Lights, Camera, Akshun!

Lights, Camera, Akshun!


The success of Bollywood could owe its status to Queen Mary and George V. Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals how their 1926 invitation for screenwriter Niranjan Pal, producer/actor Himansu Rai and actress Devika Rani to show their silent epic The Light of Asia at a special Royal Command performance in Windsor Castle gave them the credibility they needed to grow their business.

The trio took what they had learned about film-making in Britain back to India and the rest is cinematic history.


Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals how three of the most influential figures in early Indian cinema - screenwriter Niranjan Pal, producer and actor Himansu Rai and actress Devika Rani - first found fame on the stages and screens of London's West End theatres and cinemas. From 2013.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sanjeev Bhaskar
Producer Mukti Jain Campion
Producer Suman Bhuchar
Arts Documentary