In the photo you ve seen Mr Nargis ,one of the most important and older time popular Hindu actor in Greece. Her movie Mother India is one of the most known movies with length of ca 3.5 hours . I have this movie in DVD taken from a newspaper as insert.
This interesting Hindi movies started here in Greece after 50s . One of the reasons that they had big success is that their characters spoken to the heart of the Greek people of the time. Many Greeks became immigrants to Germany looking for work as they do today and some of them returned back sot start their jobs after they earned some money. Greece was under a second inner war after the end of the German dominance and had a 3-5 yeas delay to 'resurrect' herself from both war's disaster.
Thus Greek of the era were very poor and looked for simple stories to watch. Specialized halls , second class at most, played Indian movies and were always full. It is something that my father told me years ago.
Medium or higher casts preferred to listen /watch other kinds. Medium preferred rock and roll (60s) and classic (higher cast )
1. Nearly all Hindu movies reaching the local cinemas were dramatic Many of these movies were here edited for a happy end . (This is what the moguls of the Greek cinema wanted Greeks to see. Many of these movies had dramatic or depressing end)
2 . Most of these are very complex stories (as mine!) with unpredictable end in contrast to most Greek or western movies of the time
3. All these movies are mixed with nice music .Dalianides , a famous movie maker 10 years after used the same idea to make his productions (musical movies)
4.Greek population of the time preferred to watch Indian movies because except they were very lengthy (3 or more hours) offered a rather 'shallow' (ie stories you don't need to think much) and easy to understand story that comes close to their way of thinking. However today's standards are completely different and someone can laugh watching Mother India. it was happened when it was played on 2008 in a lcoal cinema
5. The today's (90s ) hindi movies approached Holywood standards with violence sex etc something that oleder times did not occur.
This interest of Greek arisen also the interest of musicians to play or even edit many songs the Greek way. There are several songs played here intact (as the original ) though most of the original Indians has been heavily changed to more greek standards tough they have some Indian color . This book lists about 150 songs with their greek names - only 10 are the exact original
Xanthopoulos is the best example ( he is known as 'folks child; one of the most important actors of that time projected te after war situation in his movies. Most of his songs are of Indian origin though under heavy 'version-ing ' ) Also Kazanjidis who sing more than 40.
On late 70s when Voula Palla a singer of traditional songs tried to revamp Indian singing.Voula was not well known singer but the Greek audience knows her as the only Greek singer with the Hindi voice!.
Just google for these names and songs .Good luck !!
The Indian era in Greek cinema and music was on 50-65 and again on end of 80s fr a very short time only for music and on mid 2000 with new wave of Bollywood (movies of mid 90)
Some very known Greek songs of the time were Madhubala (after a very nice actress but Greek song ) Jingoala (same ), Oso glyka ehune ta hili su (your lips are as sweet/surga dunia in Insia/inchi unchi dunia ke vivare indian song ) Oso axizis esy (you are so valued /dunyavalon se dur indian )
I think that this litle info can be helpful
PS 2: Not only Greeks imported hindu movies or replayed songs. The same happened on most 3rd countries among them Msia Insia Tailand but also NIgeria
PS 3 Indians have 4 Greek songs! Theere are eg the 'Pedia tou pirea' & 'never on sunday mixed' into one hindi song . I have heard another called in both countries as 'bumpa bumpa pararam'/'mpros gkremos kai pisw rema' (renders to : in between Scylla and Charybdis ) that is clearly Greek music
My personal interest and view as a fan of Indian movie and music
I dont like the older movies (60s) but prefer to watch movies from 70s and then that suits better to interest . Amibtabh Bachchan is the most known actor of the 80+ . I have seen and enjoyed some movies of he post 70 period . THey are quite entertaining as like Pukaar and Silsila (with the best indian songs of the time ) .
Good source of watching Indian movies was satelite TV and radio since the start of TVRO in Europe is ca 86 . I dont remember names of TV channels but nearly all scrambled in short time after thy started sat transmission.I didn't keep any of them into cassettes for that time.
A now extinct newspaper called Eleyfthrotypia after 2000 offered two collections of Bollywood mvies of the 90 era as free inserts. It was 4 movies per collection. I immediately bought them and watched . I also watched HIndi movies via satelitte.
My movie and actor preferences :
Ash Rai, Sharukh Khan, Jaya bachan , Prety Zinta, Kajol are part of the big list of good Hindi actors of 90s i know. Ash known to me was also known from a role in Pink Panther
Some of the best movies of th 90s are Devdas with Ash ( Bangla version of Romeo and Juliet/ Ash's version is poss the 3rd) Hum tum (me &you ), kal ho naa ho कल हो ना हो ( tomorrow will never be from the greek title ) , dhoom (havoc /races with bikes ) Kabhi khusi kabhie gham (pleasures and sorows ) adn surely the most important and famous for my wife but not me Kuch kuch hota he कुछ कुछ होता ह (something happens - in my heart ) that i even heard its OST in NIgeria ! (heard versions the song from Afganistan and also two from Indonesia and Msia )
My most important movie is however : Pinjaar पिंजर (cage ) one of the most dramatic stories ever. I have it original in English.
It is nearly he same interest as with movies.I was first connected with Hindi songs from the greek editions of our well known singers but my interest was quite low as i preferred to listen to the so called here soft music and later with rocks . I continued listening to Hindi music from shortwaves and later i received several tapes after my relatives gone in business trip on 82 on UAE. They bought several videotapes and audio cassettes with music of 70s which i didn't like so much. The best songs have bee found in ther movie Silsila as noticed above.
I irregularly continued to listen to HIndi songs in general from shortwaves (ie India and Pakistan ) One of the songs i liked much was a song form Aaina series. (rothe ho tum/nayara nur ) and wws one of the very few recorded on more n 10 years and was just by chance while tuning to R Pakistan .
Shortwaves were my preference to listen to Indian music but not recording regardless if signals are very good here . it was more systematic with Malay after 90
There is no listing of top songs other than the above even into the streaming era i only listen sometimes to some interesting streams .
And this ends my personal interest in Indian music and movies