History of Indian Cinema
The history of Indian cinema dates back to the late 19th century, when the first full-length feature film, “Raja Harishchandra,” was released in 1913. The film was directed by Dadasaheb Phalke and is considered a milestone in the history of Indian cinema.
During the early 20th century, the film industry in India was largely centered in Bombay (now known as Mumbai). The first Indian sound film, “Alam Ara“, was released in 1931 and marked the beginning of the “talkie” era in Indian cinema.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Indian cinema began to gain international recognition, with films like “Mother India” (1957) and “Pather Panchali” (1955) winning awards at international film festivals.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Indian film industry, known as Bollywood, became a major player in the global film market, with the release of blockbuster hits like “Sholay” (1975) and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (1995).
Today, Indian cinema is a major cultural and economic force, with an annual output of over 1,000 feature films and a worldwide audience. It is known for its colorful and vibrant musical numbers, larger-than-life characters, and melodramatic storylines.