Legends

 

Our Founders Had A Keen Eye For Talent To Which They Launched Over 280 Artists And Technicians In World Cinema Through Bombay Talkies. All Of Them Went On To Become Superstars And Are Engraved In History.

Himanshu Rai

4 July 1892 – 16 May 1940

Founder
Launched As A Lead Actor In Bombay Talkies Produced
Film – Light Of Asia (Prem Sanyas) (1935)

Devika Rani

30 March 1908 – 9 March 1994

Launched In Karma (1934)
The President Of India Honored Devika Rani With A Padma Shri – 1958
She Became The First Recipient Of The Prestigious Film Prize, The Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1969

Ashok Kumar

13 October 1911 – 10 December 2001

Launched As A Lead Actor In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Achhut Kanya (1936)
Padma Bhushan – 1998
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1988
National Award – 1
Filmfare Awards – 3

Madhubala

14 February 1933 – 23 February 1969

Started Her Career As A Child Artist (Baby Mumtaz) With Bombay Talkies In – Basant (1942)
Later, Bombay Talkies Introduced Her As A Lead In – Neel Kamal 1947

Dev Anand

26 September 1923 – 3 December 2011

His First Hit Film Came Under Bombay Talkies  Production – Ziddi (1948) Padma Bhushan – 2001
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 2002
National Awards – 2
Filmfare Awards – 4

Dilip Kumar

11 December 1922 – Present

Bombay Talkies Launched His Career With – Jwar Bhata (1944)
Padma Bhushan – 1991
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1994
Filmfare Best Actor Award – 8
Filmfare Nominations – 19
Sheriff Of Mumbai City -1991
Nominated Member Of Parliament –  2000–2006

Raj Kapoor

14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988

Started Working As An Assistant At Bombay Talkies In – 1935
Introduced As A Lead In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Neel Kamal (1947)
Padma Bhushan Award – 1971
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1987
National Film Awards – 2
Filmfare Awards – 9
Filmfare Nominations – 19.
2 Films Nominated At The Palme D’or At The Cannes Film Festival

Satyajit Ray

2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992

Began His Career As An Assistant To Nitin Bose In Bombay Talkies Production – Mashal (1951)
He Was The First Indian To Receive The Honorary Oscar – 1992
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1985
Bharat Ratna – 1992
Padma Shri Award – 1958
Padma Bhushan Award – 1965
National Film Awards – 32

Mehmood

29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004

Started As A Child Artist In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Kismet (1943)
Filmfare Awards – 5
Filmfare Nominations – 15

Kishore Kumar

August 1929 – 13 October 1987

First Opportunity As A Play Back Singer In Bombay Talkies Production – Ziddi (1948)
Introduced As A Lead By Bombay Talkies In – Andolan (1951)
Filmfare Awards – 8
Filmfare Nominations – 19

Leela Chitins

9 September 1909 – 14 July 2003

Fabulous Actress and Evergreen Lady Who Was Launched By Bombay Talkies in
Kangan (1939)

Lata Mangeshkar

28 September 1929 – Present

Started Her Career As A Chorus Singer With Bombay Talkies.
Her First Hit Came In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Mahal (1949)
Bharat Ratna 1969 Padma Bhushan- 1999
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1989
National Awards – 3
Filmfare Awards – 4

Pran

12 February 1920 – 12 July 2013

His First Hit As A Villain Came In Bombay Talkies Production – Ziddi (1948)
Padma Bhushan – 2001
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 2013

Nalini Jaiwant

18 February 1926 – 20 December 2010

Her First Hit Came In A Bombay Talkies Film – Sangram (1950)

Kamini Kaushal

24 February 1927 – Present

Introduced By Bombay Talkies In Sangram (1950)
Filmfare Award – 1

P Jairaj

28 September 1909 – 11 August 2000

Played Lead Hero First Time With Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Bhabhi (1938)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1980
Padma Bhusan – 1980

Hansa Wadkar

24 January 1924 – 23 August 1971

Introduced By Bombay Talkies In Film – Navjeean (1939)

Kamal Amrohi

17 January 1918 – 11 February 1993

Began His Journey As A Director In Bombay Talkies Film – Mahaal (1949)
Filmfare Award – 1

