A major Asia TOPA highlight, ACMI exhibition Bombay Talkies captures the excitement and glamour of early Indian cinema with a treasure trove of artefacts collected by the father of Bollywood cinema. The exhibition showcases, for the very first time, the Dietze Family Trust archive, inherited by Melburnian Peter Dietze and his two brothers, who discovered late in life that their grandfather was a famous Indian filmmaker. The collection comprises 3000 cultural artefacts in what is the most comprehensive collection of 1920s and 1930s Indian film studio ephemera in the world. Bombay Talkies is a household name in India, co-founded by ambitious and entrepreneurial filmmaker Himansu Rai (1892-1940) and his movie-star wife Devika Rani (1908-1994). Releasing 40 films over 20 years the studio was one of India’s most innovative and highly resourced, launching the careers of several prominent luminaries including actor Ashok Kumar and director Raj Kapoor.
Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.