Art Directory India

One hundred years of Indian Cinema


Fantasy for cinema never dies, rather it increases more and more with increasing number of movies screened on various online and offline platforms. Going back to the days of Alam Ara, the first ever motion picture produced by Raja Harish Chandra in 1913 and coming back to the days of Padmaavat, Queen, Sui Dhaga, it reminds us of the rainbow of cinema which never fades.
It has always been a proud moment for India when the country recalls the diversity the Indian cinema has. Many Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Gujarati, Oddisa and other states produce a lot of films which are many a times dubbed in other languages preferably Hindi.
Indian cinema not only entertains but also educates people. Films like Chak De India, 3 Idiots, Prem Rog, Taare Zameen Par, Udaan, Mother India are some of the films which has always touched a deep chord.
Deep down in our hearts, we have developed a special liking for bollywood. Stars like Hema Malini, Rjnikanth, N T Rama Rao, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Badhuri, Shabana Azmi profound performance still compel us to watch sholay, Haathi mere Saathi, Kati Patang, moner manush, Sivaji and many others.
Horror, romantic melodrama, science-fiction, comedy and other genres of Indian cinema is widely well-liked in the whole world. The glamour, beauty, different kinds of outfits, vibrant characters, decorations and designs, mind blowing themes, real and animated stories, violence and sexuality set the trend for the cinema.
The origin of cinema can be traced back to the French Lumiere Brothers in 1895. The brothers came to India after a year in 1896 and hosted a screening in Mumbai Watson Hotel. The audience was so mesmerized that ‘The Times of India’, one of the leading newspapers called it ‘Miracle of the century’. This legacy was put forward by Dadasaheb Phalke who screened the movie, Raja Harishchandra and marked the birth of Indian cinema. The movie was silent but with the introduction and further advancement in technology, movies using different types of graphics are being made in diverse languages.
Despite of the fact that cinema has always entertained, films nowadays are no more portraying a medium of expression. Songs like ‘Baby doll mai sone di’, ‘munny badnam hui darling tere liye’ and movies like Kuch Kuch Hota hai (portrays the picture of an ideal woman), dabangg (how the wife is always forced to agree what the husband says) projects the women in a way that reduces the status of woman in society.
The bollywood industry now needs to bring something new like Queen, badhai ho and other movies that educates and make our society think in a way which is correct. The industry should not upset us. We all hope that industry will make a comeback by regaining the art of cinematography which is somewhere lost. The society does not need ‘Hum saath saath hai’ or ‘vivaah’. Movies encouraging LGBTQ community, the power of women, surrogacy, and marriage should be made to aware society and we all know, Indian cinema is the best platform and it can do this.

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