Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (2022)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (1) The 1960s Bollywood revelled in colour, optimism and flamboyance.

In Hindi cinema, the 1960s was a decade of unbounded hedonism, of livewire romance epitomised by Shammi Kapoor, of the permanently snow-clad Shimla, bouffant-sporting heroines and the emergence of a previously unseen modernity. If the 1950s Bollywood expressed the angst and aspiration of a newly Independent India and was largely a nation-building exercise, the 1960s revelled in colour, optimism and flamboyance. The carefree freedom and devil-may-care attitude of the Swinging Sixties gave many young and talented filmmakers a platform to experiment and put themselves out there. Whether it was Vijay Anand’s Hitchcockian noirs, Shakti Samanta’s travel-fuelled romcoms (before Rajesh Khanna happened to him) or Nasir Hussain’s frothy cappuccinos, the general mood in the 1960s was light and breezy.

The decade had no place for Guru Dutt’s misanthropy and suffering. Note how in less than ten years, Pyaasa’s (1957) poetic diatribe against the modern consumerist world had become out-dated, as Bollywood moved to the hill stations with a singing and dancing hero who had shopped his own costume during his European sojourn and a Western-leaning heroine, usually a product of affluence. It is telling that the decade began with K Asif’s historical behemoth Mughal-E-Azam and ended with Aradhana, marking Rajesh Khanna’s superstardom. From Dilip Kumar to Rajesh Khanna, the Hindi film hero had travelled a great distance.

In the second of our essay series ‘Hindi classics that defined the decade,’ The Indian Express looks back at the 1960s, listing down 10 revolutionary classics from a decade that was youthful and buoyant in tone with no time for anything bleak.

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Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (6) Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam. (Express archive photo)

K Asif’s grand epic Mughal-E-Azam is the ultimate tale of doomed love. Prithviraj Kapoor plays Emperor Akbar who uses all his might to suppress the “illicit love” between his son, heir-to-the-Mughal-throne Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) and a lowly courtesan called Anarkali (Madhubala). Anarkali’s fearless defiance of Akbar gives Mughal-E-Azam some of its most iconic confrontational moments. Dilip Kumar underplays methodically, making the poetic Prince Salim a perfect foil to Prithviraj Kapoor’s theatrical pitch and a love-struck Madhubala’s passionate performance that has made Mughal-E-Azam her crowning glory. “Mughal-e-Azam is a tribute to the imagination, hard work and lavishness of its maker,” Filmfare wrote in a review of the film. The same could be said about its unrivalled star cast and Naushad’s stellar music.

Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (7) Though Guru Dutt didn’t officially direct Chaudhvin Ka Chand, the frames bear his unmistakable stamp. (Express archive photo)

The last of Guru Dutt’s great works, Chaudhvin Ka Chand is a lavishly mounted Muslim social drama set in Lucknow. Two best friends fall in love with a veiled beauty – Jameela played exquisitely by Waheeda Rehman. On surface, that looks like boilerplate. Author and Guru Dutt expert Nasreen Munni Kabir even described Chaudhvin Ka Chand as Dutt’s “most conventional” story and treatment. But what if we told you that one man falls in love with his best friend’s wife? Though Guru Dutt didn’t officially direct Chaudhvin Ka Chand, the frames bear his unmistakable stamp. The film’s title song is used even today to describe Waheeda Rehman’s classic beauty and feminine grace.

Junglee (1961)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (8) Shammi Kapoor and Saira Banu in Junglee. (Express archive photo)

Did modernity arrive in Hindi cinema at the exact moment when an Elvis Presley-esque Shammi Kapoor slid down the snow-capped hills of Shimla roaring “Yaahoo”? The answer may not veer towards the affirmative but Junglee was definitely a cry for freedom not seen in Hindi cinema before. In Junglee, Kapoor, perhaps Bollywood’s first dancing star, broke the shackles of his domineering mother to venture out to find love and freedom. For Kapoor who brought joie de vivre into the cinema of the 1960s, a simple interpretation of Junglee could be – this man’s going to break all rules. And he did.

