Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 08:48:48 AM
He was one of the men who immortalised the ethereal beauty of Madhubala. Neither would Mughal-E-Azam have been quite the same had it not been for the sculptor BR Khedkar and his grand works featured in the epic film.
And that he is being lauded for it so many years down is a story in itself! Your diarist saw this happen at FTII recently when the grand old man Khedkar at 83, was felicitated for his contribution to cinema. And while unspooling the long gone memories, the veteran, expectedly, had many tales to tell!
Recalling the golden memories of the mega production, Khedkar recalled how he had designed a special mask of Madhubala’s face for a trial dancer for one of the intricate, opulent dance sequences.
And if you were impressed by the awesome battle scenes, Khedkar had made paper horses for Dilip Kumar and Prithviraj Kapoor as both could not perform real horse-back fight sequences!
The octogenarian, relived his memories and mentioned that when the film was being made, many people said the director K Asif was wasting the producer’s money, but the soothsayers were proved wrong when the film ran for two full years!
“When the producer- Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry arrived at the theatre with Asif Maratha Mandir, people flocked to meet them – they were the stars!” he chuckled with a twinkle in his wise eyes.
As they say, you are never too old for a compliment. Especially when it comes from a woman with a sprinkling of star dust on her pert nose.
Salman Rushdie, who turned 65 recently with a wild party, experimental dance routine , burlesque and a cake shaped like a stack of his bestselling titles (though one of them was spelt incorrectly), may have been in the company of the NYC elite.
But he was missing a very special someone from Mumbai: starlet Riya Sen, who has been in touch with the author ever since they met at a restaurant here. Much was made of their encounter and Rushdie’s invitation to join him in New York, but the rumours — however juicy—died as quickly.