So Many Cinemas : The Motion Picture in India
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To ,he memory of Georges Sadoul and Henri Langlois for their friendship and 10 my

wife Donnabelle and daughter Nicole for their support and love

© B D Garga, I 996 ISBN 81- 900 602- 1- X


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of1hi,1rul)'marvellous diocow')'.. ," The revie,...,, ol.,,,i,;,,.,,ly mi1tool Lum1e""' a11i>1;1nli for 1hc invcmon, whu inckkntally, new, left France. "lnc vin,. include th.e arTi,·al cl a c""',JeJ tram at a railw;,y,1ation,.·i1hal\1heanima11onandbusdctha1suchanncntprescnu;•ndthc Jcmoli1ionofawa1l -a "x>rlc ;o , cali>ticthatthed,mi,>ttnloaoccndin•·olumn"·hcn 1hcwallfinally1oti,naMfa\ls,Tl,,S,.,1JarJ,isanother,·e,y~>ee"",theda.hill!lof 1hc",1,·esupoo1h.,hattr>CtinR•i:rea1Jealofa11en11ona1horne." The .t.owinl(S at Watt aM cu, k.»ity in 'rnf)itcofbao.lwcathc, .. ."A ,e,·isedbi!loffareincl,..J,,J,Tl,,s,.,p,,,1,

Am\W of W T,am, s,., &Ihm. UIMhs, ParisC:,,cli>uandEqw,.,trian,,H)drPark,S,.,andRorb. Tn:truf"11Mrioo o{Hau,l'raai. Of,~n the cciuipmcnt ,..,. inaJcciu.,tc, ,he film ,mm ou t and the proJec!ion fu::1·, hut th~ o•·~r-



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,..,,,,..11,-·,1Jou1,- , ""~'"'N"'11alkic,AlamAra ,in1931 Amon~ the cnthralleJ audionce at one of the Lumierc ,howings ,.... a ('OrtraU pho,ogr-apher, H~rishchand"' S.khonim Bhutvadcbr, better kn.o"'fl ,. S.,·c: D:ocb. He wasp,obablytheflntlndiantoimponamolionpicturecamcrafromlondonatacoot ,-121guinc... ln!897,h,ephor1)!lfllplw:JaWTI:01"lin~matchhet"'ttnlWO""'ll•k"""·n musclcm,n, !'und.ahk D:ocb and Kri!hna Nahi at llomb.oy's Hangin;: Gankru, foJk,.,.-.,J bv a ,hort on tht antics ri monk.-y,. The !WO films"'f"K'"ldi,cincfionin mathcmatic.o at C.mbrid!."', Years latc,r, Sir Ra~hunath """ to con/\nn, "1 retume.J I India afm complc,in;: m y wudin a1 C.rnbridge. On my artival in Bornhoy • . · ; "supt,rf , r,- turcs from our ...wlJ rcnov.·n...J pla1·s". Th= fihm inclu.:kd A!,bab.,. Hanraj . Dolt Lio. B..ddha. S,wram ar.d Sa,-al.,. Th~ iUCCe» of ,h.,.., film, prompted Sen tofilm,cc...,.from,c ,·cr:,l ocherropula rsta.-., rla1·• which fcea1u,e1I ,,uutanJin~ ani;tes of the time ,uch •• Amar Drnrn , Q.,;,h Oh.»h. Amrnlal ll,.,;c anJ Kusum Kuma, i S.Cnv.·a,alsorrobahl1•1h,fi,,.wmakc,wosma!!.J,·cn,sc,n,,m .t,o,.,fo,CK&n·,Jabalu..sumh.,iroilar.d BanoKesto Paul's

Mo•• film activity ,...,. ,ull ,,,.,fmeJ to Bomba1· and Calcutt,i. Ald,ou~h aud,enc,., in Madms haJ "'"" """'"'~ rkrure, a, earl1· ,,. 19\Xl ,t,.,,u~h an En~li,hman. MaJor Wannck. In tie k'in~ an,unJ >1n.1II ... ... a..J,·1\',,; "' 1he ,.:..uh. 'L ··n~m...ka .,Ji ,t,·,

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m,dio. By ,he lx-):;nn,n~ of ,he ccmury, Pa,h(< ruod a,.'li~"' of British ar.dWestcmmoresasshov.·ninfilmswooldbccornctkba,i,for thtlr.dian Cincm.atow,1ph O>mmitteo, ...,t K,ntoroliricalfreeJnmo,an1·rema1kmth.:""htidctthat migh t upset the status quo. A tuna Vast>.k,· in hct bcol,;. Libnry and l....i~ de'f"'tCh frorn the Go,•emn1C11t of lr.dia rn the SttMaf'\' ofStatcda1edJurwl,lQl2,"·hichpoim,-Joo1,hai"Theobichiri• n,otmcrd)'torre,·entthec,hibnionofohsccncfolmsbutalsoof/11msthatarc r,>litkallyobjectK""'hle". The e,hihi1i,,n :i,..,l.,n1'.by 18, 1912 at d,c c,,.,~,:u,nn Cinema, whi< 1 ' , ,1..,·, :. L · ""rncnt m Ti,, Timi> of !"""1 ,,f~l.w 25, 19 12. "A lmo,, h.,lfdi., B..,rn!"I' H,nJu r,1,ula1"-"' lu, ,._,•nu l.i,t .,..,..k and v.·,· ,.-.iot the,'l(h,.•, h:ilito,.._,., u hcf,,.c :ichan~oe , -irrtoryfn,m theepic.~1ock and completcconfiJcnc~ in hi>capabi lit ics


