Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Dilip Kumar’s ‘Aan’ was the First Technicolor Film In Indian Cinema

Two decades later film monarch Mehboob Khan after the huge success of Andaaz (1949) starring Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Nargis decided to make India’s most expensive film. The film was Aan (1952) starring Dilip Kumar and Nadira. To add glitter and glitz he decided to make the film in Technicolor –The color technology used in Hollywood films. Since Ardeshir…

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Filmmaker Ardeshir Irani Made ‘Kisan Kanya’ – India’s First Color Film

Filmmaker Ardeshir Irani was an ambitious and creative filmmaker. His successful experiment by making India’s First Talkie Film Alam Ara justifies his passion for innovations. Hence after the huge success of Alam Ara, Ardeshir Irani decided to take a huge leap and make a color film. In 1930s Hollywood had started color films production thanks to the first mono pack…

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Music Maestro R C Boral – Introduced Playback Music in Films

R.C. Boral (Rai Chand Boral) is India’s First Music Maestro who ruled Bollywood before the music directors like Naushad, Shankar Jaikishen and SD Burman became famous. R.C. Boral holds the distinction of giving the art of Playback singing to Film Industry and discovering the legendary singer KL Saigal – the singer who gave hit  songs like Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto…

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Fatma Begum –The First Female Filmmaker of Indian Cinema

Dadasaheb Phalke indeed struggled to find female actresses to play roles in films as women working in cinema was a taboo but a decade later after Raja Harishchandra, an Indian lady; Fatma Begum wrote history by establishing her own production company, Fatima Films, and made a film Bulbul-E-Parastan (1926). She donned the cap of director, producer, writer and even actress.…

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Durgabai And Kamlabai Gokhale – The First Female Actresses of Indian Cinema

The credit for the First Female Actress of Indian Cinema goes to Durgabai Kamat who played the lead in Dadasaheb Phalke‘s second film, Mohini Bhasmasur (1913). Readers are aware that in Dadasaheb Phalke‘s first film Raja Harishchandra had no lady due to indifference of society towards cinema. Ladies role were performed by Male actors disguised as ladies. However down foreign…

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‘Bhakta Vidur’ Was The First Film To Face Censorship Trouble!

Generally, Film censorship is related to a Board of film experts watching the film and deleting indecent or otherwise objectionable representations that could hurt sentiments of masses. However, readers would be surprised to know that the Film censorship came into existence first for the ‘Protection of the Public’ watching the film!! Surprised?? Well, in the early days when cinema was…

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JF Madan – Made First Cinema Hall in India

With the advent of silent cinema in India, there was a desperate need for cinema halls. Filmmakers showed cinema in open ground erecting a tent. The biggest drawback of tent cinema was that it could portray just one show at night! Hence the profit was limited. Besides, during monsoon, the film had to be abruptly stopped until the rain stopped.…

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Dhirendranath Ganguly – First Filmmaker To Bengali Silent Film

The Father Of Bengali cinema is Dhirendranath Ganguly, popularly known as DG, who holds the distinction of being the Producer of First Bengali Silent Film Bilat Ferat (1921). Besides he has the prestige of establishing not 1 but 3 Production Houses viz. Indo-British Film Company, British Dominion Films, and Lotus Film Company. Dhirendranath Ganguly took education at Shantiniketan under the…

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