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|Ardeshir Irani (1886-1969)|
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The man who made the first Indian talkie and the first Indian colour film!!
Irani began as an exhibitor, moving on to co-own Alexandra Theatre with Abdulally Esoofally in 1914. He was also the Bombay agent for Universal Pictures. His theatre ran both foreign and Indian films - and the success of Phalke's Kaliya Mardan and Krishna Janam convinced him to make his own.
In a partnership with Bhogilal K. M. Dave, Irani set up Star Films Limited.
In 1922 -
-. Veer Abhimanyu
In 1923 -
- Champaraj Hoda.
Irani and Dave parted ways - the former forming Majestic Films and the latter, Sharda Film Company.
Majestic Films continued the journey. Some films:
In 1924 -
- Bombay Ki Sethani or Call of Satan.
Majestic Films wound up, replaced by Royal Art Studio. Romances set in fantasy land were the preferred themes. For example:
In 1925 - Naharsingh Dakoo.
In 1927 -
- Alauddin and his Wonderful Lamp.
In 1928 -
In 1929 -
- Magic Flute.
Royal Art Studio had already closed down.
In 1929 - Imperial Film Company was set up in partnership with Abdulally Esoofally.
In 1931 -
- Wrath (re-released as Khuda Ki Shaan).
In 1937 - Kisan Kanya.
Ardeshir Irani firmly believed in sending Indians abroad to learn the craft of film-making rather than employing foreign experts.
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