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cl-.ore".Thiow.. followec ,..• , emhu,ia,uc. The box-Office collcJ up"' R, Jl.OCIOfo,theftrs11enda1·s,anunusuallyla1"1.'1an Film O,mp,m1·- All 11~ht, to hi; prc,·i,~» f,,..,, fca tuw film> anJ swecn ,i>urL.'O'ete n1a.:lco,·er!wingw«k."Thc ,crial1 were a ~r.d to ,t,,. movics in tMir awkward age of transition from two-rttlcr> 10 feature>", inform Richard O,iffi1h •nd Anhur Mayer (Th,,, 1957). "The old line, companies which feared 1ocmbark on , t.., p oci,cduponthe,c1iala1aperfcctcompromix,aOOtMaud;cncctookto1hcirMamthi• 1h,i!hnshybridfruitofmatocomc.,to,icsfromthetwopopularepics,tM~ar,cl~, Penian and Arabian Nighu talet, tlood,,d ,M .!Crttns. A,, !r-,NVV-·,p,on-aJ hi, Ma,fan TI>eat= Limit,>J, a joint >tock company. ..-hich ,muld brcomc India, largt pmJuction-distriburion•cxhibition ne1w0 (the roorcoo ld ill affonl id, the Pa"i lheatrc d.bu1'NalaanJDamayan,i'1htfi,..,ofa

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the precinct> of the J J Sd...,l of Art in Bombay, clicititljl the admiracK)n of l'Tincil"'l Gladstone Solomon Bid.Jink fatcwdl to m1~hol"l,'Y and hist""I, Bahurao deddeJ, in the face of ,·ehemem OJ"l)O>ltion from friends and colleasues, to produce what mll>t ourdy be the f,,.. lndian,o;ial, rcali,1(,lm. ltd pa;n1ing. He pubhsheJ nro slim ,•olumos of hi, pho!ograph,indifferemgui..,andsatirkalpooc,,v.·hkhhe .. mto/FM.&n,oeeki"ll apoosibkoponing a.,•nactot.Hiomc,o1i"llwithMad..ncamotonaugh1,bu1Ganguly hadconfromatioooback home. Dhl~ Ganguly into,proted the role with wch ~omic in,·enti,-e...,.. that the film'• >UCCn& w.. assure!ly po(l'Jlar with W0$1om oudienc0$. Ono more film ttumeJrama>,he ,.-oolJbuyCOMlyfabsarylo scck fo,eign help either for t«hnical ..,istanctorbwin..,collalxmnin.Hc:wcnedtimrandagainthat the onlyway tlu, filmindu,rrycoolJadvancc...,..,"byser>dingourownyoungmcRabroad".andnotby cmployin~fordgnexp.

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forifdw>OWnd{ilmM;jjm,,d:,,p,.J,_,m.:ikt miuic.,,JfflU.,.,..,..,..t, .,,ltc-""'-""'~"'fo,r..,..,~of:Wan.,!itn«~a,,i,,p,,,J,.,,fiu~~«O,,...;,...almn.,in....wn,i...t aers launched the sour.d era comm=::ial!y when oo A"!1""6,1926theyl'fC'eynrl 887, thci.Jea occunedtomethati1wouldb,possiblemdcvistanlll$trument,.fochsho«lddofor1hc, ..,-.,whattl>ephonogmphdocsfortheea,.•ndbyacoo,bina1ionuftl>etwo,allmotion and sound coolttobc«1uipped"·ithr,rmanent.101Jndappara1us. Shonly thercafter.onfebruar,-21.thc"'mcfilm,..,..prc,,ent.Jattheirfacebior Thcatrein Bombay.&,, the ~nd of 1930. WI ofa mrnl of 370 1hca1re< in India. mote 1han JO h.J lx,cn,.·iTCdforoound. During one of hi, frc,qumt vioitsabioad. J J Ma.Jan haJ """n T~J~:; ~ in New York. Thcpublic',en1hu,ia>1icreopons.,hadconvincNhim1hat1hcfu1urcofcincma lay in » 1nd. He v,.it~.J H{r,:...J. Tht&mb.r,C/wonick(Apnl l, 193!) Y1'1Utc,"To,pcokat....utthcdcfucuafopanicular,indi,·iduollndianfilmi< to,pcak."'°"' oftenthanno1,abou11hedefect>common10tMproJuc1iooofoll... lhes.eJcf«"""' notcntin:lyabicnt fmmthc lndianta!k;.AlomAm ... butit ohow. therangcand,·ariety of sound rq>m.luctioo invol,·cJ in tM production ul acomplc1c 11o.-y... it has ,h,,,.,n that wi1h du, ,estraint and ,hoo~htful di,ection, playus lik~ Vithal and Pti1h,·iraj and Mi,. Zube,dacouklb\"thtir oignificant;,ctingand,rtt'Ch,cv"l,·cdramat,c,·aluctto"·hich ,M,ikn,w:n-cncannotpoo.,ihly'1Spitc,"A,•icwcrY1+>0 oignu'Cl'"'r to .Ira!ion of pc,Jl'OaJ over the wb-contincnt, a well•cquipped modem ,tudio, for.-i)lfl npens to wpcrvi{abli,hc,J 1he,y>tem,bu1i,,._..,meJtoha,..,workN,oe,..,r,,,nc,'1 a,,..ho wctcpoido monthly,alary,thcyga,·ethei,bc,c inthemaking ofo fllm. The J;J no< n«,...rily clip ,he wi"ll' cl• crc~,h·e film maker. Jn fa.c,. cvidcncc"'°""'thatoomcclthebcstworkofO.bakiBo.t,PC&rua,Shantaram. Vina1.,.k, Nitin llooc, Mchboob Khan and oomc others, was dorw: within the ,1.,rcm. It io trueasJohnFord or,ce,aid."lnourpruk"ion•an aniS1icfoilure io no1udio,r>1N cn1cnainmcn1, often ttwlting in ptc,,Jar rcocmbleJ anove,worked facto,y and was~uallychaon> ·• ...,....·..-..,andwfters.Me ,....,oneoftho.erattpro.Jucerswho,havingoncespom,d a 1alcn1, a!lowcdit10de,..,1op unfettered. Hep"' 10 ,he N,w Th, • .,,. 11udios and persuaded him to dir«1 a film ,·,rsion ofhi,dar.ccdrama,NolirP",ic,(1932), apri ntofwhichhas r«entlyhe,,ndioco,·ercd in Santinikctan. The real brtcalrtn>cJ "'foe El.-', nna~onauon . V ~ 0917). • roman,ici..J biot(raphyofthtcm lnJ,a),and,.--.,,,,n;iJ,,,,eJrhe~r,:atcstpo,:tofh,.time,is arguably'smos10, i, ViJrapau,a fri,ndofthek,ngof~1 ,th,la , no"·h,,counr--'tokttphi, promioetoParb.o1i, htjoumrysallnigh11oge1toht1vil!ai,:e. where he dies &.rua•, ad:tpta!ion of,h.i: no,·d in Dnda.< rcpre>enU a .,,iki"!I newde,...,lopment R.l11her1han sla,•W.ly1raru.la1eonen,.,,Jiumin1o onothet. heuscdthtncwdasrnw material,creatin;ihi,own"ructureandtmrufonning ,.-hatwaspYr,,lyverbal into an ,,_n,iallyvisualfu.m.A.-.:>iding"ereotl'T""•ndmelodram.a,Baruarai,edth.i:le,..,loi hiicth3!1emion i$huihupbrn,hrough1hcmilr, , iren,,hcawroachingambulanpa!l"nd• film . Ni1in knew that the test of soCcfflfol propaganda ,....,. while it sti" the mind, i< a\,u tug at ,he hear! . 11,e ,wry 1c,•olve1 around !WO friends (K L S..i~l and Najmul Hu ... in) in lo,•c with ,he Jame ~frl (Lila Dosai). One of the friend., in a ..,lf-sac rifidn~ opirit, lcavesthe f,eldclcarforthe o1he,. Ahhough1heplo1i, afamiliar onc,i1 i,1hcdcp1h of foclin~ and ,he • um of rich melanchol1· tha, Nit in &:... ponrnys 1ha1 makn hi• film diffcf'Cmfromothcrs

