Prabhat Studio (1929–1953)

in Module
Published on: 25 July 2016

Hrishikesh Arvikar

Hrishikesh is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a translator, screenwriter, filmmaker. He is currently scripting a Marathi feature film.

Prabhat (1929–53), a regional film studio, was started as a collective under the political patronage of the King of Kolhapur. In 1934, it became one of the state-of-the-art studios in Asia when it shifted to Pune. This module explores the logistical, aesthetic, ideological and spatial manoeuvres made by the studio to produce a regional accent, which may be seen in its mythological, historical, devotional and social films.