Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema

Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema – Part 2

How Talkie Cinema Became A Threat To Silent Cinema With the latest technology OTT (Over-The-Top) streaming media service becoming the hot favorite of filmmakers, both in Bollywood and down South Film Industry, there is terror among the exhibitors and the cinema hall owners. The thought of biggest blockbusters like Akshay Kumar’s ‘Laxmmi Bomb‘, Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj, and Alia Bhatt’s Sadak…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

D. D. Dabke – The First Hero of Indian Cinema

The First Hero of India’s First Silent Film Raja Harishchandra (1913) was Dattatraya Damodar Dabke better known as D. D. Dabke. He played the title role of Raja Harishchandra in Dadasaheb Phalke‘s historic film and wrote history. However, unlike Anna Salunke, the other actor who played the heroine’s role in Raja Harishchandra, D. D. Dabke did not earn much success…

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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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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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