The Elephant Boy From Mysore who Became an International Superstar

Posted: February 2nd, 2016

Sabu was the first Indian film star on the international stage. Often called Sabu Dastagir, it seems his real name was Selar Sheikh Sabu. Orphaned at seven, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a mahout in the stables of the Raja of Mysore, from where he was recruited for the Korda brothers’ first empire film, Elephant Boy, released in 1937, when he was barely 13.

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