The Indian Film Industry

Posted by Freddy on Sep-25-2010

Indian films have gone beyond the geographical boundaries. They have come out of the age of love and fantasy and learnt to work on experimental plots. Globalization has affected not only Bollywood but also the regional film industries of the country. And as a result they are making profit even outside the home market. Many industrial giants are interested to invest in the Indian Film Industry and the Indian films are attracting foreign producers and directors to the Industry.

Film making began in India when Dadasaheb Phalke made the first Indian feature film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ which was released in 1913. He was inspired to make the movie after watching ‘Life of Christ’ Mehta’s American-Indian cinema. ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was based on a story from the ‘Mahabharata’ it was a stirring film concerned with honor, sacrifices and mighty deeds. From then many mythological movies were made.

The advent of sound in movies was a major contribution. It brought an immediate difference. Alam Ara, released in 1931 was India’s first talkie and it was dubbed in into Hindi and Urdu. As the time passed, there were many changes and experiments brought into the Indian cinema. The technological advancement over time has raised the quality and standard of the movies.

The globalization of Indian Film Industry began in the late 20th century. In late 1920, almost 80 percent films shown in India were American but today around 80 percent of Indian movies are released worldwide. Indian movies have found huge markets abroad. Indian films are not just a part of a region but have become a part of world cinema. So the film makers are finding new ways at reaching out to a wider audience. Globalization has proved very beneficial to the Indian Film Industry.

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