Have you already seen Jubilee? Aditi Rao Hydari, Sidhant Gupta, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Wamiqa Gabbi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Ram Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana, Nandish Singh Sandhu, and Arun Govil are among the stars of a recent web series Jubilee that was released on Amazon Prime Video.
The Jubilee series centres on Hindi cinema and how it evolved following India’s 1947 partition. While the compelling plot reveals the dark side of fame, name, power, and exposure, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials will also enjoy the nostalgic ride.
You will be perplexed to see every actor’s performance at the pinnacle, from attire to musical props. Join us on a journey through time to discover what brought us together with a theme centred on India’s independence.
One tool used to pass the time and connect movie stars with their fans was the vinyl recorder. The old Hindi films in colour and black and white frequently featured it. But as times changed, new innovations took its place.
Its depiction on the screen resonated with people who owned vinyl recorders or who used to wait for popular song records to go on sale.
Radio Being The Source Of News
In the past, before television even existed in India, people used to obtain all of their information from radio, particularly All India Radio. People used to change channels and sit next to the radio to stay current on current events, such as the partition, riots, new movie releases, or daily updates.
Rotary Dial Telephone
One of the humorous things in the house was the rotary dial phone. The majority of millennials experienced nostalgia upon viewing it. Those who had access to it frequently found making calls enjoyable. You must turn the dial each time you want to press a number. It used to be a kid’s game for some reason.
The silver screen was present in India’s major cities, as was mentioned in the series. People used to make improvised screens in rural or interior areas of India by casting a film onto a piece of white cloth. Communities’ men, women and children used to congregate in a public space to watch films.
Film Rolls & Negative
Baby Boomers and Gen Xs have seen many films on the black-and-white screen. The first coloured film hit theatres in 1937 only. However, black and white films dominated the screens.
It is nostalgic to see such clips in the series. The music is also slow with a little drama added to it. Jubilee showed how songs developed from being in still frames to moving ones. It was an insight into how Indian cinema developed over time.
Black & White Screen
Gen Zers wouldn’t understand the difficulty of producing a portrait or video from negatives in the digital age. Things are simpler now. You can select several images at once, delete the ones you don’t want to keep, and then pick the ones that look nice to you.
But as the series demonstrates, using film reels to make images and videos used to be a challenging task. In one of the scenes, Khurana’s character Madan Kumar, also known as Binod Das, had to cut and join negatives to create a reel that would show off his skills during a screen test after Sumitra Kumari initially destroyed it.
Our sense of connection to the series is heightened by the lead actors’ fashion choices. We were reminded of Devika Rani by Aditi Rao’s classy ethnic selection of submissive Western fashions with neat hairstyles. She inspired her fictional character Sumitra.
After the partition, a prostitute named Nilofer tried her hand at acting, and Gabbi played her. She wore a traditional salwar kameez while filming the picture. In contrast, she wore outfits in her daily life that caused a stir in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. High-waisted trousers, collared shirts, collared dresses and short hair all worked well to hold the look in place. In actuality, men were also styled in period-appropriate clothing.