Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai | Urdu memoirs of cinema legends

Editor | Films

Peppered with heartfelt accounts and charming anecdotes, Urdu film magazines were in great favour with the public from the 1930s through the 1990s – a considerable period of seven decades.

Unfortunately, as Urdu got progressively marginalized in later years, these magazines were not archived, for the most part; leading to their inevitable disappearance from popular imagination.

Tracking down these lost publications, Yasir Abbasi followed leads – some futile, some fruitful – to obscure towns and people’s homes in a last-ditch effort to save valuable records of Indian cinema.

Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai (Bloomsbury, Rs 699) The book has different sections. In Khaakay (Pen Portraits), Nargis talks about Meena Kumari, Naushad recalls writer K Asif’s contributions, Ismat Chugtai remembers Suraiya ( I detested singing, I never took any formal training from any venerated Ustaad, confesses Suraiya) and Javed Sidiqui pays tributes to the legendary director Satyajit Ray.

Aap Beeti (Reminiscences) are about recalling the days of actors Dilip Kumar,  Nadira,  Johnny Walker and  the singer Talat Mahmood.

In Nuqta-e-Nazar (Perspectives), you get to know insights about Dev Anand and Balraj Sahni.

About the author:

A trained cinematographer by profession, Yasir Abbasi completed his early education from Gorakhpur and Lucknow.

Following his Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2002, he has been involved with shooting documentaries and independent films, and has won several awards at film festivals for his work.

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