Founded in 1934 by Rajnarayan Dube, Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani BOMBAY TALKIES is known for socially relevant, thought provoking and meaningful cinema. The pioneer institution produced the creative geniuses of all the fields of cinematic creation with a futuristic approach to justify the compulsions of art, science and commerce.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary, BOMBAY TALKIES announced its first Sanskrit film AHAM BRAHMASMI helmed by Aazaad who was recently in the news for the Cannes Screening of his film Rashtraputra which was widely appreciated by the French audience. Aham Brahmasmi is produced by Kamini Dube of Bombay Talkies and is written, directed and acted by Aazaad, a military school student, philosopher and thinker. He also acts in the film as well as directs this Sanskrit language film that is mounted on a vast scale.
Among the biggest discoveries made by Bombay Talkies Studios are Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Mehmood, Kishore Kumar, Uttam Kumar, Pran, Gemini Ganesan, Suraiya, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukri, David, Shobhna Samarth, Madhubala, Nalini Jaywant, Leela Chitnis, Kamini Kaushal, Usha Kiran and several others. Among the filmmakers- directors who later ruled the film industry with their unforgettable and immortal films were Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, S. Mukherjee, Bimal Roy, Kamal Amrohi, Guru Dutt, L.V. Prasad, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Shakti Samanta, P.L. Santoshi, Gyan Mukherjee, Kishore Sahu, Amiya Chakravarty and many more. Among the music composers, who got made immense contribution by their unforgettable melodies were Saraswati Devi, S.D. Burman, Salil Chaudhary, etc.
The new-gen writer, actor and director in Bombay Talkies Aazaad said, “It is high time to re-invent and restore the Sanatan culture and values of Dev Bhasha (language of the Gods) Sanskrit to preserve our divine entity and existence. India is not merely a piece of land but a divine entity, one should live and die for the mother land. We are the fortunate descendants of the great sages who had created Vedas, Upanishads and the ultimate wisdom when the whole world was living in primitive stages. We are Brahma in its true sense of meaning. For us the whole world is our family. Our thoughts, actions and voices represent and strengthen the world brotherhood, piece and wisdom. The greatest revolution is the self-revolution in the history of the human evolution.”
Speaking about the extent of research and detailed care that went in the making of this Sanskrit language magnum opus in Bombay Talkies office – Aazaad mentioned, “Aham Brahmasmi is not merely a film, it’s a call of the soul and the psyche of Bharat the immortal land of the gods. Sanskrit has answers to every problem and though it is the easiest language, we have taken particular care of the usage of words. The film will surely appeal to the millenials as it shows the current era vis-a-vis the era of Vedas and Upanishads blended in each other with meaningful depiction.”