More than thirty-five years after his death, Sanjeev Kumar remains a role model for all aspiring actors. He could light up the screen in underpants, paunch showing, in one of Hindi cinema’s most lovable song sequences, ‘Thande thande paani se nahana chahiye’ (Pati Patni Aur Woh, 1977).
Fans of Sanjeev Kumar will always lament his early demise – and will thus relish his ‘rebirth’ in An Actor’s Actor, the authorised biography of the star by Hanif Zaveri and Sumant Batra. The Kunzum CEO Book Club will host Sumant Batra at Kunzum – Gurgaon on May 29 where he will be in conversation with Ajay Jain – author, traveller, founder of Kunzum and a big admirer of Sanjeev Kumar himself.
GOOD REASONS FOR YOU TO ATTEND
If you enjoy cinema, and Bollywood, and storytelling at its best, then you will have enjoyed the work of Sanjeev Kumar – and thus you will want to attend. And if you have not been initiated into the actor’s art, we promise you will want to watch all his productions after this event. So come over!
WHO CAN ATTEND
Open to all – there is no entry charge. Signed copies of the book will be available for those who wish to purchase any.
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 201, 2nd Floor, DLF Mega Mall (Popularly known as DT Mega Mall), Golf Course Road, Gurgaon 122022, Haryana (Google Maps sometimes takes you to our earlier location in Sector 47. Nah! Not there! The one where we are in right now is DLF Phase 1, Sector 28)
Pick up your copy at Kunzum – limited quantities of signed editions would be available for early birds.
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
Entirely unselfconscious of his image as a star, Sanjeev Kumar would often be cast as the father figure to a number of his contemporaries, most famously Sharmila Tagore in Mausam (1975) and Amitabh Bachchan in Trishul (1978), or as the elderly Thakur in Sholay (1975) and yet leave an indelible mark with his presence and his acting prowess.
After starting out in B-films in the 1960s, he caught the eye in Sungharsh (1967), where the manner in which he held his own against Dilip Kumar is now stuff of Hindi film folklore. Equally adept at comedy (Angoor and Manchali, for example) and dramatic serious roles (Anubhav and Koshish), he was truly an actor’s actor.
Hanif Zaveri and Sumant Batra’s biography provides a glimpse of star’s personal and professional lives, taking off from the traditional business of the Zariwalas, his romantic involvement with some of Hindi cinema’s biggest names, his lifelong battle with loneliness and his glittering achievements on screen. An Actor’s Actor is a succinct introduction to the life and films of a star who left us tragically at the young age of forty-seven but who continues to live through his unforgettable and remarkable contribution to Hindi cinema.
ABOUT SUMANT BATRA
Sumant Batra is an insolvency lawyer of global repute. A writer himself, Sumant is the founder of many creative initiatives such as the Indian Cinema Heritage Foundation, Kumaon Literary Festival and Te Aroha.