One of India's top film stars, Rajendra Kumar, visited an Asian transit camp in English on Thursday (October 5).
GV Film star Kumar mingles among Asians. (2 shots)
SCU Film star... addresses crowd.
"My sisters and brothers......"
"...because they have loved you."
SCU Former "Miss India addressing crowd."
SCU Signing autographs for children.
Two guests inspecting camp with people following. (2 shots)
Persis Khambata tries out new children's swing.
REPORTER: "In the booming Indian film industry, he's the equivalent of Richard Burton, and 56 films in the last 18 years have made him a sterling millionaire, with thousands of tans in every Asian community throughout the world. He himself was a refugee after the partition of India, and "though he now lives the life of a screen idol in Bombay, India, he hasn't forgotten the anguish of being a refuges."
KUMAR: "My sisters and brothers, my friends and relations, we had to walk eight days and nights on foot to reach the border of India. I know how much we suffered. That's alright, we had left everything behind, we never knew where we were going, we never knew what was in the future. But, the hard work, the destiny, the love of my people of my country. The gave us a place. Likewise you have a place from the British. I think it's a great help which you can never forget in you life.....and please don't forget. Love them, because they have loved you."
REPORTER: "The former "Miss India" for her part contented herself with a few words of welcome, and kept signing the never-ending autographs. Then the two stars were taken on a tour of the camp and saw some of the barrack block accommodation and houses. And every here they went, the crowds went too. Miss Khambata, who now lives and works as a model and actress in London was persuaded to part with her coat, and glamorous, but cold in her aquamarine sari, she swung on the newly-installed children's swing.
And in the thin, October sunshine, she had a little trouble keeping her sari in place. There was no doubting the appreciation of the immigrants to find such a famous face walking and talking amongst them. For many, it helped to get rid of that homesick feeling."
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Background: One of India's top film stars, Rajendra Kumar, visited an Asian transit camp in English on Thursday (October 5).
Accompanied by a former "Miss India" beauty queen, Persia Khambata, the visit was planned to cheer up the fourteen hundred refugees living at the camp - Stradishall i Suffolk - and to make them feel more at home.
Rajendra Kumar is considered to be India's equivalent of British film star Richard Burton, and has made 56 films in the past 18 years. He's known to be a sterling millionaire and has thousands of fans throughout the world.
He himself was a refuges after the partition of India in 1948.
This film included an English voice-on-film commentary, a transcript of which appears below. An alternative written commentary appears overpage.
For the bewildered fourteen-hundred Asian refugees now living at Stradishall transit camp in England, the visit by top Indian film star Rajendra Kumar was a welcome sight. In India's booming film industry, he's the equivalent of British star Richard Burton, and has made fifty-six films in the past eighteen years. After the partition of India in 1948, he was himself a refugee....and his memories of that time seemed especially to the point at his camp.....
Persia Khambate, a former Indian beauty queen who now lives in London and works as an actress and model, welcomed the new arrivals and kept signing the never-ending autographs. Then for the two guests, a tour of the camp's accommodation -- followed by the inevitable crowds. The idea was to cheer up the camp's residents, and to make them feel more at home.
In the weak October sunshine, Miss Khambata was persuaded to part with her coat and to try out the newly-installed children's swings. So it was a cold but glamorous Miss Khambata who delegated the crowds in her aquamarine sari.