Check out this excellent Rajendra Kumar Interview from 1997 where he talks about Raaj Kumar, Nargis, Meena Kumari, Raj Kapoor, Kumar Gaurav and movies like Mother India, Kanoon, Mere Mehboob, Arzoo and Sangam. The interview was shot in between the shooting for a TV Drama/Film Rasm-o-riwaz shot in UK.
Check out this Shashi Kapoor Interview from 1984 before the release of Utsav when Shashi Kapoor came to Vancouver with actress Nutan for a concert in Vancouver. This interview was recorded just before he was flying to England to finish his film “Utsav” in English and Hindi. He also talks about his kids and their future.
Check out this excellent Amjad Khan Interview from 1987. The interviewer is very annoying with her stupid line of questioning. Credit to Amjad Khan for keeping his cool even though one can feel he is angry the way he responded to her questions.
On Nana Patekar’s birthday check out his Filmfare Interview from 1997 where he admits that he interferes in his films and talks about winning 3 National Awards, missing Manisha and comments on Kamal Haasan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Govinda.
Check out Gulzar on his first meeting with A.R. Rahman from this Filmfare Interview from February 2006. August 18th was Gulzar’s birthday and I would have posted this then but I did not know I had this with me.
On Waheeda Rehmaan‘s birthday check out Waheeda Rehman’s Recollections from the Past of working with Dev Anand, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan from her Filmfare Interview from September 2002.
Today is Kaifi Azmi’s death anniversary so check out Shabana Azmi’s Filmfare Interview on Kaifi Azmi from July 2002.
When I was a child, it seemed to me that my father did no work. He never went to office, was always dressed in kurta pyjamas, he never did any of the things the other girls’ daddies used to do. So till I was about nine years old, I used to lie to my friends, telling them my father did some kind of business, acting very vague about what exactly he did. How could I tell them that he was a poet, when at that point, `poet’ was, for me, a euphemism for someone who did no work? Then he started writing lyrics for films and his photograph started appearing in the papers. All my friends excitedly came and gushed, “Hey, your father’s a film lyricist. His photograph has appeared in the newspaper.” And I retorted, “Yes, didn’t you know he’s a poet and a lyricist?” And turned to my advantage what till then, I’d considered a disadvantage. The first time I became conscious of his writings was when he wrote Waqt ne kiya for Kaagaz Ke Phool. Abrar Alvi was narrating the script and the entire family, including my brother Baba and me, sat in. It was from that meeting that the songs happened. I have no memory of Guru Dutt explaining anything to my father. His work, his film lyrics weren’t something shared with the family.
The simplicity of my father’s songs has always touched me… They had a way of entering your heart and residing there
On Jeetendra’s birthday check out his Filmfare Interview from 2001
`I want to make Ekta proud of me’
Jeetendra, then and now
Never mind the ruling of the critics who billed him a non-actor. For a large part of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Jeetendra ruled the box office with a blizzard of hits, from Farz in 1967 to the series of K.Raghavendra Rao-K. Bappaiah- Dasari Narayan Rao extravaganzas from the South which made waves even during the Rajesh Khanna-Amitabh Bachchan era.
Today, the affable star leads a semi-retired life, meeting up with his chums Rakesh Roshan, Sujit Kumar, Prem Chopra and Rishi Kapoor for work-outs and drinks in the evening. Fifty-plus, Jeetendra could well make a comeback any day now. Till that happens, he fields a fusillade of questions:
I’d rather not talk about the Hema Malini chapter in my life… I might have created the impression that I was available