Sati Simantini



Laxmi Pictures (1925)

Director: Manilal Joshi

Cast: Zubeida, Putli.


Scenes from SATI SIMANTINI (1925)


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Note: Many  thanks to Jasood Shah for his help in translating the film’s title.


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Gool Badan (or Gul Badan)

Sharda Film Company (1928)

Director: Harshadrai Mehta

Cast: Master Vithal, Zebunissa, Ata Mohammad, Miss Mani, Harishchandra Nayak, Dorothy, Narsinh Kalji Brahmbhatt, Roshan Ali, A. Anran, Josang Patel, Barsode.

Gool Badan is a silent costume picture from Sharda Film Company. I have been unable to determine the plot (the synopsis in the film booklet that I have is written in Gujarati), but, as it stars Master Vithal it is certainly a stunt picture of some sort.


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The director of Gool Badan, Harshadrai Sakerlal Mehta (sometimes billed as H.S. Mehta), had previously worked as an editor and cameraman for Kohinoor Film Company. His directorial debut came in 1925 with the film Verni Vasulat for the Krishna Film Company where he continued to make films such as Swapna Sundari (1925), Jal Kumari (1925), A Crown for Two Days (1926), Panch Kalyani (1926), Chastity Vs. Unchastity (1927), At the Clang of Fetters (1927), and Roop Sundari (1927).

Mehta headed over to Sharda Film Company where he directed action star Master Vithal in pictures like Swadesh Seva (1927), Karuna Kumari (1928), Prisoners of Love (1928), Sassi Punnu (1928), and Wine of Youth (1928) and then worked with wrestler-turned-actor Nandaram in Dilruba (1929) and What Price Loyalty? (1929). In 1930 he began making stunt films for Suresh Studios and then over at Mehta Luhar Productions he directed another popular action star, Navinchandra, in Tirandaz (1931), Peacemaker (1931), Black Tiger (1931), Hoor-e-Hind (1932), and Chaos (1933), among others. In 1936 he directed the Fearless Nadia film Mountain Girl (1936) for Wadia Movietone and a few years later he made a number of Tamil language films for Premier Cinetone including Shri Kanda Leela (1938) and Parasuramar (1940).


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For those who can read Gujarati, I have posted the several page plot outline below, and if anyone cares to share it in English, I am certain many film fans and historians would be grateful.


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Imperial Film Company (1926)

Director: M.D. Bhavnani

Cast: Madan Vakil, Jilloo, Elizer, Putli

Plot: “Based on historical events”, Pratap, the ruler of Mewar is in exile trying to evade capture by Akbar, the mughul emperor. Pratap is aided by a mysterious masked man each time his life is in danger.


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Akhbar sets Anup Sinha out after Pratap and Anup discovers that the masked man and Bhamasha, Pratap’s minister, are working together to place Pratap back on the throne of Mewar.


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Anup hires a youth named Suman to work as a spy and even gets his daughter, Panna, married to him. But Panna learns that Suman is actually working to help Pratap, and Suman manages to convince his wife to join his efforts against her father. [Alternate title: DIWAN BHAMASHA]


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Desh Deepak



Wadia Brothers/Wadia Movietone (1935)

Director: J.B.H. Wadia

Music: Master Mohammed

Cast: Sharifa, Iqbal, Husn Banu, Sardar Mansoor, Sayani Atish, (Fearless) Nadia, Parsi Charlie, S.L. Puri, Boman Shroff, John Cawas, Master Jaidev, Master Mohammad, Bashir Qawaal, Miya Allawali, Munchi Thoothi, Debara, Bismillah, Tarapore, Jijibhai, Abdul Rahman, Abu.

Plot: A kingdom loses its king and there is a mad scramble to take power which would otherwise go to the child prince (Master Jaidev), who is now in hiding. Meanwhile a young woman (Sharifa) is selected to run the country.


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To keep the woman in power, her elder sister (Iqbal) joins forces with the General (Sayani Atish) who, unbeknownst to anyone, desires the kingdom for himself. But the woman’s husband (Sardar Mansoor), a patriot, will not divulge the whereabouts of the prince, who is safely hidden away with a high priest (Master Mohammad) and his family, so the general puts him in jail.


