Iconic studio Bombay Talkies reopens

The defunct Bollywood film studio is all set to produce new films

Bombay Talkies, the erstwhile film studio in Malad that gave a break to several top stars of Bollywood including Madhubala, Ashok Kumar, Devika Rani, Raj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis, Dilip Kumar and Mehmood, went defunct in 1954 – exactly 20 years after it was established. Owned by Dube Industries, the studio is now all set to make a comeback in 21st century Bollywood.

The iconic studio first went through some tough times during World War II, and had to shut down in nine years later. It will now reopen – 58 years later – in order to launch a film with Abhay Kumar, the grandson of one of the studio’s founders, Rajnarayan Dube. The film will be titled Zakhmi and will go on the floors in a month’s time. It will also star Sayali Bhagat and Mithun Chakraborty.

The Bombay Talkies Limited was founded in 1934 by filmmaker Himanshu Rai, Rajnarayan Dube and actor Devika Rani, along with businessmen FE Dinhsaw, Sir Firoze Sethna and a few others. The high-tech studio produced 102 movies. It was a public limited company that had a respectable standing at the Bombay Stock Exchange in its good days.

We hope Bombay Talkies goes on to produce more films and make new movie stars!

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