July 2011

Prem Adib – Profile

By |July 18th, 2011|

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Even though many actors like Shahu Modak, Mahipal, Trilok Kapoor, Abhi Bhattacharya, Manhar Desai, Anant Kumar,  Baalakraam and Chandrakant enacted the role of Raam, the first image that comes to mind is that of Prem Adib whenever Raam […]

Naaz (Baby) – Profile

By |July 4th, 2011|

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Fifty-three-year-old Salma Baig slipped away quietly, without much fuss on October 19, 1995. You may know her better if we told you her stage name, Baby Naaz.

So impressive and spontaneous was her performance in Raj Kapoor’s Boot Polish that, […]

June 2011

Nasir Khan – Profile

By |June 24th, 2011|

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Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Nasir Khan will always be remembered as the leading man of Pakistan’s maiden production Teri Yaad (1948). Nasir Khan started his career in 1945 with Filmistan’s Mazdoor (1945). His next film Shehnai (1947) opposite […]

Jamuna Barua – Profile

By |June 22nd, 2011|

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Jamuna Barua’s film career began — and ended — with the redoubtable Pramathesh Barua who probably does not have a match in Indian cinema in terms of achievement. Among his many achievements is his discovery of Jamuna Devi.

Starting […]

May 2011

Vanmala – Profile

By |May 22nd, 2011|

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Prithviraj used to call her Diana the Moon Goddess. The lyrical Pahari Sanyal used to call her “Mala”. Motilal was more-down-to-earth and called her just plain “Bright Eyes”. In fact, it was her eyes that got […]

Zubaida – Profile

By |May 18th, 2011|

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Zubaida was born in Surat as a Muslim princess, daughter of the Nawab of Sachin and Fatma Begum (later India’s first woman director). She started her career in silent films at Kohinoor Studios when she was only 12. Her early career […]

March 2011

Shyama – Profile

By |March 30th, 2011|

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Way back in the mid-forties, a little girl saw a picture starring Ishwarlal and that matchless singing siren of Indian screen, Khurshid. Khurshid’s sad soulful melodies, captured her heart and brought tears to her eyes. The name of that little girl […]

Gohar Mamajiwala – Profile

By |March 13th, 2011|

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It is a privilege meeting Gohar Mamajiwala known in the Indian film industry as Miss Gohar, one time leading star, producer and studio owner. Gohar began in the silent movie era and went on to the talkies.

Well-bred and soft-spoken with […]

Nalini Tarkhud – Profile

By |March 12th, 2011|

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The pioneers of the Indian films faced the problem of finding actresses who were beautiful and photogenic, as well as accomplished in singing and dancing. Women those days didn’t want to act on screen. Dada Saheb Phalke planning his first […]

December 2010

Nalini Jaywant (1926 – 2010)

By |December 31st, 2010|

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When Shobhana Samarth joined films in 1934, her uncle was against society girls taking to films as a career. Six years later, he allowed his own teenage daughter to act in films. Nalini Jaywant made her debut in […]