25th December 2018

 

Remembering my uncle, Kaushal Raj Batra, today, on his Birth Anniversary

 

 

My dad, K.Amarnath was well known for giving a break to many aspiring newcomers
who later themselves became instrumental in promoting others in the movie industry.
One such person was his own brother-in-law, my mom’s brother, Kaushal.

 

Born after 7 sisters, my uncle Kaushal grew up pampered and loved by the entire Batra Family. When he showed interest in the movie-making business, my father, K. Amarnath, who was already well-established in the film industry took him under his wing by offering him the opportunity to assist him as a director.

 

Kaushal Batra assisted my father in quite a few movies.

And you will be surprised to learn
A very less-known fact, that he even directed a Super Hit Indonesian Movie !!!

 

Movies with K.Amarnath and the Indonesian Movie:

1951 – Sarkar – Mohan Pictures – Assistant Director
1953 – Alif-Laila – K.Amarnath Productions – Assistant Director
1954 – Mehbooba – K.Amarnath Productions – Assistant Director & Production Controller
1955 – Bara-Dari – K.Amarnath Productions – Chief Assistant Director and Production Executive
1956 – Djandjiku – “My Promise” – Director, Story & Scriptwriter – Indonesian movie (pronounced “Janjiku”)
1961 – Bada Admi – K.Amarnath Productions – Director

 

Kaushal Raj Batra directed and produced many more Hindi and Punjabi movies under other banners
until he passed away 30 years ago, in 1988.

 


 

1956 – “Djandjiku” – pronounced “Janjiku” – “My Promise”

 

….. “This film should be considered an Indian film, starred by Indonesian actors”. This was an Indonesian box-office hit…

 

Kaushal Raj Batra – aka BK Raj – credited as Director/Storywriter/Screeenwriter

 

Kaushal Batra & Editor Vasant Borkar – send-off to Indonesia with my mom – Soumitra K.Amarnath

 

 

With the Indonesian Crew

 

 

 

Link to the website:http://catalogue.filmindonesia.or.id/movie/title/lf-d009-56-130689_djandjiku

 

Very grateful to Raaj Kumar Bothra (Bangalore-India) for his determination and perseverance in trying to find any information regarding this movie.

I had been searching for “Janjiku” – “My Promise” as per my brother, Mohan’s recollection – we didn’t know about the silent “D” in the spelling !!

Raaj Kumar Bothra researched year-wise and thanks to him,  he found it – listed as “Djandjiku” and also the year in which it was released – 1956 !!

And thanks to my cousin, Devesh Batra (New Jersey-USA) for sharing the above pictures from his father, Kaushal Batra’s album.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tribute by Devesh Batra – son of Kaushal Batra.

 

My Dad had a knack for the fine arts and a passion for putting a unique perspective on things which were highlighted through the movies he worked on, whether they were films produced  under the K. Amarnath Banner, the hit movie he made in Indonesia, Djandjiku, the Punjabi hit movie, Lava Phutiya (1967) or other ventures that he worked on later like Azad Mohabbat (Free Love) Ganga Aur SurajPathar Ki Lakeer amongst others.

It was this drive that drew him into the Film Industry along with the responsibility that was thrown on his young shoulders after the sudden death of his father.

Growing up, we were not allowed to attend film shootings or gala events and would look forward to the occasional event when our Dad would let us tag along. Visiting his office in Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi was a treat as I was drawn to the Technical side of the Industry and loved to see how special effects or editing was done during post-production.

I remember him mention that when he was asked to direct the movie in Indonesia, all he requested was a ‘Vegetarian Cook’ to accompany him !!

He was never drawn to the glamor side of the curtain and remained true to his family, friends and values.

 

Always missing you, dad, and hoping to be the man you were…

 


 

My uncle, Kaushal, was a very humble, self-sacrificing man. Very polite and respectful – never showed any signs of anger and was always there when anyone needed any help, at home or in the studio.

 

He loved his son, Devesh, both his daughters, Rachna & Suchitra and all his nephews and nieces just as much as they all loved him.

 

When I asked his younger brother, my uncle, Baldev Batra, if he had any unforgettable memories to share as a tribute to him, he said that there was not much interaction between the two of them since he lived in Delhi and Kaushal lived the majority of his younger days in Bombay with us, the Amarnath Family. But he did recall what both my brothers, Satish and Mohan, had remarked to him in 1988 on Kaushal’s sudden demise:

 

“He was an angel, Kaushal mama was an angel !!”
Yes, he was an angelic spirit !!

 

Kaushal Mama (Uncle) Fondly Remembered and Deeply Missed by Family & Friends

 


 

Watch on YouTube the evergreen semi-classical song “Ankhiyan Sang Ankhiyaan Lagee Aaj” from his movie “Bada Admi” sung beautifully by Mohammad Rafi.

 

 

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