G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Didn’t You Love Whatever Rajendra Nath Did?

Hindi film comic actor Rajendra Nath died on February 13, 2008.

I am grateful to him for the entertainment he provided. He probably was not in the same league as Johny Walker, Om Prakash, Mehmood and Kishore Kumar but was close second.

Many times I have tried to walk like him, wearing the same “stupid” smile he wore doing it. No one laughed except my mother.

I have lost the count of number of films he acted in.

Only the other day, I saw him performing in Chhoti Si Baat (1975) where he played a cameo so well that my thirteen-year-old son burst into laughing

Talk of longevity of an actor.

Whenever I saw him, I knew my money was not entirely lost. He stood his ground in the company of likes of Dev Anand (Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, 1961) and Shammi Kapoor (An Evening in Paris, 1967) quite effortlessly.

Thank you, Mr. Nath.


Artist: C W Anderson The New Yorker 21 June 1930

4 comments:

Nikheel Shaligram said...

Dear Aniruddha,
Your blog on Rajendranatj is superb, a tribute this comedian in our age.But let me express my displeasure about one thing. I did not see your blog on a Malavani stage actor, comedian, who recently died. I need not name him. He is well known in Marathi world.
Nikheel Shaligram

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Nikheel.

Yes, you are talking about Machindra Kambli.

And I have good reason not do so.

I have not seen anything substantial by the late Mr. Kambli either on stage or on screen. I know it's my limitation but there you are.

MK was very, very talented. One of the very best Maharashtra produced. And he died so young.

This also brings me to another important topic: Power and reach of Hindi and English in this world.

Nikheel Shaligram said...

Thank you Aniruddha, you got exactly what I pointed out. There was one more talented actore on stage & screen. He was Laxmikant Barde. His, whatever may be, untimely death also made an impact to all of us. No doubt, his latest films were "also ran" type. but his old talent cannot be forgotten easily. Again, you should not say that you did not see his dramamas or films. Do you?
BTW, I have been in this dialogue from deep corners of India. I found this blog to my Marathi "Maaticha". I may have to leave and return after some days. Bye
Nikheel Shaligram.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Nikheel,

Thanks.

I think LB's case is different than MK. MK delivered some great, pioneering stuff. LB did not.

LB was very talented but couldn't leverage it. Similar to Sachin Tendulkar. I consider Tendulkar a great technical player but never a great sports-person.

best,