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Who is Devika Rani & What She Does?

on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:53 pm
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm
Devika Rani, The First Lady Of Indian Cinema Who Was A Feminist Before The Word Became Popular
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm
Devika, along with her husband Himanshu Rai, established one of India's first well-equipped studios, Bombay Talkies, back in 1934. Together, they challenged gender and societal norms and started a conversation about the changing society.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm
Art direction, costume design, acting, there wasn't a single department that Devika wasn't involved in.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:55 pm
Devika's debut as an actress, Karma, was the first-ever English language talkie of Indian cinema.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:55 pm
In her own way, Devika was trying to break free from the orthodox ways that were gulping the society.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:56 pm
Devika did not shy away from such projects, rather took them head on.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:56 pm
After Himanshu Rai's passing in 1940, Devika got complete control of the studio and it is only thanks to her that Hindi cinema witnessed great actors such as Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and even Raj Kapoor.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:57 pm
Devika was known as the 'Dragon Lady' among her peers.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:57 pm
Devika decided to retire from the movies. She was an artist first and a business woman later and thus, retired for the sake of her artistic integrity.

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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:57 pm
Women as strong as Devika were limited in number back then but even today, we are struggling to give them the pedestal they truly deserve.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Devika Rani Roerich, 86, lay serene in her death, shorn of the glamour of her famous life. But it is doubtful whether her death on March 9 will bring to a natural conclusion the intrigue surrounding the vast fortunes of the actress and her late husband, the Russian painter, Svetoslav Roerich.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:59 pm
The controversy surrounding this intensely private couple has followed them to their grave and beyond. Even as Devika Rani's body was being cremated, the state Government announced that it had initiated moves to take over the Roerichs' sprawling 457-acre Tatguni estate on the outskirts of Bangalore.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:59 pm
the last was executed five days before Devika Rani's death. A fourth and earlier will, left the entire property to Poonacha's brother-in-law R. Devadoss.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:59 pm
Drukov and Poonacha pay their respects to Devika Rani
But when this will was sought to be registered in Bangalore, the sub-registrar launched an inquiry into its bona fides.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:01 pm
Devika Rani – First Lady Of Indian Cinema Who Broke Gender Stereotypes Before Feminism Was Cool
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:01 pm
Devika Rani was born on 30th March 1908 and was the biggest actress India had ever seen in the 1930-40s era. She married Himanshu Rai, a film producer.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:02 pm
She was one fierce lady who paved the path that would not entirely fit in with her era. She was quite adept at costume design and art direction and even assisted Rai in his silent film A Throw of Dice.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:02 pm
As the story goes, she later went to Berlin with her husband to learn filmmaking. They returned back home and went on to make a film that would create controversy. It had a kissing scene you see. This was way back in 1933, the film Karma starred Devika Rani and her husband Himanshu Rai, who had a liplock scene together in the film. We still go on and on about intimate scenes in Bollywood, the hype that it created a century ago is unimaginable.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Karma went on to premiere in London and it was internationally acclaimed. Devika Rani put Indian cinema on a world map with her eloquent performance. She and her husband would partner again for their production house Bombay Talkies.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm
The studio would go on to make 40 films which included hits like Kangan, Bandhan, and Kismet.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Under the production banner, she also discovered a hit on-screen partnership with Ashok Kumar. Bombay Talkies went on to feature legacy of great actors like Dilip Kumar, Mehmood Ali, Madhubala and Leela Chitnis.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Through her choices in film, she was known as a gutsy actress. She proceeded in making films that revolved around societal issues.
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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Acchut Kanya was a commentary about the caste system . Nirmala spoke about blind-faith and superstitions.

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on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:04 pm
But what Devika Rani will most be remembered for is not giving a damn in an era that cared too much about the status quo and ‘log kya kahenge’. She was feisty in an era where women were expected to be docile and meek.
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