Foundation of The Bombay Talkies Studio
The Bombay Talkies Studio was established in 1934 in Malad, Mumbai in India by Himansu Rai and Devika Rani. Franz Osten and Niranjan Pal were the first full-time filmmakers related to this company. The Bombay Talkies Studio set a towering technological standard for filmmaking in India. It was a highly specialised movie studio (compared to its time), with sound and echo-proof stages, laboratories and editing rooms as well as a preview theatre.
Productions at The Bombay Talkies Studio
The Bombay Talkies Studio imparted a new facet to themes of films, and produced films on contentious topics such as the story of love Achhut Kanya (1936) between an Untouchable girl and a high class Hindu Brahmin boy. Other distinguished movies produced by the Bombay Talkies Studio incorporated famed movies of the time like Jawani ki Hawa (1935), starring Devika Rani, and Jeevan Naiya (1936), a romantic film starring Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar. The 1942 movie Basant saw Madhubala for the first time as a child artist.
Decline of The Bombay Talkies Studio
With the subsequent demise of Himansu Rai, the founder and stalwart of the studio, the Bombay Talkies Studio had an abrupt breakdown. His wife Devika Rani, took charge of the company, and was also made the controller of production of the Bombay Talkies Studio. Devika Rani sustained the high tradition of the Bombay Talkies Studio.
After Devika Rani left the company, Ashok Kumar with his brother-in- law Sashadhar purchased and tried to restore it, making the hit film Mahal in 1949, but ultimately the company closed down. Presently, the Bombay Talkies Studio is in a decrepit state, and has lost the unspoiled glory, which it once commanded.
Filmography at The Bombay Talkies Studio
The following are the Films produced from The Bombay Talkies Studio:
Jawani Ki Hawa (1935)
Achhut Kanya (1936)
Jeevan Naiya (1936)
Mamta and Miya Biwi (1936)
Jeevan Prabhat (1937)
Prem Kahani (1937)
Punar Milan (1940)
Naya Sansar (1941)
Hamari Baat (1943)
Char Ankhen (1944)
Jwar Bhata (1944)
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