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Waheeda Rehman, 76, is one of the few actors of ‘the golden era of Hindi cinema’ who is still active. A retrospective of her films is being showcased at the annual Habitat Film Festival in Delhi till July 31. She speaks to Archana Khare Ghose about the film ‘Guide’, dacoits and hair dyes
THE TIMES OF INDIA (July 22, 2012) It’s the 100th year of India cinema and you have been an actor for more than 50 years. Do you have any plans to put it all down in a book? • I’m fortunate to be living in the 100th year of Indian cinema. Come to think of it, I’ve really had a lot of experience. What I do know is that right now is a great time for Indian cinema. It has changed so much from my days, not just in terms of technology and skills but also in the way actors are getting to play a wide variety of roles. Vidya Balan doing a The Dirty Picture has been possible only now, not in my time. We had very limited scope to act. As far as acting scope is concerned, this is the golden era. For instance, when I signed Guide (1965), people told me that I was committing a mistake and that it would be my last film, because the film opened with Rosie already being married. Besides, Rosie and Raju lived together without being married to each other. Filmmakers were very conservative then and couldn’t accept those situations.
‘Guide’ seems to be pretty close to your heart. • Yes, indeed. I enjoyed working for the film because it gave me some scope to do things differently. Otherwise, there was not More >
V K Murthy is the first cinematographer to be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He talks about his journey and working with Guru Dutt, who was irreplaceable for himBy Manasi Paresh Kumar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 21, 2010)
// // //V K Murthy
V K Murthy’s once steady hands have captured the most beautiful images for Indian cinema. He is the man who turned legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt’s creativity into on-screen magic.
That shot in Kaagaz Ke Phool where Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman are bathed in white light as Geeta Dutt’s melancholy Waqt ne kiya… rings out became Murthy’s calling card as a cinematographer. A pioneer of lighting techniques, Murthy is credited to have turned the technique and technology into art. This year he takes home the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award (the first cinematographer to win this award) as a befitting tribute.
His fragile 86-year-old frame struggled to pose for the barrage of photographers that laid siege to his Chamrajpet home in Bangalore, as the news spread. But the cinematographer understood the challenge. “It is difficult to take a shot sometimes,” he said. He rolls out his story…
• If I were an actor
As a 12-year-old, I wanted to become a Hindi film hero and even took Hindi lessons so I could speak clearly. But at 16, reality dawned and I realised I did not have the personality of an actor. But I remained fascinated by the art of story telling and its technique. At that time, S J Polytechnic was the only More >