I fortuitously stumbled across this blog while looking for old film images: Papa Ajoba.
It is a fantastic site written by Anuja Ghosalkar, the granddaughter of Ram Tipnis (whom she calls Papa Ajoba, meaning father-grandfather in Marathi). She is chronicling his stories from years of working as a makeup artist in the film industry (he began working in the 1940s). There are also audio interviews with him posted (sadly for me in Marathi and Hindi, but some of you will understand) along with photos and some video. He has a phenomenal memory.
It is just the kind of documentation that Hindi cinema needs!
The photo above is from her collection; it pictures her grandfather with Shammi Kapoor on the sets of Janwar in 1965. He worked a lot with Shammi so you can imagine how happy I am! I am hoping and trusting that she won’t mind that I’ve posted it here along with her site URL.
I know many of you will enjoy the blog too. Start at the beginning and work your way through. There are not a lot of posts (and none since January), but every single one is a gem. I do hope she keeps going.