Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ – India’s First Film To Win Maximum International Awards!

In the 50’s when Indian cinema was in its cradle and was ridiculed by the International filmmakers’ for its stupid dance and song content Bengali film Maverick Satyajit Ray suddenly bewildered the International filmmakers’ with his debut Bengali film Pather Panchali! The film was India’s First Art film or the parallel cinema that compelled the ‘West Filmmakers’ to sit back…

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Nargis Is The First and Only Actress To Win Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Popular film actress Nargis, mother of present-day actor Sanjay Dutt and wife of eminent Indian actor and politician Sunil Dutt, is India’s ‘First’ and the ‘Only’ actress to date to win the prestigious Best Actress Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award. She won the award for her powerhouse and gigantic performance in Mehboob Khan‘s film Mother India (1957). It may…

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‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ Is India’s First Film To Win A Hollywood ‘Golden Globe Award

Film legend V Shantaram is regarded as one of the pillars of Indian cinema. His film Do Aankhen Barah Haath has the distinction of being the first Hindi feature film to win the prestigious Golden Globe award under the Samuel Goldwyn category. It may be noted that the Golden Globe Awards are America’s most prestigious award presented by the Hollywood…

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‘Do Bigha Zamin’ Is India’s First Film To Win Prix International At Cannes

Indian film legend Bimal Roy is India’s most revered filmmaker after Satyajit Ray in International cinema. Interestingly, while Satyajit Ray made sober and realistic cinema that depicted the naked realities of life minus entertainment, Bimal Roy, introduced in a new brand of cinema that was realistic and took serious subjects but presented it on screen with a perfect blend of…

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‘Neecha Nagar’ is India’s First Film to win Palme d’Or Award at Cannes Film Festival

Like the Oscar Awards, the other International Award that is looked upon with esteem in the world is the Cannes Film Festival, an annual congregation of world cinema held at Cannes in France. The highest award is called – The Palme d’Or (French) or Golden Palm in English. Interestingly, though Indian cinema has never won an Oscar award for Best…

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Debaki Bose’s ‘Seeta’ Won First International Award For India

With Alam Ara (1931) Indian cinema turned talkie and in a short span of just three years Indian cinema left its mark at International cinema winning the prestigious ‘Gold Medal’ at the 3rd International Exhibition of Cinematic Art at Venice Film Festival in 1934 for the film Seeta. The film was made by Kolkata’s genius writer-director Debaki Bose, who brought…

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Debaki Bose’s ‘Seeta’ Is India’s First Film To Win International Award

With Alam Ara (1931) Indian cinema turned talkie and in a short span of just three years Indian cinema left its mark at International cinema winning the prestigious Gold Medal at the 3rd International Exhibition of Cinematic Art at Venice Film Festival in 1934 for the film Seeta. The film was made by Kolkata’s genius writer-director Debaki Bose, who brought…

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Lata Mangeshkar’s First Hit Song was Aayega Aanewala….

Aayega, Aayega, Aayega… Aayega Aanewala …. This timeless song from Kamal Amrohi‘s all-time classic film Mahal (1949) took the nation by storm and played a lion’s share in making Lata Mangeshkar popular. Composed by music director Khemchand Prakash the song became a national chartbuster and key reason for the huge success of the film Mahal. People saw the film repeatedly…

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‘Mughal-e-Azam’ Is Indian Cinema’s First Most Expensive Film!

15 years into making and produced at a staggering cost of Rs 1.5 crore, film wizard K. Asif‘s Magnum Opus Mughal-e-Azam is Indian Cinema’s First Most Expensive Film! The exorbitant expense of Mughal-e-Azam can be gauged from the fact that Mughal-e-Azam‘s budget was almost 5 times more of filmmaker Mehboob Khan‘s most ambitious film Aan (1952). Readers would be surprised…

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