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mom, dad and pran

Something about Pran’s entry in Bimal Roy’s ‘Biraj Bahu‘ (1952) reminded me of my father.

Maybe it was the shirt. Or the hair. Because my father was certainly never as menacing as that.

And then there is my mother, looking quite a film star.

These wedding photos were most definitely taken by an uncle, Fazalbhoy Petiwala in 1960, when she was 20, and my dad 27.

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14 comments on “mom, dad and pran

  1. memsaab
    April 15, 2010

    OMG your Mom has the most beautiful nose ever! So distinctive! She does look like a film star :)

    Pran in that era (40s/50s) always reminds me of David Niven somehow.

    More old family photos please! :D

    • Banno
      April 16, 2010

      Yes, I love her nose, Memsaab. I’m sure a film star today would have had to straighten it out. :)

  2. Priya
    April 15, 2010

    Your mom is beautiful ! I really love b&w photos, the colored one just lacka certain je ne cest quoi…

    Did your uncle work at the FTIIby any chance? Like in the 60s? Went by the name Fazal or Faisal?

    If so, I have new faith that the world really is very round :-)

    Priya.

    • Banno
      April 16, 2010

      No, Priya. I don’t think he ever worked at the FTII. He’s my mother’s cousin, so I may have missed some details of his life. But I’ll check.

      I know that he worked as a still photographer in Mumbai, and spent days making the perfect hand-made albums after the event he’d been hired for.

  3. Irene
    April 15, 2010

    She did look like a film star :)

    • Banno
      April 16, 2010

      I know, Irene. I’m stuck between 2 beautiful women, my mom & my daughter. :)

      • memsaab
        April 17, 2010

        You aren’t stuck between them, you are the beautiful bridge between them :)

        • Banno
          April 17, 2010

          :) You are very partial.

  4. dipali
    April 16, 2010

    Such beautiful pictures.
    Despite his villainous roles, Pran seemed to be the quintessential gentleman. One of my uncles bore a marked resemblance to him.

  5. Banno
    April 16, 2010

    Dipali, I was quite convinced that Pran was a bad, bad man when I was a kid. Even now, when he appears on screen, I’m tense with anxiety.

  6. terence
    April 16, 2010

    Actually Mum does have some features of an actress from bollywood,who knows send her for a holliday & she might get spotted by someone then you can say my mum is an actress,& Dad got a look of a actor but as a villan,dont get offended because it what you fit in a role thats a role he would might want.

    • Banno
      April 16, 2010

      Yes, Terence. But too late now. My mom’s 70, and my father’s no more.

  7. Eveslungs
    April 23, 2010

    Pran was always such a handsome ,suave, benevolent villain – I love him utterly .

    As for your mother – she’s so ethereal with the most classically beautiful features – love her eyes

    • Banno
      April 24, 2010

      Eveslungs, well, I can be grateful that I got her eyes, at least. :) I think.

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