- Posted May 3, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
A Toast to a Century
For most of us, cinema is limited to the monthly treat of the senses, from a story that looks tempting to a star that we have adored. Bollywood- or in fact, any film produced in India, however, has a larger yesterday that we could learn from.
Here's to a century of change.
Cinema has been regarded as a medium of reflection of times. From the very first film shot on camera by Dadasaheb Torne a hundred years ago on this day, to the latest releases that we look forward to every Friday, there has been an evolution in the art. Which, by no surprise has led us to ponder over what Indians prioritized in the era in which cinema flourished.
Starting out with the likes of 'Raja Harishchandra' by Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the father of Indian Cinema, subjects and stories have moved through religion, to family, to freedom, melodrama, conflict, imaginative realism, Marxist and social cinema, to the league of the 70s that had melodrama and the introduction of the Hippie culture- all the way to parallel cinema, even more melodrama (yes, Indians love it!) and here we are, with technology, action, family entertainers, slapstick comedy- you name it.
Indian cinema has always delivered something or other for every mind that exists. That in itself shows the largesse of content produced every year. Every story has a line that stays, every movie-goer has an experience that he or she takes home with them.
With time, cinema will change. It will be closer to home and to our lives than it ever was. It was on mobile cloth-screens with projectors, then moved to the cinema hall screens, then came home to our TV and now is on our computers and mobile phones. Cinema in India is part of your system.
Here's an ode to every individual who strives to make that virtual space seem to be a part of our daily lives. From Dadasaheb Torne, to every child who aspires to be part of the great Indian film industry.
Here's to a hundred years of Indian cinema.