Gunga Jumna (1961)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (9) Dilip Kumar in Gunga Jumna.

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When Amitabh Bachchan claims that he has learnt more about acting from this Dilip Kumar classic than any other film it makes you wonder about the place that Gunga Jumna occupies in Hindi cinema. For starters, Bachchan’s obsession with Gunga Jumna has more to do with Kumar’s near-perfect mastery of the Awadhi dialect. A self-confessed fan of the thespian, the UP-born Bachchan has expressed awe and surprise as to how “a man who’s not from Allahabad and Uttar Pradesh” could get all the nuances of Awadhi so right. Bachchan may be talking purely as a fan, about a film and performance that has spoken personally to him, but Gunga Jumna’s real influence can be felt on writers Salim-Javed who actually took that inspiration right into the heart of their scripts. The result? Deewaar and Trishul.

Bandini (1963)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (10) Bandini is widely hailed as Bimal Roy’s swansong. (Express archive photo)

Was Bimal Roy a feminist filmmaker? He would certainly be described as one if he were working today. Roy’s powerful ode to freedom, love, ideals and destiny, Bandini is widely hailed as his swansong. Kalyani (Nutan) is a C-class inmate serving a murder term. Against the backdrop of her haunting past, Roy interweaves a parallel story of a prison doctor (an idealistic Dharmendra) who falls in love with Kalyani. Nutan who delivered a career-defining turn in Roy’s Sujata in 1959 outclasses herself here in a performance of such sublime and simple beauty that Bandini is now held as one of the most definitive female roles in Hindi cinema.

Waqt (1965)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (11) A multi-starrer at a time when solo hero films dominated the marquee, Waqt is one of Yash Chopra’s most personal films. (Express archive photo)

Lost and found was invented by Gyan Mukherjee in Kismet (1943), starring Ashok Kumar and perfected three decades later by Manmohan Desai in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). But few can deny that the device was patented by Yash Chopra in Waqt. A multi-starrer at a time when solo hero films dominated the marquee, it is Chopra’s third and one of his most personal films. Led by Balraj Sahni as the patriarch, Waqt is a story of a family destroyed and displaced by an earthquake (some critics have interpreted the natural disaster as a metaphor for Partition, a theme that the Lahore-born Chopra had championed before officially turning into Bollywood’s romance king) and all actors, including stalwarts like Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore and Madan Puri, get noteworthy roles. The big family reunion does occur at the end, leading to a happy ending.

Guide (1965)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (12) Although based on R K Narayan’s Guide, the final film isn’t anything like the book. (Express archive photo)

Vijay Anand’s Guide begins with symbolic visuals of Dev Anand heading towards his uncertain future. Raju Guide (Anand) has just been released from jail. As SD Burman’s “Wahan kaun hai tera” rings in the title, Guide has already made you a promise of a highly philosophical and spiritual journey of this lowly tourist guide, ensnared by the charms of Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), the most unconventional of all Bollywood heroines. Although based on R K Narayan’s Guide, the final film isn’t anything like the book. The reason? Vijay Anand’s unique and personal interpretation of the text complete with the superior musical sensibilities of SD Burman and Shailendra.

Teesri Manzil (1966)

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Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (13) Teesri Manzil has all the classic Vijay Anand hallmarks. (Express archive photo)

Legend has it that after Dev Anand turned down Teesri Manzil, directed by his thriller-specialist brother Vijay Anand (based on a Nasir Hussain script), the film landed miraculously on Shammi Kapoor’s lap. Back in 1957, Dev Anand had turned down another film called Tumsa Nahin Dekha, renowned for making Shammi Kapoor into an overnight star. “I created my biggest rival. With every film I let go, he (Shammi Kapoor) shot to fame,” Anand once quipped, regretting his decision to walk out of Teesri Manzil. A murder mystery, Teesri Manzil has all the classic Vijay Anand hallmarks – fast-paced story, murder, intrigue, whodunit and not to mention, the unforgettable songs.

