The first Bollywood movie was Raja Harishchandra, which was presented to the audience way back in 1913. The man behind the making of the film was Dadasaheb Phalke. The idea came into Phalke’s mind after he saw Christ’s life in 1906 in Mumbai.
There has been a conspiracy and debate about which film to be called the first Indian film. As per Indian Motion Picture Producers Association, there was another film which was released before Raja Harishchandra named Pundalek, but experts are not ready to accept it as a film, they say it was a play rather than a movie.
Evidence was produced to declare Pundalek as the first Indian film; however, the authorities consider Raja Harishchandra as the first Indian film with Pundalek called a theatre play. Raja Harishchandra was released on 3rd May 1913 at a hall called Coronation Cinematograph and Variety Hall, in Mumbai.
The movie had no audio, explanations about the scenes of the film were done through intertitles. The movie gave Dadasaheb Phalke the recognition of being called as the father of Indian Cinema.
Ardeshir Irani gave the first Bollywood movie with sound called Alam Ara. The film included some great music and some fantastic songs- which also had the first song of Bollywood called “De de Khuda Ke Naam per.” It was sung by Wazir Mohammed Khan, who was also an actor in the film.
The film was a love story and was house packed for the first eight weeks. It is also said that to control the crowd, the police were called out.
The first Bollywood movie Sairandhri was made in Marathi and Hindi; however, it didn’t receive much success because of the color quality, which was not satisfactory. The prints were made in the Bipack color printing process from Germany.
This all happened in the year 1933, accompanied by V. Shantaram, the director of the film alongside being produced by Prabhat Film Company.
Later in the year, 1937 finally, the Indian audience witnessed their first color film, Kisan Kanya- using the color quality from the Cinecolor feature film directed by Moti B Gidwani and produced by Ardeshir Irani.
The movie could not succeed at the box-office but has been given the credit of being the first Bollywood movie in color or the first Indian film in color- Wikipedia report.
In 1984, under the banner of Navodaya Films, Chota Chetan was the first 3d Bollywood movie. The film was a massive hit at the box office, making a collection of around 60 crores.
Later in the year 1998, the film was re-released with some add-on footage, which again proved to be a hit and had Urmila Matondkar. It was a children’s fantasy movie. The movie was a disaster at its first week, but later after one week, it became the highest grosser.
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People are in the understanding that Ghajini is the first Bollywood movie to cross the 100 crore mark. Well, as per sources, late in the year 1994, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun holds immense record under its name.
The movie has been declared as the all-time blockbuster and crossed 100 crores in the domestic market. Films cannot have any prediction, and anything can get lucky in the entertainment world.
The movie was predicted to be a flop by movie reviewers before the film’s release; however, later, it proved all wrong and became one of the all-time blockbuster hits.
Before Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Mithun Chakraborty’s Disco Dancer holds the first Indian film’s record to gross 100 crore mark worldwide. It is also said that Disco Dancer is the only film that had six crores footfalls in the Soviet Union.