Pran: Some of the best roles of my life


Veteran 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 and…

Waheeda Rahman remembers Guru Dutt and Devanand


Recently, the legendary Bollywood actress Waheeda Rahman  came to London to publicise the cause of her favourite Mumbai based charity Pratham and in her busy schedule she found time to talk to the History editor Vijay Rana. She talked about her debut in Guru Dutt’s film CID, the rumours…

Adoor honoured in London by SACF


India’s legendary film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan was honoured by UK’s South Asian Cinema Foundation. As one of the greatest exponent of Malayalam cinema Adoor has received India’s highest cinema award Dada Saheb Falke Award. At this occasion a book – ‘A Door to Adoor’ – celebrating his life and work…

SACF London honours MS Sathyu


The 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 India…

The biggest compliment for Aishwarya Rai


After of the release of Bride and Prejudice in the US a commentator said that Aishwarya Rai is ‘a Greek Goddess with the soul of an Indian’. When asked what is the biggest compliment she has got, Aishywarya said, when people say ‘real’. In this famous CBS interview she was…

Attenborough on Making Gandhi and Meeting Satyajit Ray

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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 of war…

Saeed Jaffrey on divorce with Madhur, Gandhi and Chess Players


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

Dev Anand: My three love affairs

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The evergreen Bollywood Super Star shares some of his life’s secrets In an extensive interview with the 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 proposed…

Madhuri’s three ‘most favourite films’


Bollywood 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 films’….

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


In 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 his…