Poems from Punjab

इक कुड़ी जिदा नाम मोहब्बत, गुम है, गुम है, गुम है।
“A girl whose name is love, is missing, is missing, is missing”
Shiv Kumar Batalvi ((23 July 1936 – 7 May 1973)
A famous Punjabi language poet with a folk consciousness and modern sensibility, Shiv Kumar excelled with a freshness of vocabulary, diction, imagery and rhythmic flow of words which remain unparalleled in Punjabi poetry. Shiv was born in a village near Sialkot (Pakistan). His family moved to Batala, Gurdaspur (India) after Indian partition in 1947. The pangs of this separation are recurrent themes of this great poet of the land. One of my current favorites composed by Shiv Kumar Batalvi is ”ik kudi jida naam mohabbat, gum hai gum hai” sung by Shahid Mallya in his beautiful voice. From the soundtrack of Udta Punjab (2016)

Hindi-Urdu Films for International Viewers

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Many people associate Hindi-Urdu language films with Bollywood alone. It is true that Bollywood style films make up the core among the Hindi-Urdu films made in India, but given the large number of films produced, we also have ample number  of films which stand apart from the rest, and which do not fit into the stereotype of Bollywood.

To make things easier, I have compiled a list of must watch Hindi-Urdu films for international viewers at IMDB. This list will introduce people from around the world to  inculcate a different sort of appreciation for Hindi-Urdu films. The list contains all genres – whether it is film noir, alternative cinema, biography, history, mystery and even purely Bollywood Masala (spiced).

Here is the list, Enjoy –

Hindi-Urdu Films for International Viewers