Lost to film history, Shanta Rao Dutt was one of the world’s first filmmakers:
“Before youtube, before digital, before colour, there was only Dutt.”
- Professor Leonard Plate
Young Shanta witnessed the Lumière brothers’ film screening in Bombay in 1896 aged 15, followed them to France to learn the art himself, then travelled the world with a movie camera, working in every continent, and pioneering innovations in the moving image that influence cinema to this day.
A truly global family company with a footprint on every continent, Movieplex continues the legacy of our founder, Shanta Rao Dutt. To this day, more than a century later, his descendants continue to pursue innovation in the field of the moving image, whilst keeping alive the memory of this extraordinary man and his life and work.