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(Clockwise) Master Mohammad, Sayani Atish, and Sardar Mansoor in DESH DEEPAK


The General’s daughter, a pacifist, wins over one of her father’s officers (S.L. Puri) in hopes that he will help avert an all out war, but the General, feeling betrayed, demands his execution. The daughter then meets two entertainers (Nadia and Parsi Charlie) and they try to release the patriot and two other rebels (Boman Shroff and John Cawas), who are imprisoned with him, and together they hope to stop the execution of the young officer.


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Nadia (aka Fearless Nadia) in DESH DEEPAK


When she comes to realize the General’s true plans, the elder sister turns against him and goes back to help her husband…but then, the younger sister and her army set out to crush the rebellion once and for all.


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S.L. Puri and Husn Banu in DESH DEEPAK





Sagar Movitone (1936)

Director: Mehboob Khan

Music: Ashok Ghose

Cast: Bibbo, Surendra, Yakub, Ashalata, Bhudo Advani, Pandey, Pesi Patel, Kayamalli, Mendi Raza, Zia Sarhady.

Plot: Mohan (Surendra) and Vimla (Bibbo) had grown up together in Bombay. On his deathbed, Vimla’s father had asked Mohan’s father, his best friend, to raise the girl.

Now in young adulthood, Mohan, an artist, had long felt love for Vimla and she in turn loved him, but Vimla was already promised in marriage to a wealthy young man named Jagdish (Yakub), who resided in Ahmedabad. The announcement of the wedding was a blow to Mohan, and though he knew his son was distraught, Mohan’s father also knew that it would be disastrous for Mohan to marry Vimla.


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Surendra and Bibbo in MANMOHAN


Vimla and Jagdish married, although Vimla’s heart had been reserved for Mohan alone. This separation of the two led Mohan into a stretch of extreme depression but great artistry, and whenever he began to paint, it was Vimla he would think of. He kept his artistic endeavors secret, however, and created portrait after portrait of his lover, which he would then destroy. To his father, to his little brother Gopal (Ramchandra), and to his admirer and pupil Shanti (Ashalata), it seemed as though Mohan had died, having lost all inspiration for life.


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Mohan’s father found one of the portraits Mohan had painted of Vimla, and he sent it in to be judged at an art exhibition. It won first prize and established Mohan as a great artist. But this newfound fame meant nothing to him.

Without Mohan, Vimla also was living a life of despair. One day Mohan came to visit her. Jagdish saw them together and in a jealous rage he hired a goon named Prithviraj (Zia Sarhady) to kill Mohan. The plot was not a success, however, as Prithviraj only managed to injure the artist, though it was a serious injury to his hand which led to an amputation.

To make matters worse, Mohan’s father passed away, leaving his two sons penniless. Mohan and his devoted little brother walked the streets, destitute and refusing any help from the wealthy Shanti, who was very much in love with her former teacher.

Then, little Gopal expired.

What would happen next to the broken-hearted Mohan? And what was the dangerous secret that kept Mohan’s father from letting the two lovers marry?


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Surendra in and as MANMOHAN

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Young India Pictures (1929)

Director: B.B. Mishra

Producer: Indulal Yagnik

Cast: Zubeida, Sultana, Lobo, Master Vasant, Navinchandra, Pramoth Bose, Mengle, P.R. Joshi


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Pramoth Bose and Sultana in YOUNG INDIA


Unidentified actresses from YOUNG INDIA, they would be either Sultana, Zubeida, or Lobo. If anyone can identify them, please let me know.


The heroes of YOUNG INDIA (left) Master Vasant and (right) Navinchandra


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Young India - unknown - Navinchandra and Master Vasant - right

(left to right) unidentified actor, Navinchandra, and Master Vasant

Mirza Sahiban - silent film

Sharda Film Corporation’s 1929 silent adventure MIRZA SAHIBAN starred Master Vithal, Nandram, Meher Banu, and Ata Mohammad and was directed by B.P. Mishra.

Note: B.P. Mishra (Bhagwati Prasad Mishra) was prolific director in the silent days. An artist, he was a poster designer prior to turning director, and occasionally, actor. He died in 1932 at age 36.

Jai Bharat from back page of Fauladi Mukka


JAI BHARAT (Hail India)

Wadia Brothers/Wadia Movietone (1936)

Director: Jai Bharat

Music: Master Mohammed

Cast: Husn Bano, Sardar Mansoor, Gulshan, Satish Sayani, Jal Khambatta, Bismilla


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Sagar Movitone (1939)

Director: Sarvottam Sadami

Music and Choreography: Anupam Gatak

Cast: Sabita Devi, Surendra, Bibbo, Prabha, Bhudo Advani, Harish, Pandey, Krishnakumari, Gulzar, Sunalina Devi, Kaushalya.

