Muslim Heroines Are The Heart Throbs Of Hindu Masses

Recently, an American friend of mine visited me in Mumbai. Over a glass of beer he made a telling comment. “Look man” he said “India is basically a Hindu nation with 85% people professing the Hindu faith, yet in Mumbai films the majority of heroines for the last 7 decades are Muslim. They are the heart throb of the Hindus masses.”
I might add that this man was a colleague of mine at the staff college and had become an Indofile. This was a revelation to me and I went back in time, both on the net and the

library and what the American had said was 100% true. A look at the history of Mumbai films just after partition will reveal that the dominant actresses were Muslims. They were lovely and endeared themselves to the masses. When they gave lip to songs on the screen the masses sang with them. No wonder Munawar Sultana singing with Dilip Kumar in Babul ‘ Milte hi ankhen….’ was a hit during the fifties.
Most of the Muslim heroines did not migrate to Pakistan and except for the odd Noor Jahan all

stayed in India and opted for Indian secularism. Thus a string of lovely Muslim girls like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nimmi, Nargis, Suraiya, Munawar Sultana among others graced the Hindi screen. These stars produced stupendous hits and captured the box office all over India. In fact the integration of India is in no small measure due to the Hindi films and these heart throbs of Mumbai cinema.
The times have not changed and 60 years down the line the picture is not much different as another string of heroines from the Muslim world like Katrina Kaif, Tabbu, Zia Khan, Nargis Fakih among others adorn the Hindi screen. This is the beauty of India, its freedom and secularism and Salman Rushdie had rightly brought out at the India Today conclave, that howsoever bad India becomes , Pakistan will be worse. Can anyone imagine a Hindu heroine in Pakistan?
All I can say its noon time by my watch and time to have a glass of beer and a toast to the beauty of Muslim women stars who sell dreams to the Hindu masses.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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