28 October, 2020

The Ghost Who Talked

Ardeshir’s ardent dream, or the story of India’s first talkie

The Ghost Who Talked
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List Of Silent Movies

  • 1913 Raja Harish-chandra
  • 1917 Lanka Dahan
  • 1916 Keechaka Vadham
  • 1920 Shankuntala
  • 1921 Bhakt Vidur
  • 1921 Bilat Ferat
  • 1922 Pati Bhakti
  • 1925 Prem Sanyas
  • 1928 Devdas
  • 1929 Gopal Krishna

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Indian cinema, having found its voice in silent reels, was still enjoying its burgeoning, hypnotic pull, when sound turned it on its head in the year 1931; in a stroke, its euphoric silence was relegated to a past age. The man who initiated the revolution was an enterprising 46-year-old Parsi by the name of Ardeshir Marwan Irani (1886-1969), who, it seemed, breathed films for a living! The night he saw Universal Picture’s Show Boat (a 40 per cent...

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