Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan is one of the oldest talk show. It aired on Doordarshan in the year 1972 to 1993. It is the India’s first talk show. The show interviews Bollywood movies and personalities. The conversation intermixed with the scenes from the movies. The became the most popular show in the country. Advertisers used this show as a platform to reach out the large audience. Tabassum hosted the show. She is a child actress turned host. She is popularly known as ‘Indian Shirley Temple’. She worked with the industry’s highly talented and respected personalities.
Despite working with great people luck didn’t favor her. She never worked as a heroin. Doordarshan wanted her to come up with a program which had dance, music and 10 minutes of the interview. But, she came up with a novel idea of interviewing people who contributed to Bollywood. For the first time, someone had come up with an idea like this. The idea turned out to be an achievement. Tabassum’s way of interviewing was praised by everyone. She included some amount of humor and comedy.
In an interview, Tabassum tells that she and Doordarshan grew up together. At that time TV and TV channels were in their initial stage of growth. The show ran for 21 years and became a record. Due to this show, she got the title, ‘India’s TV Queen’. In the beginning, Tabassum was paid Rs. 75 per episode, but, in the later years the show grew to the great extent that she was paid Rs. 750 per episode. She earned a lot of respect and fame. Some of the personalities who she interviewed is Musician Naushad,
Durga Khote, Shobhana Samarth, Nutan, Thanuja,
Prem Chopra, R D Burman,
Shatrughan Sinha, Shakthi Kapoor and many others. Interviewing and making the other person speak is a difficult task.
In an interview, Tabassum shared her experience. She had to face people in many ways. Few of them were not hesitating to speak but there were people who never opened up. She had to come up with innovative ways to make them feel comfortable in speaking.
Shammi Kapoor and
Ashok Kumar did multiple interviews with her. But, some of the stars like the filmmaker
Kamal Amrohi didn’t want to speak openly. Since she knew many of the stars in the industry she could handle smoothly. Few of them felt comfortable speaking to her. She concludes telling that the show made her grow to an unimaginable height and have a very bright life ahead.