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Workil\li within ,htc .,ud,o sys,em '"'" o,her film mak= ,..ho m.>Je no1able c,,ntrobt.uion>, amon~ them bein~ Ah.Ju\ Ra,hid KarJa,. Flom in 190l, m Lahore, Kaniar had bcrn an acu,.- and ''" de.igner before he came 10 di,ect film,. He m:iJ.c •nerd[ .,[en, filmoandaialkit.HttfRan,a/t(l932)inl.ahorc.bcfon,"'°'"inRtoC..kuu"'° joi n1k East lnd,a F,lm Comr,mv. 1l,e >UCC"'6 of films l,h Aum1 Kn Ppr (1931) anJ Clland,"P/)«I ( 19)-4) marl.cJ h;rn uut a.;• talm,cJ f,lm maker. It"""' IJdd,i Slf>l/li ( 19)6). anaJapia1ion oilO.hUmul'/Fox',Ca,-dma/R1dli!..M.amajorbox-o/focchit."·hkhwon horn a ,..;Jc audience follov.·ing. Critic> acc.....J him oi plagiansm hut Kan:lar's in~"'nirarlvo,,..,dccadco. A film mah, of 1ingub, r-alcnT. Vinay:1k (1906-1947) - a teachet in~ boy"1 .1ehool in Kolhapur before he, joir>rd Prabhat as an acto,. He m.>de ,mall but ompreooi•-c >l'('Canmc.. in many oi the Company", talk;.,,. When Pr-abhat ,hiftcJ ii> acri,·iri .. 10 Poon•.Viruay.d.juincJKolhapurCi1>t,pro,·e$thepo(lUlaritycithesuhj«:tandShantaramcouldhesaidt h•vemade a .1plcndid~innin,:,in,pi1eufob,•KJtlllo/f,cialrt,"rictioru."Shantaram, w~nat1onali>1views"'activi1icsandi nduc1edr.ewd1rectorsand technicians1ocor,ewiththe inc,.,.,.,J numbrr al production$. Films like Wn'lt'td Mmace, Soil Eru$ion, Srhool fr,, Fannm and Nttd a( IN Momnu dealt wi1h urgcn1 agricuhural prubkm., in an effun 10 improve productivity. A film of abiding ime, .., ,...., T,e, o( W,alih d irectN I,,,· Bhaskar Rao, which explore$ the pattern of life ,,f the reorle al Kera la, through the variou, u,e, of the roconu1. This...,.. 1he fim Indian documcmary IO win an in1ema1ional award {Edinbur)lh).Th,r,:,..,..alsoafi lm,Tribo/Donces,,.·hkhbroughton1he ocrecn,perhap,, fo, the fir11 time, the dince, ,,f the N - of A...,m, and the Khatak dance, perfonned wi,h tlashing,wonh by ,he Pa,ha,,.of the: Nunh Wni Fron,icr. The !FI ,olso made• film on the: Indian film indumy which became ,..,,. popular. A folm on the press in India, traced ill hidrama,;,,cn11mental romance and musical cxtra,-i:an:as. "-foth•caten him,rical, in gaudy .1 to tht dramatica\11· ch"').""'I a,o;o-;>1nation of tl,, )''"'"lol l,ci1. The murdc, ,alee, in 11-.c miJ;c ,/ p.11.c, feS1i,·111cs. Their ,,.ttJ; drawn, ,he l(U:1nl, cha>< tht lcm> c,i,.-. are J,._,,...,,-J in the ar.d hu,tl,· of 11-.e fr,tivillc>. Eschcw1n~ mclo.Jr.,ma.J•~nJar1umsnmwa""'"""nt,/ cxtraonlmal)· ro•l(ll:inc1· T\,...,~I, the f' , ,.-., n1..:k dunn~ the\\'' .hen mm ar.d nnlc ·a'v-·: ..- et. Sl,,,kh Fa1chlal, the an dorecto,. 1n~'t'.nKlY,ly man~..,J !O ~"'e it a ,un,p,uou, look. He dc,i~.,,,-J the costumes and Jc"·cllcr,· ,.-,rh mcuculo«> c~re so rh:" ewn ma ~•nherm~ ,•.eh ,rnnd c1hoo:!hehallmar\:ofl'rabha1films. Shantaram', f, n , film for hi, =v.·11· furm,,J company, Rajhmal Kalamand ir, ,..,.. Shakllfl!ala(l9H),adap1edfrom1Cabdrua',clas.sic.hw., • hugcsocccsoandranforlo-l .,,..,k., al one theatre in Bombay, an unprn:NemeJ m:onl. La,er, he made an imprcsoivc an!i•Japaocse 'war effort' film, Dr Kotni! Ki Amar Kalwmi (19'1(;), ba,.,J on KA Abbas' shon r>t'• uncann1• instinc, w gr, w the heart ul the maucr, he ..,archtances in "'·hich it,..., made, itcoolJn't achie,·e the roundedperi'ectionofanuewurkofan,but1hc,e,.-a$, howc,-er, """" uniformly exultan( in ill prdiS,,. fi/m.indi., .,.-lt>le, "K.olpan:, isa landmatl in 1hchistoryof !ndianfilin.sin1hcsame ""'f... Ci, Ka~,..., in Hollywood . (It is a) de~a>tatmg sati"' on tM lnd;an film indumy ,.-hkh refuocstorc-c011ni.scori~inali11· andgeniu,;".

