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Bonding... A Memoir

By Vyjayanthimala Bali

This recent memoir got attention for all the wrong reasons. Vyjayanthimala Bali, actor, dancer and ex-member, Rajya Sabha, goes back to her days as a classically trained dancer (considered one of the best of all eras in Hindi cinema) and her later years as a politician. What got the book publicity is Rishi Kapoor’s public attack on her after reading chapters where she talks about her alleged relationship with Kapoor’s father, Raj Kapoor. Bali wrote that the rumours were concocted by the showman, who played the lead opposite her in ‘Sangam’ (1964), to gain publicity for the film.

Noorjehan: Melody Queen

By Aijaz Gul

The legendary playback singer of the 1930s and 1940s, who left the country after Partition, continued to have a following in India. Pakistani journalist Aijaz Gul tells her unique story—from the time of her birth in Qasoor, Punjab, till she became a singer and actor in Mumbai’s film industry. Gul talks about her visit to India in 1982—her first after Partition—when Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar welcomed her and her fans got to hear her sing ‘Awaz De Kahan Hai’ (a hit from the 1946 film Anmol Ghadi) live.