Jewel Thief (1967)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (14) Jewel Thief has all the ingredients of a well-made and engaging thriller. (Express archive photo)

Vijay Anand’s most Hitchcockian of thrillers, Jewel Thief has all the ingredients of a well-made and engaging thriller – the timely thrills and twists, the drama, intrigue and unpredictable characters. And then, there are the songs, majestically and imaginatively shot the way only Vijay Anand – called the master of song picturisation – could have. The film begins with a montage of news clippings about a notorious jewel thief whose mysterious ways have baffled the police and set panic among the public. From the early scenes, the audience is being made to guess about the identity of the jewel thief and all hints point towards Vinay (Dev Anand), Bombay police commissioner’s son who Shalu (Vyjayantimala) and her elder brother Arjun Singh (Ashok Kumar) accuse of being the duplicitous Amar.

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Upkar (1967)

Hindi classics that defined 1960s Bollywood (15) Upkar is Manoj Kumar’s avowed declaration of his love for India. (Express archive photo)

Much before Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol and the likes wore their nationalistic hearts on their sleeves there was Manoj Kumar aka Mr Bharat. Upkar, a major runaway success, is Kumar’s avowed declaration of his love for India. Inspired by Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous Jai Jawan Jai Kisan slogan, Upkar is an example of a more muscular brand of nationalism that couldn’t have been out of place in today’s India. With Upkar, Kumar perfected his patriot persona, both on screen and off it.

(Shaikh Ayaz is a writer and journalist based in Mumbai)


Which was a black and white Hindi film released in 1960? ›

Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

This is probably one of the most famous movies in the history of Indian cinema. It had the highest production value at that time and the highest grossing as well, a record it held for 15 years. The epic shows the love and struggles of the Mughal Prince, Salim, and a court dancer, Anarkali.

What is the old name of Bollywood? ›

Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, refers to the film industry based in Mumbai, engaged in production of motion pictures in Hindi language. The popular term Bollywood, is a portmanteau of "Bombay" (former name of Mumbai) and "Hollywood

Hollywood usually refers to: Hollywood, Los Angeles, a neighborhood in California. Hollywood, a metonym for the cinema of the United States.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Hollywood

Who ruled Bollywood in 60s? ›

The most famous Khan prior to them was Dilip Kumar, whose real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan, for which he has been referred to as the "First Khan" of Bollywood. Kumar was the biggest Indian movie star of the 1950s and 1960s.

What is the greatest Bollywood film of all time? ›

The 100 best Bollywood movies: 80-71
  • Naseeb (1981) Film.
  • Teesri Kasam (1966) Film. ...
  • Zubeidaa (2001) Film. ...
  • Udaan (2010) Film. ...
  • Kabhie Kabhie (1976) Film. Director: Yash Chopra. ...
  • Bandit Queen (1994) Film. Drama. ...
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Which is the best old Hindi movie? ›

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  • Anand (1971) Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical. ...
  • Mughal-E-Azam (1960) Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War. ...
  • The Chess Players (1977) Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History. ...
  • Thirst (1957) ...
  • Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) ...
  • Guide (1965) ...
  • Awaara (1951) ...
  • Salaam Bombay! (

When did color movies start in Bollywood? ›

Kisan Kanya was a 1937 Hindi Cinecolor feature film which was directed by Moti Gidwani and produced by Ardeshir Irani of Imperial Pictures. It is largely remembered by the Indian public on account of it being India's first indigenously made colour film

colour film
A color film is made up of many different layers that work together to create the color image. Color negative films provide three main color layers: the blue record, green record, and red record; each made up of two separate layers containing silver halide crystals and dye-couplers.
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What was the first Bollywood? ›

Early developments: The first full-length feature film made in India was the 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra, from director Dadasaheb Phalke. The first talkie, or talking film, was released in 1931, by which time India was producing more than 100 films a year.

