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The Patels of Filmindia

Author: Sidharth Bhatia

  • ISBN: 978-81-88569-67-0
  • Hardback
  • Size: 8.50 X 11.00 inch
  • Pages: 184
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A must-read book on Filmindia—the iconic film magazine first published in the 1930s by the Patels—Baburao and Sushila Rani—who owned and edited it.

 Filmindia remained a popular magazine for several decades, forging a new and exciting path in film journalism. It was bold, feisty and outspoken, taking on even the most powerful interests in the film industry in Bombay.

The book The Patels of Filmindia: Pioneers of Indian Film Journalism is a collector’s item featuring beautiful images of hand-painted posters and covers that portrayed the superstars of the times: Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Nargis, Madhubala, among others. A section on Filmindia’s reviews, gossip, and the overwhelmingly popular Q&A column makes this book a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Sidharth Bhatia

    Sidharth Bhatia is a journalist, commentator and author based in Mumbai. He has been in the media for over 35 years and has worked with and written for some of the leading newspapers in India and abroad. He was part of the team that set up DNA in Mumbai in 2005. He was a Press fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He writes articles on current affairs and popular culture for several newspapers including the Times of IndiaAsian AgeHindustan Times and Outlook. He is a regular commentator on national television channels. Bhatia has written three books including Cinema ModernThe Navketan Storyand India Psychedelic, The Story of a Rocking Generation.