1. Sam Jaffe, Gunga Din, 1939.    “Though I’ve belted you and flayed you by the living God that made you, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.”  India’s first superstar, the revelation of  Alexander Korda’s 1937 Elephant Boy, was director George Stevens’ inevitable first choice for the British troops’ heroic water-boy in 19th Century  India.  Korda refused to loan hm.  Sam Jaffe heard this  story and asked director George Stevens for an interview…. And became the awfully black-upped water boy, absurdly. at age 46!    Sabu was…  14
  2. Turhan Bey, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, 1941.  Jon Hall-Maria Montez were the  cut-price   Errol Flynn-Olivia De Havilland in Arabian  adventures … usually with a  cheeky-looking Turk  Bey and India’s Sabu as third and fourh wheels. Nop this time, when Bey actuallyt  took over Sabu’s intended role of Jamiel. Falling out of favour, Bey had a break of 41 years between Prisoners of the, 1953, and Healer, 1994!
  3. Francis Matthews, Bhowani Junction,  1955.      MGM  made John Masters’  India novel in… Pakistan!  The Boy  was now 31 and nearly won Ranjit, the intelligent, dedicated Sikh. Apart from a fistful of Metro dollars, he missed nothing. The British Matthews said huge chunks of his part ended up on the cutting-room floor. Sabu became a US citizen in 1944 and served with distinction in  combr  with the USAF  during WWII.

 Birth year: 1924Death year: 1963Other name: Sabu Dastagir (or Selar Shaik Sabu)Casting Calls:  3