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Origins and progress of Indian film until the Independence of the country. (1912-1948)
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Chandralekha (1948)

This movie was the last famous film before India gained its independence from British Government. This movie made 30 lakh rupees, most by any film at the time. It took 5 years to complete the movie. The movie has all the characteristics of Indian films of today, it was full of drama, romance, music and action. 

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Sant Tukaram 1936

This movie is based on the life and the teachings of Tukaram. This movie was the first film to be screened at an International Film Festival. It was screened at the Venice Film Festival and was named one of the three best films of that year. 

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Ardeshir Irani

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Ardeshir Irani was father of talking Indian films. He made the first talking film, Alam Ara. Also, he made the first color feature film in India called Kishan Kanya. He made films in 8 different languages. 

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Indian Cinematograph Committee (ICC)

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The Indian Cinematograph Committee(ICC) was formed by the British Government to promote British films over American. It failed to do so, what it did was it promoted Indian films and the Committee's suggestions were mostly ignored. 

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Raja Harishchandra- 1913- India's First Silent Film

Even though Pundalik was released a year before this movie, this movie gets the credit for being the first Indian film, because Pundalik was just a recording of a Marathi Indian play. The female roles in this film were played by males. 

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Amulya G's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:03 AM

This movie was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913 and is considered to be the first Indian film.  Even though Dadasaheb Torne's Pundalik was released in 1912, it is not given the honor of being called the fist indian film because cameraman was a British national named Johnson and also because the film was sent to London to be processed.  This movie is based on a mythological story of King Harishchandra and what he did for his village.  I chose this information becuase it depicts the start of the Indian movie history.  

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Dabangg - Theatrical Trailer

From the beginning of Cinema, one unique thing about Indian movies are that most of them are a combination of genres, action, comedy, romance, musical, thriller which is rare in Hollywood movies. There is a genre called "Masala movies" for these types of movies. This genre was originally formed in the 1940s after world war I.This movie is a perfect example of these types of movies. Dabangg is an action comedy about the corrupt police officer with a sketchy family background fighting the bad guys and also falls in love with a girl. There are 7 total songs in this movie.

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Alam Ara - De De Khuda Ka Naam Pe Pyaare

One very unique thing about Indian films are the songs that are in the movies. There are atleast 5-6 songs in every film. This song, "De De Khuda Ka Naam Pe Pyaare" is the first song in Indian Cinema which featured in the first talking Film Alam Ara. 

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Alam Ara, 1931, First Sound film, India

Alam Ara was the first talking film of Indian cinema. It was directed by Ardeshir Irani. I was not able to find the original movie, but this is an interview talking shortly about the movie. 

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Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu

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He was a pioneer in the production of silent indian movies. He used to travel from place to place to promote cinema and he was also the first to build and own theatres or cinema halls. 

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Shree Pundalik

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This movie was the first film to be released, it was a shooting of a Marathi Indian play. It was a silent film. 

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