Colin Pal

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Colin Pal (December 25, 1923 – August 30, 2005) was a Hindi film actor, technician, journalist, and publicist for 175 Hindi films. He is the son of producer Niranjan Pal and the grandson of Bipin Chandra Pal. Pal was born in London to an English mother, Lily Bell, and spent his early years in Wembley, before moving to Bombay in 1929.

Pal joined Filmistan Studios in May 1943 as an apprentice after working alongside his father at Bombay Talkies. He became the assistant director to P.L. Santoshi. While working with Filmistan he also acted as Netaji Subashchandra Bose in Samaadhi in 1949. In 1951 he appeared in Bimal Roy's Parineeta[1] and Naukri. He later directed Shrimatijee, Naina and Suhag Sindoor for Munshi productions.[2]

Pal spent most of his career as a publicist for mainstream Hindi films, but also wrote for a number of trade magazines. He frequently collaborated with film historians on projects around the early talkie studios in Bombay. He contributed to the historical discussion on the use of simple Hindustani in early Hindi cinema instead of the more literary language, which is common in other vernacular cinema including Tamil and Bengali. According to Bhagwan Das Garga Pal argued that this was driven by the early screenwriters and producers in Bombay being transplants from the silent era, who were not Hindi speakers themselves, and consequently insisted on dialogue that was very straightforward contemporary language.[3]

He authored the book Shooting Stars which described the eccentricities of the cinema process. His re-authoring of his father's autobiography Aye Jibon: Such is life won a National Award from the Indian Government in 2001.

Pal died on August 28, 2005 after a prolonged illness in Mumbai at the age of 83.[4] His son, Deep Pal was a pioneer of Steadicam camerawork in India.[5]



  1. ^ "Parineeta". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Sohag Sindoor 1953". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ Garga, Bhagwan Das (2005-01-01). The Art of Cinema: An Insider's Journey Through Fifty Years of Film History. Viking, Penguin Books India. ISBN 9780670058532. 
  4. ^ Colin Pal Obituary Screen, September 2, 2005.
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  6. ^ Shooting Stars

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