Begum Akhtar, when she acted in films

By Pradyot Lal:

Begum Akhtar in 'Roti' 1942
Begum Akhtar in ‘Roti’ 1942

After the advent of talkie era in India, Begum Akhtar( Akhtari Bai Faizabadi) acted in a few Hindi movies in thirties. East India Film Company of Calcutta approached her to act in ‘King for a Day’ and ‘Nal Damayanti’ in 1933.

Like others of that era, she sang her songs herself in all her films. She continued acting in the following years. Subsequently Begum Akhtar moved back to Lucknow where she was approached by the famous producer-director Mehboob Khan, as a result of which she acted in “Roti” which was released in 1942 and whose music was composed by maestro Anil Biswas.

“Roti” contained six of her ghazals but unfortunately due to some trouble between producer and director, Mehboob Khan subsequently deleted three or four ghazals from the film. All the ghazals are available on Megaphone gramophone records.

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