Prints of old classics go up in flames — Mumbai Mirror

A sad day indeed! In general, the neglect of our cinematic heritage is pitiful (most of the time the prints of even famous films are in such poor condition that when watches a film like — e.g. — Kinara (from well into the 1970s; I saw this a few months ago but one could come up with any number of films) it is very difficult to appreciate the visuals; the film might as well be from World War I. — Qalandar

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Indian cinema lost some of its greatest milestones forever to a fire which broke out at the Borivli office of the legendary film studio, The Bombay Talkies Limited, on Thursday.

Mirror has it, masterprints of around 60 films were reduced to ashes. These included

Jeevan Naiya (Ashok Kumar’s debut film), Achhut Kanya (Ashok Kumar’s first hit), Neel Kamal (Raj Kapoor’s first big break), Jwar Bhata (Dilip Kumar’s debut film), Ziddi (which launched Dev Anand’s career as a leading man), Andolan (Kishore Kumar’s first film as a hero), Bandhan and Jhoola (two of Ashok Kumar’s biggest hits).

Founded in 1934, the studio, which produced 102 feature films and was the launching pad for some of Hindi cinema’s biggest stars, was the country’s first public limited film company.

Rajnarayan Dube known as the ‘Pillar of Indian Cinema’, financed all the films produced by the company. Now, his grandson Abhay Kumar, is reviving the banner along with Johnny Walker’s son Nasirr.

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4 Responses to “Prints of old classics go up in flames — Mumbai Mirror”

  1. sanjana Says:

    It is so sad. Why should they keep it in Borivli of all places? Cant they find some safe place in filmcity?

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  2. a truly tragic development..

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  3. oldgold Says:

    Heartbreaking. I’m relieved that at least some prints were out, and have even been restored, like Achhut Kanya available at Edu Productions linked at membsabstory.

    But looking after heritage is not something India knows how to. Tragic reality.

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  4. Sad

    Don’t they have something like Iron Mountain in India where these prints can be kept safe?

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