Sunday, 20 January 2013

About



We (my brother and I) have been planning to put up our father’s – (Tarun Bose)-- website for quite some time. We kept planning but nothing materialized because we were both busy with our respective careers and personally I had this niggling doubt – Would anybody be interested? After all my father was an actor of the sixties, besides that, he had a brief career so the obvious question that crossed my mind was -- Do people remember him? Or even know him? We therefore got on with our lives and the plan remained just that ‘A Plan’.
 Then one fine day my brother decided to do a Google search on dad; he wanted to see what was available on the internet and he stumbled upon a review of ‘Oonche Log’ in a film blog – Memsaabstory
Memsaabstory sort of shook me up, here was an American lady who appeared to be well-versed in Hindi films and what is more she knew all there was to know about old Hindi films. I could not resist posting a comment on her blog, introducing myself as Tarun Bose’s daughter. Memsaab soon invited me to do a post on my father. Initially I thought of writing just one post but soon realized that a single post would not be enough, but plagued as I was with doubts, I wanted to first see how her readers responded to my first post. I was bowled over by the response and I soon found myself doing six posts.
 Having seen the response, we decided to launch this blog. We unfortunately suffered a setback; the sudden demise of our beloved mother on July 25, 2011 prevented us from putting our plans into action. Taking a hold of ourselves we have finally launched the blog. As you follow this blog you will find it is different from the usual websites of the film stars. It will not be just about dad but also about the people who touched his life and as I go along I will also discuss films, not just Hindi films, any film that has at some time attracted my attention. Actually I would like to discuss cinema in general.
 Do I have to mention that I look forward to your comments?
 P.S.
The blog has been designed by my brother Aroop Bose, he will also be sharing with me his memories about dad..
 Shilpi Bose.
Please do not use any material from this site without my permission and without giving a link back to this site.

47 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your mother, Shilpi, condolences to you & Aroop.

    As a big fan of Hindi movies from the 'Golden Age', I look forward to reading your memories & posts about your dear father & cinema.

    Good Luck !

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    1. Welcome to my blog, I hope this blog meets your expectations. Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Hurrah!
    The long waiting has been rewarded!
    Thank you Shilpi for this blog! Looking forward to further posts!

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    1. Hey Harvey, I was going to announce the blog on Raja's PKK page after my first post but I guess all of you just got wind of it considering I mentioned it on Madhu's blog.I have great dreams, let's see how it goes.

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  3. I am totally in love with cinema of 50s to 70s n every actor working back then. So happy to see a new blog devoted to Hindi cinema. Keep the lovely posts coming our way

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    1. Thank you so much, seeing the response to just the 'About' page I am encouraged but I see I have a great task ahead.

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  4. Can't wait to see the rest of this, Shilpi! I'm so glad you've finally started this. :-)

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    1. Thanks Madhu, I know for one that I will not be able to be as prolific as the rest of you. There will be gaps between my posts but all the same I hope all of you enjoy it.

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  5. At long last, Shilpi. Like the rest, I can't wait to see how this blog will unfold. All the very, very, best.

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    1. Thanks Anu, this response has me all charged up, hope all of you enjoy the blog.

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  6. Oh, this looks good! I am definitely looking forward to your future blog posts about Tarun Bose!

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    1. Thank you Richard, it is good to see you here, hope I meet everyones expectations.

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  7. Dada had a 'brief' carrier yah, but the impression he has left with the variety of roles is def huge, we grew up with him, and proud to say what ever was/is available where Dada had performed, me and ma buddies grabbed it.So we look fwd to hearing more from you and bro, and our condolences for passing of Mom. I am still hunting for Jyot Jale, that is one I missed in the big hall as I was outta Kenya :)

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    1. Ash welcome,I searched for Jyot Jale but could not find it but obviously it is available or else we would not have found the songs on you tube.

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  8. So glad you've finally got this going, Shilpi. Looking forward to reading this blog. All the very best to you and your brother.

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    1. Thanks Raja, I am also looking forward to discussing cinema with you film buffs.

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  9. Your mother and your father are sending their blessings to you from wherever you are. This is so exciting Shilpi and Aroop, it will be a treasure for all film fans :)

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    1. Thanks a million Greta, my brother and I have great plans let's see how things work out.

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  10. Shilpi ji,
    Congratulations on starting this Blog.
    looking forward to read some informative posts.
    Wishing you and Aroop ji all the best.
    -Arunkumar Deshmukh

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  11. How thrilling! Congratulations and thank you Shilpi and Aroop for creating this blog. It's very generous of you two to share memories of your father and your thoughts on cinema with us movie lovers. Can't wait to start reading...