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Colour had ,h;ft,d the th"'" of in""""tion from thematic to production val.,.,,. With a few exceptions, film •ficr film cra!hcd • t the box Dimibumn , who had .Jvanced , i:eable JUms, po.nickrd. In ,hi, grim 111n:et,thtbraoh,1oughandloul-mouthedhcruv.·hoJymboli$ed1hcoimmering di>contcn, o( ,ht disJ,o,ssessed, ,he ,cam evolved a ncw \anguagd o( ,·k>knce and ,·rodena m his exremi,·dy m,,.mttsl. Z,,,,,..,., (1973). H., diJ • >tint wi,h ,he O.»..,mmOng ,.'fi,er. As a Jittt1or, he n..Je hi, J.,but with lla,in,;,. Moon )c panicularly refer> ,o ,htu «lectic ,tyle born OU! of hea,•y bo,,o,.·in;:, from ea,her film mahr,, also their "accum1ble inw net)' ..,enc" ,n which ,he TC)!atJ, Desai .. "Jc·cd,.,howeretolot'1wod:withSippyon$c,·e111lfilm$, includ;Rj1Sllola,.Thcfllm,..,..asagaoim·•ngc inwhichaformt,policeoffic" {Sanjccv Kumar), in onkr 101quare accounts with a dreaded dacoit (Amjad Khan) ,..ho had chopped off his hand.and annihilated his entire family, hicco two mercenaries {Dharmmdra and Amitabh Bachchan) and wagtt a priv:uc ,...,_ Sholayhadall thetrappings oi aWeo1em;ruggrdcountrysitrongestandmoo!popYlarcharactcr in the film isthecold,bloodedkiller,OabbarSinRl,,consummatoly plafN by Amjad Khan (he impttSOetateoiEmclll"ncyonJune26, 1975 wasala>tditcheffon topropupa(IOvemmrnt which had loot all mooal 1,mcrion. Theccnfe !!".""•mmcnt polkie,. Each arti,t ,..., ,c-quireJ to •ign • &.xum p,d up a rwd,oJc >.juad", as,i,mnt. Gani!\[, as a f')»tble candida,e forrhecom•n~ P,.,oiJen1Laldecuon.Su1tahl)'~IOffl." in,rnlkJa,d>cl,fc,long Pr.-s,O ew,.... z..- .... _ _,~,c, ...,_si..-s.......-. 1978 d~•·e,ly conni>•N around a woman in a joint Hindu family who II""' thmugl, innumerable frial, (by jealo..$ he»·enly goddcl-!Cto, comiderablc cloot in the industry, " """ of thtm enjoyin~ immen,c p,:,,.·crando,,n,rol. ln197S,oo,of89filrnspruducodinB.,mboy,1hcmusicscorcfrx44 films was rnwided by 1hrtt 1tigning compo,cn. Laxmihn,,Pya,dal, Kaly-anji,Anandj i and R D Burman. lc-avinit oot in tht cokl talentod veterans l;ke Na....tiad. Khanam. Jaidev, Salil 0.0...·Jhu,y, 0 P Narr,,r and o (An.and Rthhi, lndivar and Majrooh Sulrnnpuri) and pla1bacl oingcri {Ki, hore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi. La!a Mangeshkar and Asha Bhoslc) cornered moM of ,he wo,l, There ,..,1t ,crioo, allci:ations of monopoly le,·cl\ed •l!"in5l 1hcsc music"""• "·ho """'" acc~ofconspiringtokeq,outh.>1hexistingandfreshtalen1 . 0fl.ataMangee-comc cult film>. The Sloty d N.wtt! ..,,.ol,•n orour>d" lottny ticket and tht g,-a,d dfourfricnds,.·hoha,·ehit1hcjackpot.Desaius,es1hcploto.,apegupot\ whichtohanginc""l('Uct1tckmcntstha!idc ;;:,~~::::i~:7":i:u:,{~~::'".1,i~•~~~a:t=::7:r:is~~ot.:::: biry•talc that is visually delightful and throbbing with youthfulcn•fK'I· ~ - "'' inthebleakWtar>)'Slemthat.ahho..t,:hno>1arcanR1"'ranteea film',wcces>, noproJucerdan:Ji,pcn,e with thc,m. Thcdemand farcxceeJs the !Upply. The-re an: few " 'lubk sun onwtladi,r,-ing()OCeanddrama.Thcrestof thcfilm isanimpla..sible.du ll affair. Mukul Anand and] P Duna share in common tMir bravura flourishe,of t«hniquc. forgeningthatt«hniqucisno{.,.0,aplinonccJ>O.llit,"pnolc:waphingthcllrcplace fromd>.,vietdccadeandahal/wi11goOOWn.,.a b.omenpuiod.dcvoid1her', ill,,,.,... Hcat11\'in 1hc,•i ll~-.,ada)'aftcrt..:r,plays1heAutcanJ,.·rite>hi,ncwel.Pulu,afri.-nd,takeshimtohisvill3#for hi< si"u Aparna•, -..·eJdin~. Jn the mid he -..-an.cler$, and;, evemuall)' pe,suaJcd !O rrwm and claim hi, fi,·c-y,,a,-old boy. HandleJ wi,T'•Stont,l957). "" une,·cn corncJy with A.ihc1 ,-/ brilliance, i, the ,rory of Parc>h !)ma, a bank dc,k (brHliamlyplay,,Jb.,-TulsiO>aha,•ani),"·hoaccidentallyfindsthcphil""-'f'hcr'•stonc androcketsto-..-.,alth.Hisbetterinmnctstdlh1mtothn,....the.roneawaybut~ and hi< cmving for fame pnwc stmnb''"· At • cocktail party, an incbriau,J Dutta ~ cun1rol anddemon11ra1e11hc 1',ccrc,ttohi> sccrternry -..ho ,,...llows it ,.·hen the police knock al the: dcu. ll,c film'• wi! and irony rclya!IOO(l(un:s, chandelier> and cmp1tyof1htwnmr-ing. Madhabi Mnkherjce,asthew;fo,is~ifteJ withnatu.,.lgraccand intellii;:cncc. Herpromisca;an ,11:,rcs.s ,.._.. realised tnu1e fully in Ray·• r>Charu n, the 1he housc,bu, ...,....,,u,mn,alisinRhei.stohlamefo,,,.,RlectinRhi,wife.O,aruhoklsoot hcrhandanJashcg,:,es10wardslwr1hci~..,fftt'.!e> ChanJau,i,alTIC>nJe'fRay'slTIOitperf«tlycraftedfilnu.ThcprrioJisme1kulously detailed: tlw C>tume,, the heavy Viftk virtually unn«.,..,.ry. he,tahli,he,Cl,aru',horalc,mar.dlonelir,e., .. .he ...,.r,dcr,aiml, thwugh ,he various ft.'Ol'M of lw, lal).'C, wdl-appoin«-J house, admirin~ her embroidery or picking up a bcok only 10 pU! i1 bo,ck, When Bhupa1i ctHCl'5 1hc b.cJroom in ...-.1rch of a book, find. it and ..-alks pa>1 her, ,..., become acU!ely """''" ofO.aru's lone Iin..,. Ray', muskalcomp,:1'itionshad .. ,fa,l,c,,,ncomr,etcnt;hi,>hrillian1anJ sccs,hc 1oncandcxqyisiternoodofthcfilm. The 1idc theme and ics,·ariationsan, de,i,·ed from a meloJy by Tagore, anJ ,hrougl>out ,he film Ray usco musical mo{ifs ,o R'""' .««t. Vamaj Bhaua, the -..-ell•k"'"'"" m"'ico k'l(i>l has .,.iJ that "few musicians in India could have ~i,·cn him (Roy) the kinJ ,/ mcnl-musk that he him$Clfhas maMj..'1-,J io con,J'Ol'C .. . Ray is aOO\·c all a ~rcat and ,t.c.ruugh 1tthnician rc,·clling in conm,llcd demi I. u11lik~ O,aplin. ,. ,..1,o al so J,J his " "''" mu,;k, Ray don ooc romem himself with the cn,ati and Jctai\s to the ine~i,aMc 'am>ll, unh"ppincre) ,..1,o interviews him . While she "401te di,intercsleJ ,n him, he finds him,clforcninguptohuanher


