Since 1999

NOTE: The book is available on the following websites,

professor toofaanii publishers, Lansing, MI USA is happy to announce their 90th book

Films and Shows in Bombay - 1932

Ajit Sidhu
Professor Surjit Singh

A persistent question about Hindi (or Indian) films is when and where was it released? We have to depend on hearsay, I saw it in Minerva first day, first show, or, reviewers would mention the release info, or the newspapers ads would say, coming soon on such and such a date etc. Until now no reliable source had been available.

This project attempts to answer this question once and for all, at least for films released in Bombay. This second book is for the year 1932.

It is based on the daily, later weekly newspaper Bombay Chronicle, available on the Internet Archive. The lead author has looked at each ad in each issue to extract the relevant information in a tabular form. Date, film name, theater name, show times and any other relevant information is captured.

This is, of course, a part of the Master Database Project, and we do hope to gather information from the advent of the Silent cinema to all the available years.

[Note: A similar project on Madras theaters was undertaken by MV Surender and a book has been published. Also another similar book on 1941 by N Ramaswamy has been published.]

Paperback, 6 by 9 in, 146 pages.

As usual, first few pages may be read here

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