell out with Lata, Burmanda was looking to make Geeta his main singer rather than the upcoming Asha Bhonsle. After all by then Geeta was a mature singer while Asha was still raw. But due to her troubled marriage Geeta was not free to practice in the style required by S.D.Burman who was a hard taskmaster in matter of rehearsals. He joined O.P. Nayyar in shaping Asha rather than wait for Geeta. Some memorable songs sung by Geeta under S.D. Burman's baton are:
'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya' (Do Bhai - 1947 )
'Woh sapnewaali raat' (Pyaar - 1950 )
'Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer' (Baazi - 1951 )
'Aan milo aan milo' (Devdas - 1955 ) with Manna Dey
'Aaj sajan mohe ang lagalo' (Pyaasa - 1957 )
'Hawa dhire aana' (Sujata - 1959 )
'Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam ' (Kaagaz ke Phool - 1959 )
Geeta sang 72 songs for Dada Burman of which 43 were solos. The last song she recorded for him was from the film Ziddi(1964), 'Main tere pyaar mein kya kya na bana dilbar.'
The O.P. Nayyar wave:
Geeta suited O.P. Nayyar's ebullient themes to a T. He developed the side of Geeta which had emerged with Baazi. Under his freewheeling baton Geeta developed into a really hep singer who could belt out any number - soft, sultry, happy, snappy, romantic, teasing or tragic. It was Geeta Dutt's rare gift that she could effervescently sing for both the doll and the moll. And it was O.P. who got Geeta to stop being overtly emotional in sad songs. O.P.'s comments on Geeta :
' ..........Who will deny there is a unique quality to her singing. Give her a blatantly westernized tune this momentand a complex classical composition the next, and she will do equal justice to both with an ease of expression which a singer can only be born with. She is particularly good for songs accompanying boisterous jamborees. With that tantalizing lilt and fascinating curves she puts into her singing,she is the ideal choice if it is seductive allure you want in a song........Geeta Dutt is an asset to any music director. '
Some immortal gems sung by Geeta Dutt underO.P. Nayyar's baton:
'Zara saamne aa'( Baaz - 1953 )
'Babuji dhire chalna' (Aar Paar - 1954 )
'Thandi hawa kali ghata' (Mr. & Mrs 55 - 1955 )
'Jab badal lehraya' (Chchoomantar - 1956 )
'Mere zindagi ke humsafar' (Shrimati 420 - 1956 )
'Chor, lutere, daku'( Ustad - 1957 )
'Mera naan chin chin choo' (Howrah Bridge - 1958 )
'Kaisa jadoo balam tune dara' (12 o'clock - 1958 )
This is not to say that Geeta was any less effective with other music directors. The songs she has sung for Hemant Kumar in Anandmath ( 1952 ), Bahu ( 1954 ),Ek Jhalak ( 1957 ), Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam ( 1962 ) bear testimony to this. It's just that for the sheer volume and the scaleof popularity that the songs of S.D. Burman and O.P. Nayyar reached make them special in Geeta's oeuvre.
The Best of Geeta Dutt
In early 1957 while selecting the ten best songs that she has sung, Geeta Dutt mentioned
' People have a complex that successful film songs are not necessary the best. I beg to differ. If a song catches public fancy it could only be because of all round perfection in all departments - in its music, in its writing, in its singing. Should I then list my ten best songs or my ten most popular songs? The dividing line, I feel is very thin. The songs that have stood the test of public approval and the songs that have personally appealed to me are the same. '
The ten songs she selected then represented definite landmarks in her singing career. They are:
'Mat ja mat ja jogi' (Jogan - 1950 ) This was her own personal favourite.
'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya' (Do Bhai - 1947 )
'Na yeh chand hoga' (Shart - 1954 )
'Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer' (Baazi - 1951 )
'Yeh lo main hari piya' (Aar Paar - 1954 )
'Khayalon mein kisike' (Baawre Nain - 1950 ) with Mukesh
'Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo' (Pyaasa - 1957 )
'Jaane kya tunhe kahi' (Pyaasa - 1957 )
'Ae dil mujhe bata de' (Bhai Bhai - 1956 )
'Hai yeh duniya kaunsi' (Sailaab - 1956 )
This as mentioned was in early 1957. Citing the reason for her selections Geeta mentioned:
' I feel that a song must express human emotions in simple language and in a tune that affords the singer sufficient scope to do full justice to the thought underlying the lyric. I feel that the songs I have listed are simple enough to be appreciated by people of all ages at all times.'
Some of Geeta's best work for e.g. 'Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam' from Kaagaz ke Phool(1959), 'Chale aao, chale aao' from Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) and the songs of Anubhav (1971) were to come later and naturally they do not find a place in that list.
