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     1'''Niranjan Pal (1889-1959)''' 
     4Director and scenarist born in Calcutta. Son of 
     5nationalist leader Bipin Chandra Pal. 
     6Participated marginally in early youth in 
     7terrorist action around Calcutta (1908). Sent to 
     8Marseilles and to London where he lived until 
     91929. Met Veer Savarkar, leader of the extreme 
     10right-wing Hindu Mahasabha, and was linked 
     11with the assassination of William Hutt Curzon 
     12Wyllie (achieved at the Imperial Institute in 
     13London on 1 July 1909). In London, worked 
     14with the Natural Color Kinematograph Co. 
     15(1913); wrote short stories, plays and sold 
     16several scripts such as Faith of a Child (F. 
     17Martin Thornton, 1915) and A Gentleman of 
     18Paris (Sinclair Hill, 1931), based on his own 
     19novel His Honour the Judge. Started Indian 
     20Players group and staged plays like Bluebottle 
     21and The Goddess. Met Himansu Rai, an actor 
     22in The Goddess, and discussed making Prem 
     23Sanyas (1925). Pal claims in his unpublished 
     24memoirs, Such is Life, that the film was his idea 
     25as well as his script. Collaborated as scenarist 
     26on all Himansu Rai’s silent productions 
     27(Shiraz, 1928; Prapancha Pash, 1929). 
     28Revived Indian Players and The Goddess on 
     29stage in Calcutta with participation of 
     30Premankur Atorthy, Modhu Bose and 
     31Charu Roy. His play Zarina, staged by Bose’s 
     32Calcutta Amateur Players, was later filmed by 
     33Ezra Mir (1932). Made promotional films for a 
     34French motor car company and Imperial 
     35Tobacco, exhibited with Chaplin films in tent 
     36shows around Calcutta (1930-3). Made 
     37newsreels for Aurora called Aurora Screen 
     38News (1938-42) and occasional features for 
     39Aurora, including the children’s film 
     40Hatekhari. Rejoined Rai at Bombay Talkies 
     41(1934-7) as chief scenarist and wrote some of 
     42the studio’s biggest hits (Jeevan Naiya and 
     43Achhut Kanya, both 1936; Izzat and Savitri, 
     44both 1937). Made documentaries for Punjab 
     45government and worked in the Film Advisory 
     46Board as chief scriptwriter (1942). Also wrote 
     47the story of Modhu Bose’s Khyber Falcon 
     48(1932) and Jayant Desai’s Qatil Katari (1931). 
     51'''FILMOGRAPHY:''' 1930: Naseeb Ni Balihari; 
     521931: Sui Ka Naka; Pardesia; Pujari; 1932: 
     53Dardi (all St); 1939: Hatekhari; Amma; 1940: 
     54Suktara; Ditiya Path; 1941: Rashpurnima; 
     55Chitthi; Brahman Kanya; 1951: Bodhodaya.