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  12. Good to see you here Shalini, hope you enjoy it.

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  13. Enjoyed the first part , waiting for the next.

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    1. I guess you mean the Bimal Roy post. Glad you liked it

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    2. Yes and all the anecdotes that you have written. It was so nice reading them.

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    3. Thanks Rajee my only problem I am not able to make quick posts well I will try my best.

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  14. Hi Shilpi
    I came across your blog by chance... I am niece of Ashok Kumar... the days of Bimal Roy etc are really really so precious! I remember meshomosai (Ashok Kumar) speaking of Bandini when I was shooting his biography... Let the memories flow!!

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    1. WELCOME to my blog,glad to know you.Yes these memories are precious and that is the reason why I am taking time over each of my posts.Please visit again.

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  15. Hello di.... I am a big fan of Tarunda as you might know from Madhudi's blog. I especially love your Dad's performance in Satyakam. Not a lengthy role but a mighty impressive performance for sure.

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    1. Hi, you are Raunak right? Welcome to my blog, yes I read your comments on Madhu's blog.

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  16. Yup me Raunak. I actually wanted to comment from my wordpress account but somehow it was not working. so i used my now defunct google blog account to comment!! By the way didn't Tarunda act in Anokha Daan too? I remember the film as it has one of my fav Lata numbers ever-Madbhari Yeh Hawayein Paas Aye.

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    1. First of all sorry of the delayed response Raunak. I am sorry you have to go through this moderation nonsense, I had to enable it for my older posts because some jerks were filling up the comments space with spam. Thankfully after I enabled the spam option that has stopped. But I am still rather hesitant to disable the moderation process.
      Yes he was there in Anokha Daan but unfortunately that film bombed at the box-office, not surprising considering it was so badly made.

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    2. No problems. And plz dont disable the moderation process as the online world is full of velas & jerks.
      So i was right about Anokha Daan. Anyways it may be badly made & a box-office disaster but i think i will watch it just for Tarun Bose, Salil Chowdhury & Asit Sen.

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    3. Actually I, too, would love to watch it again but I just couldn't lay my hands on a DVD, just not available, maybe it is available online, I have to check. He really worked hard on that role I saw him rehearsing at home.

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  17. Kalakad Ganapathy14 January 2014 at 07:58

    Shilpi,

    I agree with Raunak... that Madhbhari song from Anokha Dan is my favorite too. I also loved your dad's expressions in the song Dheere Dheere Machal.

    Great tribute to your dad from you and your brother.

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    1. Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. Kalakad Ganapathy14 January 2014 at 07:59

    shilpi

    whenever you have time do share your experiences about anokha daan, the film may be a bomb, but I am sure it must have had its good moments.

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    1. Unfortunately I do not have the DVD, but maybe in my last post I will try to say something about Anokha Daan

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  19. A great effort by Shilpi Bose. She fulfills her duty as a daughter. Looking forward for may more such posts.

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  20. In those days characters played by the likes of Tarun Bose, Rehman, Abhi Bhattacharya, Iftikhar are memorable ones. They all had such an amazing personality that they fit in all types of roles. They looked so handsome in playing characters of rich and wealthy. Unfortunately,most of them had a shorter life span. In black and white era they did magic on screen. Would like to have many more write-ups like this. Just like Shilpi Bose, write-ups from the children of those yesteryear artists will go a long way in knowing them more closely. Overall a great effort by Shilpi Bose. She may like to post family photos which will create a great nostalgia for their admirers.

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response, I have posted some family photos in one of the later posts. Thanks for this nice comment.

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    2. Thanks Madam. Please keep posting to quench the thirst of innumerable diehard admirers of golden era of hindi films. Did your father use to go for foreign shoots. If yes, give some input.

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    3. My father unfortunately had a very short life besides that films were seldom shot on locations abroad as they are done now, therefore, no, he did not go on any foreign shoot. However he did work in an American TV serial 'Maya', produced by MGM that was shot in Kashmir. I have written about it here in this blog.

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  21. 'gumnaam' ke bahaane sharmaji sorry tarun boseji aur poori film ki off beat story aapne bahut shiddat se likhi..jinko padhna ateet ke sunhare daur me pahuch jaane jaisa tha.kai baar dekhi gumnaam..bose dada par kendrit blog ke lie bahut badhai... hardik shubhkamnaen..

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    1. Shukriya, dhanyavaad, thank you very much Sharmaji

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