B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Homi Wadia, who was born on 18th May 1911, belonged to a family of master shipbuilders. He, along with his brother Jamshed Wadia, changed course and founded Wadia Moviestone and Basant Pictures in 1933. He directed several films which are among Bollywood’s earliest films.
Homi Wadia started as a cinematographer in Lal-e-Yaman (1933). Fearless Nadia-starrer Hunterwali (1935) marked his directorial debut in Bollywood. The movie was an absolute hit and spawned an entire genre of daring stunt films.
Miss Frontier Mail (1936), directed by Homi, was the most famous of the “train films” with a spectacular fight scene on a moving train. Punjab Mail (1939) and the comedy adventure film Diamond Queen (1940) were pretty good. Bambaiwali (1941) and Jungle Princess (1942), both starring Fearless Nadia, did quite well. Homi started earning increased recognition with each movie that released.
Homi then directed the musical Amar Raj (1946), Fearless Nadia-starrer 11 O’Clock (1948) and Balam (1949). All had done about average business. Venturing into fantasy-cum-adventure cinema, Homi made Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag (1952) and Alibaba & the Forty Thieves (1954). Hatimtai, which released in 1956, was a good film. Zabak (1961) also was quite good. Zimbo (1958), Feroz Khan-starrer Char Dervesh (1964) and Khiladi (1968) were about average earners. Homi last directed the Adventures of Alladin which released in 1978.
Homi Wadia also produced few films like Zimbo, Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag and Adventures of Alladin, besides directing them. He expired at the age of 93 in Mumbai.