Plot: This is the story of three women, from different cultures and walks of life, who meet in Bombay.

Sarjojini (Sabita Devi), a college grad, has arrived from Gujarat to begin a career in journalism…Asha (Bibbo), a spirted young Punjabi gal and aspiring singer, hails from a family of privilege…and Chhaya (Prabha), from Bengal, comes from a poor family, but is highly educated.

The three meet in a railway station and, thanks to a multilingual porter named Jairam (Bhudo Advani), they manage to strike up a friendship. The girls think it would be a great idea, since they are all new to the area, if they got an apartment together and hired Jairam as their servant.

Once they are settled in, Sarojini takes a job as editor of the “women’s section” of the newspaper, while Chhaya takes a teaching position at a local school…then there is Asha, simply on an extended vacation, who meets and falls in love with their neighbor, a civil engineer named Satish (Surendranath)… though Satish, while friendly, seem oblivious to her charms.

Things were going well for all three until Sarojini writes an editorial — a tirade against men and their mistreatment of women and children — which has some of the newspaper’s male readers up in arms. Sarojini’s boss (Pandey), unhappy with the reaction the article has received, tells her she must tone-it down or get out. She chooses neither option and is fired.


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Meanhile, Chhaya is having troubles of her own. She has a class of rowdy kids who are making life miserable, and she begins to wonder if she is cut out for teaching. Along comes Harish (Harish), the older brother of a student at the school, who sympathizes with her. The two eventually fall in love, but Chhaya’s timidity keeps her from telling her room-mates about Harish, and when he shows up at their apartment one day, she refuses to acknowledge him, breaking his heart.


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Harish, unidentified child actress, and Prabha in LADIES ONLY


Sarojini, having turned her efforts towards public service, is helping to open up an ashram for women and children and chooses Satish to design the building. Things between Asha and Sarojini become complicated when it appears that Sarojini is spending too much time with Satish.


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When Asha worries that she is losing Satish to Sarojini, the two women have a violent quarrel. Asha, Sarojini and Chhaya then confront Satish to find out why it seems he has turned the two friends into rivals for his heart.

Satish is flabbergasted, not understanding what the heck is going on… and just then another woman enters the apartment…it is Satish’s wife, returned from an extended trip! And she demands to know who are these three women!


We Three



Sagar Movitone (1938)

Director: Mehbhoob Khan

Music: Anil Biswas

Cast: Motilal, Maya Bannerjee, Rose, Yakub, Bhudo Advani, Harish, Sankatha, Pandey, Sunalina Devi.

Plot: Bina (Maya Bannerjee), Leela (Rose), and Moti (Motilal) are college classmates, the best of friends, and completely devoted to one another. Bina and Moti are in love, while Moti thinks of Leela as just a good friend. Leela, on the other hand, has developed feelings for Moti.

Joining the trio as a new student is Moti’s wealthy friend, Rajgir (Yakub), who falls head-over-heels for Leela.


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Rose and Yakub in WE THREE


At a party Bina jokingly makes Moti and Leela join their hands in marriage. But what was just fun-and-games turns serious for Leela who, from that moment on, begins to think of Moti as her husband and feels certain that she can make him love her back.

One night, Leela gets Moti to meet in her room. She makes advances upon him, convinced that the two are practically man and wife. Moti resists and almost passes out, but finds himself still in Leela’s room the next morning. Feelings of guilt make Moti confess all to Bina, who, heartbroken, breaks off the relationship. Rajgir, meanwhile, asks Leela to marry him, but she refuses.


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Rose and Motilal in WE THREE


Bina, who has become ill, is sent to a far off village where her family plans to get her married to a rich man. When Bina’s dad (Sankatha) discovers that Moti is still pining away for his daughter, he tells him that the girl is dead, which causes Moti to lose all hope in life.

When Leela finds out that she is expecting a baby, her father (Pandey) insists she marry Moti or commit suicide. Leela finds no sin in her desire for Moti, but Moti wants nothing to do with her, his fondness for Leela having turned to hate.



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Motilal in WE THREE




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