7th September 2017
YouTube Playlist: Madan Theatres Ltd.
A few films digitised by the BFI and filmed by my ancestor's firm, Madan Theatres Ltd. This collection of digitised films is part of the BFI's contribution to the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, in partnership with the British Council.
Founded by Jamshedji Framji Madan CBE, Madan Theatres grew to become the largest filmmaker, distributor and theatre business in India. Madan and his company were responsible for a number of firsts in Indian cinema, including the country’s first purpose-built cinema, first Bengali feature and first Bengali talkie. To this day, the firm holds the record for the greatest number of songs in a single film.