Gone are the times when a journalist shared a direct relationship with a star. PRs have taken up the charge, and have become the spokespersons of the stars, blurring the lines of a genuine bond that a journalist shared with a star. But, it was not always the case. Thanks to the archive of Bhagwan Das Garga created by Lightcube, we have a clear picture of what the golden era of Bollywood looked like.
Bhagwan Das Garga, a photojournalist turned documentary filmmaker, was a historian who had numerous tales from Bollywood to share. Garga’s private collection of about 3000 film memorabilia was sold for Rs 20 million shortly before his death to the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts in New Delhi. That’s how connected people were back then.
In some of the letters, the mutual love for Bollywood shared by Bhagwan Garga and other prominent filmmakers is quite evident.
One of the letter reads…
It’s too late to apologize for my failure to comply with your request - but there have been good solid reasons. I am coming to Bombay on the 12th for 3 days. We could do something on that commentary on the 13th if you still need it!
Look forward to seeing you
Anandam knows about my plans.
What a treasure would have been for a journalist!