pr.-fcmng no.- to betray hi, confidence,. Ray 11(>1 Uuam Koma,. the ,mmen,clypopular llen~,l i mm·ic, idol, to playAriJham. a fittin,i piece of co1s1ing,1huugh itaruuso.,.J ,nuchJd,a1eat thetim1abli,hmem.Apan(romi1>psyehol"l!k•llyac u1cponrayal ,,f th, film ,tar, N,,,,J:" in!c•c•st;n~ for i" stnlCWr•nJf:mtt1>)'·A,·1lla!1('yohlwithm,nicalp'lor!."'••dttr,,.o""°"iatioo,,mp,,nJinK;"''~;..,chtl'"""nc• (X the mythic in th< onhn,, ry... •. Afrt•r Anmp Dm Ratti, Ra1· focwocd on contemporary city l,fcand if5p,ol>lcm,. l'rarid......nd;, Sttrnabo,JJl,.,and},urbanlfiloJ;:yfot,hccomn,on1hema1 k1hwad,conup1Klflinall i1>form,,1haruni1e:sthe1hrttfllm, Pmtidu,mdi(Tli,Ad,"""'J,l970)ha,a,it>pmtagonieT·in•law ,.,hos,ocafYbyl\ibhutillhushan Banerjec,theauthor,/Pmhet-Pcznc"'11i. The "'"ing i i a "'"""" village in llcnµl. A Jl,,-Ahmin couple, Gangacharan (Soumitra Chancrjtt) and hi, ,.,;fe Ananga (Babi!a) are""""'""'"'' 10 ,he ,·illa,:e. ,.-1,e,., ,,,,.,., of theinh•bit•narc, Jlowc~>:11u,~. 11e>1 h,. V·,,.. His .k,ccu,·c "'"' , r«'Yke amund Fch,da. a 1·0011~ det,-cti,·e. h i, t1't'n:,~ co.o,on, Top,.,-.h. and a crim< in if>"- refolmha>a,uperbfttlforth,p,.,riod,combiningadarkand11'31,:icmooJwi1h the gr.ocioU$ life,tyle of the ari•tcra,cy, ,cllcc«:J in the rich (al,rics, ornate Victorian fumiturwithhc, Engli.hturn,()enniltr Kapood(er.dal).Sandip =ocro;oasbeini,:a.shademorevillainousfor110,mc,ely .,.,Jucinghi,friend',wiltbutalooinducinghcr toitca!monc,yfromherhU>band'• ..feto funherhi, 'causc'.Bu,iti,Nikhil,,hccultirAtcdarbtocrAt(brilliantlypla~byVictor Bar.erjtt)wlic,,;,,noblebearini,:andnaturaldignnyismISI impr.,ssi,·e.Awatcthathis wife had stra1·ed """Y from him, h, >hoW> uncommon unotiginali1yan.dlack,-iinhibi1ion.Unlih Ray, unlike moo, Indian film makers in fJCI, Gharnk dc"d,,r,J an idiom and >11•lc astoniohin~ly frtt of ,...,.,cm cinematic influences. Eisenstein .,..,.. !he ooly one he ach,ov,·ldge,J, as ·,t,, f.ukr ... the primeval Adam ,-i the dncm.a". Ghatak', f,lms ""' quintts."''""· Sat).OJII Ray,at h;,fi,.. John Playc, Lcc1urc al ,he N:011onal Film Thc:mc in Lond.>n, '-11d th:n he 1houW,t Ghatak,.-,,h.,, fo,1hclllOM>i1;1,ificam ol,MunJ,,.co,·e.,J lridoanJncctor:s.Thisl.J,o the f,n,{ e•·e• rctr.'>f'.-.: twe r-i h0> fihm at th•nthu, ·•..,· '"'"'",!,". a rc-nm. Gharnk', fil111> 1t,·ol\'e afOYnJ '"" cc,ural them,-,: ,i,., cincmatic c• ..-.r bci;an wi,h Nrn,ai Gho,l,",Clunna,nul (TN Up,oo,,d. 1951 ). "film .:1 row ncah,m oo 1h,· pncc pro,:a,:oni" Nita i• ,he l,,.,ad,winncr in a ,ofu~•w fam,lv offi,·e. ll>e11 >1:n1~I• for survl\'al "bleak, and the clima• comes with the l>r-eak•upofthed1splaceJfomily.Nirni,e•pk1iteJbye,·e'l'""'"ndtlw,>trainpnl\·1.,.too much: she soccumb. to 1ubercuk,.i,. Jn an unfo.gcnabk icene, 1he dying Nita cries out •1 ...·am,oli,·c",Th, ,cl>c,,.,,·erbern ,es"'Gharnk'• camcrnpansacmi., thernoumain• accmtu.,till)llhc,ilence,u>,asGha1akhim,elf



