Milestones in Indian Cinema

Notable events which went on to advance cinema in India

Published: May 2, 2013

This day marks the centennial of Indian cinema. From the monochrome pixels of Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra to the sleek montages of Bombay Talkies (a tribute to Indian cinema by four leading directors), celluloid in this country has had an eventful journey. Selecting memorable moments from these 100 years is akin to picking favourites from Sachin's 100 hundreds—it's a tough ask and quite a contentious task. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled a list of milestones that went on to advance cinema in India. Browse through the timeline and join us in the celebrations!

(This story appears in the 03 May, 2013 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Anant Raj

    This is a unique thing I ve seen on Indian cinema done by any publication. Good idea to do a timeline

    on Aug 19, 2015
  • Shakti Bareth

    Congratulations to indian cinema.

    on Oct 13, 2014
  • Arulraj

    where is latest films? ENDHIRAN(ROBOT) is the highest grosser of all indian movies.TAMIL films also done some achievements in indian cinema where are they?

    on Jun 16, 2013
  • Arindam

    Very nice timeline. Many facts not known too well. Good you have included them. Like the design also.

    on May 6, 2013
  • Amita Madhvani

    Dear Sohini, I would like to point out that there has been a error in your information compilation for your article paying tribute to 100 yrs of Cinema. Year 2002 - \"Let\"s Talk\" - 90 min English feature film was the first Digital film to be released in India on Dec 13th, 2002. India\"s first digital film to be released theatrically. You have mentioned a film called Nil Nirjane which infact released in Feb 2003. Please get this information corrected. Film directed by Ram Madhvani. you can check Wikipedia and IMDB for release date information as well. Hope to see a correction soon. Warmly, Amita Madhvani

    on May 5, 2013
    • Sohini

      Thanks for your comment. \'Nil Nirjane\' was first premiered in July 2002. Its wider theatrical release was delayed till Feb 2003 owing to logistical issues. It gets the credit for being India\'s first film to be shot and processed in digital. \'Let\'s Talk\' might have eventually released before \'Nil Nirjane\' but that doesn\'t make it the first diigtal film.

      on May 5, 2013
      • Amita Madhvani

        Dear Sohini, Thanks for your reply, Was the film Nil Nirjane premiered in a theatre as Let\'s talk\" was premiered in August 2002 at the Locarno film festival Switzerland. Enough articles on the net confirming that as a digital film release. That year we were in the Mumbai film Festival also as the first digital film:) Amita

        on May 6, 2013
  • Rithika

    3 idiots was really a very good movie which expressed true friendship... hats off to the director and the actors in the movie... 3 idiots gained reward for the hard word they have did...

    on May 4, 2013
  • Nadhiya Mali

    Superbly Done

    on May 3, 2013
  • Shreyta

    Very well done! A fresh format and a welcome drift from the usual texty cliche writings!

    on May 3, 2013
  • Tania De

    Lovely going through this... I wish you included more videos or audio - I\'d spend a day just going through it all. :)

    on May 3, 2013
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