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In pictures: 100 years of Bollywood 1923 to 1933

May 5, 2013

Ardeshir Irani He is credited with the making of Bollywood’s first sound film, Alam Ara, in 1933 and with the making of its first indigenous coloured film, Kisan Kanya, in 1937. He was an old-style movie mogul who is said to have made 250 movies. Half ???
Ardeshir Irani

He is credited with the making of Bollywood’s first sound film, Alam Ara, in 1933 and with the making of its first indigenous coloured film, Kisan Kanya, in 1937. He was an old-style movie mogul who is said to have made 250 movies. Half ???
Himanshu Rai HImanshu Rai came from a wealthy family in Kolkata who had their own private theatre; he studied with the Nobel laureate Rabinmdranath Tagore, got a law degree and went to England, where he did some theatre and became a consultant on films w???
Himanshu Rai

HImanshu Rai came from a wealthy family in Kolkata who had their own private theatre; he studied with the Nobel laureate Rabinmdranath Tagore, got a law degree and went to England, where he did some theatre and became a consultant on films w???
Patience Cooper One of the quintessential products of the silent era, Patience Cooper was an Anglo-Indian whose first brush with fame was when she worked with J F Madan in one of his theatre companies. She probably didn’t speak any Hindi, but didn???
Patience Cooper

One of the quintessential products of the silent era, Patience Cooper was an Anglo-Indian whose first brush with fame was when she worked with J F Madan in one of his theatre companies.  She probably didn’t speak any Hindi, but didn???
Sulochana Her screen name was Sulochana but her real name was Ruby Myers. Of Eurasian parentage, she entered the world of films as a stunt actress but soon became one of the highest paid actors of her time. She worked with Irani’s Imperial Studios in ???
Sulochana

Her screen name was Sulochana but her real name was Ruby Myers. Of Eurasian parentage, she entered the world of films as a stunt actress but soon became one of the highest paid actors of her time.  She worked with Irani’s Imperial Studios in ???
Zubeida Zubeida, it is said, was born into Muslim royalty. But she became screen royalty soon enough. She made her debut in Kohinoor at 12 and worked through the silent era and into sound because she could speak the Hindustani-Urdu mix that was to become???
Zubeida

Zubeida, it is said, was born into Muslim royalty. But she became screen royalty soon enough. She made her debut in Kohinoor at 12 and worked through the silent era and into sound because she could speak the Hindustani-Urdu mix that was to become???