3 May : The beginning of Indian Cinema

First Indian Feature film “Raja Harishchandra” was released today in in 1913. This marked the beginning of the Indian Film Industry. Thanks to Legendary Dada Saheb Phalke, the visionary who thought of making a feature film in a time when it was not so easy, Don’t believe me, look at the video. The film could say everything without uttering a single dialogue. Just a few background score and acting calibre of then stars. The film was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Although a silent film with intertitles in Marathi, English and Hindi, … Continue reading 3 May : The beginning of Indian Cinema

2 May : The director who painted his scenes

Satyajit Ray, a man who never aimed for awards but got lots and lots of them. Born today in 1921, he has directed 36 films including feature films, documentaries and short films. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. His first film ‘Pather Panchali’ won 11 international awards. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. He used to draw his screenplay rather than … Continue reading 2 May : The director who painted his scenes

1 May : Workers struggling since 1886 or before

The first time any motion picture was captured and a small film was made, the subject was “workers”. It was in 1895 when a 46-second-long, black-and-white, silent documentary, a single scene in which workers leave the factory. Just remembering this landmark in the history of Cinema today because its Labour Day or International Worker’s day. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States … Continue reading 1 May : Workers struggling since 1886 or before