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.. id, an a,pect ol the Great Moiher ima!-"'· Her dea,h ;, hkc ,he !(Oing away ol Du,g;a, 1heimmcrSionoftheidol. at th.en>d olthcau1 umnPuja Gha, ak il>COl'J'Of",,,J iome1hing of hi, ll"TA cxJ"' in his r.,xt film, Kom,;d Gand/iar(EFlai.1961).Heme,,...,.thernoufofthefragrntn,a,ionofarevolutioruiry cuhur.,lmO! interested in m~hanim< Naxalite, in the fo, e$t "·horn N,lkantha rni.,ge; in (Xllitic•I argument. l.a1et, in •n cncoon,et l,n,.-=r, the N•xaliu:s an..J the r-shce, he" she..- oo,.·re.Jily fonhcoming, but the >ad on..J man!:< fac, n:rrutiru 1h•• th,, Bengal i audicRCd for ,.,hon, he made the film, la~I)' s,ay.,J """"\' from them. Pethap, his film, carried too personal a"'"""'~"" - Gha,ak's 11a~..Jy to a grcal ""'""' wa, ,c)f.,n..Jt1ecJ. He lacked, in his an as m hi1 life, the J ,,cipline that might ha,-., enahl.,J him w ,;.., aho.·e hi> pcr,or,al problcmsto crca1camurcunifieJwurk. Hi,filmspruj«1auniquc"'n"b,l11y;1heyare ohenbr,lhan1,bu1allll·i1hthcrolit1calsi1ua1ioninthc count')'- Lou,dy baseJ oo ,t.., 1901 Samh:,I R~•'Uh, On 1hc ftlm • )'OUlll: mbal (11,,, ror relat1OOoodrink.lnthe;equcnc•aftcrthc,.-,fe',Jeath,S.ndepan; s,gnificantlyhumauthcwl'tcmchanJ. The,hrouJmoneyi,not sr,nt >me,1unea "·iJtrd,mcn,iun .,,A.l:ak,S..,idhanr (/nSt=hr,/F""""', 198!). A ftlm crew arrin"> in• ,·ilb~--- m Ben)['II to make a film ahc'-" the ~reat fumir.e of 1943. While , i , - ~·•·nrr,,.,-,-s.,11111111e,ccncim·e,uthecharalend1cl ruinsofa;,,,ninda,-'1ca,mt,y ..,a,cinKnandlim(Tlw,RW,u,l983,liindi).Dipu,ayoung man from ,he ci, y, in,·ites twuuihi,fricnds, Anil. • .,,;,c, and"'h a rhowgrnphcr, wspenJa,.·cckendwi1hhim0!hi,anccmalrs1a,e.\llhilcphowgraphin.: •henll M .S..bhash diocO>Wi Jam;ni (Shabana A,mi), a rounR """"'" who i,.,.,. akinril-"Nr Shahani'• Ma)leholar.hip Hc ,c"·..JabndpcrioJ,lar,,rcn,kesh ipwithRoh:nlltts«,nonthescts,/ Un,frmm, D011u. Ri,,.•ik Gha,ak. "''ith ,..hom he Siu.lied a, Punc, anJ S.,-....,n , ha,·c b..'MlnO-Haw•



