Years of Indian Cinema: The greatest Indian films of all time The Bengali film charts the growing up years of Apu, the death of his. Indian cinema completed a century in The centenary was marked by special events celebrating cinema over the last century. Books were written and films. years of indian cinema. 1. By Tanvi Thareja ; 2. The Indian Cinema has undergone a massive change over the years.
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You are on page 1of 37 Search inside document By Tanvi Thareja The Indian Cinema has undergone a massive change over the years. It started in from silent movies to the first talkie in to the colored movies to the ones today. Indian cinema, along with all its peculiarities, has been a reflection of the socio-economic, political and cultural changes that took place in the country. As the world has become a global village, the Indian film industry has reached out further to the international audiences too. He was the first in Marathi press to carry film reviews in his daily newspaper Kesari. Dadasaheb Phalke, released his epochal feature film Raja Harishchandra on 3rd May and thus he was called as the father of Indian Cinema.
But today, with so many films being made in so many languages, what will we be celebrating, really, when we raise a toast to a century of our cinema? The National Awards, over the years, have made something of a habit of surprising us. Sometimes, the surprise is that an actor is honoured for a harmless role, one that required all the apparent effort of chewing a stick of gum.
Sometimes, the surprise is the actor himself, an unfamiliar face, someone who isn't in the movies we usually see and isn't on television either, entreating us to buy a pair of this, a bottle of that. Sometimes, we are surprised by the ability of the jury to juggle, like the leader of a jerry-built political alliance propped up by contentious parties, the actual merits of the films under consideration with the practical impulse to give no single state cause for complaint.
And sometimes, like it happened this year, we are surprised by how little we still know about our nation. The surprise, to some of us, wasn't that a film in the Byari language won.
The surprise was that a language named Byari existed. Like the nation of India, the notion of Indian cinema is simultaneously specific and frustratingly vague. What is Indian cinema?
Cinema that is made in India, certainly. But what else? Is it the cinema that spins stories about India and Indians? Or is Indian cinema identified by narration in a particular style, a recognisably Indian style, hearts on sleeves, songs and dances?
Though made in Tamil and mounted against heated Tamils, it speaks a clinical language of film from cooler climes. Does Indian cinema denote the films made after the country was freed from her fetters? We should have to wait for Independence to begin talking about Indian cinema. Is Indian cinema really the Bhojpuri film and the Tamil-Telugu masala movie, the on-screen equivalent of dal, homely comfort food in which the millions of men on the street can sop their day's disappointments?
Will art movies and the newfangled multiplex movies, then, attuned to English-thinking markets, not come under Indian cinema, because the people who consume them have modelled themselves after Americans?
After all, how many Indians are like Sid, needing warm-hearted exhortations to wake up?
Most of them do not have the luxury of sound sleep. What about films made by Indians but set outside India, keeping in mind the Indians living outside India?
The Bengali film charts the growing up years of Apu, the death of his father Harihar and his gradual drifting apart from Sarbajaya as emotional distance creeps in between him and his mother who was his anchor as a child.
This Bengali film not only established the lore surrounding their everlasting friendship but also helped build them up as a larger-than-life pair on screen and off it. The film was remade in Hindi as 'Bawarchi', starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. The film ran into controversy over the subject and was stalled for two years. But, it turned out to be one of the most acclaimed films after its release in Vijay Anand's path breaking film was a progressive film and broke a few myths about the quintessential heroine of Hindi cinema.
Vishal Bhardwaj's screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth had some powerful actors in star cast. And each character played his or her role to perfection in this Hindi film. This Hindi film which stars Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi in the lead roles provides comic relief through its story and performances. A Tamil boy falls in love with a North Indian girl only to realise that the path of love is not as simple as they thought it to be initially.
Even the strongest of hearts would cry when Vasu and Sapna commit suicide in the end.
The premise of 'Padosan' was like any other conventional Bollywood film but what made it different was the acting by Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu and its super melodious songs.
Kishore Kumar and Mehmood's spontaneity is still a treat to watch. This Hindi film tells the story of an unemployed young man Kamal Haasan who takes on the identity of a rich man. The film is known for recasting the silent film form.