Indian cinema has an identity unique on its own style and content. India has emerged fast from an era of black and white silent mimes to 3D graphics of ‘Bahubali’ daring enough to be competing with the international standards.
Indian cinema has been able to withstand its basic essence of story content to thrilling the audience till they fall of the edge by the climax.
It was Dada Saheb Phalke who introduced India to world cinema at a time when working in films was taboo and not accepted by the elite classes of Indian culture.
After Phalke’s ‘Raja harishchandra’, the first full-length silent feature film in 1913, most filmmakers from Madras and Bombay began stepping foot into the movie world. Later on Madras became the movie hub of India.
The silent movie came to a halt when Ardeshir Irani in 1931 released his first talkie, ‘Alam Ara’. Indian cinema can be claimed to be having two founding father, Dada Saheb Phalke, commonly called the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’ along with Ardeshir Irani known to the world as the ‘Father of Indian Talkie’.
The 50s and 60s is commonly called the Golden Age of Indian cinema with the major filmmakers, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, K Asif, Raj Kapoor, KV Reddy, L V Prasad and Ramu Kariat making world class cinemas prominent not only in their respective industries but nationally as well.
By the end of the 19th century, movies began portraying social and economic issues common in the society which where seen as a medium to pass on a social message or awareness. This era saw a wide, broad-scale change in narration, story structure, content, presentation, character.
Masala movies is India’s brand by the Indians and for the Indians. Such movies were of great revenue value and entertained people. Like Indian cooking which is a blend of spices , Masala movies blended itself with romance, thrill, horror, drama, tragedy and all sorts of emotions.
It is same as multiple genres happening at the same time, which can be tagged as a family movie.
Bollywood movies have been cracking the top 10 on U.S. box office charts a lot lately. A perfect time for Indian cinema for a transition.
The highest paid star in Asia after Jackie Chan is the Tamil-language star Rajinikanth, also known as “Superstar Rajinikanth”.
Indian cinema, despite all its peculiarities, has been a reflection of the socio-economic, political and cultural changes that took place in the country. All fingers crossed hoping that Indian movies continue to entertain us the way they’ve been doing since 10 decades.