They Dont Make'em Like That No More...

Posted by Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 5 February 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Surendra Nath Kaul: 5th February 1923 - 6th December 1997.


My Father, my Hero, Brilliant scholar, Sportsman, Actor, Writer, Director, Orator, Mathematician, Teacher....the list of his talents is endless, but above all, he was a kind, gentle and loving soul, a wonderful human being always ready to help, be it with his warm words and kindly smile or with a bit more...


Although unable to achieve his full potential in material terms, partly due to the fact that success to him denoted a passion for his work more than the other peripherals and partly due to his unobtrusive, non aggressive, gentlity which allowed for the more pushy and often less talented to get through.


However, he was a man who left an indelible impression on the heart and minds of all those whose lives he touched, leaving them marveling at the pure genius of his mind and his dazzling personality.


As for me, his contribution to the shaping of my life and ideology is a debt I can never repay.


Today, he would have completed 81 and this is a copy from a picture of him, in his prime! He will always be remembered with love and fondness by his family and friends.

May God Bless his immortal soul...

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.


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Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

wow, pavan,
i see where you got your artistic talent and good heart.
i hope you inherited some of his movie star good looks too.

5 Feb 2010 5:47am

@Seraphine: If I had dad's looks I would have conquered the world, but alas...thanks for kind words Sera:)

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Oh what a wonderful tribute Pavan! Your Father is a very handsome man! And it has the grandeur and generosity that we recognize "the noble people" But there is much in him you also, always by your kindness, the warmth of your comments lead us to raise us! Very nice! My English is not top! Forgiveness and good day to you.

5 Feb 2010 6:48am

@Mathilde Collot: You are very kind, Mathilde:) Thank you so much!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

what a great classic portrait

5 Feb 2010 7:34am

Ginnie from Netherlands

I have a feeling you're the spitting image of your father, Pavan, in more ways than one. He would be very proud of you!

5 Feb 2010 7:38am

@Ginnie: Sorry to disappoint you Ginnie but I don't have dad's looks and wish I was as talented! However, I hope I will someday do something to make him proud of his son:) Many thanks for your kind words!

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A very worthy and touching tribute..
the portrait is beautiful! nice to know he was not just a star,but also a loving father..

5 Feb 2010 7:44am

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

Wonderful words, Pavan and a brilliant portrait.

5 Feb 2010 7:47am

eva from Rouen, France

"Brilliant scholar, Sportsman, Actor, Writer, Director, Orator, Mathematician, Teacher....the list of his talents is endless, but above all, he was a kind, gentle and loving soul, a wonderful human being always ready to help, be it with his warm words and kindly smile or with a bit more..."
and a very beautiful man !.. a beautiful face !

5 Feb 2010 7:51am

@eva: Thank you Eva:)

Monique from Netherlands

What a wonderful and worthy tribute to your father,
he looks like a moviestar

5 Feb 2010 8:28am

@Monique: Thank you Monique. He was often compared to actors like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn:)

Richard Geven from Monterland, Netherlands

Pavan, your words a so beautiful.... I'm speechless. A lot lot of respect for you and the photo.

5 Feb 2010 8:47am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Wonderful ! Your words in proud and respect and love for your father are very impressiv !

5 Feb 2010 8:56am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

5**** for this excellent portrait

5 Feb 2010 9:43am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh my, how handsome & generous one ! Love your father's eyes and his kind soul you describe is palpable in this portrait, looks like an old record cover, was he Indian ? Lovely & touching tribute, bravo, and thoughts to share with you all*

5 Feb 2010 9:58am

@k@: Thank you Karine, and yes, he was an Indian, we are originally from Kashmir.

fabrizio from rome, Italy

a beautiful tribute, very delicate, a great love is still alive in your

5 Feb 2010 10:01am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

My congratulations to you for having enjoyed many years of his company. This is certainly a heartfelt tribute.

5 Feb 2010 10:31am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very beautiful portrait ! And such beautiful words... very well done Pavan !

5 Feb 2010 10:58am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

A wonderfully personal tribute, Pavan. He is very proud of you, I am certain of that.

5 Feb 2010 11:10am

Seema from India

Pavan this was a tremendous tribute to Mamu............an amazing personality who really believed that he could live life on his own terms.......and he did!

5 Feb 2010 11:28am

@Seema: Thank you Seema....He will live forever in our hearts with his loving smile and warm embrace!

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Un très bel hommage! Les parents sont souvent fiers de leurs enfants mais l'inverse existe aussi!
C'est vrai qu'il ressemble à Clark Gable!
Belle journée!

5 Feb 2010 11:52am

jeanne from prèsnde marseille, France

émotion
your father is so... wonderful
thank you

5 Feb 2010 11:53am

Antoine from France

Superb portrait photo. Your framing is very good. Have a lovely day.