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••i1ali1y and ran~"'· An oumanding katurc of the film io iu mu,ical !Cote by VanrajBhatia,.·hohasocorcJthemuoicfoioi, al imrenJin~ 1call.-.;:,ka,ako!ha,(a11f""->f'lc ,•icw 1hr ko!M wnh m,.,c.J f,..,1,ng,. The amiable A~'"""'I (S"c' and finall1· >Ue l"-~lf'Ie n,le had impTintedon Goan li(eand which may«1eriesrlir.cidento,ir.cludingananemp ,ha, Lahany.,'o wife ,.•.,. rnpcJ and murJen..J by k,cal l,i~i).'>. Th, ,hattcn~ dima• is reacheJ,.·hen,heyounguiba!;, ~U,,...,JunJ..,.policerscon roperfonnhi,fother',funernl riteo.Asflamcscoruurne1hcdcadboJy,Lahanya,onanimpulse,sei:e,,a"'JOOCuu._.,',axe anJ kills his oistcr, ,a,·in~ he,- frum the fate that Wdl hii w,fe. Aalrn:,,h h,.. heet, hkcr.ed roG.:s.a Gavra,' Zand ctiticiseJ by the same tul...n for it> thriller fonrun and hi;:h vionrn1cJ from hi; binhp\;ourchildrentos,,...,.h;, abotheoonolfilmyoucan"taffonlr,,:>1toktthem0 and con,munal hoJ"-,., both Hindu and MM l'inw remain, an cn~"'-""'flll film In Mohan ),,.Ju 1/a:ir l!o (Summon, /r,r Mohan )o,h;, 1984), Mir.a str= the imr,>rtance of indh·;,lual ,,,c,~,n and mno.u""· The f,tm r,llfr.1)-S the 11rui:i;le of a 65-1·ear- ct m·,·nly ~"im , the,e are molfllc>el)". S,...,,,,, h,~ ,-i the If vu ln,•rabilit y finds u , ,.·d)' oni., Sat,m !.an,,:d,,.fochfocu,._-,,,n lndla,1.iri."-">' mtr>Ofit)", thc M,,.l ims (:, l"-'P"lauon , -i""arl1· 120 m,11,.,.,). in l""''•raniuon India . Mir:a makrsclcar hi< >1.onJ1~'1 m. "One ho.'f'lrecl> of Bombay, ln·ing ,if uwn~"' and rhd",. If S.l,m rq,n,Sents the CynlCII, ,.,[f.Josinic1h-., element a,n,.:,n;: Musl,m )'-OUl'k,,.·hocanfiOOnojoboo:her,han1ha,cialow-paidproo(n:-ader. Sal,m"•ini1ial n,sroruc tn A,lam is one of iOOilferenc~ t:.., he l(r"adually lq:m, to admire his ,·~ws; he ,.,h-,,ca,.,. .,Ju.cation for Muslim WOfflO'fl f..,. ,.-hkh he ~• beaten up by con,crvati•·~ Muslims. A docun'lsism'• ~ing, Salim" knifed mde:uh hy • n'lahardlool:atr,,liticalmachinatiomandtheprn,,in hi,maidcnf, lm, Nnv /)el/,i Timytoca""'•'"llll"'f'l"I han,,nd,efama1or1comment;bemgffl.'dcabout laW)"Cn. lt>ricx>ecn1 mcwcments in ,.,,·era I pan, of the Somnimcs the weight of 1radi1i1cr.wl>ohas>1uditin1hc)'-OUn;:rouplcand1hcarri,•alolahihy~i,•n 1heaun1 IIOO)Cthini,: !O fu,. on,r. One S(o,my ni~ht the ekler brolher ..-.llu ""' • ne,w to 1t1um Bhaur.>,,.·hoha.,>k,a,·ingbehinda \T>ling. Pir,.~ '""'"" to f\,:,ml:,a1· ,., llnJ !11.>1 Jc-n~\ ha,·,n~ ,.,ffereJ a milicarria~,:. ha,, h.-comc h,l 1cm,' a n J · · ract",·e, anJ P , '.Un)Ce',us wiJo,.· Ai:[1aS1athisfriend\in,n1or.ili1yherte1nonscratcJ,...J nlt"n n1t~••1e '" 1he c11b "' ,..,,.k, le,"·m~ ,hen """'"'n l,ch,nd an,,I w!Llmon~ ,>I'll)" for hn,•f r,,r",J' cwr,· '"'" ,,. thre,;• l"'f>- TI,e arrh,il nf a rnunch1· 1,,un~ m:m (N.i,em,JJ,n Shah) create, c•rc' c,n 1.-n,., film,.,, m th duhbeJ in En;:Hsh; J B H Wadia', Cwn Dime..-, IC A Abba.'• Rd,;, Oietan Anand', Aandlu,m, and V Shantaram', Dr Korn;,. Ho"'"'"'• the,,, remain.ed uncu,wincins "nd ne,·crcaugh, on. A breal,hruugh wasachic,·...J in 1963 bi· Ismail Mm:ham and James lvOf',' wi1h H"""1tol.:ltt. Since ,hen ,hey ha,·e >ho, ..,,-.,ral in lnJia, v.·hich ,ncludc Shakesp,or.,.olial,, Th, Gtm1, Bomba:, Talltb(l986), ,ht Enshsh I ~ i,cemral rn,he,htme. E.-.,, ,inceMacaula1·',minute(1835)thatlnd,an,be1augh1Engh>h 1opnwidede,ksfortlw, llrit,,h Raj, the 'babu' had come mtohe,ng. 11,e film,"'-" in tlw, early JO,, ,., .. ~,-cs around Francis M"""'Y (Ra~m·i, Yadav), an Indian O,,i1..denu i1 a oollnquial mix of Hindi, En~h,h ~nd slan~ which conuibu!e> sr,.>ntaneily and colour to 1he film. O,mmi.,w....,J by Otan1>Cl ~. Kri.,hc,n mad,, E!«fn( Mooot ahout En;:lish 1il India for • bi, of Raj nos.1al~i• A11histimcanumberoffilmmakerslx-g.,n1u""""',ha1d;stinct"""'ber,.ttn'an' andthe'comm.,rdal'arefal,.-,orinanycaocr.,1,..,i;:,,r,-ahJ.Arn,dingthecxc....,. ,/ mainstream cinema, their film,,,/ ncce.,,ity, "'en, low.bud~"'', >impk and cm.lible . S..i Par'anjpy before its tclca handicap, he h fiercely ir.d..•pendcn1 . lnachance encountcr,.·ithKa,·ira (ShabanaA:rni),anot1racti,·c1·""n~ widrn.·, he invnc, hCT 10 wud with 1he children"' 1he schoul. While ,he i, incl'1ock , i1""1ion,. ll>cfi!rn'• •li,COCh >pOl,cn ~ millions, anJ each with their own rich li1crury hetil"l,"', it i, rui tural 1hat linguistic ar,J elhnic idcnmics are >lroflg. Sometimes this has taken a violcn1 and dramatic tum, .. -..·hen• parliament•')' haft of a mi~. 1h, bouom of i, th1n,e1>t•h.,..·theirdem1iontoher.

