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Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt
Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt

Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt

by Kishwar Desai

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Language

English

Publisher

HarperCollins

ISBN

9788172236977 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 442

Binding

Paperback

Kishwar Desai

Author: Kishwar Desai
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 442
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172236977

Description

In the late nineteenth century, in a small village in northern India, a thirteen-year-old Brahmin widow meets a Muslim sarangi player and elopes with him. Many years later, their daughter Jaddanbai moves to Bombay and becomes a star of the early talkies. Ch?teau Marine, her home on Marine Drive, is famous for its evening mehfils and for the dreams, it nurtures: regular visitors include Dilip Kumar, Mehboob and Kamal Amrohi. It is also the home of Fatima, Jaddanbai's daughter, who will set the screen ablaze as Nargis, the most accomplished actress of her time.

Far removed from this world of glamour, a young boy named Balraj Dutt spends his teenage years attempting to rehabilitate himself and his family after the trauma of Partition. In 1950, at the age of twenty, he arrives in Bombay. And there his life takes an unexpected turn: he is given the lead role in a new film, and is soon on his way to becoming Sunil Dutt, the film star.

Then comes the moment that transforms both their lives: on 1 March 1957, during the making of Mother India, Nargis is trapped in a circle of flames and Sunil risks his life to save her. They recuperate together, and fall in love. Nargis has been in a long but futile relationship with the mercurial Raj Kapoor, and in Sunil she finally finds an anchor. Their relationship is stormy and secretive to start with, but it survives every crisis to culminate in a quite wedding on 11 March 1958. What follows are years of togetherness, including the joys of caring three children, Sanjay, Namrata and Priya but also days of pain and heartbreak: financial trouble, Nargis's illness, Sanjay's addiction to drugs.

Based on the diaries and letters of Nargis, Sunil and their daughter Priya, as well as on conversations and interviews with family and friends, Darlingji – as they often addressed each other – is a probing yet affectionate biography of two extraordinary people and their love for each other. Travelling as it does from the nineteenth century to the present, the book tells the larger story of the evolution of Hindi cinema, and of a society and a nation in the throes of change.

Contents

Introduction

Prologue


Dilipa
1880-1900

Jaddanbai
1910-1930

Sangit Movie-tone
1930s

Balraj Dutt
1930-1947

Chateau Marine
1930s-1940s

Nargis
1940-1950

Balraj / Sunil
1950

Raj Kapoor
1948-1955

Shree 420
1955-1957

Radha and Birju
1957

‘Pia’ and ‘Hey There’
1957

Pardesi
1957

Heartbreak Hotel
1957

Monroe And Presley
1957

Lajwanti
1957

Mother India
1957

Mrs. Dutt?
1957

Padma Shri nargis
1958

Dutt Sahib
1958

Pali Hill
1960-1970

Reshma Aur Shera
1969-1970

The Family
1970

Sloane Kettering
1980-81

Hard Times
1981

Sunil Dutt, MP
1984-87

The Last Days
198-2005


Epilogue

Filmography

Select bibliography

Acknowledgements

Picture Credits

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