charity cricket

DAY 3333

Jalsa, Mumbai                  May 13/14,  2017                Sat/Sun 1:28 am

An errant lad this creator of the Blog .. lethargic in his attendance and in his outputs of the written word .. compelling the Ef to wonder why they must continue to be where they ought to be ..

So .. since apologies are unaccepted by they that give this platform the dignity and visibility of its existence, I shall seek none ..

Instead I wish to complete what perhaps could have looked like an incomplete attendance at class .. 

The IPL T20 Extra Innings interview .. sudden and honoured to be in the company of the great Sunil Gavaskar, one with whom there now exists a long and memorable association .. 

The first meeting in London, where they came as the India Team and were invited for dinner at Jaya’s Uncle’s home who worked with the BBC, and the subsequent ride in a friend’s sports car stuffed with the mighty talents of cricket at the time - 1973 - in a 2 seater, dropping them off at their Hotel .. to the wedding invite for his sister’s wedding to the dynamic Vishvanath at Shivaji Park and so many years of not forgetting each others birthday to date ..

Kapil Dev and Madan after their incredible victory in the 1983 World Cup .. my concert tour of the UK and USA, and inviting Kapil and Madan to the stage at Wembley and the roar of the audience when they appeared .. truly a recognition most deserving ..

Those very early years of University and Sherwood and the desire to see a live cricket match .. it was in Delhi, and yes at the Ferozshah Kotla ground, then not even remotely looking like the spanking stadium it is now .. a India Pakistan match and the likes of Fazal Mehmood, the green eyed handsome pace bowler, who had in an earlier contest in England bowled so superbly that the British media termed it with a headline - ‘England Fuzzled out’ - a pun on the first name of Fazal Mehmood .. that game with the likes of another great from Pakistan, Hanif Mohammed .. and the Captain of the day Polly Umrigar, putting on our own bowling sensation Ramakant Desai as soon a Hanif came to bat, for, if there was one person that Hanif was uncomfortable to face it was Ramakant Desai !! and yes he bowled him out on that day too ..

The West Indies stalwarts that came over during that time .. the massive bowling and batting giants - Hall, Griffith, Kanhai and many others .. the pace attack bowlers so aggressive and frighteningly fast that as they would start their run up it seemed as they would blow someone’s head off .. indeed they did .. of Nari Contractor our Captain .. that wonderful story of an opposing batsman coming in to bat, crossing the boundary line to enter the field to bat, finding one of those bowling West Indian greats, that had immensely long run ups, standing near the boundary line almost, ready to take the start of his over, and the new batsman entering the field going past him and wondering why he was standing there, so far away from his bowling wicket and the response from the bowler -

“ You shall soon find out “  … !! 

hehahaaah .. the bowlers run up used to start from a few minuscule feet away from the boundary line …

And then of course some other great thereafter - Chandu Borde, and Eknath Solkar and his prowess as the close in fielder .. Manjrekar and Ramchand and even before them the V’s - Vinu Mankad, Vijay Hazare, Vijay Merchant .. and the autographs sent to me by my Father from England, where he had gone to do his PhD in English Literature and the Indian community traditionally being invited at Buckingham Palace for an At Home .. the cricket team along with my Father being guests and my Father seeking the autograph of the players  ..

Those friendly charity cricket matches that the film industry played with the Indian Team .. that moment when I was bowling and the Umpire guiding me by telly me to bowl over the wicket and shorter .. and I looking at him with some dismay, as to why he was guiding me and me not liking being told like so .. and on disclosing my displeasure to another team member, he telling me off with :

“You absolute idiot .. that Umpire is the great Vinu Mankad “ ! and me not knowing where to hide my face from this spin bowling giant, Mr Mankad ..

Ahh .. the memory goes on for years and years .. right down to present times and Sachin and MS Dhoni and all the younger players that exhibit such tremendous energy and skills on the pitch .. MS Dhoni walking on to the set of ‘BaghBaan’ while I was shooting and all of us in absolute awe of the man ..

Hmmm .. the tales shall continue ..

Mother’s Day and other appointments with WHO .. and so much more .. later

Amitabh Bachchan

DAY 3179

Jalsa, Mumbai              Dec 11,  2016              Sun 8:40 am

The birthday, today of Dilip Kumar urf Yusuf Khan .. my idol from the moment I began understanding film and acting .. !!

Moments of drama during the filming of SHAKTI .. a film that for the first time brought me in front of the camera with Dilip Saheb, an actor whom I admired and idolised. The one just above is my death scene in the film, shot inside the Mumbai Airport, then called Sahar Airport, at night .. we got special permission to do so. Now of course it would be impossible to get those permissions. The moment I remember most at the time was, when I was rehearsing for the scene on my own, a great amount of crew and production noise was going on, people were talking and Dilip Saheb, though it was not his moment, and he was not rehearsing with me, suddenly shouted to the crew and production to ‘keep quiet’ and told them, rather aggressively, to respect the artist when he is rehearsing ! For someone of his stature to show consideration for another artist, exemplified greatness !

Saira ji was doing a TV show where she was interviewing artists. This is a picture of that moment. The shoot for this interview was done at a conference Hall inside the Nanavati Hospital on SV Road, and Dilip Saheb just came along to support Saira ji .. the interview was conducted by Javed Akhtar

A moment with Dilip saheb in recent times, at his home, where I am signing my Father’s collector’s item book Madhushala, that we published for Babuji’s 100th anniversary .. I was presenting it to Dilip Saheb

At the mahurat shot of Subhash Ghai’s film with Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar, conducted at the Centaur Hotel, pool side - then it was known as Centaur, now it is called Tulip Star and is no longer a Hotel .. it stands in ruins now, shut, and largely used for sets designed for film shootings .. I shot many ads., there, will be shooting tomorrow an ad., for TB with Shoojit Sircar .. my house in ‘PIKU’ was constructed inside the main lobby of the Hotel ..

This is a picture taken inside the Grand Hotel Calcutta, then Calcutta, now Kolkata .. it is by their pool side .. a charity cricket match was organised by the Bengal Govt to raise funds for a natural disaster that had taken place in Bengal .. i think it was floods ..

it was the Bengal film Industry vs the Bombay film Industry ..

From right to left as you face the picture : Robi Ghosh, the brilliant actor of Bengali cinema, his comedy and comic timing was a masterpiece, sadly he is no more .. just behind him partly hidden in sunglasses, Prem Chopra, a very prominent and famous leading man from Bengali cinema and the Captain of the Bengal team, Dilip Kumar, the Captain of the Bombay film Industry team, AB, Johnny Walker, the comedian extraordinaire form Bombay films, Jeetendra, and Anil Dhavan, leading man of Bombay films , younger brother of David Dhavan, , hero of my film ‘Pyaar ki Kahani’, and of film with Jaya, and her colleague at the Poona Film Institute

the interview of Saira ji TV show  ..

at a film function inside a movie theatre ..

and the young Yusuf Khan .. a picture sent to me by that great documentor, collector, Mr Moses Sapir from Israel ..

When the history of the Hindi Film Industry shall be written, the references made shall always be ..’before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’ .. !!

Amitabh Bachchan