|My father before becoming a film actor.|
Way back in the past people had very few photographs of themselves, it was no different for my father, we have very few of his childhood photos. I posted three of them in Unlocking Memories and here is another one.
|My father as a little boy|
Whenever we visited Nagpur, we used to rush to my parents room upstairs and rummage through all my father's childhood stuff, his school and college books were of particular interest to us.
Coming back to my father, I have mentioned in my post Unlocking Memories that Bimal Roy invited my father to act in his films after seeing my father perform in a play called “Aur Yeh Insaan” which was a Hindi adaptation of an English play. I had also mentioned that the play was being staged to raise funds for the St Francis de Sales' (SFS) College building fund, while going through all the stuff I managed to find the souvenir (see below) that was brought out for the occasion.
On left is the program for the evening and at right the synopsis of the play.
On the left messages from Balraj Sahani annd Nutan and on the right the cast of the play, my father's name is second last on the list.
Interestingly Bimal Roy's letter was dated 8th January, the next letter from BRP was dated 8th June 1957 and Bimal Roy passed away on 8th January 1966. My father used to always talk about this coincidence blissfully ignorant of the fact that he himself would leave this world on the 8th, he passed away six years later on 8th March 1972. I am not into numerology, nor am I superstitious but I cannot help but be amazed at the way the number 8 keeps popping up, for instance we found another letter, it was lying crumpled up. On opening it we found that this was also from BRP asking my father to report to the studio at 6pm and the date of the letter? What else 8th June 1962 (see below).
Soon after receiving the letter from Bimal Roy in January, he came to Bombay for the screen test and it was on this floor at Mohan Studio (see below) that he gave his screen test.
The screen cap is from the film Guddi, the studio had burnt down during my father's lifetime. While watching this scene (I have tube chopped this scene from Guddi) my brother recalls my father telling him that it was right here where he had his screen test. In this particular scene Dharmendra says that in all likelihood a soap factory might come up here, well in reality a soap factory did not come up on the Mohan Studio premises but a housing complex has come up there.
I will continue my memories in my next post. If you wish to read any of the letters or anything on the souvenir, right click on the image, click on view image and magnify it.