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     1'''Irani, Ardeshir Marwan(1886-1969)''' 
     3Director and producer in several languages; 
     4born in Pune. Studied at the J.J. School of Art in 
     5Bombay; teacher and kerosene inspector 
     6before joining his father in the phonograph and 
     7musical instruments trade in Bombay. Entered 
     8film as exhibitor representing Western Indian 
     9interests of Universal Film. Partnered 
     10Abdulally Esoofally in exhibition interests 
     11launched with acquisition of Alexandra and 
     12Majestic theatres (1914). The partnership lasted 
     1355 years. Initially went into film production to 
     14keep distribution outlets supplied. Launched 
     15Star Film (1920) in partnership with Bhogilal 
     16K.M. Dave, releasing their first film, Manilal 
     17Joshi’s Veer Abhimanyu in 1922. They 
     18became Majestic Film (1923), then Royal Art 
     19Studio (1925) and finally the major silent era 
     20studio, Imperial Film (1926). A ‘mogul’ in the 
     21mould of the big Hollywood studio bosses; 
     22credited with between 225 and 250 
     23productions in his lifetime, about half in the 
     24silent era, and talkies in nine languages 
     25including Farsi (Dukhtar-e-Lur, the first Iranian 
     26sound film). Early screen directions often 
     27jointly credited to Naval Gandhi but took rare 
     28solo directorial credit for India’s first full sound 
     29feature, Alam Ara, for which, having imported 
     30a sound technician from Hollywood (Wilford 
     31Deming), he finally recorded most of the sound 
     32himself. Bought rights to Cinecolour process 
     33and set up colour laboratory, producing India’s 
     34first indigenously processed colour film Kisan 
     35Kanya (1937). Produced only one film after 
     36Imperial went into liquidation in 1938 (Pujari, 
     371946) but remained active member of the 
     38Indian Motion Picture Producers Association 
     39(IMPPA) of which he had been, in 1933, its first 
     40president. In 1974, Kennedy Bridge in Bombay 
     41was renamed Ardeshir Bridge and his Jyoti 
     42Studios (Est: 1939) passed to his son, Shapur A. 
     46'''FILMOGRAPHY:''' 1924: Mumbai Ni Sethani; 
     47Shahjehan; Paap No Fej; 1925: Navalsha 
     48Hirji (all St); 1931: Alam Ara; 1933: Dukhtare-