My Year of Prakash Raj

Some people spend a year
cooking Julia Child's recipes, or following all of the rules in the Bible, or reading books by people who spent a year doing something. My quest is to watch the 200-some films of South Indian character-actor-extraordinaire, Prakash Raj. (It'll probably take more than a year... and I'll post about some Prakash-less films here as well.)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hindi Snakes in Black and White (Nag Panchami Film Fesssstival)

Note: I'll be offline for a few days and will finish up with a few more posts next week.

For the Hindi portion of the Film Fessssstival, I decided to see if I could track down some of the earliest filmi snakes. Although I didn't have the time to find and watch the whole film (next year!), I did locate videos of some of the songs.

From  Nagin (1954), we have "Man Dole Tan Dole", in which Mala (Vyjayanthimala) the daughter of the Nagi tribe's chief, is mesmerized by music of a flute, only to learn that the singer (Pradeep Kumar) is the son of her family's sworn enemy.

From Nag Panchami (1953) here's "O Naag Kahin Jaa Basiyo Re Mere Piya Ko."  
I believe that's Nirupa Roy getting all misty-eyed singing to the snakes and cuddling with Manohar Desai.

If readers know of other early snake films or songs, please share them in the comments.

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