Wednesday, January 18, 2006

History of Bhojpuri films

History of Bhojpuri films

he first Bhojpuri film, Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Charaidbo, made by Biswanath Prasad Shahabadi, in 1962 was a big success. Some of other films in that decade were Jekra Charanwa Mein Lagal Paranwa, Lage Nahi Chhute Ram, Bhauji, Bidesia and Loha Singh.
In 1978, Ashok Jain gave a much needed fillip to Bhojpuri films Dangal. The respected actor Nazir Hussain also produced a very memorable film Balam Pardesia. While the 80s had many notable films like Bitia Bhail Sayan, Chandwa Ke Take Chakor, Hamar Bhauji, Ganga Kinare Mora Gaon, Saiyya Tere Karan, Dharati Maiyya, Piya Nirmohiya, Sampoorna Tirth Yatra, Bhaiya Dooj, Bansuriya Baje, Ganga Ke Tir, Ganga Mare Laheria and others, in the 90s, the production of Bhojpuri films was not very encouraging.

Biswanath Prasad Shahabadi, Nazir Hussain, Mohanji Prasad, Dilip Bose, Ashok Jain, K Pervez, Akabar Balm, Prem Kumar Dutta are some of the leading and successful Bhojpuri filmmakers.

Ganga Jaison Preetiya Hamar

Touching tale

anga Jaison Preetiya Hamar shoulders the responsibility of a �thoughtful entertaining film’ primarily focussing on aspects like; even a widow has the very right to remarry and to live gracefully and in dignified manner. If a widower with a child can remarry, why not a widow? This film portrayed this issue in a very dignified manner. Secondly basically human beings are non-violent, and a good motivation can change any individual into a good human being.
Religion and religious gurus must teach the way of �better living together’ and that love is divine in nature, and is always ready to sacrifice.

Shahabadis’ company

irmal Pictures was established in 1962 with the production of the first-ever Bhojpuri film, Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo bringing Bhojpuri cinema which did not exist till then into national limelight. A super hit, the film was followed by Solah Singar Kare Dulhaniya in 1965.
Having made a name in Bhojpuri cinema, Nirmal Pictures then stepped into making Hindi films with the production of Rootha Na Karo in 1972, Gangadham, Geet Ganga, Sasural, Tulsi, Ustaad and Ghar Jamai with Raj Kumar Shahabadi as its executive producer.

With production doing very well, Nirmal Pictures branched out into film distribution. And today covers the entire Eastern Circuit (West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Orissa and Nepal) distributing films made under a variety of banners. Kranti, Dostana, Junoon, Razia Sultan, Sanam Teri Kasam and Sunny are some films distributed under this banner.

In 1987, Tulsi Films Pvt. Ltd. was launched as a division of Nirmal Pictures, distributors for C.I. and C.P. with distribution office at Indore. Tulsi Films today is led by Sadhana Shahabadi (Singh) and Raj Kumar Shahabadi who brings to his directorship, three generations of astute business acumen.

It was this acumen that originally gave Nirmal Pictures an unusual ancestry, the mica mines. Its parent company was Biswanath and Co., mica mine owners and exporters since 1936. But from the unlike ancestor, Nirmal Pictures has grown and prospered. Late Biswanath Prasad Shahabadi handled both the companies till 2000 with acumen and skill.

Now his five sons Nirmal Kumar Shahabadi, Abhay, Nirbhay, Bimal and Raj Kumar Shahabadi are joint partners in Nirmal Pictures, handling every aspect from theatre maintenance (United Exhibitors at Bihar) to video production. Sensing rapid development in video production, in 1994, Shivam Video Vision (a division of Tulsi Films Pvt. Ltd.) was formed which had a complete post production studio with Raj Kumar Shahabadi at the helm of affairs. Shahabadi Films, based at Kolkatta, produced Bengali films like Maner Manush, Ganga, Sunder Bahu, Kulangar and Prem Pratigwa. Their combined skill has ensured that after nearly 42 years, the Nirmal flag is still flying high.

In view of the above and having more than 20 years of experience directors of Raj Media Pvt. Ltd., Raj Kumar Shahabadi and Sadhana Shahabadi plan to produce many more Bhojpuri pictures in the remembrance of their father (and also the father of Bhojpuri films) the late Biswanath Prasad Shahabadi
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