The 2013 movie Bombay Talkies couldn’t live up to the standards set by the original Bombay Talkies, the film studio founded by Himanshu Rai in 1934, at the then remote Bombay suburb of Malad.

In two decades of its functional existence, Bombay Talkies produced tens of landmark films, the biggest of them was, of course, Kismet (1943). A company by the name of Bombay Talkies Limited still exists, but now deals in software, shares and securities.

A photograph of inside the Bombay Talkies studio at its heyday.

Inside the original Bombay Talkies (photograph from 1942)