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Please make these corrections in your copy, if necessary.




Found By


Film Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1959)

 Film: Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur


Film: Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen

Film: Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai

Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur

Page 16 Azurie

Azurie in Jugnu (1947)

Azurie was not in Jugnu (1947)

Surjit Singh

Page 16 Cuckoo

Banned Cuckoo song in Parwana

This happened to Azurie not Cuckoo

Surjit Singh

Page 3, Figure

Edwina is in a crescent

She is the letter C of Rocky

Khushboo Verma, City

 Filmography  Credits in 3 films 4th has been found. It is not in the film titles but in the film booklet of Teen Devian (1965). The last but one line is Latif M A - Edwina - Joyce - Jainy

 Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur

Note: In the first printing of the book, on page 155, towards the end Shyama is mentioned as playing the 'mother' of Meena Kumari in Sharda (1957). Please correct it to 'daughter-in-law'. This has been corrected in the latest version available now.

professor toofaanii publishers is happy to announce their 15th book:

Beete Hue Din (Forgotten Memories of Hindi Cinema)

Interviews with Actresses of the Golden Era of Hindi Cinema

Shishir Krishna Sharma
(Edited by Professor Surjit Singh)





Huge amount of information is available about Hindi films on the internet. Unfortunately, not all of it is reliable. Mistakes range from honest clerical errors to outright made-up interviews with famous people. In this book the author describes his real interactions with Hindi film actresses who were active in the 40s to 60s. Most had been away from the industry for a long time and were living anonymously. The author made great effort to seek them out and interviewed them. He has obtained much rare and authentic information, clarifying many misconceptions and finding elaborations of other well-known facts about them. We hope that the readers will enjoy reading about them as much as the author has writing about the interviews.

The book is in English, 6" by 9", 192 pages.

POTHI To buy in Rupees click here

International Edition

The first 20 pages can be read here.


professor toofaanii publishers is happy to announce their 14th book:

Unsung Junior Artists of Hindi Cinema Vol 1 (Who Debuted Before 1961)

by Upendra Samaranayake and Prof Surjit Singh

This is the first ever book on Junior Artists (previously called Extras) in Hindi cinema. These people are NOT lead players, supporting or character artists. These artists are supposed to remain inconspicuous, do not have a spoken part, never get a closeup, and, are akin to other props on the set such as sofas, stuffed tigers and wall clocks!

A lot of these artists are seen as teachers, temple priests, policemen, moneylenders, henchmen, beggars, lawyers, judges, and regular party goers or court attendees, to name a few. They are known by various names: junior artists, atmosphere, background talent, background artists or performers, supernumeraries, supers, walking background, human props, and so on. Of course, they are never mentioned anywhere.

In this book you will find almost 50 of them (who debuted before 1961) named and identified by their roles in hundreds of films. Next time when you watch your favorite film and wonder who is that sitting at a party or in a cabaret, open this book and you will be find enlightenment!

We are happy to acknowledge the superb help from Shishir Krishna Sharma, who contacted two key people in the industry to get letters of appreciation from them, Shri B N Tiwari, President, Federation of Western India Cine Employees, and, Shri Hemanshu Dadbhawala, Vive President, Junior Artists Association.

The book is in English, 6" by 9", 306 pages. The first 20 pages can be read here. As usual, it is available on Amazon and Pothi.

International Edition 


In India






Read the first 20 pages here: