5 Firsts Of Indian Cinema

100 years of Bollywood
A still from Raja Harishchandra

Turning 100 is special, and it takes on an altogether different connotation when it comes to the showbiz. Our great Indian song and dance factory, Bollywood, is 100. And the Indian media is all set to celebrate it

We have decided to start at the very beginning. By cashing in on a list of firsts put together by Abhishek Raghunath in Forbes India.

The list gives you five firsts. There are no prizes for guessing the first full length film – it was Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke.

Watch this video if you want to know more about Dadasaheb Phalke

However, the list has some interesting facts. The first instance of a movie running into trouble with the censors happened in 1921, with a flick called Bhakt Vidur. The movie was also banned in Madras and Karachi.

The very first on screen kiss was shared between AVP Menon and Padmini in a Malayalam flick, Marthandavarma in 1933, which hit the screens just a couple of months before Devika Rani kissed Himanshu Rai in Karma.

The first International Award for an Indian flick came in the year 1946 according to this list. Chetan Anand’s ‘Neech Nagar’ won Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at Cannes. And the first colour film to be processed in India was Kisan Kanya in 1937.

You can read all about it in 5 Firsts Of Indian Cinema

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