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Madan, a young Parsi businessman, who had experience in Theatre shows from an early age, stepped into entertainment business in 1902, when he started bioscope shows of imported cinemas a tent in Maidan, Calcutta.
After World War I, Madan's Theatre business started growing rapidly. In 1919, his business became a joint stock company with the name of Madan Theatres Limited. Madan Theatres and its associates had a great control over theatre houses in India those days.
J J Madan, third son of Jamshedji Framji Madan, became managing director of Madan Theatres after the death of his father in 1923. Madan Theatres reached a peak in late 1920s when it owned 127 theatres and controlled half of the country's box office. Madan Theatres produced a number of popular and landmark films till 1937.
List of Films
- Billwamangal (1919), Bengali feature film, screened in Cornwallis Theatre (now known as Sree Cinema).
- Nala Damayanti (1920), directed by Eugenio de Liguoro.
- Dhruva Charitra (1921), also directed by Eugenio de Liguoro.
- Ratnavali (1922), directed by Camille Le Grand.
- Savitri Satyavan (1923), directed by Georgio Mannini.
- Bishabriksha (1922 and 1928).
- Durgesh Nandini (1927) and Radharani (1930), both based on Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's works.
- Giribala (1929), based on Rabindranath Tagore's work.
- Jamai Shashthi (1931), the first Bengali talkie, was released on 11 April 1931.
- Indrasabha (1932), a musical with 70 songs.
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