A celebration of the golden era of Hindi cinema, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Jubilee is much more than a trip down memory lane
(clockwise from top left) Aditi Rao Hydari, Aparshakti Khurana, Wamiqa Gabbi and Sidhant Gupta in Jubilee
There’s a certain serendipity to Vikramaditya Motwane directing Jubilee, the latest Amazon Prime original on the enigmatic world of Hindi movies in the late 1940s and 1950s. Motwane’s family is best known as the pioneers who brought Chicago Radio telephones, microphones and speakers to India, playing a key role in spreading the call for Indian independence. Motwane’s grandfather, Harnam, apart from running the business also produced a film, Andolan (1951), an expensive albeit ill-fated venture starring the then relatively new Kishore Kumar. Motwane calls it the family’s ‘Voldemort’, the one that wasn’t spoken about. In fact, he would hear of it only after he decided to get into the world of films. Jubilee is Motwane’s fifth production under the banner of his production house. He has named it Andolan Films.