Family history

Shree Premchand Gandalal Shah and his wife Shreemati Kasturben lived in an extended family in Vartej, a small village in Saurashtra, Gujarat. About a century ago, as the joint family grew, their only child, Shree Harichand and his uncles Shree Tarachand and Shree Girdharlal moved to Bangalore in pursuit of greener pastures. They started a small trading business together. As their families grew, they diversified into different businesses.

Shree Harichand’s and Shreemati Samratben’s sons, Shree Kantilal, Dhirajlal, Shantilal, Fatehchand, Narendra (Babubhai) and Mansukhlal worked very hard to expand the family’s movie business multifold. The blessings, goodwill, and support extended by Shree Ramniklal bhai and Shree Mohanlal bhai helped create Hansa Pictures. We extend our humble pranaams to them.

Three generations of their descendants stand together today to celebrate a golden jubilee of unity having expanded their business network to Chennai, Secunderabad, Vijayawada and Ernakulam