In October 1971 the first issue of Stardust magazine was published and a new era of film journalism began: it was snarkier, more gossipy, more intrusive, and a smash hit with readers.
Seven years on, a special edition of the magazine called “The Best of Stardust” was published to commemorate its success.
I am sharing four articles from that today. One I think is just hilarious for its overwrought fan-girly squeeeee on behalf of Mahender Sandhu, who never really made it big, as the editor acknowledges a bit shamefacedly. The second is a “Court Martial” feature where Saira Banu answers a bunch of nosy questions. Third is an interview with Raj Kapoor and his two sons Rishi and Randhir, which is very funny and well-written (and sarcastic), and fourth is a sweet interview with Dharmendra and his next-door neighbor and lady-love Hema, proving that by the late seventies their love story was pretty widely acknowledged even by them.
I scanned them and have converted each article into a pdf file that you can download and read at your leisure.