Ardeshir Irani

Best films:
6.5 Alam Ara/ Ornament of the World (1931)

Ardeshir Irani (India, 1886), a Parsi Zoroastrian, opened a movie theater in Mumbai in 1905. In 1920 he produced his first silent movie. In 1922 Ardeshir Irani and Bhogilal Dave (who had studied photography in New York and had been running Dadasaheb Phalke's Hindustan Films) founded Star Films and released Veer Abhimanyu (1922), directed by Irani and photographed by Dave. This production company was followed by Majestic Films (1924) and Imperial Films (1925), and Irani produced dozens of silent movies. He went on to make the first Indian talkie, Alam Ara (1931), and to produce Moti Gidwani's Kisan Kanya (1937), based on a novel by Saadat Hasan Manto, the first color film processed in India (previously they were processed in Europe), and even the first Persian talkie, Dokhtar-e-Lor (1933). He made his last film in 1945 and died in 1969.

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