July 2011

I.T. Nimbalkar and Gulab Bai in silent Indian film Midnight Girl aka Nisha Sundari (1929)

By |July 19th, 2011|

June 2011

Poster for Kalyan Khajina (1924) – Perhaps the Oldest Surviving Indian Film Poster

By |June 6th, 2011|

Art: Khire/Khare. The Maratha ruler Shivaji in a pose reminiscent of popular prints which depict him bowing to the goddess Bhavani. Perhaps the oldest surviving Indian film poster. (Rajesh Devraj /Paul Duncan)

September 2010

Raja Harishchandra (1913)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Commonly performed and often-filmed Mahabharata legend and Phalke’s first feature. The film is often celebrated for having inaugurated the Indian film industry following Phalke’s own claim to that effect (ICC Report, 1928). The cast was drawn from non­professionals and although Phalke wanted to cast […]