The First Indian Bollywood Movie – “Raja Harishchandra – A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture two miles long. All for only three annas” by the Father of Indian Cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. It all started with…
Lights. Camera. Action !!
“A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture is two miles long. All for only three annas”This was a promotional tagline of the movie having the honor for being India’s First Full-Length Feature Film – Raja Harishchandra.
This silent film was written, produced and directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke well known as Dadasaheb Phalke and was produced under the banner of ”Phalke’s Films”
Here are more 20 Honourable Mentions who set the benchmark for Indian Cinema:
The Wrestlers (1899) – The First Indian documentary film.
The movie showed a wrestling match at the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai then Bombay.
Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatwadekar became the First Indian to make a motion picture in India.
Nala Damayanti (1920) – India’s first International Co-production.
Producer Ardeshir Irani joined hands with Italy to making it the First Indo-Italian production in the history of Indian cinema.
Fatma Begum (1926) – First female director of Bollywood.
She directed Bulbul-e-Paristan, 1926 and got this honor.
Alam Ara (1931) – First Indian Sound Film.
It was the beginning of filmi music in the Cinema of India
The First Song of the Indian cinema – De de khuda ke naam per”, was from the same movie.
Ayodhyecha Raja (1932) – First Indian film to be released in two languages.
The First Marathi Talkie by V. Shantaram, which was also released in Hindi.
Indrasabha (1932) – Holds the world record for the most number of songs, over 70, in any musical movie ever made.
Sairandhri (1933) – First Indian Colour Film and First Original Soundtrack Disc.
The film was shot on Agfa B&W 35-mm negative. The prints were made in Germany by Bipack colour printing process.
Seeta (1934) – First Indian talkie film to premiere at International Film Festival.
It was premiered at 2nd Venice International Film Festival in 1934.
The movie won an Honorary Diploma. Debaki Bose became First Indian director to receive an International Award.
Dhoop Chhaon (1935) – First Playback Song.
Music Director, Rai Chand Boral was the first to use the systematic technique of playback singing in the film
Before, the actors would sing live on the set. The live performance was recorded just like dialogues.
Sant Tukaram (1936) – First Indian film to receive international recognition.
First Indian film to run in a single theatre for more than a year.
First Indian entry to get a screening at an international film festival, Venice Film Festival in 1937.
Kisan Kanya (1937) – First Colour Film of India (Completely made in India.)
The film was made with the Cinecolor process. Producer, Ardeshir Irani obtained the process rights from an American company.
Naujawan (1937) – First talkie film without songs.
After 1931s sensation Alam Ara, songs became an indispensable part of Hindi films.
Whereas, Aspi Irani directed Naujawan became India’s first song-less talkie film. It was a fast paced thriller, hence no songs were included in the film.
Neecha Nagar (1946) – First Indian film to win the Palme d`Or (Best Film) Award at Cannes Film Festival.
It was for the first and last time, any Indian movie won such an honour at Cannes.
Hanste Aansoo (1950) – First Indian film to receive an A-certificate.
The movie received A-certificate: ‘only for adults’, after the amendment of the original Indian Cinematograph Act (1918) in December 1949.
Sangam (1964) – First film to be shot abroad.
Many parts of film were shot in Venice, Paris, and Switzerland.
Bhanu Athaiya (1983) – First Indian to win an Oscar.
She shared the Oscar with John Mollo for their work in the 1982 film, Gandhi.
My Dear Kuttichathan (1984) – First 3D film.
This Malayalam film was dubbed and released in Hindi as Chhota Chetan in 1998.
1942: A Love Story (1994) – First Indian film to use Dolby Stereo.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) – First Indian film to be screened at the United Nations.
Bittoo Boss (2012) – First film in India to get a ‘PG’ certificate.
A PG certificate allows children of any age to watch the movie under Parental Guidance.