March 2011

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|

Back to Miss Photogenic – Nalini Jaywant

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 […]

Guru Dutt

By |December 21st, 2010|

Suffused with the dark poetry of the death wish, Dutt’s classics were nihilistic, self-portraits of the artiste as a depressed, disturbed and deluded young man.

Surprisingly, Guru Dutt Padukone’s childhood could have hardly been more normal. Born near Bangalore, of middle-class but intellectual parents, he […]

October 2010

Khursheed Junior

By |October 26th, 2010|

Real Name:- Khursheed

Notable Films:- Zamin (1943), Aashirwad (1943), Parakh (1944), Dr. Kumar (1944), Stunt King (1944),  Naghma-e-Sahara (1945)

Other Info :- Meena Kumari’s elder sister Khursheed [Junior] was born in 1927 in Mumbai. Fluent in Urdu and English, she joined the film industry on the […]

Munawwar Sultana – Profile

By |October 2nd, 2010|

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Munawwar Sultana (not to be confused with Pakistani playback singer from the same time period) was a Bollywood actress who was popular in the late 40s. She started her career probably around early 40’s under the filmi name […]

September 2010

Shakeela – Profile

By |September 26th, 2010|

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At a filmi function, the evergreen Dev Anand politely greeted a lady and then went right back to socializing with others. The lady approached him, smiled warmly and this time introduced herself as Shakila, his leading lady in his […]

Swaranlata (1924 – 2008)

By |September 18th, 2010|

Swaranlata, known to the world as the ‘tragedy queen’ of her time, was born into a Sikh Syal family in Rawalpindi as the youngest of many siblings. She lost her mother at the time of birth and was brought up by her eldest brother, […]

Madan Theatres

By |September 17th, 2010|

Giant distribution corporation and studio which dominated India’s silent cinema. Built by Jamshedji Framji Madan (1856-1923) into one of the country’s premier Parsee theatre companies. J.F. Madan came from a middle- class Bombay Parsee family of theatre enthusiasts: his brother Khurshedji was a partner […]

R.G. Torney (1890 – 1960)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Ramchandra Gopal Torney – Hindi and Marathi director; born in Sukulwadi and educated in Malwan, coastal Maharashtra. Employed by Greaves Cotton Electrical in Bombay (1896); then transferred as a branch manager to Karachi. Resigned and returned to Bombay (1920). He is often cited as […]