Centenary Of Indian Cinema

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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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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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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