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Unforgettable Reminiscences About The Eccentric, Glamorous, Yet Angst Ridden Hindi Film World Of The 1940s Saadat Hasan Manto, One Of The Greatest Short Story Writers Of The Urdu Language, Was Also A Film Journalist And Story Writer For The Hindi Film Industry In Bombay As An Insider He Was Privy To The Most Private Moments Of The Men And Women Who Have Dazzled Generations Of Audiences In This Series Of Sketches, Ashok Kumar, The Screen Idol Of Yore, Emerges As A Shy, Yet Brilliant Actor, Forever Looking To Flee The Eager Advances Of His Female Fans Nargis Comes Across As Just Another Young Girl Looking For Companionship Among Her Peers Before She Steps On The Ladder That Will Forever Take Her Away From The Comforts Of An Ordinary Middle Class Life And Shyam The Dashing, Handsome Hero Is Portrayed As A Straightforward, Flirtatious Young Man Pining For The Woman He Loves Manto Also Describes In Detail The Obsessions Of Sitara Devi The Unfulfilled Desires Of Paro Devi And The Intriguing Twists And Turns Which Transform Neena Devi From An Ordinary Housewife Into A Pawn In The Hands Of Film Companies He Writes With Relish About The Bunglings Of The Comedian V.H Desai And The Incredible Dedication Of Nawab Kaashmiri To The Art Of Acting There Are Also Stories About The Rise Of Nur Jehan As The Greatest Singer Of Her Times And The Various Peccadilloes Of The Musician, Rafiq Ghaznavi With Subjects Ranging From Film Journalism To The Sexual Eccentricities Of These Stars, Manto Brings To Life A Generation With His Characteristic Verve And Honesty. bookreview Stars From Another Sky The Bombay Film World of The 1940s 1998 by Saadat Hassan Manto Pages 182 Price 299 paperback Genre Non fiction modern classics What it is about This book talks about 13 personalities who were related to film bollywood of the 1940s how they were in the eyes of the author, the struggles, success, failures, what they were behind the scenes, their personal relationships that were kept as secrets, what tactics they adopted most importantly how each of them had a unique personality of their own Manto has been held as a controversial personality all his life Rightly so He is open, unapologetic, original fearless The book starts with a 8 paged introduction by Jerry Pinto a National Award Winner for the Best Book on Cinema describing the author Manto how he was as a person, how he struggled, his vision on Hindi cinema, the different personalities he chose to write about in this book, his role in creating Bollywood his real life issues Then comes the 9 paged Translator s Note by Khalid Hassan describing in details about the book, Manto s journey of living at different places during his entire career, his struggles in between when he had no job, his relationships, his movies with excerpts from Manto s own writings The personalities mentioned include 1 Ashok Kumar The Evergreen Hero2 V.H Desai God s Clown3 Rafiq Ghaznavi The Ladies Man4 Shyam Krishna s Flute5 Kuldip Kaur Too Hot To Hand It was J Devika who gifted me the book Stars from Another Sky by Manto that was four years ago I read it recently when i was pushing myself to read non fiction.One of my classmates and ex friend had once told me that he had read one collection of short stories by Manto and then went on to read all of his work The author was that addictive, he had said I realized it was true for most Manto fans I have not yet read his short stories or other works but from Stars from Another Sky i have come to realize how much of a misogynist he was The ideas he nurtured and emanated about women and their sexuality are abhorrent This is not a book review It is a record of how the writer had wronged women in the pretext of writing about the Bombay Film World of the 1940s.In the Introduction of the book, Jerry Pinto talks about these abysmal practices of Manto He doesn t have a problem with it because he considers these to be a writer s freedom of expression He writes in the end, One may not agree with Manto, one may have serious misgivings about his politics, one may not feel completely comfortable with his negative strategies, I picked this book up a few years ago, when Penguin India inducted the translation Khalid Hasan into their Classics library The translation had originally been published in 1998 Along with this, I also picked up Manto s Bombay Stories, simply because they were stories set in Bombay I must confess that while I d heard of Saadat Hasan Manto, and of his fame as a short story writer in Urdu, I d never read any of his work until then So I sat and read Bombay Stories in one sitting After which, I began Stars From Another Sky but I never got past the first chapter Recently, I revisited the book on the off chance that I might find it interesting It s unusual for me to keep a book aside I typically finish reading even books I find boring once I start reading them Like Bombay Stories, the underlying tone of the book is an aching sense of loss for the city that he loved I m fascinated by the film industry, by the films that were are made, by the people who make them For far too long, we have gone without a recorded history of one of the most prolific of film industries in the world Much has been lost to the ages, and the men and women who peopled the industry in its infancy, and nurtured it and worked to make it an important part of our cultural history are dead and gone There s no one left to ask, really So it becomes doubly important to salvage what was recorded.Saadat Hasan Manto came to Bombay in 1936 he was as responsible for the creation of the industry that he A collection of real life stories as Manto recollects his time in the Bombay Film industry as a writer, advisor and an insider with an outsiders perspective The book is replete with a cornucopia of colourful characters and flamboyant personalities, real people who were the pioneers of the film industry in Bombay It s full of tantalising tales and hot takes about the people, their relations, their talents an their shortcomings Manto provides an excellent perspective as a person within the inner circle as he gets his hands on the juiciest pieces of information that he handles unabashedly, yet delicately The stories help develop a character profile of the various real life personalities of the time Manto is known for his caustic and provocative short stories However very few people know that he was very closely involved with the Bollywood as well This book, Stars from Another Sky is a collection of Manto s film journalism pieces where he brilliantly sketches the pioneers of Indian Cinema like Ashok Kumar, Nargis, Nur Jehan, Pran amongst others And talks about his beloved city Bombay in 1940s and how it changed his own life After partition, Manto left Bombay in 1948 and this world in 1955 The 7 years that he spent in Pakistan were full of hardships, emotionally and financially It was this time that he started writing newspaper columns about his time in Bollywood This book is collection of some of those columns While writing these columns he must have cherished those memories and that s why they are so nostalgic Read it if you like Manto or would want to know about Manto or about Bollywood of 1940s This Saadat Hasan Manto, he of the legendary short stories on Partition, was also a writer of Hindi films and a gossip columnist after he migrated to Pakistan A collection of those columns, this book is sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant harking back to the earliest days of the film industry.There is a lot to ogle I wish to be written with the same affection, love, disdain, and ache with which Manto writes about the matinee idols of the 40s This is not something you feel too often His writing is brash, unpretentious, and real You are a part of his mind now. A collection of Manto s writings on the Bombay film industry of the 1940 s The book would have been all the entertaining if only I were familiar with characters than Ashok Kumar and Nargis Manto writes in his typical style caustic and in your face. Sigh Celebrity gossip is just not my thing, I suppose.