Kishwar Desai and Jyoti Malhotra at a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Devika Rani is a name that made a distinct identity in the Indian film industry on its own. Modern Woman was represented in the Indian film industry during 1930–1940. She was the first successful actress in the industry. Who received Dadasaheb Phalke and Padma Shri Award. In 1929 he married Indian film producer Himanshu Rai. In this way, in the eyes of both worlds, it is no less than a golden couple. Strong relationship between the two, beautiful Devika and young man Himanshu could never have guessed Devika abuses (exploited) her husband for many years continuously. Actually even Devika’s mother does not know the truth behind their successful beauty relationship. In the ‘Devika Rani: The Longest Kiss’ session, author Kishwar Desai spoke with moderator Jyoti Malhotra.
Kishwar Desai at the Jaipur Literature Festival session.
Devika Represented Modern Woman in Film Industry Before Early Globalization
Kishwar Desai, author of the book ‘The Longest Kiss: The Life and Times of Devika Rani’, said, Devika first met Himanshu in 1920. I decided to write a book on Devika itself, because at that time, Morden was representing the woman. Since she was the best actress at that time, the film career was considered as disparagable as of today. She never cared for people, she was living her dreams. I was very impressed to read about them. This was the reason why I decided to write a book on him. The name he achieved in cinema preceded the early globalization. At that time when hardly any women thought about making a career in the film industry.
Moderator of the session Jyoti Malhotra.
When Devika became the victim of exploitation of her husband Himanshu for years
Devika slowly joined Husband Himanshu over time. The industry she was working in was Patriarchal World. Where they separately created a name, place and identity for themselves. While I was still doing research on Devika, I found old letters written by her, which she learned that she was a victim of Himanshu’s exploitation for many years.