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professor toofaani publishers, East Lansing, MI USA is happy to announce their 92nd book

Early Hindi Film Photo Gallery II (G-J)

N Ramaswamy
Professor Surjit Singh

Until recently, the only way to access old newspapers and magazines was to visit their offices, go through many hurdles and answer dozens of questions to actually see the old collections. Mercifully, most had been converted to microfilm for the convenience of the researchers.

Thanks to the advent of the internet and the latest digital technology, quite a few newspapers and magazines have been digitized and are available without visiting the dusty old archives. However, most of the digital collections are available only after paying hefty fees.

There are some silver lines among the clouds. Many big companies like Google and Microsoft have undertaken a massive effort to digitize every available print material and put it on the internet for free. Many world libraries, associations, museums, special collections are doing the same. A huge repository of such items in the Internet Archive.

In the first this book we presented a photo gallery of filmi people from A-F. This book covers G-J.

We had a lot of fun working on them, to capture them and making them suitable for print, organizing them. We hope that you will also enjoy this peek into the early history of the talkies.

Paperback, 6 by 9, 128 pages

First few pages here

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professor toofaani publishers, Lansing, MI USA is happy to announce their 91st book

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast VI (1950-1951) by

Sheo Khetan and Prof Surjit Singh

6 by 9, 147 pages, BW interior, Color Cover

How many times have you wanted to know how the actors in old movies looked like? Of course, we are all familiar with the famous ones, Saigal, Ashok Kumar, Lila Chitnis, Madhubala. But how about many others whose names appear in the film cast and filmographies? This book is an attempt put faces to their names. We have taken 58 films from 1950 and 1951 whose videos are in our collection and captured pictures of the cast and included almost 1,100 pictures, not only big stars but also character artists and junior artists.

First few pages may be read here

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NOTE: The author has kindly agreed to make the book available for download, please get from here

Book on Shri Soami Sharan Shrivastava

However, if you would like to buy a paperback copy, it is available at the cost of printing, royalty free here.



professor toofaanii publishers, East Lansing, MI USA is honored to announce their 97th book

Believe it or not (The story of an Unsung Inventor of Color Cinematographic Process)


Dr P S Shrivastava

I have written about it before, this book tells the story of an unsung inventor from Madhya Pradesh.

This is the story of Shri Soami Sharan Shrivastava, an unsung inventor who did original research in color cinematography and obtained the following three patents (during 1948-1955):

    1. Improvement in or relating to colored motion pictures.
    2. A Color photographic process for motion pictures, and device for carrying out the same.
    3. A system to produce illusion of depth in the pictures obtained by photography and television.

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