January 2013

Baburao Krishnarao Mestri aka Baburao Painter (1890 – 1954)

By |January 13th, 2013|

Artist and filmmaker; born to a family of artisans in Kolhapur. Taught himself to paint and sculpt at a young age. Associated in early years with a family- operated photo studio in Mumbai. Circa 1910, Baburao and his cousin Anandrao were hired by Keshavrao […]

February 2012

Shanta Apte – Profile

By |February 5th, 2012|

No film star created as much sensation by her behavior as did Shanta Apte, who was aptly described as “the stormy petrel of the Indian screen.” Now a decade after her death, she seems to have created another sensation. In the Diwali issue of […]

January 2012

Roop Kishore Shorey – Profile

By |January 30th, 2012|

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Hindi and Punjabi director and producer born in Quetta (now in Pakistan). Son of Roshan Lal Shorey, Roop was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and raised by an English governess. He acquired an early interest […]

December 2011

Ranjan – Profile

By |December 24th, 2011|

Histrionics is but one of the attainments of Ranjan, that man of many talents. He is an accomplished dancer and musician, playwright, journalist, critic, scholar, aviator and athlete, a competent painter and,  to crown it all ,a magician.

How did Ranjan manage to acquire marked […]

Shakuntala – Profile

By |December 5th, 2011|

One of the most popular and talented stars of the Marathi screen, and recently of the Hindi screen as well, Baby Shakuntala, eighteen-year-old veteran of the film world, is a charming, lively girl bubbling with delicious teenage gaiety tempered by attractive moods of demure […]

Sandhya – Profile

By |December 4th, 2011|

Among the film stars Sandhya holds a unique place. While all other stars have been free-lancing, some of them working in more than twenty pictures at a time, Sandhya has worked for only one producer in her long and illustrious career. Though she made […]

November 2011

Sardar Akhtar – Profile

By |November 28th, 2011|

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It was monsoon time in Gungavati, a tehsil town in Karnataka. Under a big tent a large crowd squatted on the ground. Petromaxes were spread­ing their bluish silvery light. Glasses of hot South Indian coffee were going round. […]

Vimmi – Profile

By |November 19th, 2011|

Slim, swathed in chiffon and cloaked in an air of mystery, she caught B.R.Chopra’s eye. He couldn’t look away.

He requested his host, music director Ravi, to introduce him to the beautiful woman rightaway. Close-up, she was even more bewitching. They chatted the rest of […]

October 2011

Durga Khote – Profile

By |October 10th, 2011|

Durga Khote was an accomplished thespian and an actress with a strong personality. Born in a well­ known family of Bombay— her father was—a–famous lawyer and her brother a well known barrister – the young Vita Laud (Durga Khote) was educated, like her brother […]

August 2011

Veena – Profile

By |August 11th, 2011|

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If ever there was a competition for the most beautiful woman on the screen, it would undoubtedly narrow down to two actresses—Veena and Na­seem. And the result would be a close tie.

God Almighty Must have had a great deal […]