Friday 25 April 2014

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 332

Preserving the past


Earlier only Yash Raj Films hosted theme parties for media and served a menu matching the profile of the film at press screenings. Now everybody is doing it. Mona Anwar Ali, wife of Anwar Ali celebrated 10th death anniversary of Hindi cinema’s greatest comedian Mahmood with a screening of Mahmood Productions Bombay to Goa. The invitation card sent to guests was a Bus full of chocolates and movie ticket stapled inside conductor’s bag. The screening was attended by Amitabh Bachchan and some other film personalities like directors Abbas Mustan. The motive behind the screening was to revive memories of a legend! It is fantastic that we are finally learning to celebrate our past and more important, preserve our history. Last week I attended the book release of Waheeda Rehman where in the author Nasreen Rehman was in conversation with the actor and this week it was Rakita Nanda daughter of ace villain Prem Chopra paying a fitting tribute in her book on her father.
Prem Chopra looked a proud father and a content actor the entire evening happy to be celebrated amidst a galaxy of stars in Mumbai’s post hotel.
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