100 Years of Indian Cinema

Even as we rejoice our exceptional distinctiveness in cinema and gaze forward, it is imperative to respect the past that fetched us to to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema.
Created On: Oct 19, 2013 16:16 IST
Modified On: Oct 26, 2013 11:59 IST


99 years ago, Dadasaheb Phalke made a film about a king who never lied. The king wouldn't have lied although he wanted to. The movie was a silent one. But at present, with so many movies being made in multiple languages, what will we be commemorating, truly, when we hoist a toast to a century of our Indian cinema?


The Movie Awards have made somewhat of a custom of astounding us. Every now and then, the revelation is that an actor is privileged for an undisruptive character, one that requisites all the perceptible attempt of chomping a stick of gum. Every so often, the shocker is the actor himself, a new face, someone who is not in the films we frequently see and isn't on TV either.


Valuing our heritage

Even as we rejoice our exceptional distinctiveness in cinema and gaze forward, it is imperative to respect the past that fetched us to this day. Film perpetuation is sensibly fictional in India — it is not just the silent movies that have been frenzied by the chemicals that shaped them but also movies from anon decades. Nearly all our movies from the pre - digital epoch are dented in some type, and even though we do not have a structure of protecting classics in the National Film Registries, we could in any case make certain that adequate prints are accessible to future inventions.




  • Movie: Devdas

Year: 1955

Actors: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal and Suchitra Sen


  • Movie: Pyaasa

Year: 1957

Actors: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman


  • Movie: Naya Daur

Year: 1957

Actors: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Jeevan and Ajit


  • Movie: Mother India

Year: 1957

Actors: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar


  • Movie: Mughal-E-Azam

Year: 1960

Actors: Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Durga Khote, Prithviraj Kapoor


  • Movie: Guide

Year: 1965

Actors: Leela Chitnis, Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman


  • Movie: Padosan

Year: 1968

Actors: Saira Banu, Sunil Dutt, Kishore Kumar and Mehmood


  • Movie: Sholay

Year: 1975

Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan


  • Movie: Don

Year: 1978

Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Pran and Helen

  • Movie: Black

Year: 2005

Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Shernaz Patel, Nandana Sen and Rani Mukerji


  • Movie: 3 Idiots

Year: 2009

Actors: Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, Sharman Joshi, Mona Singh and Parikshit Sahni


Noted Filmmakers

Raj Kapoor: This legendary filmmaker was affectionately called as the “Showman of Bollywood”.


Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Commonly accredited by the name Hrishi da, his vocation in films spanning over 4 decades made him the top person of 'middle cinema' of India.


Bimal Roy: Bimal Roy has been one of the most commended filmmakers in Bollywood. He has primarily determined on delineation of levelheaded and socialistic matters in films.


Manmohan Desai: Manmohan Desai was better acknowledged for his family centered, dance, action and song films which synchronized the savor of Indian viewers.


Guru Dutt: This Indian actor, producer and director is often credited with piloting the golden era of Indian cinema.


Yash Chopra: Indian cinema's most victorious and iconic film maker, Yash Chopra has had a bubbly voyage of directing films.


Shyam Benegal: Artistic film maker Shyam Benegal has gone advance than all odds to mist the line between commercial and parallel cinema. He was exultant in creating a novel sort in Hindi cinema which is recognized as ‘middle cinema’ in India.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Spectacled with films like Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Blackand Devdas, Sanjay Leela Bhansali reveals to be one of the best film makers of Bollywood.




N.T. RAMA RAO: He was a colossal of Telugu films eminent for playing famous characters, including Krishna and Ram.


Dilip Kumar: He was the 1st man to achieve Filmfare credit for the stage.


Amitabh Bachchan: Amitabh Bachhan is a celebrity without analogous in Cinema, a man who has been ruling the film industry for an incomprehensibly long time.


Kamal Hasan: An extremely esteemed artist, Kamal is incontestably a living legend, one who has prolonged himself further than the points of fathomable adaptability.


Raj Kapoor: The endearing tramp of cinema, he willingly put himself through the well-liked deprived man prism to amuse viewers by giving them just what they most craved for.


Rajesh Khanna: The term “Superstar” was given to Rajesh Khanna, who stirred admirer frenzy and hysterics of unparalleled extent.


Rajnikath: He might be the most venerated Superstar of film industry, but very untimely in his profession did Rajnikanth made a decision to go exceptionally mainstream, espousing a grand personality that mythically outshone his imposing theatrical capabilities.


Balraj Sahni: Film professionals frequently converse with revelation and speculate the verity that a performer of Balraj Sahni's competence never acknowledged a single award.


Naseeruddin Shah: A pioneer artist from the corresponding cinema association, Naseeruddin Shah's brunt on Indian pop ethnicity has been enormous.


Mohanlal: He has participated in a multiplicity of roles varying from romantic to catastrophic, humorist to theatrical while also making triumphant inroads into Hindi and Tamil cinema winning 3 National Awards for Best Actor, counting a unique Jury award.


Dev Anand: With a profession straddling over 65 years along with 114 movies, the eternally young Devsaab continued to rule the spirits of the spectators from movies like Guide, Jewel Thief, C.I.D., Kala Pani in 1960s to his bereavement 2 years back.


Dharmendra: Well thought-out to be one of the most commercially triumphant stars, Dharam’s famous career has extended over decades counting Sholay.


Aamir Khan: Known for his enthusiasm to trial and his keenness to detail, Aamir has engaged depicting class in his entire life, graduating from chocolate boy characters in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander to thespian victories in Sarfarosh, Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan while making an commended entrance as director in Taare Zameen Par and starring in 3 Idiots which was one of the top grossing films in India.




Sri Devi: Sridevi’s profession is moderately like no other.


Madhuri Dixit: Madhuri Dixit is an unmatched fantasy of the consummate Bollywood heroine.


Madhubala: Debatably the unsurpassed looking woman in Bollywood history, Madhubala parched the silver screen in an extremely small life, giving us much to remember her by, pensively.

Hema Malini: She of the whipper - snapper tongue and untailored elegance then went on to do a Basanti in Sholay and remains the most matchless part of Sholay.


Nargis: Nargis is the first film celebrity to get the Padma Shri award.


Meena Kumari: Often referred to as tragedy queen, Meena Kumari was a performer we lost absurdly untimely.


Rekha: Rekha’s 1st Hindi movie Saawan Bhadon was a vast accomplishment, and she established a place in Bollywood.



Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Begum Akhtar, Udit Narayan, Kishore Kumar, Jagjit Singh, Kumar Sanu, K.L. Saigal, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Sonu Nigam, K.J. Yesudas, etc.

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