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NOTE: Some misprints were found. The latest version has been amended to correct them. If you bought the book before Oct 28, 2021, please see the

ERRATA for Silent Cinema In India 1913 – 1934

professor toofaani publishers, Lansing, MI is proud to announce their 26th book, the International Edition of

Silent Cinema In India 1913 – 1934, When Silence Spoke In Celluloid by
Sanjeev Tanwar.

He is a native of Delhi. After completing his school and college education, he joined the Shri Ram Centre For Arts And Culture in 1996 to pursue his keen interest in theatre and writing. In 1998, he earned his diploma in acting.

He has translated many important works of English literature into Hindi - 'The Time Machine' (H G Wells), 'Man & Superman' (G B Shaw), 'Adolf Hitler' (James Bunting), 'Anthony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare), 'Old Man & The Sea' (Earnest Hemingway).

While at the Shri Ram Centre, he wrote the play 'Chuna Ek Murga Beeti' based on ashort story by Sharad Joshi. His other dramatic works include - 'Hitler, Ek Marta Hua Sapna', 'The Court is Adjourned', 'Kishnuli' (based on a story by Shivani), 'Lolita' (based on the novel by the same name by Vladimir Nabokov). As an ardent

lover of cinema, he has to his credits the compilation 'Tujhe Mere Geet Bulate Hain' (2015), a complete filmography of Bharat Vyas, and two books on Hindi Gilm posters, 'Pictorial Journey of Hindi Cinema 1939' and 'Pictorial Journey of Hindi Cinema 1940'.

Here is what he writes about the book:

This book is intended as a pictorial encyclopedia of Indian Films silent era. It includes the title, censor certificate information, year, production company, producer, director, story writer, cast, photography, subject and other information. We have used all the extant sources, but still gaps remain. We have attempted to include a large number of newspaper advertisements. A timeline of the silent era with important milestones is provided.

It includes information about Feature films, Short films, Serials, Shelved/unreleased films, Prohibited / Banned feature films and documentaries, Trailers, Advertisements, Variety programmes, Documentaries / Newsreels, Documentaries made by foreign film makers on Indian subjects, Foreign films often mistaken as Indian silent films. Also included are Addresses of major film companies.

Paperback, English. Black and White, 8 by 10 in, 807 pages.

International Edition

For INDIA contact the author.

First 15 pages can be read here

Now You Know!







Films Showing in Madras Theatres (1941-1947) by

MV Surender
N Ramaswamy
Professor Surjit Singh

professor toofaani publishers is happy to announce their 20th book.

It is paperback, 106 pages, 6"x9", black and white with color cover. First 15 pages may be read below.

When one talks about the year associated with a film, it is usually the censor certification year. This is because that is the only official year related to the film Secondly, the two pioneers in film compilation work, Firoze Rangoonwalla and BV Dharap, decided to use this year. This information is published in the official gazettes. The censor information of Hindi films from 1931 to 2010 is available on the website

The other year, or more commonly date that people often mention is the date of the first release of the film. This date varies from city to city as films having limited number of prints, cannot be released everywhere at once. This was specially so in the early years. The film release information is not published in a unique source and requires much more work. One can find it in the magazine reviews, magazine and newspaper ads, and, sometimes in the trade publications. All these sources are hard to come by.
We were lucky to find issues of the Madras edition of the Indian Express online. One of us (MVS) clipped images from the online source and they were published here

After some time, the second author (NR) gathered the film release information from this website in the form of a spreadsheet. This then was used to prepare the table in the present form.
Here one can follow the life of many famous and not so famous films in various theatres. Sometimes they run for a long time, sometime only a few weeks, sometimes they move to other theatres. We found this information to be enjoyable to work with and fascinating.
We hope that our readers will also enjoy this nostalgia-inspiring work.

Now You Know!



Another heavily-researched book by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal.

s d burman

From the description on

SD, or Sachin Dev Burman, the man who gave Hindi film music its grammar is perhaps the most enigmatic figure in Indian cine history. As the young scion of the Tripura royal family, SD struck out into the world of cinema and popular music. The early years were difficult, professionally and personally. His unconventional choice of profession and marriage to a ‘commoner’ caused his family to ostracise him, and his formal training was not enough to stave off rejections.

This well researched biography—by the authors of the best-selling R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music—is both a tribute to a great artist, and a deep inquiry into what made his music great. Going well beyond merely listing his greatest songs, it explores hitherto unknown stories about the creation of each gem: Mera sundar sapna beet gaya (Do Bhai, 1948); Thandi hawaein (Naujawan, 1951); Yeh raat yeh chandni (Jaal, 1952); Babu samjho ishaare (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, 1958); Meet na mila re mann ka (Abhiman, 1973), and more.

The book is packed with insights into SD’s life, work and his astute understanding of Hindi cinema. Despite the fact that he was an outsider who spoke little Hindi or Urdu, SD was the man who introduced Sahir Ludhianvi to the world, and the one who gave Kishore Kumar’s musical brilliance its due. His readiness to adapt to modern sounds and techniques, his unwavering faith in Lata Mangeshkar’s virtuosity, his closeness to Dev Anand that was seen as nepotism, charges of plagiarism—S.D. Burman: The Prince-Musician provides unmatched insight into both the genius of one of India’s most significant composers and a crucial aspect of its glorious cinematic history. An essential addition to every film music aficionado’s library.

Errata for this book Version 3




** Suddenly Sachin Deb sounds out of place. His name has been spelt Sachin Dev in the later part of the book. And in this chapter, it is SD.

*** The Censor certificate of the film has the spelling “Rajanigandha”. We went by that. The titles have the spelling Rajnigandha. The spellings in the titles can be wrong. The registered name is the name which is th

ere in the censor certificate.