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Alam Ara – India’s first Talkie Film (Sound Film)


On March 14th, 1931 at Majestic Cinema in Bombay (Mumbai), people went crazy over a film’s release  causing such frenzy and stampede that the police had to be summoned to control the massive crowd. Why wouldn’t they? For the film ‘Alam Ara’ directed by Ardeshir Irani was the first Talkie Film (Sound Film) of Indian Cinema. Besides being the first ...

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The Father of Indian Cinema – Dadasaheb Phalke


Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke (30 April 1870 – 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, and is regarded as the Father of Indian Cinema. The changing point in Phalke’s life was when he first time saw the silent film “The Life of Christ”. The film made such a great impact on his mind that he began ...

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Bhanu Athaiya


Bhanu Athaiya – Indian Cinema’s most revered Costume Designer and First Indian to win an Oscar Award On April 11, 1983 renowned Indian Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya made history when she won the Oscar for Best Costume Design (shared with John Mollo) for Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. She became the first and only Indian to win an Oscar Award and ...

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