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.


  1. 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!😀

  2. 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:-)


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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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