Indian Cinema: A silent foundation

by Peter D. Marshall

by Nikhil Gajendragadkar.

Indian Cinema, world over, is known for its music, dance and grandeur in general. In a way, films tend to give a false impression about reality in general. Films depict people’s aspirations — what an average person wants, or desires to have, in his life are shown on screen. The reel world is not the real world, however.

Filmmakers in the early days of Indian cinema were aware of the environment they live in and the socio-political situation of the nation.

Films from the ‘silent era’ were rooted in Indian literature, popular beliefs and local music, and religious sentiments were carefully protected

Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra (1913) heralded the dawn of Indian cinema and soon many silent feature films followed.

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