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Indian Cinema from Inception
Indian Cinema from Inception

Dipta Majumdar
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India has one of the oldest film industries in the world. Though the first film advertisement in India appeared in the Times of India on 7 July 1896 inviting people to witness the Lumiere Brothers moving pictures the wonder of the world it was not until early 1913 that an Indian film received a public screening. Rajah Harischandra was an extraordinary commercial success its director Dadasaheb Phalke who is now remembered through a life-time achievement award bestowed by the film industry in his name went on to make a number of other films drawing upon themes derived from the Indian epics. Phalke could not find a woman to play the female roles being turned down in this endeavor not only by respectable women but by prostitutes and had to resort to the expedient of choosing a young man A. Salunke to play the female roles in his early films. Among the middle classes that association of acting with the loss of virtue female modesty and respectability has only recently been put into question whatever degree of emulation actresses might appear to receive from an adoring public.

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Dipen Guha
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is sugInception gestive of breaking new grounds. Cinema in embryo brought about an uncanny fear to the established Traditionalism . It is not only cinema anything innovative begets peril as a by-product. But needless to say court-dancing and mujras used to be associated with the annals of blue-blooded societies. Even in Elizabethan era men would perform the roles of the female. With the passage of time discrimination between two sexes in terms of conviction started shortening. As for Indian cinema initial teething trouble regarding female induction was overcome by a host of dynamic female performers. Devika Rani can be esteemed as the pioneer. Many of them were highly qualified with modern outlooks. Influx of female actors in films gained momentum during 30s. Hence tradition took a turn. Though most of the movies depicted plots from Indian mythology female actors shared vital parts. In 1948 a film called Jhansi Ke Rani directed by Sohrab Modi presented Mehboob a female actress as the protagonist. Even risky stunts were enacted by women . Mother India or Aurat were the female-oriented films still remembered. Like literature cinema too is the manifestation of life. Hence as the picture of the society changed so did the cinema. What man can woman can. This has become the implied conviction of the present age. Even some Vidya Bagchi can become the nucleus while the male actors are just the protoplasm revolving around her.

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