Thus if I were to select a list today, it might read something like this:
'Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam' ( Kaagaz ke Phool - 1959)
'Aaj ki kaali ghata' (Uski Kahani - 1966 )
'Meri jaan mujhe jaan na kaho meri jaan'( Anubhav - 1971 )
'Na jaao saiyaan chudha ke baiyaan'( Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam - 1962 )
'Yeh lo main hari piya' (Aar Paar - 1954 )
'Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer' (Baazi - 1951 )
'Na yeh chand hoga' (Shart - 1954 )
'Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo' (Pyaasa - 1957 )
'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya'( Do Bhai - 1947 )
'Ghungat ke pat khol' (Jogan - 1950 )
This is of course but a personal choice. And a most difficult one to make. For many of Geeta Dutt's songs endure in appeal even today. The discerning would ask but what about 'Hawa dhire aana' from Sujata ( 1959 ) or'Thandi hawa kali ghata' from Mr. and Mrs 55 ( 1955) or for that matter even ' Mera naam chinchin choo' from Howrah Bridge ( 1958 ) or 'Jaata kahaan hai diwaane' from C.I.D. ( 1956 ) Well try making your own list! See if you can manage to include 'Tehro zara si der' from Savera ( 1958 ) or 'Ja ja ja ja bewafaa' from Aar Paar ( 1954 ) or 'Preetam aan milo' from Mr. and Mrs 55. ( 1955 ) or even 'Aayi birha ki raat' from Navdurga( 1953 ).
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Monday, 2 January 2012
GEETA BASRA BIOGRAPHYGeeta Basra (born on 13th March 1984) is a Bollywood actress who has starred in two movies. She originally hails from Portsmouth on the south coast of England, but now resides in Mumbai. She has studied acting at Kishore Namit Kapoor’s Acting School. She was first seen in Dil Diya Hai with Emraan Hashmi in 2006. Her second release in 2007 was also opposite Emraan Hashmi. She played Roma, a working woman who gets caught up in an extramarital affair. She is also seen in the music video for the Sukshinder Shinda and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song \"Ghum Sum Ghum Sum\", playing the love interest of the male protagonist. The song is from Shinda's upcoming album \"Collaborations 2\". Geeta also has a brother aged 15, Rahul Basra who lives in Portsmouth, England.
Geeta Basra is an Indian actress who has appeared in two Bollywood films. Basra was born to Punjabi Indian parents in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, but now resides in Mumbai. She has studied acting at Kishore Namit Kapoor’s Acting School. She was first seen in the Emraan Hashmi-starrer Dil Diya Hai in 2006. Her second release, The Train (2007), was also opposite Hashmi. She played Roma, a working woman who gets caught up in an extramarital affair. Basra is also seen in the music video for the Sukshinder Shinda and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song "Ghum Sum Ghum Sum", playing the love interest of the male protagonist. The song is from Shinda's upcoming album Collaborations 2. Geeta denies her relationship with cricketer Harbhajan Singh, stating that they are merely good friends and she is very focused on her career at present. Geeta has a brother ten years younger, Rahul.
Geeta Basra is an Indian actress who has done two known movies. She originally hails from Portsmouth on the south coast of England, but now resides in Mumbai.
Geeta Basra's desire for Bollywood kept growing and at the age of seventeen, she got convinced that it was the right age to start her Bollywood career. She came to Mumbai and joined the acting school as any other Bollywood aspirant. The Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting school, where Geeta Basra has taken her acting lesons is the same school where Bollywood celebrities like Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra were trained. She got adjusted to the Mumbai city while taking acting classes and diction classes at Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting school. She returned to London after taking her acting lessons and hired a manager. It was her manager who introduced Geeta Basra to Aditya Datt, the director of her debut film Dil Diya Hai.
Aditya Datt's Dil Diya Hai is a multistarrer movie casting Mithun Chakraborty, Emraan Hashmi, and Ashmit Patel. Geeta Basra had high dreams while acting in the role of expatriate Neha in this movie. She was realizing her dreams to come into Madhuri's shoes while started acting for the movie. However the movie got rejected on the day one of its release. Although the film initially appeared to have a different story line, it ended up being as repetitive as any of Emraan's old films. But; Geeta Basra did not have to end up there with her dreams. She has already signed a contract with Shyam Bajaj's The Train, again with Emraan Hashmi.She still dreams that she cannot be Madhuri Dixit with one film and there is a long way to go before she accomplish her dream.
In Shyam Bajaj's The Train, the story moves around Geeta Basra's central character. It is a break for this new actress to get a female oriented subject in her second movie itself. In contrary to Geeta Basra's cute, young, bubbly girl character in DDH, she is a mature businesswoman who is completely aware about her personality and knows how to carry herself well in The Train. There is such a distinct feel to her entire characterization. This character will definitely work for her as a performer.
Bollywood is Geeta Basra's dream ever since she started to dream. She will be continuing in this field as long as she can. She has learnt form her experiences and still dreams to become a glittering star like Madhuri Dixit in the skies of Bollywood.
Geeta Basra is one of the most attractive lady featured in year 2006, She hails from London. Altho it was a rape scene in the movie the train but has gained her lots of popularity amongst the bollywood fans. Geeta Basra is here to stay and her fans will see more of her as she is a talented actress with amazing looks.
Geeta Basra is a popular personality but has won no awards to authenticate her talent as a Model or Actress. Geeta Basra as a Bollywood Actress & Indian model has showcased her work in the movies – The Train, Dil Diya hai.
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