Phaans: Ek Jasoos ki Kahani (2010) - Delhi's Azad Market is Lahore and Yamuna river is Wagah Border

Vidya Sinha in her debut film, Rajnigandha, 1974

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PHAANS: Ek Jasoos Ki Kahani (2010) is a low budget Indian Hindi film, the directorial debut of Avinash Chitransh. The lead roles are played by newcomers hero Karan Malhotra and heroine Shiva Munjal, with veteran 1970s heroine Vidya Sinha and hero Raza Murad in supporting roles. Music is composed by Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen and the producer Jawahar Lal Jairat says this is a one-of-a-kind Hindi movie. The film is shot in Mumbai and Delhi, with Delhi's famous and bustling Azad Market pictured as Lahore, and the banks of Yamuna river pictured as Wagah border. Read the excellent review by S M Aamir in The Hindu online here >

Vidya Sinha debuted in Bollywood in 1974 with a bang with Basu Chatterjee's classic Rajnigandha [BUY Hindi Movie DVD] co-starring Amol Palekar, Dinesh Thakur, Ranjita Thakur and others, featuring music direction by Salil Choudhury. She subsequently appeared in more Basu Chatterjee classics like Choti Si Baat (1975) [DVD] with Amol Palekar, Ashok Kumar, Asrani, Rajan Haksar, Noni Ganguly, Nandita Thakur, C S Dubey, Komilla Wirk, Ashim Kumar, Farooque Shorty; Jeena Yahan (1979) [DVD] with Shekhar Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Dina Pathak, Kiran Vairale, Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab and others. She also played an important role in Rajendra Kumar's 1981 blockbuster Love Story [Buy DVD online] co-starring Kumar Gaurav, Vijeta Pandit, Danny Denzongpa, Rajendra Kumar, Amjad Khan, Bharat Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Dev Kumar and others.

The Wagah Border (31°36′16.9″N, 74°34′22.5″E) between India and Pakistan, also called the "Berlin wall of Asia",  is famous for the lowering of the flags ceremony every evening where the Indian Border Security Force (B.S.F) and Pakistani Rangers perform a spectacular parade. The border is also indicative of the terrible harm done by the British when drawing an artificial line between peoples that have been together for millenia, and both the Indian and Pakistani governments allow some free exchange of people and trade goods across this border whenever relations are relatively cool.

Shiva Munjal mainly appears in south Indian films and has an important role in the eagerly anticipated Tamil movie Thunichal.

Watch a Vidya Sinha - Rajendra Kumar video from Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ke Haath (1978) [Buy DVD] also starring Aruna Irani, Dara Singh, Jagdish Raaj, Mala Sinha, Nasir Hussain, Rajendra Kumar, Ram Mohan, Sudha Chandran, Vidya Sinha, Viju Khote:


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