What is the B in Bollywood? ›

The 'B' in Bollywood stands for Amitabh Bachchan.

Why is Bollywood so famous? ›

Bollywood films are also marked by the era of globalization. As economic trade increased throughout the world, more Hindi films were subtitled and dubbed so that non-Indian and non-Hindi speaking audiences could enjoy them. This has led to the widespread commercialization and success of Bollywood films.

Who is the biggest superstar of Indian cinema since 1960? ›

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Who is biggest star of Bollywood? ›

Amitabh Bachchan

The biggest best actor of Bollywood. Number one on almost anyone's list and the next big phenomenon after Rajesh Khanna.

Who is the No 1 actor in Bollywood now? ›

1. Shah Rukh Khan. He is the most popular actor in India.

Who is the best actor in the world? ›

While Leonardo tops the Best Actor

Best Actor
It is given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role in a film released that year. The award is traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Actress winner. Academy Award for Best Actor. The 2021 recipient: Will Smith. Awarded for.
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in the world list for Google, coming a close second to him on the list is Tom Hanks. The 66-year-old actor has had a splendid Hollywood career with films such as Forrest Gump, Cast Away and several other notable works to his name.

Who is India's most famous movie? ›

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  1. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022) 8.4.
  2. Anbe Sivam (2003) 8.4.
  3. Hanky Panky (1979) 8.4.
  4. Nayakan (1987) 8.4.
  5. Jai Bhim (2021) 8.4.
  6. Pariyerum Perumal (2018) 8.4.
  7. 3 Idiots (2009) 8.4.
  8. The World of Apu (1959) 8.3.

Who is the most famous Indian movie? ›

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  4. Nayakan (1987) ...
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Where are Bollywood movies popular? ›

Bollywood is loved by people all across the globe and here is a list of 9 countries that are crazy for Bollywood just as much as we are!
  • 1) China. Source. ...
  • 2) Pakistan. Source. ...
  • 3) Poland. Source. ...
  • 4) Egypt. Source. ...
  • 5) Afghanistan. Source. ...
  • 6) Taiwan. Source. ...
  • 7) Peru. Source. ...
  • 8) Germany. Source.

Where can I watch old Bollywood movies? ›

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  • YoMovies. If you're playing catch up on some older Hindi movies, then YoMovies is your best place to start. ...
  • Hotstar. There is a fantastic collection of Hindi movies available on Hotstar. ...
  • HindiLinks4u. ...
  • Voot. ...
  • YouTube. ...
  • SonyLiv. ...
  • GoFilms4U. ...
  • YesMovies.
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What is a Bollywood movie? ›

Bollywood is the Mumbai Film industry (India's Hindi Film Industry). The name “Bollywood” was coined during the 1970's. It is India's and world's largest film industry in terms of films produced and released each year. The term Bollywood originated when Indian film industry overtook the Hollywood film industry.

Which Hindi movie got first National Award? ›

The National Film Awards, established in 1954, are the most prominent film awards in India that merit the best of the Indian cinema.
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
First winnerMirza Ghalib
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How has Bollywood influenced Indian culture? ›

The Hindi movie industry based in Mumbai, popularly known as 'Bollywood', has influenced daily life and culture in India for decades now. In fact, movies are the mainstay of entertainment and almost a religion in the nation.

Who is called the father of Indian cinema? ›

Dadasaheb Phalke, byname of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, (born April 30, 1870, Trimbak, British India [now in Maharashtra, India]—died February 16, 1944, Nashik, Maharashtra), motion picture director who is considered the father of the Indian cinema.

