Indian films began in 1896 when an agent from France brought his movie equipment and showed moving pictures in Bombay. That was an important point in Indian history and the start of the development of the Indian film industry.
The first film made in India was released in 1913 by Dadasaheb Phalke. The film’s title was Raja Harishchandra. It was a mythological film that has since been produced several times.
There are now different types of film industries in India categorized by their regions. These are: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi and Assamese films.
The first Indian film shown in India was the movie Alam Ara which was released in 1931. It was also the first movie that had sound effects; the movie was called a “talkie” because it was the first time the actors were heard talking in a film. This was again the beginning of a new era for the Indian film industry.
During the 1930s and 1940s Indian films began to have a modern outlook and adopted the emerging societal ideas and practices of the decade. Film makers added major innovations to their films. In 1935, the movie Devdas was released. It wasan important film of the decade. The film was directed by Pramathesh Barua. The movie was based on a love tale and presented the distinction between femininity and masculinity.
The world-famous Bollywood was a Hindi film industry that started in the 1970s. It is inspired by the American film industry’s Hollywood. Bollywood is now one of the leading film industries in the world which has released many movies and introduced popular actors and actresses.
The Golden Age of the Indian film industry began in the 1940s. Some of the best films were produced during this decade until the 1960s. The films Pyaasa and Kaagaz ke Phool were two of the movies produced during the Golden Age.
In the 1950s, the Parallel Cinema movement began, led by the Bengalis. Some of the movies produced during this era were Neecha Nagar and Two Acres of Land.
The Indian modern cinema was introduced in the 1960s. It was when romance movies and action films became popular in the Indian film industry. During the mid-1970s until the 1990s, Indian cinema began producing films about bandits and gangsters.
The Indian film industry continues to produce and release movies that reach the world beyond Bollywood. Indian film producers are known to make lengthy movies, with some films lasting three hours or more.