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59 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Punjab is home to one of the most dynamic, diverse and ancient cultural traditions in South Asia. And it is this rich cultural heritage of stories, music and drama that gave rise to the film industry in Lahore.
73 minutes | May 31, 2021
Sons of Zarathustra
How the Parsi community, refugees from Zoroastrian Persia, landed up in India and went on to become a major force in the development of early South Asian film industry.
51 minutes | May 2, 2021
Of Opium and Tea
How two botanical products fueled the rise of Bombay and allowed it to become, eventually, South Asia's main film producing city.
31 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
An Invention Without a Future
Even though the men who invented the movie camera and the first films didn't believe it had any commercial future, they sent a Frenchman to Australia--via Bombay--to show their new magical toy. By the time the Frenchman left--several weeks later--India was changed for ever.In this episode we look at how and when movies first were exhibited in India and introduce you to some of the early adopters who played a pivotal role in establishing cinema in South Asia.
15 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
The Partition of British India in August 1947 that created the new country of Pakistan seemed to signal the end of the movie making dream for the city of Lahore. For the city's biggest film mogul, Roop Kishore Shorey, the events of that summer were almost too much to bear.
4 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Lollywood Tales: The Trailer
Join me for a unique history podcast that traces the fascinating, untold story of Pakistani movie industry based in and around the city of Lahore.
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