Indian cinema: Sunny side up!

Indian cinema: Sunny side up!

If you are keen to learn about the cinematic history of India and also laugh along with it, then cartoonist Nirmish Thaker has something in store for you. In a series of about 700 caricatures, he has drawn the entire history of Indian cinema — from the times of Lumiere brothers when they screened the first film in India in 1896, to legendary film-maker Dadasaheb Phalke and actor Shah Rukh Khan.

The drawings are informative as well as witty. Nirmish says, “Since I am talking about the history of our cinema, it required a lot of detailed research so that I could put facts and humour together in the right way. For example, Dadasaheb Phalke is depicted with his film camera. I had to find out the exact kind of film camera he used in that era and so on.”

His caricatures are all about controversies, peculiar facial features, bad habits of a person and most importantly the body language. Actor Amitabh Bachchan quite liked his caricature which shows him with a portrait of his father, while he reads one of his poems. Bachchan had told Nirmish, “Your work depicts an appealing humour which has a uniqueness of its own. Keep it up.” However, actor Dev Anand disliked his caricature. He said, “Cartooning is not an art at all.”

Interestingly, Nirmish finds Shah Rukh ugly. He says, “I don’t know how women find him attractive. I think his eyes are the key. But I have depicted him with his big nose and thick lips, smiling.”

Some of the other personalities in the cartoons include singer Lata Mangeshkar, musician AR Rehman and actors Jaya Bachchan, Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan.

Ankit Ajmera … DNA

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