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History of Indian Cinema

Jan 22, 2013 14:42 IST


    History of Indian Cinema


    The first full-length motion picture in India was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke who is considered to be the pioneer of Indian film industry. He made a movie about the king who never lied, Raja Harishchandra, a silent feature film. He was the one to introduce India to World cinema. As the years passed by, the story structure changed, the characters changed, the content changed. Masala films were the demand of the time. Indian Cinema had a colorful past and equally exciting present.




    Alam Ara (1931) was the genesis of the talkie feature films. Film songs became a Pan-Indian phenomenon. Motion pictures received their first exposure in India on July 7, 1986 when Lumiere Brother’s Cinematographe unveiled six soundless short films. Celluloid in camera was fir exposed and sceened by an Indian in 1899.




    The golden period in Indian cinema attributed in 1950s. The screens were grazed by Balraj Sahani, Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Dilip Kumar and many other esteemed persons who grabbed the rope of Indian cinema. At one hand Indian Cinema was spreading its wings by leaps and bounds and on the other hand regional films were making their presence felt too among the audiences.



    The helm of Indian Cinema ushered with the romantic field in 1990s. Many starts explored the possible techniques to enrich Indian cinema through their mindboggling performances. 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros put a stamp of confirmation that Indian Cinema has spread its genre all around the globe. 



    A number of Indian films from different regions are often included among the greatest films of all time in various critics and directors polls.



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