Vaidya recalls good old days of movies and music

Aurangabad-based noted film writer, critic and cartoonist J.P.Vaidya stated that Indian cinema has an identity that is very unique and unmatched. Indian films have moved from the black and white silent films to 3D while continuing to retain its basic essence - to thrill.

It was Phalke who introduced India to world cinema at a time when working in films was a taboo. After the success of his film 'Raja Harishchandra', several filmmakers in Bombay and Madras began making silent films. By the mid 1920s, Madras had become the epicentre for all film related activities. Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, SS Vasan, AV Meiyappan set up production houses in Madras to shoot Telugu and Tamil films.

Delivering a talk organised by the Vizag Film Society here on Friday, he became nostalgic referring to the good old days of infancy of Indian cinema, particularly Hindi and Telugu films, and music.

Reminiscences of the music, the playback singers and the contribution of legendary artistes including Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh, Devanand, Dileep and Raj Kapoor immensely to the graduation of the Indian cinema is an emotional experience.

He said that 1940s to 1950s was also the golden era of music. Shankar Jaikishan, O.P.Nayyar, Madan Mohan, Naushad and S.D.Burman had their distinctive styles. Each vied with one another to produce some of the most unforgettable melodies, India has ever known.

It was considered as the golden age of Indian cinema. Amitabh known as the angry young man rose to prominence after the success of Sholay, Zanzeer and Deewar. The best days in Telugu film industry was when N.T.Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao ruled the roost in the Tollywood.

Commenting on the functioning of the Censor Board, Mr Vaidya stated that the kind of films being produced makes one doubt on the existence of Censor Board.

Vizag Film Society (VFS) secretary Narava Prakasa Rao said that VFS is the only society which is exhibiting foreign and Indian multi-language classics locally for over a decade.

He said that experience proved that Indians cannot live without cinema and therefore the need to expose people to quality films was recognised by the society, he added.


  • Best days in Telugu film industry were when NTR and ANR ruled the roost

  • 1940s to 50s was the golden era of music