Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World of The 1940s
Penguin Books, Limited, Jul 1, 2012 - Motion picture actors and actresses - 208 pages
Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest short story writers of the Urdu language, was also a film journalist and story-writer for the Hindi film industry in Bombay. As an insider he was privy to the most private moments of the men and women who have dazzled generations of audiences. In this series of sketches, Ashok Kumar, the screen idol of yore, emerges as a shy, yet brilliant actor, forever looking to flee the eager advances of his female fans; Nargis comes across as just another young girl looking for companionship among her peers before she steps on the ladder that will forever take her away from the comforts of an ordinary middle-class life; and Shyam the dashing, handsome hero is portrayed as a straightforward, flirtatious young man pining for the woman he loves. Manto also describes in detail the obsessions of Sitara Devi; the unfulfilled desires of Paro Devi; and the intriguing twists and turns which transform Neena Devi from an ordinary housewife into a pawn in the hands of film companies. He writes with relish about the bunglings of the comedian V.H. Desai and the incredible dedication of Nawab Kaashmiri to the art of acting. There are also stories about the rise of Nur Jehan as the greatest singer of her times; and the various peccadilloes of the musician, Rafiq Ghaznavi. With subjects ranging from film journalism to the sexual eccentricities of these stars, Manto brings to life a generation with his characteristic verve and honesty.
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Review: Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World in the 1940sUser Review - Goodreads
A collection of Manto's writings on the Bombay film industry of the 1940's. The book would have been all the more entertaining if only I were familiar with more characters than Ashok Kumar and Nargis. Manto writes in his typical style - caustic and in-your-face. Read full review
Review: Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World in the 1940sUser Review - Sandhya - Goodreads
A highly entertaining chronicle of the 40s cinema, with its numerous love intrigues and star quirks among other things. Read full review