Thanks to a fantastic friend at Filmfare, Old Is Gold and I had a rare opportunity to be present for the awards. But our friend had only one pass to spare, so, like good long-lost, recently-reunited masala sisters, we promised to share and share alike. I drew the straw to go in first, so I have the first half of his speech here for you, transcribed word for word off the recording I sneaked with my phone.
The Yaadon Ki Zanjeer [Chain of Memories] that binds me to Filmfare is not just Bandhan Kachey Dhaagon Ka [Ties of Brittle Thread]. I hope I have your Ijjazat [Permission] to share my Ahsaas [Feeling] and I pray these words will roll off Meri Zabaan [My Tongue] as easily as "mere paas maa hai" all those years ago. I am a believer in the Insaaniyat [Humanity] of audiences of Indian cinema and must share this emotional moment with them. Yeh Dil Kisko Doon [To Whom Should I Give This Heart]? To my fans around the world! You are my Amar Shakti [Immortal Strength]! Pyaar Kiye Jaa [Go on Loving]!Now go to Old Is Gold for the conclusion of this thrilling speech!
This is an occasion of Bepanah [Immeasurable] joy for me. I am so moved and full of gratitude that My Love for the Bombay Talkie has finally led to this beautiful moment Jab Jab Phool Khile [When the Flowers Bloom]. From Bachpan [Childhood], I have had a Junoon [Obsession] with films. I would always go to the cinema during Utsav [Festival] or while on Holiday in Bombay. And with a family full of Kapoors, it was my Muqaddar [Fate] that I would be an actor. I was drawn like a Patanga [Moth] to the Aag [Fire] of acting.
Back in the late 50s, I said to my darling Jennifer, "Aa Gale Lag Ja [Come Stick to My Throat, i.e. Come Embrace Me]. I give you my Vachan [Promise] that I will never be a Mr. Romeo or a Juari [Gambler]." While I was still doubtful that Haseena Maan Jayegi [The Beauty Will Agree], Jennifer made me the happiest man by saying "Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain [This Is Called Love]." When we married, she said to me, "We will travel joyfully as Do Musafir [Two Passengers] on the road of life. Together - as Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati [One Mr and One Ms] Kapoor - we will make you a success." Thank goodness she was no blushing Sharmeelee [Shy One] and could offer me wise career advice and take care of our home and my health! Forever after, with my Benazir [Matchless] love at my side, life was such a Suhana Safar [Pleasant Journey]. Our Prem Kahani [Love Story] was truly blessed. With my loyal Abhinetri [Actress] wife as a partner in front of the camera and in the home, I knew we would at least have our happiness to tide us through dark days.
I have braved Aandhi-Toofaan [Storms] and Pighalta Aasman [Melting Skies] to come to this Anjaam [End]. In the beginning of my film career, my Tadbeer [Effort] was not rewarded. My films were a bleak Silsila [Series of Events] at the box office. I only wanted to be a Householder, but even that simple task seemed as impossible as Do Aur Do Paanch [2 + 2 = 5].