• Memoir: Nitin Mukesh on Rishi Kapoor

    “Chintoo has always been mischievous, and he is still the same! Look, now he even has the audacity to hide from me forever...” – This thought oscillates in my mind as a nightmare, over and over again. Why? Because we go back a long, long way! Our roots can be traced to our fathers’ time; our families have a bonding that extends from the early school premises to the film sets and beyond. Our fathers have been a legendary actor (Raj Kapoor) and a singer (Mukesh) – musical pair of their own golden …

  • Memoir: Hariharan on S.P. Balasubramaniam

    He must have been sent to life with the purpose of selfless giving. That’s Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubramaniam, for us – a legendary singer and actor. S. P. Balasubramaniam, who I am proud to have as my senior and have been fortunate to learn so much from. Forty years in the industry and an unbelievable list of recordings across all genres – my respect for SP weighs the same as his admiration for S. P. Kodandapani, his mentor. SP was a stalwart, very lively and energetic, with a metallic vo…

  • Memoir: Bosco Martis on Saroj Khan

    “Masterji, learning from your adaa, is the heaven above dancing to the steps of ek, do, teen?” Saroj Khan, yes, Saroj Khan! However much implausible it is, but she is not with us anymore. She left for her heavenly abode at a very early age of 71. Early because she was all the same; a dancing maestro, who had not yet retired, nothing was yet exhausting for her. Still, it took just a cardiac arrest and her feet stopped, never to dance again. Early dawn, first rays of the sun, a new day. 3rd July 2…

  • ARTISTS AND AFTERLIVES: Authors, Abstracts, Excerpts for Tributes and Essays

    RISHI KAPOOR Raj Nath or Rauf Lala – Rishi Kapoor’s Resilient Journey Through Indian Cinema’s Transnationalism. Author: Dr. Rajeev Kamineni Author Intro: Rajeev Kamineni started his career in a bookstore almost three decades ago and then moved onto as area sales manager, director, executive director, chief officer, lecturer and head of program positions. He is a multiple award-winning lecturer with lecturing stints in Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, India and Dubai. Apart from owning …

  • The Editorial - ARTISTS AND AFTERLIVES - TMYS Review March 2021

    Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon Pal do pal meri kahani hai Pal do pal meri hasti hai Pal do pal meri jawani hai (In the infinite time, a poet claims his moments with a tiny story which captures his identity and creative energy.) Written by Sahir Ludhianvi, composed by Khayyam and sung by Mukesh, the philosophy of the song questions the reality of fame and permanence of talent. Was this song truly the need of a frame where Amitabh Bachchan must lend his charming melancholy to sweep the lady …

  • The Last Show

    65 years old Farrouk Merwanji Dastur ran his hands lovingly over the huge 35mm projector in the small projector room of the Mazda Talkies. 6pm to 9pm show had just ended and the machine was yet warm after its three hour exertion, like a beautiful lady, glowing after a strenuous bout of love-making. Farrouk remembered fondly his long dead English teacher, who had corrected him when he had once said that he was sweating. "Farrouk dikra, men perspire, ladies glow and horses sweat. Always remember!"…

  • The Rebound

    She sat down at one corner of the large hall. She hoped that everybody around would give her a miss. The media that had gathered there though, spotted her almost immediately. Their cameras were constantly hovering around her face. She could feel miscellaneous eyes invading her rudely while she struggled to keep a straight face. They were seeing her in public after almost five years, that too after a full blown controversy; they were naturally curious. The press cannot be blamed. As the Ganpati A…


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