May 2017

Bharat Bhushan – Self-Portrait (1956)

By |May 21st, 2017|

I never thought, when I became an actor, that I would ever have to be a writer, too. But I later found that the actor and the writer have frequently to rub shoulders with each other, and also cross pens.

I found that an actor […]

Shankar Jaikishan – Interview (1957)

By |May 20th, 2017|

WHAT makes a song last? It is almost ten years since we began composing songs for films—all kinds of songs for all kinds of films. Even this year—the year in which we have won the “Filmfare” Award for the Best Music Direction—we have composed […]

Reminiscences of Devika Rani (1957)

By |May 20th, 2017|

In Bombay I recently met a film starlet who, to my question, “How do you like being in films? replied enthusiastically: “Oh, it is exciting.”

Her answer set me thinking. Which aspect of film making did this starlet find exciting ? Was it the […]

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 […]