Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bollywood heroes

Saw an ad in the telly. A boy having his breakfast, fiddles around with his poached egg and asks his father "I heard that we are not supposed to eat eggs in summer as it generates more heat" His father replies that he never heard anything like that and counter checks with the boy's grandfather. The grandfather also answers in negative and passes on the question to the boys great grandfather (all sitting at the same table)
The great grand father also answers in the negative with a smile and says that he too had never heard anything like that and has been having eggs through out his life. (the ad was for promoting the consumption of eggs and to say that egg is vegetarian)
What I liked about the ad was the smile of the great grandfather. He was none other than Dara Singh. Yes the famous wrestler of yesteryears who later got into the movies and churned out a lot of Bollywood movies like King Kong and Rustom E Hind.
Talking of Dara Singh reminds me of an old photograph I recently saw in which the Gandhi family was there along with Dara Singh and Randhawa Singh (Dara's brother), but the one on the extreme right is the one to look out for. Yes the evergreen Amitabh Bachan. It's a rare picture I must say. The old bollywood hero and the latest one. Came across this in one of the forwarded mails.

For those who can't read the fine print, they are (L to R)
Sanjay, Randhawa, Rajeev, Indira, Dara, and Amitabh
Talking of pictures, I joined a site where you can upload your photographs which is viewed world wide.
If the photographs/illustrations are good, people buy them for designing web sites, blogs etc and you are paid in dollars. I joined recently and have uploaded 6 of mine out of which one got sold.
For more details click on the icon on the top right (Dreamstime) and read through. If you feel that that your pictures are worth uploading then register yourself and start uploading. (registration is free)

26 comments:

anamika said...

hey!!!this is so goood:)
Amitabh looks so humble and down to earth

Anjuli said...

Oh wow!!!! I can't believe you have this marvelous clipping...really a priceless bit of history here. Amitabh looks amazing- he was always my fav actor- I was down in Lucknow (about 25 years ago) when he was doing a movie there.

And oh how young Indira looks in this!

Anu said...

wow! cant believe he looked like that! how on earth did u dig this old pic out???

radha said...

Nice picture. I like the simple clothes they all are wearing. Nothing fancy. Plain cotton trousers and thin black belts .

Virtual Poona Blogger said...

Great find ! My Dad was an Artist in the film industry and good friend and motivator for Dara Singh, Prem Nath and Dharmendra during their early years. Did you ever see 'Zimbo' BTW ? Funny but pretty good Tarzan interpretation.......

Haddock said...

@ Anamika
I think he is still the same. (Big B)

@ Anjuli
Big B is still everyone's fav.

@ Anu
I keep my eyes peeled when it comes to photographs, especially old ones.

@ radha
simplicity was the watch wor in those days.

@ Virtual Poona
I don't know about Zimbo, but there was a movie "Zimbo comes to town" and I remember seeing that. May be it was the sequel.

Atul said...

i want *ur* uploads... v all get these email forwards... :D

*Harman* said...

I ts such a unique pic... everyone is so young... its a treasure!

Gouri Guha said...

wow! such a rare picture and everyone there look so simple.

Priya said...

Rare picture indeed. The simplicity is striking!
Thanks for sharing :)

Lazy Pineapple said...

wow...what a wonderful find...Abhishek looks exactly like that now...

Thanks for sharing :)

$$ said...

photographs - treasure they are! :)

BK Chowla, said...

I would say --both Dara Singh and AB look so different.
This snap is worth preserving.

Rachna said...

Great snap. And, whenever I see the egg ad, I do think of only Dara Singh. He looks so adorable as the macho but old great grandfather in this ad.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Joe:)

This post of yours transported me to my younger days. Yes, I have seen Dara Singh wrestling. He was fantastic. There was another man fat man competing with him. I think he was called King Cong. But most of the time he beat King Cong. His flying kicks were fantastic. I have seen some of his movies also. I used to be so excited to watch him fight.

The photo you have posted is truly magnificent. Very unlikely people together.A fighter, a politician and an actor. Of course, who thought Amitabh will become so great. His wife Jaya had a big role in promoting him because she was a bigger star than him at that time.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Ms Sparrow said...

You have a very interesting blog about a lot of different subjects. It's no wonder you have so many followers! Great photos!

A said...

Very nice post. By the way, I am not Big B fan. But picture is pretty good.

Sharmila said...

A very rare snap I must say. A looks like junior A. :-)

chitz said...

the pic is surely a collector's item..good one

SathyaSridhar said...

Really rare picture cant recognise others only Mrs. Indira madam looks same..

Fresh Local and Best said...

I like the story that lead you to the picture. It's a great idea to be able to participate in a market to sell pictures. I'll have to check out the site. Thanks!

Neha said...

Wow, that's one rare picture!

Shas said...

Thanks for sharing this pic. Quite a rare one :)

Shalini said...

Nice...:)

viagra online said...

I remember that Ad quite well, it was one of my favorites because the whole idea of have a so, the father, the grandfather and the great grandfather, clever idea.

Piyal said...

Thanks for the rare picture.