For the past few days I've been working on a post about my "Holy Grail" classical dance films that seem to be commercially unavailable or obscure and hard to find. Unfortunately, I hit control + Z to cut and paste an image and it deleted everything in my post. Then, Blogger's insane autosave feature kicked in and saved the blank post. And yes folks, it is impossible to revert to a previous version of a saved draft blogger post. I checked. So note to all my blogging friends out there using Blogger: Always back up your work! Do not press Control + Z EVER!!! *Minai ends fuming rant of fury*
While I go back and recreate my post, I thought I would post the most exciting news that some kind soul has uploaded the entire film Kinara with English subtitles! I almost fell off my couch when I found it because word on the street for the longest time has been that this film is simply not commercially available. I had figured that the few dance clips YouTube user tripmonk0 graciously posted would be the only bits I would be able to see of this film, ever. Imagine my surprise when a quick search for Kinara images pulled up a result of the whole film!
The uploader pulled it off of an old VHS tape, so unfortunately the quality is not the greatest, and the subtitles are sort of in and out at times but allow you to get the gist of what's happening.
Kinara was directed by Gulzar with songs composed by R.D. Burman; the film tells the story of Inder Kumar (Jeetendra) who falls in love with Arti (Hema Malini), a former Kathak dancer that stopped dancing after tragedy befell her former fiance Chandan (Dharmendra) and then herself when she lost her eyesight. Things get complicated when Inder realizes he was the person responsible for one of the tragedies in Arti's life.
Below, I've timestamped all of the dances and songs for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Update 6/21/11 - The videos I had previously posted were removed, so I have updated all of the listings below with the new videos uploaded by the copyright holder (which are much better quality!) with the exception of the first one uploaded by tripmonk0:
At the beginning of the film, Hema performs a Kathak-inspired dance that transitions into the credit sequence filmed over a single ghungroo bell.
The sweet, slow song "Ek Hi Khwab Kai Baar Dekha" picturised on Hema Malini and Dharmendra.
"Naam Goom Jayega" - Hema and Jeetendra
"Jane Kya Sochkar" - Jeetendra's solo number.
"Ab Ke Na Sawan Barse" - Hema's solo number.
A blind Hema ties her ghungroo bells and practices classical dance. Jeetendra gives her some vocal accompaniment, and the haunting, gorgeous song "Meethe Bol Bole" starts with Hema giving a Kathak-inspired dance performance.
Hema gives a dance performance on stage despite being blind; her dance seems to be an interesting mishmash of various classical inspirations.
No longer available online.
Jeetendra comes to save the day at a difficult point during Hema's dance performance and sings the song "Koi Nahin Hai Kahin," inspiring Hema to resume her lovely dance.
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