Monthly Archives: October 2013

SACF London honours MS Sathyu

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailThe legendary director tells the inside story of the partition classic ‘Garm Hava’ London’s South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), recently honoured the veteran film director M. S. Sathyu for his contribution to Indian cinema and theatre. Sathyu was honoured for Creative Excellence for his film Garm Hava(1973). The partition of…

Attenborough on Making Gandhi and Meeting Satyajit Ray

Richard Attenborough

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died on Sunday 24 August 2014. He was 90 . Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner…

Saeed Jaffrey on divorce with Madhur, Gandhi and Chess Players

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailSaeed Jaffrey launches the History Talking.com Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey travelled down the memory lane in an interview before an invited audience with the History Talking.com editor Vijay Rana. In his inimitable mimicry he talked about his early life and how Raj Kapoor and Satyajit Ray gave him some…

Dev Anand: My three love affairs

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailThe evergreen Bollywood Super Star shares some of his life’s secrets In an extensive interview with the NRIfm.com editor Vijay Rana the evergreen Bollywood star Dev Anand shares some of the secrets of his life. He talks about his first and failed love affair with the Bollywood beauty Suraiyya. “I…

Madhuri’s three ‘most favourite films’

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailBollywood actress Madhuri Dixit occupied number one slot during the ninetees and gave many super hit films in her illustrious career. Critics may differ about her best films. But in this interesting interview the Bollywood actress gives her verdict on what she considers to be her three ‘most favourite…

When Sunil Dutt said to Nargis: “I want to marry you”

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailIn this extraordinary interview while talking to Bhartendu Vimal, a journalist based in London, Bollywood actor Sunil Dutt opens his heart and talks about his early career, when as a shy young man he was terrified of talking to girls. He tells the story of how he proposed to…

Hrishikesh Mukherjee on his life and work

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailIn this rare interview Bollywood director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who died on 27 August 2006, talks about his life and work. The interview was done at his home in Mumbai  by Lalit Mohan Joshi, the editor of South Asian Cinema Foundation, in 2000, soon after Hrishi Da got the Dada Saheb…

Johnny Walker: Secrets of the great comedian

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailJohnny Walker, the greatest Bollywood comedian died in Mumbai on 29th July 2003. NRIfm presents a rare interview with the comedian in which he shares the secrets of successful life with the London journalist Bhartendu Vimal. While remembering some of his memorable film the great comedian talks about his…

Pran: The Gentle Villain of Bollywood

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailVeteran Bollywood actor Pran, who made a mark for himself portraying strong negative and supporting roles, passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, 12 July 2013, after prolonged illness. Pran has been known for remarkable roles in Bollywood hits like Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Upkaar, Parichay…

Manna Day: The King of Melody dies at 94

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailManna Dey was in and out of hospital in the last five months for respiratory and renal problems. He died of cardiac arrest at 3:50 AM in Bangalore on 24th October 2013.  He was 94. Dey sang more than 3,500 songs, including romantic ballads, intricate raga-based songs, Qawwalis and…

Jinnah and the Partition of India: Sieving Facts from Fiction

Jinnah, NRIfm, India

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail  Dr. Vijay Rana, 20 August 2009, London How can Jinnah, the advocate of Hindu-Muslim separatism, the pioneer of the two-nation theory and the architect of India’s first mass violence campaign, the Direct Action Day, be described as a secular leader? While telling the true story of Jinnah, Dr. Vijay Rana asks…

‘Jhansi ki Rani’ sung by the BBC veteran Kailash Budhwar

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailRead ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi Subhadra Kumari Chauhan became the first woman Satyagrahi to court arrest in Nagpur. She later wrote the highly inspiring patriotic poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. During India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj it became one of the most recited and sung…

A unique Ganesha symphony

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailPranamya Shirsa Devam; Gauri putram Vinayakam.. Music directors Ajay-Atul, who have composed music in films like Viruddh and Ghayab, present a unique experience for the devotees of Ganapati Bappa in the magical voice of SP Balasubranaiam. Never before the devotees of Ganapati have heard such a soulful Ganapati vandana….

How much Asians love their children

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailOne of Peter Chitsy’s old family friend had retired from India. He was very brutal and had a very poor opinion of India. Later on in the seventies he realised how much Indian immigrants love their children. He met an Asian businessman who was mortified because his son had gone off…

Knowing India through Sabu, Forster and Southall

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailJudith Cunningham was introduced to India through the movie ‘Sabu the Jungle Boy’, EM Foster and Bhawani Junction. Her family lived in Southall. But unlike other white families one of her cousins refused to move out of Southall and the old man is still cared for by his Sikh neighbours….

When the Maharaja offered her an egg-sized emerald

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailJudie Brown’s aunt worked as a nurse in the British Indian army, who brought magnificently embroidered house coats from India. She once met a Maharaja on the train who offered her an egg sized emerald. But the fine English lady refused the offer.

Remembering the British Raj in India

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailIndia meant poverty and hunger As a child in 1940s Maggie Cartier’s mother would say to her don’t leave any food on her plate because a hungry Indian child would be very happy to have that. She was fascinated by the beautifully embroidered Indian blouses that she could buy…

Booker Prize after seven yrs of toil and torments

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailKiran Desai became the youngest woman writer to win the 2006  Man Booker Prize. In this remarkably candid interview she talks about her struggle in New York while writing her second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. She pays her tribute to her mother Anita Desai who was nominated for…

UR Ananthmurthy on his life and literature

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemailUdupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, born December 21, 1932, is a leading contemporary writer in the Kannada language. He is counted among the most eminent Indian authors. A winner of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, he was also honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government…

पुष्प की अभिलाषा -पंडित माखन लाल चतुर्वेदी

Share itFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedinemail…मुझे तोड़ लेना वनमाली उस पथ पर तुम देना फेंक मातृभूमि पर शीश चढा़ने जिस पथ जाऐं वीर अनेकउमेश चतुर्वेदी के स्वर में सुनिए यह प्रसिद्ध कविता     Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi (1889-1968) was one of the leading poets and journalists of the Indian freedom movement. Though a true…