5 Feb 2010 12:14pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I saw the picture, I read your letter and I have seen both my father! Gan evocative power that can have an image Pavan! Thank you very much for this cool and sweet moment you've made me live through the beautiful portrait of your father! Greetings! Adela

5 Feb 2010 3:01pm

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hello, a beautiful image and a beautiful tribute you give to your dad. Good day.

5 Feb 2010 3:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful tribute. You were profoundly blessed.

5 Feb 2010 3:27pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Very moving and inspiring. I believe this photo reflects much of what you've shared about his great man, your father.

5 Feb 2010 4:09pm

erfi anugrah from Singapore, Singapore

Awesome image, inspiring.

5 Feb 2010 4:20pm

Magrat from Germany

Touching story and wonderful portrait of an even more wonderful man and father... Thanks for sharing...

5 Feb 2010 5:14pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice image and title

5 Feb 2010 5:34pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

beautiful detail and color

5 Feb 2010 5:40pm

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Bonjour,
Un bel hommage. J´adore la photo.
Amitiés et bon vendredi.
Elisa, Argentine

5 Feb 2010 5:44pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull man you father, very good portrait

5 Feb 2010 6:27pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Happy anniversary memory of your father! Beautiful story and great portrait. Seems you inherited his qualities!

5 Feb 2010 6:56pm

J.B from madrid, Spain

wonderful story! and really beautiful portrait!

5 Feb 2010 7:47pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

very nice and lovely portrait, Pavan

5 Feb 2010 8:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb portrait of your Dad.

5 Feb 2010 10:15pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

What a classic portrait

5 Feb 2010 10:47pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful tribute, and nice portrait

5 Feb 2010 11:42pm

Jacqueline from Courcelles, Belgium

Oh, which beautiful portrait, it do you have the air very nice your dad, it was a beautiful man, A very beautiful memory for you, beautiful praise..

6 Feb 2010 1:04am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

how many years of this photo? fashionable even today!

6 Feb 2010 1:28am

shoti from somewhere in, China

not all people get good pops like yours Pavan - - they're important, like what a lighthouse is to a sailor. blessed be people like us Pavan.

6 Feb 2010 2:03am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

il will write in french sorry, too difficult !

C'est important d'admirer quelqu'un , d'avoir un maitre à penser, un guide et si celui-ci est un proche quel bonheur !

6 Feb 2010 4:47am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a wonderfully touching tribute Pavan!!!!! And this is such a charming portraiture of your handsome father... through this and your amazing words his beautiful soul is like talking to us!

6 Feb 2010 6:16am

laur from Clermont-ferrand, France

Joli portrait et bel hommage qu'un fils puisse rendre à son père !

6 Feb 2010 6:17am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A fantastic tribute to your father and it appears that you were very blessed to have a great and wonderful man as your father! Great image also- Have a great weekend!

6 Feb 2010 6:21am

Sophie from France

Un magnifique portrait de ton père ! superbe !

6 Feb 2010 7:31am

eme chiquilla from córdoba, Spain

wow! great great portrait and excellent tribute to your father. i love in your description that you say, after all the gifts he had, he was a loving soul :) you really touched my heart. bravoo!

6 Feb 2010 9:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Strange thing to do to your hair I think. The brylcream (Spelling?) look. My father did the same with something called brilliantine, washing his hair then slicking it back to a smooth helmet with grease. The smell lovely but the effect (to my mind) bizarre. Nice bit of documentation evocative of the period.

6 Feb 2010 10:49am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A beautiful tribute to your father, Pavan! Have a great weekend.

6 Feb 2010 10:57am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Il y a des photos comme ça, tellement immenses, qu'on aime reprendre!
Fabuleux.

6 Feb 2010 11:08am

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Great words for a Great man!
May God Bless his immortal soul!

6 Feb 2010 11:22am

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

A classic portrait and a wonderful tribute.

6 Feb 2010 11:47am

Don Wiley from Spokane, United States

A touching memorial that honors this picture of him in his prime. A fine shot and a lovely, very sensitive comment.

6 Feb 2010 2:25pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

I like colour and very good photo. nice

6 Feb 2010 3:35pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~` beautiful image and picture~~
beautiful expressing of your love and feelings between you and your father.
Treasured memories* just a thought away*:)

6 Feb 2010 4:50pm

Vilas from Mumbai, India

I feel proud to know about your father. I have known him as an actor though I don't remember his movies, but I didn't know about his other qualities. There is no dought if you feel proud about him. I feel proud because I am related to his son some way or other. Thanks a lot !!!!!!
As of your comments on my pix, I too feel the light should't be overhead but I was helpless. Thnx for your comments.

6 Feb 2010 4:53pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

good work :)

6 Feb 2010 5:31pm

Eros from tehran, Iran

what a beautiful work to honor ur father photographically. and with such a nice shot of him. May he rest in peace.

