For the three-year contract Sheikh Mukhtar’s production house paid Shammi Rs. 500 per month (quite a big sum in the ‘40s). “My friends expressed their surprise when they heard that I was being paid that kind of an amount.” Two or three more films were announced by Sheikh Mukhtar, “but since the roles weren’t to my liking, I refused them,” avers Shammi aunty. “So in short Ustad Pedro was the only film I did for Sheikh Mukhtar. In-between, there were umpteen offers, some of which were to be directed by the likes of Bimal Roy and Nitin Bose, but since I was tied by the contract, I had to flatly refuse them,” adds Shammi. Caption courtesy Parsi Khabar blog.
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