Centenary Of Indian Cinema

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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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

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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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Pioneers Of Regional Cinema (South India)

The huge success of Dadasaheb Phalke‘s Film Raja Harishchandra (1913) created ripples around India and regional language creative people began learning the art of filmmaking thus started the birth of Regional Cinema in India. Indian Film History (IFH) hereunder enlighten readers about birth of cinema in South Indian languages Rangaswamy Nataraja Mudaliar – ‘Father Of Tamil Cinema’ The First Filmmaker…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Dadasaheb Torne – First Filmmaker To Make Full-Length Feature Film With Foreign Collaboration

After Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar‘s silent film The Wrestlers, released on 7th July 1896 in Mumbai another filmmaker Dadasaheb Torne from Maharashtra made headlines with the release of his full-length silent feature film Shree Pundalik. The film was released on 18 May 1912 at Coronation Cinematograph, Bombay. Dadasaheb Torne aka Ram Chandra Gopal Torne was born on 13th April 1890. He…

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Bollywood Music Copy Cats

Even The Respectable Madan Mohan And Salil Chowdhury Had Lifted Tunes! – Part 6

Generally, it is believed that like Naushad few more Music directors of the Golden Era never turned to West for inspiration and were truly original. It is said Music Directors like Madan Mohan and Salil Chowdhury composed pure original tunes. However, it may surprise readers that film historians in their study have found that even these music wizards have stolen…

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O.P. Nayyar’s First Successful Song ‘Baabuujii Dhiire Chalnaa’ Was Copied! – Part 5

In the late ’50s a Music Director O.P. Nayyar created Hungama in Bollywood with his melodious music. His songs were so melodic that he earned the title of King Of Rhythm.  Songs like Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu… Howrah Bridge (1958). Taarif Karoon Kya Uski… Kashmir Ki Kali (1964). Pukarta Chala Hoon Main…. Mere Sanam (1965), Aao Huzoor Tumko…. Kismat…

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Shankar-Jaikishan Started The Trend Of Copying Songs From The West! – Part 4

Unarguably Music legends Shankar-Jakishan were the Undisputed Monarch of Music of the 50′ and ’60s. The duo composed such immortal melodies that they earned the title of ‘Best Music Directors’ of the Golden Era. They won the maximum 9 Filmfare awards and gave several super hit films like Barsaat, Awaara, Shree 420, Sangam, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai; Professor; Suraj;…

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