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Cinemaazi Studio | Satyen Kappu | Gautam Chintamani

21 May, 2020 | Cinemaazi Studio with Gautam Chintamani
Perhaps best remembered as Ramlal in the classic Sholay (1975), or Amitabh Bachchan’s father in Deewaar (1975), Satyen Kappu was one of the most beloved character actors of the Hindi film screen. Few know that he was a stage actor whose first play, Nayi Manzil, ran into trouble since the theatre had not been paid for. As a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association, he played a doodh-wala in a production. His performance caught the eye of the great Bimal Roy, and he went on to cast him in a number of his films like Naukri (1954), Kabuliwala (1961) and Bandini (1963). The director’s death, however, sent Kappu back to theatre for a few years, until he was rediscovered by Narendra Bedi and cast in Jawani Diwani (1971), re-starting his flagging career. Join Gautam Chintamani in the Cinemaazi Studio as he takes a look at the ups and downs of the career of one of the hidden gems of Hindi cinema.
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