RAJ KUMAR

Various artists named Raj Kumar
(left to right) Dr. Rajkumar, (Jaani) Raaj Kumar, Raj Kumar, Raj(u) Kumar & Raj Kumar Gupta

Raj Kumar (राजकुमार) is a popular first name meaning Prince. We know of as many as five actors who started their acting career in the 1950s with the screen-name Raj Kumar. The most well-known among them are Kannada Superstar Dr. Rajkumar and Bollywood Legend Kulbhushan Pandit better known as (Jaani) Raaj Kumar. Continue reading

PREM ADIB

On 3rd April 2011, the show Namaste Cinema aired on Zee TV had a special feature on Lord Shri Ram. In the show for the first time I saw clips of the Kevat Prasang from a film called Bharat Milap released in 1942. Shobhana Samarth was the only face I recognized. In those clips what immediately caught my attention was the actor who enacted the role on Lord Shri Ram.

Prem Adib & Karan Mehra

I saw an amazing resemblance in his face and current TV Actor Karan Mehra. It could be just me but I find them very similar looking. Continue reading

SAROSH IRANI

Child Artists, they always amuse me. Always make me wonder how these little fellows perform to instructions, project emotions they may never feel in real life. Last year we saw Sautela Bhai (1962), thanks to film collector Surjit Singh, a simple story of two step brothers. We could not help but notice the child who played young Guru Dutt in the film. He exuded a certain calmness and gave an effortless restrained performance.

His facial features indicated that he was most likely related to the well-known child stars of their times, the Irani sisters – Daisy and Honey. We scanned through the opening credits and found the name, Sarosh Irani (सरोश ईरानी). Continue reading

B M VYAS

Almost every viewer of Cinema can tell you about some cinematic moments which though seen years ago are stuck with them ever since. One may forget the film, the actors, the lines but the impact of those cinematic visuals remain intact. One such visual for me was to see the ten-headed Ravan in a dilemma, trying to decide about what to do next after Sita-Haran while interacting with his nine heads, each representing a different positive or negative emotion. It was such a classic scene that it left an everlasting impression on my mind. Years later I could not recollect anything about the film apart from that scene and a faint image of the tall man who played Ravan. Early this year I happened to watch a film called Sampoorna Ramayana (1961) on one of the TV channels and there he was, the tall actor, with an orotund voice, expressive eyes, sharp features and distinct acting style, in that same classic scene. He was the veteran actor B M Vyas (बी एम व्यास). Continue reading

SHASHI KAPOOR

Last year when we placed an order for the film Bhakt Dhruv (1947), we were amused to see the name Shashi Kapoor in the cast list of this mythological film. We checked online and found this title listed with films like Sharmilee (1971) and Deewaar (1975) in the same filmography on various sites like IMDB. However when we received the film’s VCD, the little boy on the cover looked nothing like the youngest son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor we had seen in films like Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951). Curious, we started watching the film and soon realized that this indeed was a different child actor. He won us over with his demure and subtle performance. In quick succession we happened to watch Shaheed (1948) where he played young Dilip Kumar and Samadhi (1950) where he played the youngest brother of actors Shyam & Ashok Kumar. Continue reading

SARITA DEVI – II

Soon after publishing our previous blog we got re-introduced to Sarita Devi (सरिता देवी) as the First Character Actress from Rajasthan. We came across two articles on the veteran actress published in Rajasthan Patrika in 1993 and in 2001 soon after her sad demise. Though having overlapping content these articles gave us enough information about the actress who touched us with her performance as Mata Shabari in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987). A role she considered as a fruit of her dedication and hard work all through her long acting career. This blog is a summarized translation of the two articles. Continue reading

SARITA DEVI – I

Shri Ram Katha, Ramayan has many a heartwarming events which showcase the divine relation between Bhakt (Devotee) and Bhagwaan (God). One such event is where Shri Ram meets Mata Shabari. The greatness of service, devotion and faith of a tribal woman and the grace of Guru and the Almighty to her are excellent features of this episode. The actress who played the part of Mata Shabari in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987) made a permanent mark in our memory with her heart-warming performance. We have seen many artists play the part in various adaptations of Ramayan be it TV Series or Films but no one made the kind of impression she did. For years we knew nothing about her, not even her name. To our joy recently we got to know that she is veteran actress, Sarita Devi (सरिता देवी). Continue reading

MULRAJ RAJDA

Shri Ram Katha, Ramayan is full of ideal characters and each one has their own importance in the story. Apart from the leading characters, characters like Arya Sumantra, Nishadraj Guhu, Shabari, Mareech, Kumbhajkarn, etc have their own place and importance. They all leave a mark not matter how big or small part they play in the story. One such character is that of Sita ji’s father, Mithila Naresh Maharaj Janak (also known as Videhraj) beautifully played by veteran writer/actor/director – Mulraj Rajda (मूलराज रजदा) in Ramanand Sagar ji’s Ramayan (1987). Being daughters of very loving fathers ourselves, this portrayal is very close to our hearts. Continue reading