The Bombay Talkies Limited

Himansu Rai and wife Devika Rani played an important part in the early development of Indian cinema. They began with silent movies in the 1920s before creating Bombay Talkies, producing some forty movies.

The entrance to the display

The Dietze family owned their grandfather’s collection of memorabilia on display which included photos, films, letters and scripts.


I was most interested in the films. Small segments of several of the movies were shown, and I wished I could have seen more as the filming and stories were of a high quality. What a treat (and it was free at the Melbourne Art Gallery)!

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