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2019 SACF Phalke Memorial Lecture: Charting the Early History of Bombay Talkies: 1934-1940

Find out more about Bombay Talkies – India’s most successful film studio during the early period of sound cinema.

Tickets are free but it is advisable to book in advance due to capacity.

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Total runtime 90min

Set up in 1934 by Himansu Rai and Devika Rani, Bombay Talkies became India’s most successful film studio during the early period of sound cinema. Alongside dramas and comedies, it produced films that were rich in song and dance such as Kismat (1943) and Mahal (1948) and was a forerunner of the Bollywood musical. The studio set a high standard for production and drew on a wide number of European technicians in its early days, with Rai seeing film as a medium for education as well as entertainment. Join Dr Eleanor Halsall of King’s College London for this insightful look at a pioneering studio and its prolific output.


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