He is also credited with creating India"s first advertising films and quite possibly A fire in 1917 destroyed all of his films. Hiralal Senator"s native home was in Bagjuri, a village in Manikganj, approximately 80 km from Dhaka, the present-day capital of Bangladesh. In 1898, a film troupe en route to Paris screened a certain Professor Stevenson"s short film along with the stage show, The Flower of Persia at the Star Theatre in Calcutta.
Borrowing Stevenson"s camera, Senator made his first film, "A Dancing Scene" from the opera The Flower of Persia.
In a creative career that extended up to 1913, Hiralal Senator made over forty films. Most of the films he made depicted scenes from theatrical productions played at Amarendra Dutta"s Classic Theatre in Calcutta.
At that time raw film was imported into the country. Between 1901 and 1904, he produced many films for Classic Theatre including Bhramar, Hariraj, and Buddhadev.
His longest film, produced in 1903 and titled Alibaba and the Forty Thieves, was also based on an original Classic Theatre performance.
However, not much is known about this feature film since it was never screened. He also produced a number of advertising films and newsfilms taking commissions. Having made two films advertising Jabakusum Hair Oil and Edwards Tonic, he may have been the first Indian to use film for advertising purposes.
A film documenting the Anti-Partition Demonstration and Swadeshi movement at the Town Hall, Calcutta on 22 September 1905 is generally considered In 1905, it was advertised as a "genuine Swadeshi film of our own make" and ended with the rallying cry for freedom, Vande Mataram.
Royal Bioscope made its last film in 1913. Hiralal Senator"s later years were filled with disappointment and economic hardship.
Jamshedji Framji Madan of the Elphinstone Bioscope Company had long surpassed him in terms of success. To compound his misery, he was also suffering from cancer.
A few days before his death in 1917, a fire broke out destroying every film he ever made.