|Can an Actress like Rekha or Actor like Raakesh Roshan spoil a Journalist Photographer of repute being Devdas Kusum's Career?
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25 th March 1981 a real life incident at the shooting of " MADHURI " FILM.
A Reaction of a Journalist friend.....
Compelling a renowned & famous Press Photographer and Journalist Devdas "Kusum " (eMail: Devdas@INDIA.com) known for his friendly heartwarming behaviour towards one and all to literally kill his professional self by Rekha - the Actress of Film "MADHURI " aided by then upcoming Actor, Rakesh Roshan. http:// www.KUSUM.com
And another Journalist's reaction that Can an Actress like Rekha or Actor like Raakesh Roshan spoil a Journalist Photographer of repute being Devdas Kusum's Career?
My inner self still insists that it was " DESTINY " and that REKHA, RAAKESH ROSHAN and MYSELF were mere puppets in its hands.
It was my peak time then. Nationally, Internationally every day my written Articles & Photographs were being published regularly in every known publication.
PRO of Film "MADHURI " invited me to shoot the film stars namely Rekha and Raakesh Roshan at Madh island, Mumbai (India) and he came along with me in my car to the location.
Earlier on various different locations and at different dates, days and times I had shot Photographs of Rekha.Quite a few of them had already appeared with credit to me in reputed publications of that time.I was visualizing inside as to how best I would bring her out in Photographs at that location.
For continuously 5 hours I had clicked lot of Photographs of Rekha and Raakesh Roshan when all of a sudden....
Rekha mysteriously changed her mood called me in front of all those present angrily said " DEVDAS ! , GIVE ME THE COLOUR ROLL FROM YOUR CAMERA NOW..."
Shocked the people present around a few of them regular and permanent staff of the Film Industry, tried to pacify Rekha to continue the shooting but she became adamant and stopped all activities.
Watching this Raakesh Roshan came to me, put his hand on my shoulder taking me aside in a corner pleaded, " Devdas, my future is at stake. I have two more films coming up with Rekha which could make my career.I do not have any other assignments with any other top heroine.If she is displeased my future ends here. "
Hearing so friendly words of Raakesh Roshan I simply opened my Camera handed over the Colour Roll to Raakesh Roshan without uttering any word. He gave it to Rekha who seemed to derive immense sadiastic pleasure in throwing my hard work into the Madh River waters.
Seeing all this all people around said lot of nasty things about Rekha..But my mind reminded me that it was all 'DESTINED " AND that REKHA, RAAKESH ROSHAN AND MYSELF were mere puppets in its hands.
Yet this did not comfort my mind. I felt horribly depressed.
In that depressed state of my mind while driving back home I threw my expensive Camera and Accessories to the Madh River (Sea) as well and walked out completely robbed of everything.
That depressed state of mind created a blank mental state of mind in me making me completely aloof from all kinds of work, creativity and activity.Besides forcing me to keep away from even known friends and relations.
The then famous publications including " MAYAPURI", "SHAMA", "SUSHMA", "FILM FARE", " FREE PRESS JOURNAL ", "CHITRALOK ", "CHITRAPAT" AND various other renowened magazines, journals had carried the news of this incident at the shooting of film "MADHURI" and had expressed " REGRET " at the professional conduct of Rekha.
"MADHURI " a Times of India publication's Editor-in-chief, Shri Vinod Tiwari had written me a unforgettable as well as a unique letter on 30th March, 1981 about this incident at the film "MADHURI's shooting ...anyway........
I have many more mails from the bigwigs of the industry than besides cuttings of various known publications that had mentioned this MADHURI incident in prominent pages.
I am 66 years old (Born on 3rd of February,1938) and my only "Treasure" today is " My work".The results of continuous releases of my Photographs, Articles in all over national and international publications in English and all regional languages that I cherish and hold as my "Lifetime Memories " including The then famous publications including " MAYAPURI", "SHAMA", "SUSHMA", "FILM FARE", " FREE PRESS JOURNAL ", "CHITRALOK ", "CHITRAPAT" AND various other renowened magazines, journals .
Incidentally my first article appeared when I was just " 12 years " old. After which I did not look back to become a renowned Press Photographer and Journalist marching forward with full gear, happiness, success and support but the incident of 15th March, 1981 put full brakes to it and ended it all unceremoniuously.( www.KUSUM.com, Bollywood News)
After this" Unforgettable Harrowing Incident " I have lived a Lonely Depressed Listless, Eventless, Aimless,life for years becoming lost and forgotton. My creativity, activity, dreams, aspiritions, inspirations as ashes already spread on the path I tread today.
Great Shree Amitabh Bachhan Ji had cared and looked after Respectable Shree Harivansh Rai Bachhan Ji, for years helping him tide over his day to day problems.I have had close and cordial relationships with father, Harivansh Rai Ji and son Amibath Bachhan Ji at that time.I look forward to the day when I would be able to make a come back to have a session with Abhishekh Bachhan Ji giving me the distinction of having shot on film 3 generations.Each popular by itself and as one.
Similarly my children have continuously cared and looked after me helping me tide over my day to day problems.Helping me retain my sanity, my entity. www.KUSUM.com
While accepting " FILMFARE" Awards for the first time in his career Raakesh Roshan had said with a heavy heart that , "Bhagwan ke Ghar Der hai Par Andher Nahin"
Will God look at me.......?
Will you please come forward and Guide me?
With Humble Greetings.
Editor & Publisher :
(Famous Journalist & my dearest old friend)
found out about my isolated living and tried to personally meet me at my Chembur Colony residence at three different dates and times (and knowingly on my cell phone I used to say that I am out or not at home to receive him ) as I still do not know how to accept past relationships.
However gaining some confidence I emailed him in Hindi language my present state of mind on 10th February,2004 to which he immediately responded warmly in same Hindi language as follows:-
Rakesh Roshan ki jiwan ko roshni dete dete apni jeevan andhere mein dalne wali kahani padkar mujhe dukh huwa.
Belated happy birthday to you.
Kya isiliye mujhe pehle bataya nahin kyonki main party maangoonga? Ab teen baar hum milneka plan karneke bawajood meri taraf se nahi balke aap ki taraf se cancel kar diye gaye the
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