1:15pm, 8th October, 2016


5 mins

Watching movies can be one of the fun and exciting ways to spend a day off. We can also enjoy watching films after an exhausting day from work. Aside from being entertaining, movies can also play with our emotions. Some movies make us cry while we laugh on the top of our hearts on some films. As the audience, we have our own preferences when it comes to watching films. While most people would love watching popular movies.

As we know that our Indian Cinema completed its century there are several fascinating facts about our Indian Cinema.

D. Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra was a black and white, silent film premiered in 1913 while India was still under the control of the British Empire. Since then Indian cinema has come a long way. Bollywood is now the largest film industry in the world, having overtaken Hollywood in the 70s.

1. The first wholly-Indian produced film was ‘Raja Harishchandra’, released in 1913. It was premiered in Bombay’s Coronation cinema.


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2. The nickname Bollywood refers to the origins of Indian cinema in Bombay and Hollywood. The formal name for Indian cinema is Hindi cinema. The ‘Bollywood’ was coined in the 1970s when Indian cinema overtook America as the world’s largest film producer. Bollywood took off in the 1930s but was hit by the Great Depression. Many films were escapist but some addressed social issues and Indian independence


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3. The first Indian film was silent.


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4. The first Indian film with sound was ‘Alam Ara’ released in 1931


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5. The first Indian colour film was ‘Kisan Kanya’ in 1937


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6. Hindi cinema flourished between 1940 and 1960 and is referred to as The Golden Age of Indian cinema


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7. Film producers focused on India’s social issues in the 1950s and especially working class, urban life


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8. The India Wave movement began in Hindi cinema between 1940 and 1960. It was a realist and naturalist movement about the socio-political happenings

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9. ‘Neecha Nagar’ won the Best Film award at the first Cannes film festival in 1946. It was also the first Indian film to gain global recognition


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10. Guru Dutt was ranked no. 73 in Sight and Sound’s critics’ and directors’ poll of greatest filmmakers in 2002


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11. Romance and action films were popularised in Bollywood in the late 60s


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12. ‘Salaam Bombay’, 1988, won the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s
also the 2nd Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


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13. Global recognition of Hindi cinema spread throughout the 2000s


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14. Bhanu Athaiya was the First Indian to Get an Oscar for the Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’ in 1982


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15. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon is the longest Hindi film song, lasting 20 minutes, in the film by the same name



16. ‘LOC: Kargil’ is the longest Bollywood film lasting 4 hrs 25 min


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17. It was only in 2001 that Bollywood films started recording sound on location. Before, it was normally re-created in the studio.


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18. Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was inspired by Bollywood films

Dev Patel as ?Jamal? and Freida Pinto as ?Latika? in Danny Boyle?s Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel as ?Jamal? and Freida Pinto as ?Latika? in Danny Boyle?s Slumdog Millionaire

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19. 2009 comedy, ‘3 Idiots’ is the highest-grossing Indian film of all time with a worldwide gross of $71 million



20. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (The Brave-Hearted Will Take Away the Bride) ran at Mumbai’s Minerva cinema for 700 undeterred weeks. It was the biggest Bollywood hit of the year and one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time.


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21. Bollywood films are produced in Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu


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There are several facts that make an Indian Cinema entertaining. In Indian Cinema, films make a person smile because of its sense of humour and story is enough to entertain any type of person.

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