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    One of India's top film stars, Rajendra Kumar, visited an Asian transit camp in English on Thursday (October 5).

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    One of India's top film stars, Rajendra Kumar, visited an Asian transit camp in English on Thursday (October 5).

    Accompanied by a former "Miss India" beauty queen, Persia Khambata, the visit was planned to cheer up the fourteen hundred refugees living at the camp - Stradishall i Suffolk - and to make them feel more at home.

    Rajendra Kumar is considered to be India's equivalent of British film star Richard Burton, and has made 56 films in the past 18 years. He's known to be a sterling millionaire and has thousands of fans throughout the world.

    He himself was a refuges after the partition of India in 1948.

    This film included an English voice-on-film commentary, a transcript of which appears below. An alternative written commentary appears overpage.

    For the bewildered fourteen-hundred Asian refugees now living at Stradishall transit camp in England, the visit by top Indian film star Rajendra Kumar was a welcome sight. In India's booming film industry, he's the equivalent of British star Richard Burton, and has made fifty-six films in the past eighteen years. After the partition of India in 1948, he was himself a refugee....and his memories of that time seemed especially to the point at his camp.....

    Persia Khambate, a former Indian beauty queen who now lives in London and works as an actress and model, welcomed the new arrivals and kept signing the never-ending autographs. Then for the two guests, a tour of the camp's accommodation -- followed by the inevitable crowds. The idea was to cheer up the camp's residents, and to make them feel more at home.

    In the weak October sunshine, Miss Khambata was persuaded to part with her coat and to try out the newly-installed children's swings. So it was a cold but glamorous Miss Khambata who delegated the crowds in her aquamarine sari.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADAFGZOHLJZNOJKL67ZLAAAN5O
    Media URN:
    VLVADAFGZOHLJZNOJKL67ZLAAAN5O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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