Lights, Camera, Action!!!
With the blink of an eye, the cinema industry has brought a lot of thrillers, actions, and emotional drama in our lives that have become the primary source of entertainment for us. Now, movies are premiered beyond the imaginations. You can actually feel whatever is going on in the movie with the introduction of 3D, 4D concepts. But, hey, do you know which was the first feature film of India? I know you might be wondering what’s the need to know. To be honest, it’s proud for all of us to learn how Indian cinema has progressed so far. Let’s get into the flashback of Indian film industry and know about its black & white world.
For a movie fanatic like me, the word ‘feature film of India’ in 2020 creates an image of unrealistic sets, OTT costumes, masks, hip-hop dance, and jazz music. But this is not where all of this started from. Yes, Bollywood has been an addiction for the Indians for ages now but does anyone know who was the actual reason to prompt it.
It was in the year 1913, a man named Dadasaheb Phalke was weaving a history for the millennial movie buffs that would be remembered by the future generations. His creation became the first-ever feature film of India named Raja Harishchandra. This film has marked a historic benchmark in the Indian cinema. Even after being a silent movie, it became a commercial success that paved the path for what Bollywood looks like today. The movie was a narrative of an Indian character who was drawn from the story of Mahabharata.
It won’t be wrong if I say that Dadasaheb is the Mogul of Indian cinema. Because even after being a silent film, it catapulted the success of the Indian film industry and led to a vivacious release of 23 movies between 1913 to 1918.