Shimla: On the occasion of 125th birth year of popular Hindi writer Chandradhar Sharma ‘Guleri’, a special screening of the film Usne Kaha Tha based on one of his popular stories would be held here on July 19, in the capital city of Himachal Pradesh.
Legendary filmmaker, Bimal Roy made the film in 1960. The story was though originally written in 1916. The film starred Sunil Dutt and Nanda and featured popular songs such as Machalti arzoon, Janewale sipaahi se pucho and Rimjhim ke ye pyare pyare geet liye…
Shreya Sharma, the local upcoming actress who’s acted in films like The Blue Umbrella – based on Ruskin Bond’s novella by the same name, and internationally acclaimed film Mehak – would narrate the story, ahead of the film screening, that will be held at Auckland House School, Longwood at 1:30 PM.
The film screening session would be moderated by writer, Dr Meenakshi Paul and Mumbai based award winning filmmaker, Vivek Mohan will speak on films made on books.
The songs from Usne Kaha Tha would be played on the gramophone. The event is open to all art lover, professionals or students
Guleri’s ancestors hailed from Guler village in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, though he himself was born in Jaipur in 1883. He grew up to be a scholar of Hindi, Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, and other Indian languages; he also knew English and Greek. He graduated from Allahabad University in 1903 and served as the editor of the journal Samalochak from that year until 1906. From 1904 he taught Sanskrit at Mayo College in Ajmer and was later appointed head of their Sanskrit Department. In 1922, he was appointed to the Manindrachandra Nandi Chair in Ancient History and Religion at Benares Hindu University and became the head of the department of Oriental Learning.
He passed away later the same year at a young age. Guleri wrote only three complete stories in his lifetime – Sukhmay Jivan, Buddhu Ka Kanta, and what is perhaps one of the most famous short stories ever written, Usne Kaha Tha.