January 2013

Tabassum (Baby) on Suraiya (2012)

By |January 19th, 2013|

In both Badi Behen (1950) and Moti Mahal (1952), I played her younger sister. The song Chee chee rona from Moti Mahal was filmed on us. When she’d hug me, her perfume filled my senses. I asked which one it was. She said it […]

December 2010

Sangram (1950)

By |December 31st, 2010|

“Sangram” is a precursor to the cop-father-criminal-son that later came to be a favorite Bollywood theme, though it was made in noir style cinema that had begun to inspire filmmakers, and Gyan Mukherjee was no exception.

A cop brings up his motherless son, spoiling him […]

September 2010

Deedar (1951)

By |September 18th, 2010|

Adapting much of the K.L. Saigal type of melodrama, the tale opens with adolescents Shamu (Dilip Kumar) and childhood sweetheart Mala (Nargis). Mala’s rich father (Sapru) disapproves and when the children have an accident while horse-riding (a portent of the tragedy to come), he […]