Nitin Bose

26 April 1897 – 14 April 1986

 His First Film Was Made By Bombay Talkies – Milan (1947)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1977

Amiya Chakrabarty

1901 – 1986

 

Started His Career By Working As A Writer In Bombay Talkies Produced – Bandhaan (1940)

Introduced As A Director In Bombay Talkies Production – Anjaan (1943)

Shakti Samanta

13 January 1926 – 9 April 2009

Started His Career By Assisting Gyan Mukherjee In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Sangram (1950)
Filmfare Awards – 3

Bimal Roy

12 Jul 1909 – 8 Jan 1965

Bombay Talkies Produced His First Hindi Film – Maa (1952)
National Awards – 2
Filmfare Awards – 11
Also The International Prize Of The Cannes Film Festival.

Phani Majumdar

28th December 1911 – 16th May 1994

Bombay Talkies Gave Him His Directorial Venture – Tamasha (1952)

Kavi Pradeep

6 February 1915 – 11 December 1998

Bombay Talkies Launched This Great Singer And Lyricist In – Kangan (1939)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 1997

Bhagwati Charan Verma

30 August 1903 – 5 October 1981

Introduced By Bombay Talkies , Started His Career As A Dialogue Writer And Author In – 1942

Franz Osten

23 December 1876 – 2 December 1956

Director For First Film Produced By Bombay Talkies – Light Of Asia (Prem Sanyas) (1935)

Saraswati Devi

1912 – 1980

Introduced By Bombay Talkies In – Jawani Ki Hawa (1935)

She Was The First Female Music Director Of Bombay Talkies And Asia.

Niranjan Pal

17 August 1889 – 9 November 1959

Top Technician Of His Time And First Writer Of Bombay Talkies – The Light Of Asia (Prem Sanyas) (1935)

Shaheed Latif

11 June 1913 – 16 April 1967

Started As Story Writer With Bombay Talkies Film – Naya Sansar (1941)
Also Directed His First Film Under Bombay Talkies Production – Ziddi (1948)

Sashadhar Mukherjee

29 September 1909 – 3 November 1990

Started As The Manager Of Bombay Talkies in 1934

L V Prasad

17 January 1908 – 22 June 1994

Started As Lab Incharge For Bombay Talkies – 1935
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Award – 1982

Kishore Sahu

22 November 1915 – 22 August 1980

Introduced By Bombay Talkies In – Jeevan Prabhat (1937)
Filmfare Award – 1

Khwaja Ahmed Abbas

7 June 1914 – 1 June 1987

Introduced By Bombay Talkies As A Writer In – Naya Sansar (1941)

P. L Santoshi

7 August 1916 – 7 September 1978

Father Of Well Known Producer And Director Rajkumar Santoshi, Began His Journey As A Writer In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Jhoola (1941).

Tarachand Barjatya

10 May 1914 – 21 September 1992

Started As Managing Distribution And Exhibition Department Of Bombay Talkies – 1940

Abhi Bhattacharya

1921 – 1993

Launched As A Lead In Bombay Talkies Bengali Film – Naukadubi (1947)
Filmfare Award – 1956

Mukri

5 January 1922 – 4 September 2000

Bombay Talkies Launched His Career With – Pratima (1945)

Usha Kiran

22 April 1929 – 9 March 2000

Introduced By Bombay Talkies In – Daag (1952)
Filmfare Award – 1

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

30 September 1922 – 27 August 2006

Started His Journey By Assisting Bimal Roy In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Maa (1952)
Padma Bhushan – 2001
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Award – 1999

Sachin Dev Burman (S.D Burman)

1 October 1906 – 31 October 1975

His First Hit Hindi Film As A Music Director Came Under Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Mashal (1951)
National Film Awards – 2
Filmfare Awards – 7

Guru Dutt

9 July 1925 – 10 October 1964

Started His Career With Assisting Gyan Mukherjee In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Sangram (1950)

Salil Chowdhary

19 November 1922 – 5 September 1995

Began His Career By Assisting Music Director S.K. Pal In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Maa (1952)
Filmfare Award – 1

Asit Sen

 24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001

Worked As A Assistant In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Maa (1952)

