Sone Chandi Ke Buth : writings On Cinema- Ed. and Tr. By Syeda Hameed & Sukhpreet Kahlon
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Sone Chandi ke Buth is a collection of writings on cinema that includes the observations, thoughts and
reflections of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. Originally written in Urdu by the well-known journalist, screenwriter and film-maker, it has now been translated for the first time into English.
The book is a collection of short stories, essays and articles on famous film personalities and varied aspects of the film industry. Abbas was a prolific writer who published seventy-four books in his seventy-three years, besides writing extensively on the film industry for the Bombay Chronicle newspaper. Sone Chandi Ke Buth, published a year before he passed away, was his last
book-a final word on the glitz, glamour and gritty reality of the Hindi film world.
It includes his candid observations on famous actors, writers and directors such as Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Meena Kumari, Balraj Sahni and V. Shantaram. A series of essay focuses on various aspects of cinema, from the changes in the film
industry to the power of film stars. The book also includes short stories set in the context of the film industry, some having veiled references to actual film stars. A common thread running through them all is his emphasis on making socially relevant films rather than those that succumb
to the pull of glamour and the box office.
This book also presents a section of his writings as a film journalist for the Bombay Chronicle. His column, ‘The Last Page’, one of the longest running in Indian journalism, began in 1935, and moved to the Blitz after the Chronicle‘s closure, where it continued until his death in 1987. They
complement the writings in Sone Chandi Ke Buth and are invaluable for cinema lovers.
Abbas’s matter-of-fact style and the didactic element in his prose illustrate the humanistic ideals that were at the very core of his thought. His writing, both humorous and incisive, is like a laser that pierces right to the heart of the matter.
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