Fire at Bombay Talkies: Historical film documents burned to ashes

One of the most iconic yesteryesr film studios was gutted down in fire in the wee hours of last night

Bombay Talkies, one of the most iconic film studios in Bollywood, caught fire due to a short circuit last night. Bombay Talkies, established by Himanshu Rai, was started in 1934 and it got shut down in 1954. In the two decades the studio produced many pathbreaking films. The studio was very famous in the pre independence era when it used to get letters of praise from stalwarts like Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and others. All such historical documents were burned to ashes when a part of the studio caught fire.

A source from the studio informs, “A fire broke in the building’s basement. As a result, a lot of valuable documents pertaining to Indian cinema were reduced to ashes.” Sources also informed that the short circuit occured in the basement after which a major fire broke out which gutted one floor of the yesteryear studio. “It is being said that around 650 negatives, 102 film reels, as also several photos, agreements and records were lost in the fire,” informs the source. Talking to a leading daily, Abhay Kumar, grandson of Ashok Kumar, confirmed the news, by saying, “Many documents, including letters from Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and other personalities were lost in the fire. We can’t blame anyone for this ill-fated incident.” However, there were no casualties reported.