Category: Producers & Directors

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Along with New Theatres, Prabhat and Bombay Talkies, Chandulal Shah’s Ranjit Studios was one of the four great institutions of the studio era. With stars like Gohar, E Billimoria, Madhuri, Motilal, Khurshid and Saigal on its payroll, the studio’s boast was: ‘There are more stars in Ranjit than in the heavens’. Shah first won attention […]
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As the leading light of three successive studios — Bombay Talkies, Filmistan and Filmalaya, Sasadhar Mukherji was justly famous for making films that represented cloth cut to the viewers’ exact proportions. In keeping with Himanshu Rai’s policy to employ graduates, Sasadhar, an MSc, was offered the chance to work with Bombay Talkies as a sound […]
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A director and producer, Karimuddin Asif is best remembered for his dazzling period epic, Mughal-e-Azam. Born in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, he started off as assistant to his uncle, filmmaker and actor S. Nazir. In 1944, Asif directed his first feature, Phool, written by Kamal Amrohi. Asif turned producer with Hulchal in 1951. Karimuddin Asif always […]
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Yash Chopra

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On May 15, 2010
Yash Chopra is, without doubt, one of the most significant directors to emerge from the Hindi popular cinema—or, as it is now more commonly known,”Bollywood.” Chopra began his career in the late 1950s making the romantic Dhool Ka Phool (1959) (Blossom of Dust), and throughout the 1960s made a number of impressive features such as […]
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