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Dhirubhai B Desai (1908-90)

Hindi and Gujarati director born in Kaliawadi, near Navsari, Gujarat. Started at Sharda Studio (1927); assisted A.P. Kapur. Completed Maya Na Rang, left unfinished by P.V. Chavan and Sundarrao Nadkarni when Bhogilal Dave took over his United Pics Syndicate in 1929. Early work marked by the Sharda genre of action films and later by Indulal Yagnik’s politically informed melodrama. Also worked for Nanubhai Desai’s Saroj Film. Set up own talkie studio, Vishnu Cinetone (with Surya Kumari, 1933), with Natwar Shyam Maniar and Chaturbhai Patel. Later also owned Chandrakala Pics. One of the few silent film- makers with a long career in Hindi and Gujarati B-movies. Post-40s films mainly cheap mythologicals, often remakes of silent hits.

FILMOGRAPHY: 1928: Maya Na Rang; 1929: Kusum Lata; Nishan Danka; Mayavi Nagari; Bahadur Baharvatiyo; 1930: Abad Veer; Chittor Ni Veerangana; Komalner Ni Kusum; Bhawani No Bhog; 1931: Lal Panjo; Aatishe Ishq; Jawahir-e-Hind, Kanak Kesari; Dariyai Devangana; Alakh Kishori; 1932: Gurjar Veer; Sinh Santaan (all St); 1933: Surya Kumari; 1934: Bulbul-e-Paristan; 1935: Dard-e-Ulfat; Delhi Ka Thug; Lal Chitta; 1936: Hoor-e- Samundar; 1937: Vanraj Kesari; 1938: Fashionable Wife; Talwar Ka Dhani; 1939: Baghi; Payame Haq; 1940: Pyar; Rani Saheba; 1941: Chandan; 1942: Bolti Bulbul; Seva; 1944: Maya Nagari; 1946: Bhakta Prahlad; Devkanya; 1947: Saat Samundaron Ki Mallika; 1948: Satyavadi Harishchandra; 1949: Bhakta Pundalik; 1951: Jai Mahakali; 1952: Bhakta Puran; Neelam Pari; 1953: Shuk Rambha; 1954: Durga Puja; Shiv Kanya; 1955: Mastani; Oonchi Haveli; 1956: Sati Ansuya; 1957: Paristan; Raja Vikram; 1958: Harishchandra; 1959: Maa Ke Aansoo; 1960: Saranga; 1961: Jai Bhawani; 1962: Kailashpati; 1964: Bhakta Dhruvakumar; 1965: Mahasati Ansuya; 1967: Badrinath Yatra; 1968: Mata Mahakali; 1969: Pujarin;1970: Sampoorna Teerth Yatra; 1972: Narad Leela; 1975: Daku Aur Bhagwan.

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