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When the color came to films, movie lovers' adulation for stars remained intact. But, the aura of mystery around the actors diminished a bit. Pixabay

There was this word, Silver Screen, and it spelled magic. The phrase was probably coined in the black and white era. When the arc lamps of the projector transformed a picture captured on a small nitrate film on the cinema silver screen, folks sat mesmerized.

Imagine a blackout or just sitting in a dark drawing-room at home for three hours and you would lose your mind. But then, what attracted people to a cinema hall to sit in a darkened hall for three hours and not only pay for it but also come out happy, full of delight! It was that silver-hued, illuminated silver screen.

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It just had to be a silver screen projecting images. Not necessarily a feature film. The Films Division in those days screened the Government propaganda films in cinema halls as well as in public places. For instance, in Mumbai, a truck equipped with a screen and a projector would land up at Mumbai’s Nariman Point or Chowpatty on a Sunday evening, and start screening these propaganda firms. The magic of the screen prevailed and hundreds of people settled down to watch, whatever it was. Only when they paid for a ticket, the choice had to be theirs.

The black-and-white television had the same effect initially. Folks just gathered around it to enjoy the three-hour program it broadcast. It did not matter what the program was, as long as the screen was illuminated.

The aura and magic of that black and white era was something else. Did that magic wane a little with the advent of color films? It is debatable, but if it did it was not enough to keep people off the cinema halls. People love nostalgia, especially what they grew up with, and, for them, black and white was the real thing. Thankfully, they soon got used to watching color films.

The magic of the screen prevailed and hundreds of people settled down to watch, whatever it was. Pixabay

Black and white created a sort of mystic on the screen as well as around the artistes. Not initiated into films till late, as a child, it would amaze me when guys and girls leafed through a film magazine, looked at a star’s picture, and discuss. I could not understand how they recognized a star from his or her picture! The same was the case when a boy knew a song, its film, and the singer and started humming along with the radio.

No politics, no gym, films were the topic of general interest. If one of the lads was lucky enough to watch a movie, it was obligatory for him to narrate the story to other friends the next day!

When the color came to films, movie lovers’ adulation for stars remained intact. But, the aura of mystery around the actors diminished a bit. In color, the stars looked more real life. The viewer found more identification with his stars. More than ever before, film fans started not only imitating filmstars but also dreaming of acting.

Moviegoing meant not missing a moment of that silver screen magic in a dark hall. That included the Indian News Reel, a government propaganda feature produced by the Films Division. But, what one looked forward to most was the trailer of a forthcoming film. (Film trailers in those days aroused much excitement.)

There was another peculiarity typical to those days. The day at the cinema hall was spread over four shows a day between 12 noon and 9 p.m. The people expected three hours of money’s worth in a cinema hall. Which is to say, if films were made like they are today, say 100 minute or 110-minute duration, there were chances that the audience would have ransacked the cinema, feeling cheated.

The watchword was Paisa Vasool — whether they got their money’s worth or not. Leaving halfway through if they did not like a film was purely the audience’s privilege.

No politics, no gym, films were the topic of general interest. Pixabay

The films were made for all kinds of audiences, which is to say, audiences of films differed depending on the kind of film and its stars. Broadly called Genres, There was an audience for raw action films like those of Dara Singh, Sheikh Mukhtar or Kamran Khan, where all that mattered was the background sound of Dhishoom…dhishoom. Then, there were, if you may call it that, horror films by Ramsay and Bhakri Brothers, the two specialists. Most of the scary scenes were shot in the day for night technique.

Then, there was a “Sholay”, a “Jai Santoshi Maa”, both released on the same day — August 15, 1975.

“Sholay” set not only box office records but also personal records for many moviegoers claiming to have seen it, maybe, 100 times! The film’s 70mm format and the Stereophonic sound captivated the audience. “Jai Santoshi Maa” was a non-star cast, probably, last of the mythological films to be made in the Hindi film industry. This was a genre that was dying out.

“Jai Santoshi Maa: became a cult film. So much so that its producer, Satram Rohra, went on record to be among the highest income taxpayer of the year (considering it was an era of hiding income and stealing on tax dues!). But, that was the business side of it. Its real-life impact was something that did not happen ordinarily.

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People who entered the cinema hall to watch “Jai Santoshi Maa”, came in hordes, friends, family and the rest. They made sure they did not enter the hall with footwear on. They participated with the goings-on. But, the after-effect of the film was that those who had never heard of this deity became devout followers and started believing that if you fast, as in abstained, for 16 Fridays (Solah Shukravaar vrat), it would bring fortunes.

Earlier, in 1969, the Punjabi film, “Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai” had seen such reverence from the audience.

Movie-going, so far, was an event in a family. A planned outing. A family of five could not suddenly land up at a cinema hall and expect to get tickets or, if they did, vantage sitting at that. There was no hurry to plan a movie outing as films ran for weeks. Big cities drew movie lovers from nearby towns and villages on Sundays or on the day of the weekly bazaar. They took in as many films in a day as possible going back happy and contended.

The moviegoing is not the same now. But, could the trend of OTT premiere release renew that trend of family and friends gathering to watch a new film? It does happen when a new series streams and it also happened on the release of “Gulabo Sitabo” when a family decided to retire early with plans to watch the movie together. (IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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