An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Suchitra Sen for Dadasaheb and Sohrab Modi's DadaSaheb in Chor Bazaar!!

Suchitra Sen – the beautiful actress from Bengal – is being talked about as the most likely candidate for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (for the Lifetime Achievement to Indian Cinema). Of course, noone can beat Madhubala in my eyes.. but Suchitra Sen was a close second!! She was exotic… specially in the song – Chal ri sajni ab kya soche?

Meanwhile, here is how the award to another legend – Sohrab Modi – was treated by his own kids!

Sohrab Modi’s Dadasaheb Phalke award is on sale!! It is amazing that his kids had no sense of their father’s achievement and they simply sold it off when they left the country!! Sohrab Modi was not just another Director or Actor… but a major era defining peronality!!

Indian film collectors should be on alert-legendary actor-director Sohrab Modi’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award medallion may soon go up for sale on the internet.

A little more than a year ago, the medallion and some ceramic pieces from Modi’s Cuffe Parade home were sold to Mumbai’s most resourceful and notorious antiques market, Chor Bazaar.

The items lay there gathering dust until last week, when shop owner Abdul Wahid said there was a sudden interest in Modi memorabilia and inquiries started to come in.

Wahid claimed that on Thursday he was offered Rs 2 lakh for the medal by a buyer whom he refused to name. The buyer was interested in all the items and declared his intention of auctioning them on the internet within a few days.

Film memorabilia such as posters, lobby cards and song booklets have become much sought after following the advent of auction houses in India.

The medal will almost certainly fetch a decent price, given its twin association with two seminal names of Indian cinema, Phalke and Modi.

Wahid said that he had bought the Modi memorabilia directly from Sohrab Modi’s son Mehli a year-and-a half ago when the latter was in the process of selling the family’s Cuffe Parade flat before immigrating to Dubai.

“I still have the purchase slip with me as proof,” he said. “The stuff was lying with me for such a long time that I had even planned to put an advertisement in the newspapers, so that interested parties could learn about it and come to my shop.


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