A couple of days ago, on an innocuous Thrusaday (3rd May), Indian cinema entered its centenary year. It was on the same day in 1913 that the first-ever Indian film Raja Harischandra was released in theatres. Cineme has almost mixed with the blood and lifestyles of millions of Indians who treat films and politics as the ‘twin eyes’ in their day-to-day lives.
Though cinema was invented by foreigners, Indians don’t lag behind in patronizing it in a big way. Without an iota of doubt, with its huge population of more than 120 crores, Indian film industry which is a mix of Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, Mollywood, Sandalwood and Bengali and other language film industries, is easily the biggest film industry in the world vis-à-vis ticket sales and the number of films produced annually.
Indians got the scent of cinema for the first time on 7th July, 1896 when Lumier Brothers screened six silent films in Mumbai. In the following year, Clifton & Co. started screening films on a daily basis at its Meadows Studios in Mumbai. All this paved way for the first-ever theatrical release of India’s first talkie film Raja Harischandra on 3rd May, 1913 made by Dada Saheb Phalke, widely considered as the ‘father’ of Indian film industry.
Many events are being arranged all over the country to celebrate the centenary of Indian films. At this historical moment, let’s all owe to ourselves to do everything possible from our side to save the falling status of films and saying a strict ‘no’ to pirated DVDs!