Lights, Camera, Akshun!


lcaAs Bollywood celebrates its centenary, Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals how three of the most influential figures of early Indian cinema began their careers on the stages and screens of London’s West End: screenwriter Niranjan Pal, producer/actor Himansu Rai and actress Devika Rani. Their films include the pioneering feature-length silent epic The Light of Asia which received a Royal Command screening at Windsor Castle in 1926. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast  November 2013  BBC Radio 4

Contributors: Stephen Hughes, Ian Christie, Lalit and Kusum Joshi, Joyojeet Pal, Cary Sawhney and Kishwar Desai

Readings by Sagar Arya

Associate Producer Suman Bhuchar    Producer Mukti Jain Campion

Radio choice: The Radio Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times and the Observer, The Metro

One of those short but intriguing features that takes a subject you think you know all about and subverts your expectations  – the Spectator review

At just 30 minutes, Lights, Camera, Akshun! has more to inform than many programmes twice the length, plus the distinct advantage of a presenter, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who sounds genuinely fascinated by the archive material it contains. –  The Stage review


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