Micro review: ‘Talat Mahmood: The Definitive Biography’ by Sahar Zaman – Times of India

Micro review: ‘Talat Mahmood: The Definitive Biography’ by Sahar Zaman - Times of India

Talat Mahmood Holds a special place in people’s hearts, especially in the heart of his granddaughter Sehar Zaman. Mehmood was not only the vocal talent for actors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, and Dilip Kumar, but he also gave life to Mirza Ghalib’s soulful lyrics, evoking deep emotions for many.
in the bookTalat Mahmood: The Definitive Biography.His niece has completely encapsulated his life and times. From singing film songs to contributing to the Bangladesh Liberation Army, Talat Mehmood also adopted secularism as a habit, which is the essence of the book.
Sahar Zaman mentions the singing of the Mukti Bahini, later known as the Bangladesh Liberation Force, in which Indian soldiers participated. Talat Mehmood’s emotional and spiritual voice not only reflected people’s sorrows and pains but also presented his personal experiences.
Mehmood’s trip to Chittagong, before his concert to meet his elder brother, and his relationship with Bengali songs perfectly reflected the emotions in his songs, which emerged as his forte. Amid the pain seen in the relief camps, Talat Mehmood closed his eyes and spoke his heart out to many.
His love for his country and his profession was a form of spirituality and passion, which is masterfully captured in the lines written by the author. For him, India was the country of his choice, where he devoted his talents and performed his art. Zaman has witnessed the joy of India’s independence in Talat’s memoirs, where the air was filled with pain. However, after independence, a sense of relief could be felt in his songs.

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