The Bombay Talkies Studio

N R Archarya

1909-1993

Bombay Talkies Launched Him As A Director In – Bandhan (1940)

Manna Dey

1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013

Started His Career  With Assisting S. D. Burman – Mashaal (1951)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 2007

Renuka Devi

1918 – 1989

Began Her Career In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Jeevan Prabhat (1937)

Gyan Mukherjee

30 September 1909 – 13 November 1956

Began His Career As A Director In – Jhoola (1941)

Joseph Wirsching

22 March 1903 – 11 June 1967

Started As The First Cameraman Of Bombay Talkies In – Light Of Asia (Prem Sanyas) (1935)

Aghajani Kashmeri

16 October 1908 – 27 March 1998

Bombay Talkies Launched Him As A Writer In – Vachan (1938)

Sita Devi

1912 – 1983

Leading Lady For The First Film Produced By Bombay Talkies – Light Of Asia (Prem Sanyas) (1935)

Gemini Ganesan

17 November 1920 – 22 March 2005

Bombay Talkies Gave Him His First Hindi Film – Maharani (1946)
Padma Shri Award – 1971

Snehprabha Pradhan

Began Working In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Punarmilan (1940)

The Bombay Talkies Studio

Nazir Ajmeri

Started His Journey By Assisting Nitin Bose In Bombay Talkies Produced Film – Bulandi (1945)

Saadat Hasan Manto

11 May 1912 – 18 January 1955

Bombay Talkies Launched Him As The First PRO For The Company.

Mumtaz Ali

15 March 1915 – 6 May 1974

Mumtaz Ali Was Launched As A Choreographer In Films By Bombay Talkies.

He Was The Father Of The Legendary Actor Mehmood.

Uttam Kumar

3 September 1926 – 24 July 1980

Bombay Talkies Launched Him As A Lead Actor In Drishtidan (1948)

He Later Went On To Become A Superstar In Bengali Cinema.

Munshi Premchand

31 July 1880 – 8 October 1936

Munshi Premchand Is Regarded As One Of The Foremost Hindustani Writer Of Twentieth Century.

The First Time He Wrote A Film Story Was For A Movie Made By Bombay Talkies.

Kanan Devi

22 April 1916 – 17 July 1992

Kanan Devi Was First Launched As Actress In A Bombay Talkies Produced Film.

V. Shantaram (Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre)

18 November 1901 – 30 October 1990

Was An Indian Filmmaker, Film Producer And Actor in the 1920’s.
Began Working In Bombay Talkies As A Production Manager In late 1930’s

David Abraham Cheulkar

1909 – 28 December 1981

Popularly Known As David, Was Launched As A Character Artist by Bombay Talkies In Naya Sansar (1944)

Filmfare Award – 1955

Saratchandra Chatterjee

15 September 1876 – 16 January 1938

A World Famous Novelist, Who Wrote Devdas, Parineeta, Srikanta and Many more.
He Was One of The Guiding Lights for Bombay Talkies in the Initial Years

Shobhna Samarth

17 November 1916 – 9 February 2000

Famous Actress And Grand Mother of Actress Kajol And Mother Of Actress Tanuja.
She Established And Gained Success After She Started Working With Bombay Talkies.

 

Suraiya

15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004

Bombay Talkies Launched Her As a Child Artist and Singer

Kidar Nath Sharma

12  April 1910 – 29 April 1999

Bombay Talkies Launched Him As A Director In Neel Kamal (1947)
Which Also Introduced Raj Kapoor And Madhubala

 

Nabendu Ghosh

27 March 1917 – 15 December 2007

Began His Hindi Film Carrier by Assisting Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Bimal Roy, Asit Sen And Others In Bombay Talkies Produced Films.
His First Hindi Film Written Baadbaan (1954) Which Was Produced By Bombay Talkies.

Pt. Narendra Sharma

28 February 1913 – 12 February 1989

Launched by Bombay Talkies as a lyricist in Hamari Baat (1943)

R D Mathur

6 May 1914 – 26 April 2001

A Well Known and Talented Cinematographer, Who Was Know For his Style of Work.
He gained success after he started working with Bombay Talkies In Basant (1942)