Author: Samik Bandyopadhyay
Editor(s): Dhruba Gupta / Biren Das Sharma
Publisher: Celluloid Chapter
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
A selection of readings-overviews, audience responses, criticism, filmmakers on filmmaking, interviews with stars, trade professionals, and national leaders-from a few film periodicals from the 1930s offers information about and insights into several aspects of Indian cinema in the decade that saw the transition form the silent cinema to the talkies, and nationalism beginning to explore cultural forms as part of a longer post-colonial project.
Exhaustive surveys of film marketing and distribution, state of production technology, and popular taste provide the setting for the search of norms for an Indian cinema evident in the contributions by Niranjan Pal, Modhu Bose, Baburao Patel, K A Abbas, Jyotish Banerjee, Sulochana, Chandravati Devi, Sabita Devi, Billimoria, and other critics and commentators, and in the interviews with Radhakrishnan, Sardar Patel, and Rajagopalachari.
Commentaries by present-day critics underscore the directions of film thinking in the period under review; and about 50 rare photographs restored and reprinted from the old periodicals recreate images of films that are lost for ever.
Filmmakers on Filmmaking
The Stars Speak
Indian and World Cinema
Cinema as a National Issue