31 October, 2020

The Kinship Of Pearls

Acting has been in their genes, for generations. Now one of them keeps the faith—at 60. Another one readies for her initiation.

Gautam Rajadhyaksha
The Kinship Of Pearls
Film dynasties are becoming as common as, well, bhelpuri in Chowpatty. But a matriarchal film dynasty, that's pretty rare. And the Samarth-Mukherjee family with its four generations of actresses must be unique in the world. The thing about this film family is that there's always at least one of them up there on the marquee. (More if you count the rare male actors on the family tree like Nutan's son Mohnish Behl and, by marriage, national award winner Ajay Devgan.) Some of them—legends in our cinematic history—have made their final fade-out: Shobana Samarth, Nutan, not to forget Shobana Samarth's mother, theatre actress Ratanbai. Others are either growing in the wings, like the newest entrant Tanisha, Tanuja's daughter. Or just out there like Kajol, Tanuja's elder daughter who made a quiet exit when she was right there on the top to savour life as a new mother.

These days, the mother-daughter duo is moving centrestage. Tanisha, three and half years younger than Kajol, has one film slated to hit the screens soon, Pawan Kaul's Shhh with Dino Morea. Another one is...


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