Who is first hero in India? ›

King Harishchandra) is a 1913 Indian silent film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke.
Raja Harishchandra.
Raja Harischandra
Directed byDadasaheb Phalke
Screenplay byDadasaheb Phalke
Produced byDadasaheb Phalke
StarringDattatraya Dabke Anna Salunke Bhalchandra Phalke Gajanan Sane
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Why is India called Bollywood? ›

The name Bollywood is a portmanteau (a blend of two words), combining Bombay and Hollywood. The city of Bombay, which is known as Mumbai today, is where the Hindi-language Indian film industry is based — in other words, it's the Hollywood of India.

Which is the first Hindi song? ›

The first song recorded in India by Gauhar Jaan in 1902 and the first Bollywood film Alam Ara (1931) were under Saregama, India's oldest music label owned by RPSanjiv Goenka Group.

Where is Lollywood? ›

Lollywood (Punjabi and Urdu: لالی وُڈ lâli vuḍ) refers to the Pakistani cinema based in Lahore, previously the base for both Punjabi and Urdu language film production. Since the partition of India in 1947, Lahore has been the center of Pakistani cinema.

Where is Nollywood? ›

What is Nollywood? The term 'Nollywood' was coined by the New York Times journalist Norimitsu Onishi in 2002 when he observed film-making activity in Lagos, Nigeria. The term mirrors two of the most famous areas of film production: Hollywood in the US, and Bollywood in India's Bombay.

Which city is known as Bollywood? ›

Bollywood, Hindi-language sector of the Indian moviemaking industry that began in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1930s and developed into an enormous film empire.

Who is the No 1 heroine in India? ›

Deepika Padukone voted as 'No. 1 heroine of India' in new survey; beats Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra - Entertainment News.

What is unique about Bollywood films? ›

Bollywood movies are known for their song and dance sequences. Indian cinema evolved separately from Hollywood, and retains its own characteristics. One of the most striking examples of Bollywood's unique aesthetic are the movies' use of song and dance.

Is Bollywood famous in America? ›

Bollywood business is booming. Indian films are becoming more mainstream moneymakers in the US, commonly exceeding $8 million just in the first week of release, as more and more American audiences turn out to theaters to see powerhouse hits like “Baahubali 2.”

Who lived 100 years Bollywood? ›

Dilip Kumar- The living legend Dilip Kumar who is considered as a ' Bollywood thespian' indeed is a fortuitous that when the Hindi cinema is celebrating the 100th year of its existence, the thespian also celebrated 90 years of his age recently.

Who is box office king in world? ›

Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office
1Stan Lee49
2Samuel L. Jackson139
3Frank Welker112
4John Ratzenberger52
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Which Bollywood actor has most flop movies? ›

Top Flops Count of Bollywood Actors - All Time List
ActorsFlops (Flops & Disaster)
1Mithun Chakraborty180 (Flop - 133, Disaster - 47)
2Jeetendra106 (Flop - 91, Disaster - 15)
3Dharmendra99 (Flop - 62, Disaster - 37)
4Rishi Kapoor76 (Flop - 58, Disaster - 18)
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Who is mass hero in India? ›

For example in Tamil movies, Vijay is the mass hero. He is the mass hero for this reason, he dances very well.
Who is the mass hero in the world.
Cinema typeMass Hero
BollywoodDilip Kumar
FrenchGérard Depardieu
HollywoodDwayne Johnson
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Who Is Best Actor in India? ›

This is the third time Ajay Ajay Devgn has won this award. Journalist Anant Vijay chaired the Best Writing on Cinema category. Malayalam thriller Ayyappanum Koshiyum won two big awards - K R Sachidanandan, known professionally as Sachy, won Best Director posthumously and Biju Menon won Best Supporting Actor.

Who is No 1 dancer in Bollywood? ›

1. Hrithik Roshan. Who would believe that Hrithik, who is not only the top dancer in the Hindi film industry but also one of the superior dancers in the world, was born with a left foot? Hrithik first surprised us with his dace moves in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.

