As a typical Indian citizen, my life is deeply influenced by Bollywood films. My mom’s lullabies literally came from Bollywood music. Father was obsessed with Indian cinema and I was more interested in listening to his version of stories from Bollywood movies than ‘coping with’ fairy tales.
Little grown-up, my affinity for cinema grew as the little brain was sufficiently occupied with Bolly-stuff. Larger than life cinema metamorphosed me into a crazy Bollywood fan. And here I am writing on my favourite theme:)
HISTORY OF INDIAN CINEMA
I’m fascinated by the history of Indian cinema. Find it adventurous to collect information about the lost past of this amazing form of art.
1) In 1970 Cinema of India overtook Hollywood in movie production and acquired the name Bollywood.
2) Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the father of Indian cinema, his silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra (1913)’ is the first Indian film.
3) Ardeshir Irani’s film ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) was the first Indian film with sound.
4) During partition, many actors from Punjab and Bengal migrated to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) making 1940-60 the golden period of Indian cinema.
5) Parallel Cinema came to existence during this Golden Period. Bengalis who were contributing to one-fourth of the Indian cinema brought attention to the socio-political conditions of the working class. Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and Buddhadeb Dasgupta are some of the pioneer figures of Parallel Cinema.
6) Indian Classic film Mother India was the first Indian film to be nominated for Academy Award (for best foreign language film).
7) ‘Indian Masala Films’ are the films with the mixed genre. Such films compact romance, comedy, action, drama and music in two and a half hours.
8) Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, three Khans Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan are a few of the globally famous actors of Bollywood.
Cinema has always been a medium to showcase the social and political situation of a country. Bollywood, on similar lines, tells the story of India. A lot has changed with time. From themes like Independence, poverty, social differences, Bollywood today tells the stories of politics, underworld and corruption. A bold medium to convey, Indian cinema can bring about a revolutionary change in society.
BTW, my travel wishlist is also inspired by Bollywood. Read the account 👉 here!
[PS- For those who don’t know (Can’t believe this, you must be out of this world;), Bollywood is the popular name for Indian Hindi Cinema.]
This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi