ISBN 9789380070261,Delhi - Four Shows

Delhi - Four Shows



Om Books International-New Delhi

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789380070261

ISBN-10 9380070268


Number of Pages 314 Pages
Language (English)


"Since the days of veteran directors like Sohrab Modi and Mehboob Khan and actors like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, Delhi had a thriving single-screen theatre culture. While some halls reserved a box for families, others seated women in a exclusive enclosure, or reserved aisle seats for the specially-abled, or gave first preference to members of our defence forces. From Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi, the Who’s Who of Indian politics too had their favourite halls. Single-screen theatres in Delhi were part of India’s freedom struggle, and a sociological phenomenon. While most ‘talkies’ still provide the common man his preferred mode of entertainment, these halls shall soon become a thing of the past, overrun by an unrelenting multiplex boom. Delhi: 4 Shows—Talkies of Yesteryear is a clarion call to preserve Delhi’s single-screen theatre culture and the halls that are sentinels of the city’s cultural and historical heritage. 
Ziya Us Salam is Senior Deputy Editor with The Hindu. A noted film and literary critic, he has contributed to the following anthologies: Being Young in the Worlds of Islam and Past Tense: Living on the Edge. He has edited an anthology entitled Housefull: The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema, published by Om Books International. His forthcoming book, Strands of Commonality: Postcard of Islam in the Subcontinent, is to be published shortly. He was a jury member of the International Film Festival of India (non-feature film, 2011), Best Writing on Cinema (2008) and Vatavaran.