Madan’s movie legacy

Jamshedji Madan’s pioneering contribution to the theater and film industry is recalled on his 100th death anniversary
Farrokh Jijina

When film producer and theater personality Jamshedji Framji Madan’s 101-year-old restored silent film Behula was shown in December last year, there was jubilation in movie circles. "Given that only 29 of 1,338 Indian films made between the late 1800s and the early 1930s have survived, it seemed like a significant achievement in the fight to save the country’s cinematic legacy,” noted The Times of India on December 19, 2022. Calling the film "a rare gem,” The Hindu wrote that "this is the third Indian silent film to be acquired by the National Film Archives of India but the first to......

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