The Desai Trio and the Movie Industry of India

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - Performing Arts - 223 pages
This book explores the careers of three creative men whose artistic and technical work was essential to the success of leading films of the day in India. It tells the moving stories of three family members: Vasant Desai (1912 - 1975); Sadanand Desai (1916 - 1985); and Mangesh Desai (1923 - 1985). In addition to documenting the historic contributions of the Desai Trio to the Indian film industry, Nilu Gavankar provides details about their professional lives that highlight their multifaceted talents. The personal approach of this book makes two especially significant contributions to the historical understand of the history of North Indian film. First, it describes the contributions of three immensely important participants in the film industry. Second, it presents background information that sheds light on the conditions that facilitated the extraordinary upsurge of creative productivity among Indian filmmakers in the mid twentieth century. By Prof. Michael H. Hoffheimer University of Mississippi School of Law Oxford, Mississippi, USA
 

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Contents

Family Ties
1
Contributions of Vasant Desai
35
Contributions of Sadanand Desai
88
Contributions of Mangesh Desai
103
Authors Notes
131
In Appreciation
163
Appendix I Desai Family Tree
166
Appendix II Filmography of Vasant Desai
167
Appendix III Filmography of Mangesh Desai
179
Appendix IV Letters from Vasant Desai to Susheela
217
Appendix V Letter from Mangesh Desai to His Nephew Ameet Desai
221
Bibliography
223
About the Author
225
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