When Censorship withered film production

1942 started a ruinous stint for the nascent talkie industry of Madras. Wartime evacuations of both audience and producers (AVM moved to Devakottai Rastha) and restriction of post dusk shows had already hit the industry hard. Then came the next jolt. German film technology (AGFA film mainly) had sustained Indian cinema with negative raw stock…

Coming of age ritual and the Casino theatre

It was a dark and stormy night. Dusky because a blackout had been announced to deceive the Japanese bombers. And squally because a cyclone had been predicted the next day. But with an inaugural show of George Formby starring in a laugh riot titled ‘It’s turned out nice again’ on the 14th of December, Casino…