Who is the richest actor in India? ›

1. Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh Khan is not just the richest but one of the most popular Bollywood actors working in the industry since three decades. He is known by different names like SRK, Baadshah and King Khan, in not just India but has achieved global popularity as well.

Who has the most fans in India? ›

Shah Rukh Khan is ranked 1st in the list of most fan following actors in India.

Which is the first black and white movie in India? ›

Raja Harishchandra ( transl. King Harishchandra) is a 1913 Indian silent film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke. It is often considered the first full-length Indian feature film.

When was the last black and white movie made? ›

Cheaper color movies meant a decline in black and white, and by the 1960s it was rare to see a black-and-white picture. The last fully black-and-white film to win Best Picture at the Oscars before The Artist in 2011 was Billy Wilder's comedy The Apartment, in 1961.

When did black and white movies end in India? ›

The last black and white films were shot in the 1960s — Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam (1962), Bees Saal Baad (1962), Bandini (1963) and Aasmaan Mahal (1965).

What was the first color film? ›

The first commercially produced film in natural color was A Visit to the Seaside (1908). The eight-minute British short film used the Kinemacolor process to capture a series of shots of the Brighton Southern England seafront.

Who is the first actress in the world? ›

Margaret Hughes (29 May 1630 – 1 October 1719), also Peg Hughes or Margaret Hewes, is often credited as the first professional actress on the English stage, as a result of her appearance on 8 December 1660. Hughes was the mistress of the English Civil War general Prince Rupert of the Rhine.

Who is the first Indian star? ›

Rajesh Khanna was Indian cinema's first superstar, in the real sense of the term. Before him there were great stars like Saigal and P.C Barua in the 1930s and 40s, and then Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand in the next era.

Who is the first actor in the world? ›

According to tradition, in 534 or 535 BC, Thespis astounded audiences by leaping on to the back of a wooden cart and reciting poetry as if he was the characters whose lines he was reading. In doing so he became the world's first actor, and it is from him that we get the world thespian.

What was the first movie in color and sound? ›

The first movie ever made in color was a French short film called “A Trip to the Moon” from 1902. It was directed by George Melies, who is still considered one of the greatest early filmmakers of all time.

When did movies turn to color? ›

The first color negative films and corresponding print films were modified versions of these films. They were introduced around 1940 but only came into wide use for commercial motion picture production in the early 1950s.

When did color film become popular? ›

Technicolor's Breakthrough and Beyond

In 1932, Technicolor's latest innovation (the three-color dye transfer method), was used in the Disney animated short: “Flowers and Trees”, and eventually, in 1934, “The Cat and the Fiddle” became the first live-action feature to employ this revolutionary new process.

What is the golden age of Indian cinema? ›

It is a common notion that Bollywood's Golden Era was during the 50s but the fact is that the actual period had a span of almost across two decades. It started during the late 1940s around the same time as India's Independence and peaked around the late 1950's eventually coming to an end in the late 1960s.

Who is India's most famous movie? ›

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  1. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022) 8.4.
  2. Anbe Sivam (2003) 8.4.
  3. Hanky Panky (1979) 8.4.
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  5. Jai Bhim (2021) 8.4.
  6. Pariyerum Perumal (2018) 8.4.
  7. 3 Idiots (2009) 8.4.
  8. The World of Apu (1959) 8.3.

What was the 1st film ever made? ›

Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

The world's earliest surviving motion-picture film, showing actual consecutive action is called Roundhay Garden Scene. It's a short film directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince. While it's just 2.11 seconds long, it is technically a movie.

What's the first color in the world? ›

Researchers discovered the ancient pink pigments in 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep beneath the Sahara Desert in the Taoudeni Basin of Mauritania, West Africa, making them the oldest colors in the geological record.

What was the first talking movie? ›

The Jazz Singer, American musical film, released in 1927, that was the first feature-length movie with synchronized dialogue. It marked the ascendancy of “talkies” and the end of the silent-film era.


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