Have you thought how much Indian cinema has changed in its 100+ years of existence? In its infancy, films made in India were mainly based on mythology, religious texts or ancient scripture which started with the first film itself; Raja Harishchandra. The landmark silent film was released in 1913 for special invitees and the press which later heralded it as an immediate success! Films like Mohini Bhasmasur and Kalia Mardan followed suit.
The themes changed with the arrival of the ‘talkies’. And the film industry has never stopped changing since. With colour around the corner, black and white brought some iconic films like Shree 420(1955) and Mughal-E-Azam (1960).
Songs had always been an essential part of Indian movies which, worked with the story, to invoke intense emotions. The patterns of brothers-lost-in-the-fair and the Romeo and Juliet-esque stories entertained audiences for decades. But we also got classics like Mera Naam Joker (1970), Sholay (1975) and Mr. India (1987) in the decades leading up to the 90s and 2000s, when romances peaked with films like DDLJ (1995) and comedies made a comeback with Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and the ilk. That brings us to today. Today’s movies ensure that there is something for everyone, from Ship of Theseus to Singham to 3 idiots.
upload itIndian cinema has seen ups & downs and faced challenges of censorship, audience approval and even today’s ban-culture. But we can always count on our movies to entertain us, inspire us and turn the mirror to the society. So which movie are you watching this weekend?