6 Feb 2010 5:43pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A moving and tender tribute

6 Feb 2010 5:58pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful picture . love these effects !

6 Feb 2010 8:26pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

Your father and you both have endless talent! An excellent portrait of your father!

6 Feb 2010 10:51pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

You are so fortunate Pavan to have had such a father like this. A stunning portrait of this proud man.

7 Feb 2010 1:05am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Forever young in this image. Such a fine portrait. (I lost my dad in 1990. I still haven't come to terms with it)

7 Feb 2010 1:30am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

What an excellent portrait ! A beautiful tribute to such a remarkable man..

7 Feb 2010 2:30am

Ajay from Pune, India

There is an amazing grace and cool on his face. And a style of 50's.

7 Feb 2010 5:12am

larans from Lund, Sweden

What a great portrait of your father- a wonderful old picture and then your words. A touching tribute!

7 Feb 2010 10:26am

lydia from Paris, France

Beautiful words in memory of your father Pavan , it's a chance to have a father like him .

8 Feb 2010 4:53am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a superb classic portrait! You did a great job here.

8 Feb 2010 9:34am

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

Superbe portrait!

8 Feb 2010 2:52pm

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

And very touching homage you wrote for him!

8 Feb 2010 2:55pm

ppeut from Lille, France

A great portrait of your father. In your fabulous words we can see that he was a great and loving and loved man. Superb.

8 Feb 2010 9:21pm

mohan Siroya from Mumbai, India

Wallah Pawanji ! Kya tribute hai !!. Besides his chocklatee, debonair face , we came to know many other laudable aspects of his persona. And film industry has no more such faces or talents.
I admire this touching verbosity for one extra reason that a son still adores his late father ,who made him what he is to day . God has also stopped making such sons in these hard, demanding and selfish times.
If I am not mistaken , he was also related / associated with the late maestro film maker Mahesh Kaul. If it is correct, a mention would have added as a medal.

I wish, your better half Kavita too writes something like this for her father , especially his knowledge about his Nawabi Andaz and his passion for Urdu shairee and literature .

Mohan Siroya

10 Feb 2010 2:27pm

@mohan Siroya: Many thanks Mohanji for your kind words. Perhaps I did not want to define my father by his bloodline, but rather by his great qualities, hence I did not list his relatives Mahesh Kaul, Mani Kaul, Raaj Kumaar etc., As for Kavita, she has paid tribute to her her father/parents way back in 2006. I think you will enjoy reading this: http://sachiniti.wordpress.com/2006/02/05/an-uncommon-love-story/

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

A handsome man, wonderful portrait and very beautiful tribute.

10 Feb 2010 7:41pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

A good looking guy. Sorry to hear about your loss.

"...gentlity which allowed for the more pushy and often less talented to get through.

Yes, it's unfortunate, much good is lost this way, and much crap is foisted on the world --and I mean this in a human sense, as well as a material and artistic one.

14 Feb 2010 8:23pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

A beautiful tribute indeed!

15 Feb 2010 10:09pm

Francine from Buire le sec, France

Dear Pavan, I like very much the way you speak of your father, and we all understand better your kindness.

21 Feb 2010 10:51pm

@Francine: Many thanks Francine, for your very kind words:)

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Beautiful tribute...beautiful man...beautiful photo!

23 Feb 2010 3:01am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Your father was very handsome! And a person of substance to be proud of. Sorry for your loss....

23 Feb 2010 9:58pm

Ajay Kaul from Hamilton, Canada

Pavan,
Your father was my father's first cousin. I have fond memories of him, having spent a year with him and your Ravi uncle in early seventies. We shared two rooms in Bandra with Mani Kaul. I am attaching your grand mothers photo. I hope you are in touch with his sister Mrs Hukkoo. This photo brings back lot of memories.

6 Apr 2010 1:24am

@Ajay Kaul: Hi Ajay its so wonderful to hear from you!! I apologize for the late reply but was a bit caught up. I regret that I have no way to get in touch with you as I have not received any Email...I hope you read this and send me one. Regards and best wishes:)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A beautiful photo, it is so nice to remember your father when he was young
as we often lose sight of this. He looks ready to compete with Errol Flynn in
Hollywood here. Would have loved to see a great scan and then some age
corrections to the print also, but this is most cherished.

12 Jun 2011 3:14pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you Phil! You stirred up some old memories....Dad was not only physically beautiful but also a beautiful human being. A great man who got far less than he deserved from this world. I wish I had valued him more while he was here, but we do take everything we have for granted and only realize the true worth after we have lost it. I cherish my memories of him and there he will perpetually be living. Thank you once again my friend, for caring to pause and offer a few warm words:)

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

I Remember you today & always Dad...

21 Jun 2015 6:10am

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