Indian Movie History and Facts

By | July 2, 2020

Indian Movie Timeline and Facts:

★ 7th July, 1896 ———— First Cinema show in India at the Watson Hotel in Bombay.

★ 1897 ———— Save Dada films first Indian Documentary.

★ 1898 ———— Prof. Stevenson brings “first Bioscope” to Calcutta at the Star Theatre.

★ 1898 ———— The first short film in India “A dancing Scene” was directed by Hiralal Sen.

★ 1907 ———— The First Cinema hall “Elphinstone Picture Palace” in India built by J.F. Madan in Calcutta.

★ 18th May, 1912 ———— “Shree Pundalik” became the First Theatrical film released in India. Dadasaheb Torne was the maker of the film.

★ 1912 ———— “Raja Harishchandra” was the first Indian feature film produced by Dadasaheb Phalke.

★ 3rd May, 1913 ———— “Raja Harishchandra” was released on at Coronation Cinematograph, Bombay.

★ 1914 ———— “Raja Harishcnadra” was the first Indian Film which was shown in London and became First Indian feature film shown Abroad.

★ 1918 ———— Indian Cinematograph Act 1918.

★ 1920 ———— Baburao Painter became the was the first man to advertise his film “Vatsala Haran” through cinema posters.

★ 14th March 1931 ———— First Indian talking film “Alam Ara” released by Ardeshir Irani.

★ 1931 ———— “De de khuda ke naam par” was the first song in Indian cinema recorded for “Alam Ara”.

★ 1932 ———— “Indra Sabha” released with a record number of 71 songs, highest in any Indian Cinema till now.

★ 1933 ———— First air-conditioned cinema Regal started in Bombay.

★ 1937 ———— Film “Sant Tukaram” screened at Venice Film Festival and became the first Indian film to be screened at an international film festival.

★ 1937 ———— First color film “KISAN KANYA” released.

★ 1946 ———— Chetan Anand’s “Neecha Nagar” won the Grand Prize at the first  Cannes Film Festival and became the first Indian film to get international award.

★ 1950 ———— “Hanste Aansu” was the first Hindi film released with an “A” Certificate.

★ 1951 ———— Formation of Central Board of Film Censors.

★ 1952 ———— Filmfare Awards were introduced.

★ 1954 ———— National Film Awards were introduced.

★ 1982 ———— Bhanu Athaiya becomes the first Indian to win an Oscar for the film Gandhi.

★ Kamala, was the first female heroine in an Indian film with her lead role in Dadasaheb Phalke’s second film “Bhasmasur Mohini” produced in 1913.

★ Dattatraya Damodar Dabke was the first hero of an Indian film. He acted as Harishchandra in “Raja Harishchandra”.

★ The first Indian chain of cinema theaters was owned by the Calcutta entrepreneur J F Madan, who oversaw production of 10 films annually and distributed them throughout the Indian subcontinent.

★ The first lady director in India was Begum Fatima Sultana.

★ Phiroz Shah Mistry was the first Indian music director for the film “Alam Ara”.

★ Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay is the only film which has enjoyed 60 golden jubilees.

★ Satyajit Ray holds the record for the highest number of National awards with 32 wins in various categories.

★ Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan and Mammootty holds the record for the highest number of National awards for Best Actor – 3 awards each.

★ Shabana Azmi holds the record for the highest number of National awards for Best Actress – 5.

★ A R Rahman and Ilayaraja jointly hold the record for the highest number of National awards for Best Music Direction – 4.

★ K. J. Yesudas holds the record for the highest number of National awards for Best Male Playback Singer – 7.

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