Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of Mohanlal Dave

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  • Mohanlal Dave

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    44Top silent cinema scenarist; first scenarist to get 
    55his name above the title (see e.g. the publicity 
    6 pamphlets of [[Kohinoor Film]] which often give 
     6pamphlets of [[Kohinoor Film Co|Kohinoor Film]] which often give 
    77no other credits). Started as an accountant; thenpublicist for Imperial Theatre in Bombay. 
    88Apparently honed his craft writing lively synopses in publicity hand-outs for Pathé’s imports. Entered films with [[S.N. Patankar]] and moved to National Studio (where he was already paid Rs 10,000 a year to write a minimum of 15 stories) and Kohinoor, where he made his reputation and wrote about one screenplay a week. Thereafter worked at Jayant Pics. and at Imperial with the coming of sound, where he often teamed up with director [[Jaswantlal]]. As a professional, he handled all genres, but his narrative style is related to the then emerging popular Gujarati fiction as introduced to the cinema by ex-novelists like Naranji Vassanji Thakkar, Gopalji Delwadekar, Shaida etc. His scripts are said to have included detailed camera movements, fades etc., as in [[Rathod]]’s complicated [[Gul-E-Bakavali (1924)|Gul-e-Bakavali]] (1924), written in 92 scenes. Major early scripts: the politically controversial [[Bhakta Vidur]] (1921), the Rathod hit [[Kala Naag]] (1924), [[Chandulal Shah]]’s début film Panchdanda (1925) and [[Homi Master]]’s [[Fankdo Fituri (1925)|Fankdo Fituri]] (1925). His sound films were often rewrites of his own silent hits with dialogue. His major successes were with [[V.M. Vyas]], including the Gujarati film [[Ranakdevi]] (1946). Remained a popular writer until the 60s.