Sohrab Modi

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Sohrab Modi (India, 1897), born into a Parsi family, was a Shakespearean actor who debuted as filmmaker with a Hindi version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" titled Khoon Ka Khoon (1935) and Said-e-Havas (1936), also based on Shakespeare. After the social melodramas Meetha Zaher (1938), about alcoholism, and Talaq (1938), about the condition of women, he directed a trilogy of historical epics: Sikander (1941), his masterpiece, Pukar (1939) and Prithvi Vallabh (1943), an adaptation of Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi's 1921 Gujarati novel. In between he also directed social melodramas like the first version of Jailor (1938). Later he directed other historical movies like Ek Din Ka Sultan (1945), Manjhdhar (1947) and Narasinha Avatar (1949), but not of the same quality. Better were Sheesh Mahal (1950), based on a story by Urdu poet Khan-Bahadur Hakim Ahmad Shuja, another historical epic, and Jhansi ki Rani/ Queen of Jhansi/ The Tiger and the Flame (1953), first Technicolor film of India, set in the 19th century. His last films were: Mirza Ghalib (1954), a biopic of a Mughal-era poet, Kundan (1955), Raj Hath (1956), Nausherwan-E-Adil (1957), a remake of Jailor (1958), Mera Ghar Mere Bachche (1960), Samay Bada Balwan (1969) , He died in 1984.

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