Stars from Another Sky : The Bombay Film World of the 1940s
The famous and the unknown inhabit these pages: Ashok Kumar emerges as a shy, brilliant actor, forever looking to flee the eager advances of his female fans; Nargis is just another young girl looking for companionship among her peers; we come to know of the obsessions of Sitara Devi, the unfulfilled desires of Paro devi, and the incredible dedication of Nawab Kaashmiri to his craft. Sharply insightful, delightfully gossipy and cheerfully malicious, the sketches in Stars from Another Sky provide a tantalizing glimpse into the glamorous world of films and bring to life a lost generation for today's reader.
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- Paperback | 208 pages
- 130 x 198 x 12mm | 160g
- 05 Jul 2012
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
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About Sa'adat Hasan Manto
Saadat Hasan Manto, the most widely read and the most controversial short-story writer in Urdu, was born on 11 May 1912 at Samrala in Punjab's Ludhiana district. In a literary, journalistic, radio scripting and film-writing career spread over more than two decades, he produced twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches and many scripts for films. He was tried for obscenity half a dozen times, thrice before and thrice after independence. Some of Manto's greatest work was produced in the last seven years of his life, a time of great financial and emotional hardship for him. He died several months short of his forty-third birthday, in January 1955, in Lahore.