April 2017

S.D. Burman – Interview (1959)

By |April 22nd, 2017|

Photo Caption – S.D. Burman with his son R.D. Burman

I was aghast at the thought of what my father would say to me when he came to know that I had been locked up for travelling without ticket!

We were returning to Comilla after winning […]

January 2017

Shaminder Pal – Interview

By |January 8th, 2017|

Photo Caption – Shaminder with Azra

“I have begun to love the film world and the film people and hope to make good both as an artiste and a playback singer”, said the up-and-coming Shaminder, one of our new leading men of the screen […]

Asit Baran – Interview (1953)

By |January 1st, 2017|

If some have greatness thrust upon them, it was only the opportunity to display his talent as a singer that was thrust upon Ashit Baran, now one of the front-rank singing stars of the Indian screen.

An awkward moment brought him this unexpected chance and […]

December 2016

Kum Kum – Interview (1957)

By |December 23rd, 2016|

In an industry ruled by top stars, the lot of younger artistes, who have to fight their way up in the all-competitive world of make-believe, is pretty hard indeed. One such up-and-coming artiste, who has just graduated from dancing to lead roles, is Kum […]

Ashok Kumar – Leading Ladies I’ve Loved and Why

By |December 16th, 2016|

Galloping along memory road, across a privation-strewn trail into the past, a score of familiar faces arise before me to confront the present. The images become clearer, the memories more distinct, and each resolves itself into the portrait of an excitingly beautiful woman to […]

Nimmi remembers Dilip Kumar (2016)

By |December 11th, 2016|

Like others, Nimmi too was awed by thespian Dilip Kumar’s acting skills. “He internalized a scene. That’s why his shot looked natural. He had scholarly knowledge on all subjects. He could express things beautifully. He’s a miracle of nature.” The duo did five films […]

Dilip Kumar – Leaves from My Diary

By |December 11th, 2016|

“There are only two kinds of people,” said a cynic. “Those who live, and those who write diaries.” I never kept a diary and at this stage of my life there seems scarcely any likelihood of my doing so . Memory, of course, is […]

Vijay Kumar – Interview

By |December 10th, 2016|

SOME are born to be stars. Others fight their way to stardom. And there are those who run away from it as far as they can get, only to wake up one fine morning with grease-paint on their faces.

Vijay Kumar belongs to the last […]

Meena Shorey – Interview (1952)

By |December 6th, 2016|

Photo Caption – Meena Shorey in London, broadcasting a women’s talk in Hindi on the B.B.C (1951).

She is today the acknowledged top comedienne of the Indian screen and ranks second only to Raj Kapoor in the hierarchy of comedy artistes.

Meena was born in Ferozepore […]

Anwar Hussain – Interview

By |December 4th, 2016|

To be a success in life one should be diplomatic and should not fall shy of flattering the boss when occasion arises. This is the tip which Anwar Hussain, one of the well-known character artistes in Bombay, offered in the course of a frank […]