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Fondly remembered - Celebrity 2006

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By: Moses Navgire, IndiaFM
Monday, January 01, 2007
Year 2006 saw the sad demise of some of the great veterans in the film industry. Their departure has surely left an empty space which is difficult to fill up. But the least we can do is pay a tribute to these departed souls. IndiaFM in this special feature remembers these great personalities whom we lost in year 2006.

Sardar Malik (1925 - Jan 27, 2006)

Film Profile - Music Composer

Sardar Malik was one of the most talented music composers in the industry. He was suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years and was undergoing treatment for the same. On 27th January 2006, he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away. He was 81.

Sardar Malik was born in Kapurthala and came to Mumbai in 1940's to join the film industry. He composed music for movies like Aulad, Thokar, Maharani Padmini, Saranga and Bachpan, among others. His compositions 'Saranga teri yaad mein' and 'Haan diwana hoon main' which were sung by Mukesh, were very popular. The song 'Mujhe kuch hosh nahin' from Bachpan, sung by Mohammad Rafi, is still a memorable track.

His sons have also created a place for themselves in the film industry. Anu Malik is one of the respected music composers in Bollywood. Sardar's other two sons Abu and Daboo Malik, have also created a name for themselves in the industry in the field of Bollywood music.


Nadira (December 5, 1932 - February 9, 2006)

Film Profile - Actor

Nadira was known for her negative roles in the 1950's and 60's. She suffered from various illnesses and died of cardiac arrest on 9th February 2006. She was 74.

Born as Florence Ezekiel, Nadira hailed from the South Mumbai region of Nagpada. She started her film career with Mehboob Khan's Aan opposite Dilip Kumar at the tender age of 19. She was one of the most beautiful actresses of that time, yet she was open to playing negative roles. Her performances in films like Elaan, Shri 420, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, Pakeezah, Julie and Sagar are still memorable. She also bagged the Best Supporting Actress award for the Julie (1975) in which she played Laxmi's mother. Nadira was also a part of television. She was seen in tele-serials like Thoda Sa Aasman and Milind Soman starrer Margaritta.

Nadira lived alone at her residence in Mumbai. However, she used to share a good rapport with kids. Nadira always celebrated her birthday with the kids in her neighborhood distributing sweets.

Last seen: Nadira was last seen in Mansoor Khan's Josh (2000) which starred Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sharad Kapoor and Chandrachur Singh.


Naushad (December 25, 1919 - May 5, 2006)

Film Profile - Music Composer

Naushad was considered as one of the ace music composers in the industry. He died at the age of 86 due to old age.

Naushad grew up in Lucknow. The city is very much known for its rich cultural heritage of which music is an indispensable element. Therefore, Naushad too studied the classical Hindustani music in the city with from some great Ustads.

He later moved to Mumbai to become a musician in the late 30's. After struggling for a while, he managed to get a job of in a studio orchestra. He later joined music director Khemchand Prakash as his assistant. It was with the film Prem Nagar (1940) when he started of as an independent film composer. But it was the film Rattan (1944) that made Naushad one of the top music composers of those times.

Naushad's biggest contribution to Indian cinema was bringing the Indian Classical music to films. Many of his compositions were inspired by Ragas and he even used distinguished classical artistes like Amir Khan and D.V. Pulaskar in Baiju Bawra (1952) and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan in Mughal-E-Azam (1960). The music of these films is famous even today. Some of his greatest compositions come from films like Mother India (1957), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Mere Mehboob (1963) and Pakeezah(1971). He was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to the Indian Cinema.

Last work: Naushad's last composition was for Akbar Khan's Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005).


Ustad Bismillah Khan (March 21, 1916 -August 21, 2006)

Film Profile - Music Composer/Shehnai Player

Ustad Bimillah Khan was world's best Shehnai player. The Shehnai maestro died of cardiac arrest at the age of 91.

Ustad was born in Dumraon and was named Bismillah by his grandfather. His ancestors were court musicians in the princely states of Bhojpur. He was trained in music by his uncle Ali Baksh, who was also a Shehai player. Ustad Bismillah Khan was responsible for making Shehnai a popular musical instrument. He always said that Music has no caste and also performed at various temples. The Maestro has possibly performed in every major city in the world. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Bharat Ratna Award in 2001.

Though not exactly a film personality, Ustad is one musical genius who is known worldwide for his talent and therefore, deserves a mention in this year's obituary.


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