Essay on 100 Years of Indian Cinema - 1

1451 Words Mar 16th, 2013 6 Pages

Indian Cinema has now completed 100 years on April 21, 2012, a country where over 1,000 films are made every year, in several languages. During these long years Indian cinema has broken many new grounds and established several milestones. The Times of India, India's major newspaper then, hailed it as "the marvel of the century". As writer and essayist Mukul Kesavan wrote, "The art of the cinema was fashioned in India at the same time as it was developed in the West". The first Indian motion picture Raja Harischandra was produced and released in India in 1913, Directed by Dada Saheb Phalke, barely a year after the world's first motion picture was made in 1912. Those were the days of silent movies. There were
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However, in the 21st century, things have changed. Bollywood, India's most widely watched Hindi moviedom, is changing its plot. As Sujit Sarkar, the filmmaker puts it, "Indian cinema is welcoming real and new role-casts for its stereotyped characters".
Indian cinema in all languages delved into Indian mythologies and Hindu religious texts for themes and storylines when it began. Following the nation's independence, the 1930s and 40s were marked by socialist themes and the fight against poverty and society for the marginalized. The 1960s brought global winds of colour and hippie couture. The themes, however, continued to follow the rich and evil versus the poor and virtuous, the rural good guy and the city bad guy formula.
As we gear up to raise a toast to a cinema that's 100 years old, it's a moment of great national pride and glory for all Indians. Unlike other western film industries, the Indian film industries have not been too heavily influenced by the Hollywood film industry and continue to retain its local flavour, essence, emotions and dialect. Indian films get to do their share of globetrotting at prestigious world film festivals, Indian stars walk the red carpet in Cannes and other festivals along with their global counterparts, our films find their reviews by top international film journals and newspapers.
Granted, many Indian filmmakers continue to hope for

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