After films like Nil Battey Sannata, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Panga, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is now all set to direct a magnum opus of epic proportions. Based on the life of Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai, the film has been in discussions for some time and will go on floors in the near future.
Devika Rani, extremely beautiful and talented was titled the ‘First Lady of Indian cinema’ by her fans; Himanshu Rai, on the other hand, was one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, an actor par excellence, a star and an astute businessman. In 1934, the duo went on to set up Bombay Talkies, India’s first professional film studio that dominated cinema in India for a decade.
About Ashiwini Iyer Tiwari:
Born with an innate passion for storytelling, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari embarked on her journey as a filmmaker, armed with a determination to create meaningful and authentic cinema. Her distinctive style is a seamless blend of nuanced storytelling, relatable characters, and a keen eye for detail, making her films a testament to her extraordinary craft.
She now brings this expertise to the magnum opus, which is touted to be the most challenging project she has taken on this far. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has joined hands with a prominent Indian film studio for the project being planned on an elaborate scale. It is currently in the scripting stage. It will be interesting to watch the real-life story of those who are responsible for gifting huge and legendary creative artists to Indian cinema like Raj Kapoor, Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar etc.
The film is expected to be a magnum opus of epic proportions and is sure to be a treat for cinema lovers. With Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari at the helm, we can expect nothing but the best.
Who Were Himanshu Rai And Devika Rani:
Devika Rani Choudhuri and Himanshu Rai were a Bengali couple who met and married in London in the late 1920s. They returned to India in 1934, where Himanshu Rai established a production studio named Bombay Talkies, partnering with certain other people. Bombay Talkies was a legendary film studio of the 1930s and 1940s that launched actors like Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar, and Madhubala. It was also the studio that introduced India to international filmmaking technology.
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Devika Rani was one of the founders of Bombay Talkies along with Himanshu Rai and Rajnarayan Dube. Devika Rani is widely acknowledged as the first lady of Indian cinema. She had a successful film career that spanned 10 years, and she helped establish herself as a leading actress in Indian cinema. In the 1930s, Bombay Talkies produced several women-centric films with Devika Rani playing the lead role in all of them. She was paired opposite Ashok Kumar in majority of the films produced by the studio. Devika Rani was not only known for her incredible contribution that catapulted the Indian celluloid but also for her bold, confident, and assertive persona. Himanshu Rai was a pioneer in Indian film production and was instrumental in bringing homegrown movies at par with the West. Bombay Talkies was his brainchild, and he had only one motivation – to make Indian cinema at par with the West.
Together, Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai were iconic figures behind Bombay Talkies, and their contribution to Indian cinema is immense. They were instrumental in launching the careers of many actors and actresses and introducing new technologies to Indian cinema. Bombay Talkies was a game-changer in the Indian film industry, and Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai were at the forefront of it all.
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