January 2013

Baburao Krishnarao Mestri aka Baburao Painter (1890 – 1954)

By |January 13th, 2013|

Artist and filmmaker; born to a family of artisans in Kolhapur. Taught himself to paint and sculpt at a young age. Associated in early years with a family- operated photo studio in Mumbai. Circa 1910, Baburao and his cousin Anandrao were hired by Keshavrao […]

Roop Kishore Shorey – Profile

By |January 30th, 2012|

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Hindi and Punjabi director and producer born in Quetta (now in Pakistan). Son of Roshan Lal Shorey, Roop was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and raised by an English governess. He acquired an early interest […]

July 2011

Prem Adib – Profile

By |July 18th, 2011|

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Even though many actors like Shahu Modak, Mahipal, Trilok Kapoor, Abhi Bhattacharya, Manhar Desai, Anant Kumar,  Baalakraam and Chandrakant enacted the role of Raam, the first image that comes to mind is that of Prem Adib whenever Raam […]

December 2010

Guru Dutt

By |December 21st, 2010|

Suffused with the dark poetry of the death wish, Dutt’s classics were nihilistic, self-portraits of the artiste as a depressed, disturbed and deluded young man.

Surprisingly, Guru Dutt Padukone’s childhood could have hardly been more normal. Born near Bangalore, of middle-class but intellectual parents, he […]

September 2010

R.G. Torney (1890 – 1960)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Ramchandra Gopal Torney – Hindi and Marathi director; born in Sukulwadi and educated in Malwan, coastal Maharashtra. Employed by Greaves Cotton Electrical in Bombay (1896); then transferred as a branch manager to Karachi. Resigned and returned to Bombay (1920). He is often cited as […]

Hiralal Sen (1866 – 1917)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Bengali film pioneer born in Bakjuri village, Manikganj (now Bangladesh). India’s first film-maker with Bhatavdekar. The son of a lawyer, he started as photographer and achieved considerable renown. Almost definitely saw first-ever film show, at Star Theatres, featuring Prof. Stevenson’s shorts on double-bill with […]

H.S. Bhatavdekar

By |September 17th, 2010|

Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar Aka Save Dada. Almost certainly the first Indian film-maker. Professional still photographer often portrayed as an amateur, but, in fact, a businessman trading in cameras and film equipment on a nationwide basis. Made several shorts, including one on a wrestling match […]

Dada Saheb Phalke (1870 – 1944)

By |September 17th, 2010|

May 13th, 1913. The first Indian made silent film,`Raja Harishchandra’ is about to be released at the Coronation Theatre in Girgaum,Bombay.

The stage show has finished its act. The live band has struck up a tune and now the screen flickers alive. For the […]

Kishore Sahu (1915 – 1980)

By |September 6th, 2010|

Hindi actor, writer, director and producer born in Durg, MP. Son of the Raja of Raigarh’s chief minister. Degree in literature from the University of Nagpur (1937). Wrote many short stories. Started as actor in Bombay Talkies playing ineffectual lover opposite Devika Rani in […]

Ardeshir Irani (1886 – 1969)

By |September 4th, 2010|

At the height of the silent era, one man dared to think of bringing sound into Hindi films. Talkies had already been introduced in Hollywood and Ardeshir Irani realized that films were perched on the lip of change. It was not an easy task […]