Decline Of Producers And Rise Of Actors

The Era When Producers Ruled Cinema – Part 2

Film making may be a director’s craft and a film star’s glitz to pull in the audience into cinema halls but without a sensible ‘producer’ a film cannot be imagined. Hence producers dominated filmmaking in the past. The glorious Prabhat Films founded by actor/director V Shantaram laid the foundation of filmmaking in India in 1929. Prabhat Films made several thought-provoking…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

India’s First Film To Show Kissing Scene Was Silent Film ‘Bilat Ferat’

A few decades back a kiss scene in Indian cinema created a hullabaloo! The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) would either cut the kissing scenes during film censorship or would shorten the length of the scene and award an Adult Certificate to the film. However, with changing times things have changed and now depicting Intimate or erotic kissing scenes…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

‘Jawani Ki Hawa’ – India’s First Murder Mystery Film

In the 1930′ films based on mythological subjects and adventures were popular. However, few visionary filmmakers made movies that were socially relevant and took cinema as a mode to change society like V. Shantaram‘s Dunia Na Mane, Mehboob Khan‘s Aurat, or Chetan Anand‘s Neecha Nagar. However, amidst such a scenario Himanshu Rai of Bombay Talkies‘ brought a new kind of…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Devika Rani – The First Lady Of Indian Cinema

Indian Cinema witnessed the arrival of ladies in films with Durgabai and Kamlabai Kamat working in lead roles in Dadasaheb Phalke‘s second film, Mohini Bhasmasur (1913). Later many ladies made names in Indian cinema like Sulochana who was termed as the First Lady Super Star of the Silent Era or Fatma Begum the First Female Filmmaker of Indian Cinema. Other…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Ashok Kumar Is The First Star Of Indian Cinema

In the ’30s when Indian Cinema was in its cradle Bombay Talkies brought a revolution in Hindi cinema changing its content, style, and grammar of filmmaking. The huge success of Bombay Talkies‘ second film Achhut Kanya (1936) established it lead actor Ashok Kumar as the loveable heartthrob of cine-buffs. Soon Ashok Kumar delivered a series of super hit films like…

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RAGS TO RICHES STORY

It Was Not A Cake-Walk For The Famous Trio Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar to become stars! – Part – 1

Khudi ko kar buland itna, Ki har taqdeer se pehle, Khuda bande se khud, Poochey bata teri, Raza kya hai??? Eminent poet Allama Iqbal, who wrote the patriotic song Sare Jahan Se Accha…. has written the above inspirational verse that means – A man should raise himself to such dizzy heights that before writing his destiny God would ask you;…

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QUALIFIED ACTORS IN BOLLYWOOD

Balraj Sahni Was A English Professor At Rabindranath Tagore’s Shantiniketan – Part 1

Educational qualification is the primary requirement of any profession. In fact, in government jobs in India, graduation has become the minimum qualification for acquiring even a post of a peon! However, Bollywood is perhaps one of the few professions across the world that requires partially no educational qualification.  More than the degrees, Bollywood appreciates your passion for acting and have…

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