Hindi cinema is very unique in that the same people appeared in hundreds of films across many decades, in several cases as many as six. These actors and background figures begin to feel like family after a while, especially since many of them tended to play the same type of character over and over (Nazir Kashmiri as Ramu Kaka, for instance!). They are very often hard to identify (by their “real” names), so as I started to figure out who they were I began collecting screen caps to remember them by.
This page contains links to pdf files which contain those screen caps (and occasionally photographs from vintage film magazines) of Hindi cinema’s luminaries. Artists—I want to include “behind-the-scenes” people too when I can—are listed alphabetically by first name (or only name as the case may be) along with the date of the screenshot or photograph. I have organized them by decade, and those artists who had careers spanning many decades will be represented in each.
These pdf files can be downloaded and printed. As I add more artists and replace pictures when I find better quality screen caps or photos (or have to fix my own stupid mistakes and typos!) I will update them.
1910s/20s/1930s: Gallery_10s-30s (25 Oct 2012)
1940s: Gallery_1940s (25 Oct 2012)
1950s: Gallery_1950s (25 Oct 2012)
1960s: Gallery_1960s (25 Oct 2012)
1970s: Gallery_1970s (25 Oct 2012)
1980s: Gallery_1980s (25 Oct 2012)
1990s: Gallery_1990s (17 Apr 2012)
This is an index of all the artists featured, with the galleries they appear in next to their names. I will update it as appropriate too, I hope.
Artist Index (25 Oct 2012)
Artist Identification Project
I now post screen shots of actors/personalities for whom I need help identifying on my Memsaabstory Facebook page. You don’t need to be signed up with Facebook to access the page, although you do in order to comment there I think. If you can help and don’t want to join Facebook (I don’t blame you!) you can email me at memsaabstory (at) gmail (dot) com if you recognize anyone!