Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema

Badalta Samay… Badalta Cinema – Part 3

How color changed the face of the film industry? With the invention of Sound in Indian Cinema, the film industry got a tremendous boost, and the business of the film industry escalated multifold. Elated at the enormous money generated due to sound cinema, filmmakers became desperate to invent color films in India. The first filmmaker who did the experimentation in…

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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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Decline Of Producers And Rise Of Actors

Producers On The Decline; Actor turning Producers On The Rise! – Part 1

India’s most iconic Film Production House the RK Films drew its curtain by selling the RK Studios to Godrej Properties. Ranbir Kapoor the youngest member of RK clan does not seem to continue filmmaking. Likewise, the plight of many top Film Production companies like V Shantaram‘s Rajkamal Studios, Wadia Brothers Basant Studios, AR Kardar‘s Kardar Studios and Kamal Amrohi‘s Kamalistan…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

‘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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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Deepika Padukone’s ‘Chhapaak’ Declared Tax Free; ‘Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’ Is India’s First Tax Free Film!!

Entertainment as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India is taxable!! The Entertainment Tax is charged to increase the revenue source for the state governments. Thus the tax differs from state to state. For instance, in Maharashtra, the Entertainment Tax is 45% and for the regional Marathi film, the Entertainment Tax is Zero. The Maximum Entertainment Tax is…

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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

Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Junglee’ Brought A Revolution In Indian Cinema with Eastmancolor

Technicolor was a costly matter mostly because the prints have to be developed in London but the quality of rich color was stunning and impressive hence mostly big-budget films made by top filmmakers were made in Technicolor but every filmmaker could effort the cost of Technicolor hence an American company Eastman Kodak launched Eastmancolor that created sensations in color films…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Dilip Kumar’s ‘Aan’ was the First Technicolor Film In Indian Cinema

Two decades later film monarch Mehboob Khan after the huge success of Andaaz (1949) starring Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Nargis decided to make India’s most expensive film. The film was Aan (1952) starring Dilip Kumar and Nadira. To add glitter and glitz he decided to make the film in Technicolor –The color technology used in Hollywood films. Since Ardeshir…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Filmmaker Ardeshir Irani Made ‘Kisan Kanya’ – India’s First Color Film

Filmmaker Ardeshir Irani was an ambitious and creative filmmaker. His successful experiment by making India’s First Talkie Film Alam Ara justifies his passion for innovations. Hence after the huge success of Alam Ara, Ardeshir Irani decided to take a huge leap and make a color film. In 1930s Hollywood had started color films production thanks to the first mono pack…

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