The New Theatres film studio was formed in Calcutta by producer Birendranath Sircar on 10 February 1931, with the motto — Jivatang Jyotiretu Chhayam (Light infusing shadows with life). B N Sircar was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1970 for his contribution to Indian Cinema.
Dena Paona, a Bengali talkie, was produced by New Theatres and released in 1931. It was directed by Premankur Atarthi, with music composed by Raichand Boral.
According to Kironmoy Raha, “New Theatres made its reputation secure with Chandidas directed by Debaki Bose in 1932,” after the studio had produced five talkies.
In 1935, P.C. Barua directed and acted in Devdas, based on Saratchandra Chatterjee‘s novel Devdas, and this film became phenomenally successful in the industry.
In 1935, playback singing was first used in India in the Bengali film Bhagya Chakra by Nitin Bose. The singers were K C Dey, Parul Ghosh, and Suprabha Sarkar. Dhoop Chhaon, Hindi remake of this film, was the first Hindi film to use playback singing.
Kanan Devi was the first popular star actress, who appeared in many films produced by New Theatres. Also, there was a group of talented actors with New Theatres like K.L. Saigal, K. C. Dey, Prithviraj Kapoor, Chhabi Biswas, Bikash Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Basanta Choudhury.
Directors like Premankur Atarthi, P.C. Barua, Debaki Bose, and Nitin Bose worked in New Theatres films. Musicians who worked there included R. C. Boral, Pankaj Mullick, and Timir Baran.
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Actor Swapan Mullick
Director Dilip Sircar
Writer Swapan Mullick