B. K. Karanjia : A Priceless Pen Put To Rest

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 29 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

Another icon of my youth faded into oblivion last week . One more titan of my growing years now ceases to exist . A priceless , mighty pen is put to rest .

Renowned film journalist and former chairman of the National Films Development Corporation [ NFDC ] , Burjor K. Karanjia , popularly known as ‘BK’ ,  passed away at the Jehangir hospital , Pune at 1.15 pm on June 22 , 2012 . He was 92 years old at the time of his death .

He is survived by two daughters ; Routton and Delshad  and a son Yuzud.

From Mumbai , Karanjia had moved to Pune in 2007 . He was staying in a flat at Sopan Baug . He had suffered a hip fracture in 2010 and had undergone a surgery and recovered miraculously.

He was a loner and would prefer to read a lot .

The Karanjia family moved to India from Quetta , Balochistan , Pakistan after Partition . He had named his south Mumbai residence as ” Quetta Terrace ” , which stood a short distance away from the historic Jinnah House.

English: Quetta City

Quetta City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quetta Railway Station, Quetta, Balochistan, P...

Quetta Railway Station, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karanjia’s elder brother , Russy K. Karanjia , also a well-known journalist , had died five years ago .

Karanjia had qualified for the Indian Civil Services . However , he chose to pursue entertainment and film journalism , while Russy pursued investigative journalism .  After doing stints as a reporter , he went on to become the editor of  ” Filmfare ” , ” Screen ” , ” Cine Voice ” and ” Movie Times ” .

Filmfare magazine February 2006 edition

Filmfare magazine February 2006 edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karanjia was the founder of the Films Financing Corporation . He later became chairman of the NFDC and set a precedent to finance low-budget movies for new and talented filmmakers .

B. K. Karanjia authored several books on the entertainment industry.

I used to admire his style of writing in Filmfare . I became a regular subscriber of Filmfare only because of him . In my younger days he became synonymous with Filmfare . It is sad that he is no more .
I mourn his demise deeply .

[ I have taken all the information from various articles available on the internet . ]








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