Oldie Goldies

Vintage movies old classics lost in time, Old is truly Gold. Checkout some of our favorite old pictures from moments when Bollywood was young.

Raja Harishchandra, the first silent Bollywood film
Raja Harishchandra was the first silent feature film made in India. By the 1930s, the industry was producing over 200 films per annum. Raja Harishchandra is a 1913silent Indian filmdirected and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke and is the first full-length Indian feature film.The film was based on the legend of King Harishchandra recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Sulochana, aka Ruby Myers in the 1934 film “Indira M.A.”
Sulochana, aka Ruby Myers, and D. Bilimoria in the 1934 film “Indira M.A.”

During the golden age of Indian cinema, one of the biggest and most glamorous stars, Sulochana, exuded an exotic flair that thrilled audiences from Bombay to Bangalore. Sulochana’s real name was Ruby Myers. She was Jewish. It’s one of the secrets of the era before Bollywood. Unlike most Hindu and Muslim women, prohibited for modesty’s sake from working in film, India’s Jewish women were allowed to pursue movie careers. And they did.

Alam Ara, the First Indian sound film
Alam Ara, the First Indian sound film. Alam Ara is a 1931film directed by Ardeshir Irani. It was the first Indian sound film. Irani recognized the importance that sound would have on the cinema, and raced to complete Alam Ara before several other contemporary sound films. Alam Ara debuted at the Majestic Cinema in Mumbai (then Bombay) on March 14, 1931. The first Indian talkie was so popular that “police aid had to be summoned to control the crowds.”

Dilip Kumar in a pickle ad called Table Tasties
Dilip Kumar in a pickle ad called Table Tasties.

Bollywood Actor and Singer Kishore Kumar in Brylcream ad
Bollywood Actor and Singer Kishore Kumar in Brylcream ad.