[Editor’s Note: Following is a Jamia Press Release.]
On Monday, January 30, 2012, Nasreen Munni Kabir delivered the Annual Anwar Jamal Kidwai Memorial Lecture to a packed auditorium in Jamia Millia Islamia.
Based in London, Kabir’s body of work over 30 years include TV programmes for Channel 4, documentaries and books that have preserved the legacy of Indian cinema and served to introduce Bombay Cinema to an international audience much before the term `Bollywood’ gained global currency.
Her documentaries include In Search of Guru Dutt, Follow That Star: a Profile of Amitabh Bachchan, Lata in Her Own Voice and the Inner and Outer Worlds of Shah Rukh Khan. Kabir has also authored the `Dialogue Books’ that introduce and comment on the original scripts of films like Mughal-E-Azam, Pyaasa and Mother India.
In a talk titled Chronicling Indian Cinema, Kabir discussed the importance of archiving and showed clips from her documentaries on Lata Mangeshkar, Guru Dutt, Bismillah Khan and Shahrukh Khan. The talk was followed by a lively interaction with the audience. The annual event, held in memory of the founder of the Mass Communication Research Centre in Jamia, was presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Najeeb Jung.