19 January, 2021

Quite An I-Catcher

An account of rich cultural traditions, personal triumphs and heartaches in a flowing, calm but sensitive manner. Shanta Gokhale's translation is outstanding.

Quite An I-Catcher
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At a time when candyfloss and bubblegum filmstar biographies are flooding the market, this autobiography makes a quietly dignified entrance.

Born in an enlightened, affluent upper middle class family, Durga grew up in a household that loved Marathi theatre and Hindustani classical music. She was married into an equally affluent family. Her first husband, Vishwanath Kashinath Khote, was "handsome, pampered, raised in luxury, always cheerful, terribly irresponsible and self-willed". It was her need for financial independence and to support her adored sons Bakul and Harin that drove Durga into films when cinema was considered an unsuitable option for women like her.

Durga played major roles in both Marathi and Hindi films and started a production company. Starting with Farebi Jaal and excelling in movies like Ayodhyeh Raja and Maya Macchindra, she did a memorable portrayal of Jodha Bai in K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam.

Durga’s autobiography is an account of rich cultural traditions, personal triumphs and heartaches in a flowing, calm but...

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