Tuesday, June 07, 2011

In lieu of a film, how about some more vintage Filmfare pictures?

This heat has melted my brain and I just cannot get traction on my writeup of a fabulous early Shashi Kapoor film in which he fights a bear. (Oh yes. That happens.) I do seem to have the brain power to crop and upload photos, so here are a few more from some of the many old Filmfare issues I have been able to check out from my university library. This set is for those who loved the picture of Shashi Kapoor and his late wife Jennifer Kendal in Manhattan in 1963 in my previous post of family photos. Here are a few more, I think from that same trip to New York, from a December 1963 issue of Filmfare.


American Interlude
Away from the bustling, overcrowded Manhattan streets, Shashi Kapoor and his pretty wife Jennifer spent peaceful moments wandering along the rambling leafy avenues of Central Park, New York. They admired the breath-taking beauty of the on-coming autumn stretching golden fingers across the lawns. Both former members of a Shakespearean company, the couple spent some time in the park's open air theater.


"(Top) Shashi and wife Jennifer outside the Hilton Hotel and (bottom) near Shakespeare's statue at the open-air theater, Central Park."

Above: Shashi is close to Nature even in a bustling city. Above right: Lost in reverie near the lakeside. Below: Shashi has the wondering look of Gulliver in Brobdingnag. [Below right]: A thoughtful silhouette against the backdrop of giant skyscrapers.

As much as I enjoy the photos, the text drags them down into a taint of space-filler. And I love the layout and bold pink title!

Next up: assorted Kapoors from assorted Filmfares.

10 comments:

maxqnz said...

Seeing these pictures REALLY makes me want to get hold of Shakespeare Wallah. I still can't get over how MUCH like her younger sister she looked!

dustdevil liz said...

It's fascinating to me to think about who was the photographer. Did Filmfare have a New York office? Did they send a photographer from Mumbai along with the Kapoors?

Did they contract with a NY photographer to take the photos? Maybe Shashi and Jennifer hired the photographer themselves? (Maybe this was a thing you could do in NYC in the early 60's, hire someone to take magazine-style photos of you in Central Park...)

suja said...

You make me all nostalgic for the 70s..sigh !

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

She sparkles, he shines- love em!

Beth said...

maxqnz - Shakespeare-Wallah is one of my favorites! Do let me know if you get to see it! Agree, the Kendal sisters look very similar.

liz - Now that you mention it, that IS a good question! Maybe we too can hire such a photographer (and wardrobe crew and hairstylist and Shashi-lookalike...).

suja - Hee! I feel that way all the time and I wasn't even born until 1974.

Shweta - YAY! :D

Vidya said...

Beautiful Beautiful SNAPS!!!
Catapults me back into Shashi pradesh......... ;D

Shilpi Bose said...

Love these photos, feel a bit nostalgic

Aditi Patwardhan said...

Oh!! It's awesome!! Shashi is so scintillating, and Jennifer so elegant!! Jodi kamaal ki hai!! Both of them are like a definition of true love!! They look so romantic!! Do we get old magazines in stores? Please tell...

Aditi Patwardhan said...

Yes, in NYC, there were many photographers who could be hired to click family photos and other kinda pictures. But, those photos must be clicked by the Filmfare team...

Beth said...

Vidya - Heeheee welcome back to SP! :D

Shilpi - They're so lovely, aren't they?

Aditi - They're adorable! I know I tend to read into the photos because of what I know about their story and about them as people, but still :)

As for the source of these old Filmfares, I work at a large research university and they're in our library!