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It examines the changing trends in Hindi films, right from the times of "Alam Ara" to films like "Lagaan" and "Tare Zameen Par" via films like "Pyaasa", "Do Bigah Zamin", "Mughal-e-Azam", "Sholay" and the rest.
Do you know who was supposed to step into Madhubala's shoes in "Mughal-e-Azam?
"At various stages of production, Suraiya, Naseem Banu and Begum Para, were all considered for the pivotal role which ultimately was to go down as the most important role of Madhubala¿s career," the book says
In the relentless march of time, the spotlight may have shifted from directors like Roy, Mehboob Khan, K Asif, V Shantaram, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor and several actors but there is no denying that the filmmakers of the 1950s and 60s – the Golden Age of Hindi cinema - left behind a legacy difficult to match, the author says.
"Married to the emerging socio-economic and political realities of the time, Hindi cinema often did what was principally the job of the media: mould public opinion,
highlight the challenges faced by an emerging nation, not with the idea of killing an innocent dream but merely to ensure that none were left out of the march of progress," he writes.
"The depiction of urban angst in a series of Raj Kapoor films or the moral turpitude of Guru Dutt films or the social chasm of Bimal Roy sagas always gave voice to the voiceless, expression to the ignored, and a platform to the deserving.
"It was cinema that drew from the past, but the past was not mere nostalgia, nice but a convenient means of recalling to a newly independent nation that much before the British arrived, or the White men gave a call for civilising
Hindustan, we are a nation throbbing with vitality," the book says.