Author: Vikram Sharma
Editor: Vikram Sharma
Publisher: Blue Jay Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187075961
This book is an anecdotal autobiography of a poet and a writer of rare subtlety and rich, sensuous imagery, producer-director-lyricist Kidar Sharma who is remembered as the filmmaker who introduced the most important new faces to the Indian screen.
Kidar Sharma was born in village Narowal, Punjab in the first decade of the last century. He had always been attracted to the world of entertainment, giving his first performance as a harmonium player in 1915. While graduating he wrote and performed in Punjabi stage plays and completed his Masters in English.
He started his career in 1932 when he joined New Theatres in Calcutta as a backdrop screen painter and poster painter for B.N. Sarcar.
He has been called a star maker and has given the film industry such great stars as Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Geeta Bali, Mala Singh (Hindi Films), Bharat Bhushan, Ramola and Tanuja to name a few and has been instrumental in giving the film industry music directors like Roshan, Snehal Bhatkar, Khan Sahip Jhande Khan, Buloo C. Rani and Jamal Sian.
Some of his important films include ‘Chitralekha, Armaan, Vish Kanya, Gauri, Mumtaz Mahal, Bhanwra, Chand Chokari, Dhanna Bhagat, Duniya ek Sarai, Jogan, Neel Kamal’.
His other films include ‘Shokhiyaan (Jamal Sain introduced as music director), Neki our Badi (in which he also starred), Bedardi, Thes Gunal, Mehkhana, Pehla Kadam, Sahme Huae Sitare, Pyase Nain, Fariyad, Bheegi Palken, Kaliyan, Rangeen Raten and Chora Chori.
In 1958, he was asked by the international producers ‘Shaw Brothers’ of Singapore to come and direct movies for them.
He even made short films for Doordarshan including. ‘Aise Log Bhi Hote Hain, Kagaz Ki Nao, Hum Honge Kamyab, etc.
His other contributions include his first book of poetry entitled ‘Panchhee’ which was autographed by the greatest Indian poet Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
He has written most of the songs sung by the great K.L. Saigal including: Balam aeo baso more man mein, Maia kya janu kya jadu hai, so ja raj kumari, so ja, Dukh kay ab din beetal nahi, Panchhi kahye hot udas and Kahun kya as niraas bhaye.
Kidar Sharma’s all round genius has included scripting, scripting, dialogue, directing lyrics and the deep appreciation of the total and auditory impact that cinema truly is.
He breathed his last on 29th of April 1999.
Kidar Sharma is a one-man institution who taught me all know about film-making.
—Raj Kapoor, The Illustrated Weekly of India
I touched my best in the movie 'Mother India . . . Yet, I think I gave my best ever performance in jogan.
—Nargis, The Illustrated Weekly of India
Kidar Sharma always does what he makes up his mind to do. He is the only man in our money-grabbing industry who has never comprised his art for the sake of wealth or importance . . . He is my guru and I am proud to be his disciple.
—Madhubala, Filmfare, Magazine
In all movieland there has probably never been a more iconoclastic, unconventional and stubborn film maker than Kidar Sharma.
A poet and a writer of rare subtlety and rich, sensuous imagery, producer-director-lyricist Kidar Sharma is remembered as the filmmaker who introduced the most important "new faces" to the Indian screen.
—Bunny Reuben, Star & Style Magazine