In 1983 anurhef film actot, NT Roma Rau,'""' a sp remarkable fo r it> b,,auty and the fiJcliry wi1h which it dcpict1 an e1hnic way of life. M T Vasudcv•n Nair'• NirmalaJ1,'lfYofav1 ll a~..,oracle"·.,,,.._,e,vicnarenolonJ: life

andgi,'ci ;1rncaning.Thcyplana n,ncle,vousa1,heprison hospi1al ...-hcnhei,suJJcnl1· rdea.s,,;l-af1ccJomhenownolon!("rs,,.,1:,.,Mamo.xy.ootofKerala", promincn1ac1ors • give,asterl ill.l! intherole,-/Ba.hecrfor.,·hichheJe.,,,wJly won the Natk,nal A,.-.rJ. As in M..J:/iamukham. AJc10tcreat.. a tantali:ing cni~•rna,clo the"'""""non1hco,hcr , itkofthc-...,.l[af;pnentdBashcrf, ;magina,k,ninduc.-Jbyhisintcnselone\i""'8! Aooot', mm, are Jc..ply human and firmly roou,d in t,,. ooi l. often e,·,Jdn~ ancie nt_ima.get and ritua_Js- Yet hio coocems_ remain contcmrorary sh..,w1ngthe1nd1vidual's st rui.:i;le1nan a1toph1.-J ""'"''Y ';JJI.-Jwl!h social ~ o,political dug,na "Ii G Aravindan (19J5•l99l),.·hone,·craneOabou, • yI< (TIit Cimu T,n,, 1978), abo.., a circu< "'-"'I" anJ the cxci,crnem ,h..,, brina,: m th,• he of a ,mall villa,..~• community. The film 00,,,,.,,.,. the ten"' anJ ~,nely hn of the artistes a, abo their bri, a miracle pl.,y anJ a Ma')' M"ll'-falene•hkc incident, kttri1111 1he "'l'"cr,·,ithemanintact. Like Ku"""""• inRa,.l,,Jffl()l'l,Ar.,vindinremin,b,...o(,he coscn1i.tlrdativityoftruth. />okkw,ryd(Tu;{wu, 1981) iak.. afunhcrrlun,:cinm nun·na1Tm"·cform which "'"' it> theme of~ ..,n,i1i,·c y,;,ung poe! (rla\lN 1-,y tM pocl, &la.chanJran ChulhHad), unahlcto,.·ithstand1hehar-,hrealn1esofli/c,"·ho,i:r..,h.,llyoli['iintoa,.,,rlJc/fon1'1$)' anJhalh,cin;1tio11 . fa-cntually,heisrnnhngutlt\"'rd,andSanbran{Gnpi),thcfore>uuc,u,e. Orid.uhu (So,,,n,lw-rr,1986)i,episoJ1c.""'°"'hkeacanoon,mpw11ha,imila, economy,ieffectand,harpwit.Ara,·1ndanr,:,;n1lsatthethnu~"11,i ,·,ola1i"!lnatutt"01"up,u> toa rcfflOle villa~'< in Kerala where it, inhahi1anua,cexciu,J!yari:uin~•hout thed,,,,ci,ion,ithe Br-ahminlanJlord 1ubrin~dec1rici1y101he,·,lla!(C.Soon.a1ruck rulls intothevilla!,'ntmU«:t ,i the film i, the choce,11.,rarl,y and namiti,·e r,x,tr"i ,i Ka,·al.,m Narapna Panich,. ,...._, had earlier collahtory and mL»ic frlf KMfflmallJ. Shaji. ,.-hose,

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c"merawork ha, comribu,N 3 ~at deal !O ,he .IOCCns ol Ar:w(ndan's films. herJ«U an 1mroosible task. John ~hlf,teth.,ragr,,u p oflikc-minJedr dead boJy i, iJcn,ifiOO by hi> c001r:tde,. v.·ho ,hco ,ra,·d 1og,1h.,, m iel\ hi, mod,e, ol h,s death. The film is built around this journey in a series ol mem,,ry ep...,.,_i,,. ,/ the dead b,:l)' and ,he rernlution that failed. The pictu,e that emerge.'$ frnm ,-..chmemoryisof1enc,,nfaturbing. movin~ and c,c.Jihle film. N;olini in her first major role•• the JoorncJ ""' re,·cal, surpri,ink range and in,dli!1"ncc A cenain hlcakm"" and i-1mi,m mark. A, KR:ov;ndrnn";film,:irea,·mn.Jl1·1",lnom a ~1,,n,.,- romt ,:I,.. T h"n,, ·c·ncma ·• a mcs.ltum f"' ,,.c,.,1.,,;,cal and h1>trical analr1,". 110> fllm. Or, Tlioot-al Pah'u11nm~'""'1acincrnagrcwundcr1hegian1•h.aJ.,wol1hc n..ighbourillj! Tatnil ar.d Telugu film inJUS< the 'barcfu.x dirtt10cBrifohinthe 1920.,at ,he time of Gandhi's Noo•G:>or,ro,ooo Mo,•emem. He ;, be,ra)'N by his mi,1re,.,whorcahses1oo latcthctra;:,,Jyolh«ac1ion.Us,n~thefolkhallad a,ianarr.11i,·c, 1hefilm ,lf'plllat 1rcnJ, in et,rmncncial cincn,a . The plot in,... h-es a nareis,111k ,,,,in, ,.·horun,fo.$iru11c h,m. Srlition,1i1 ...,h,manJ 1herondnit ha. bn"-'ll"t out the prohlcm ol \\l'Jng w;J,o.,·h,ood with ,uch J'O(g,,an much emotional intcn."t)' and cont~m['



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