Interesting facts about Indian Cinema


The three C’s that prominently dominates the Indian society are cricket, culture and the third factor being none other than cinema. Cinema in India is something that everyone loves to talk about, hear about and even debate upon. Indian cinema is popularly known as ‘Bollywood’. Every Indian knows the release date of the next film starring their favorite hero or heroine. Over the years Indian Film Industry has grown in leaps and bounds not only in India but abroad too. The Indian film Industry produces thousands of movies each year belonging to different genres like romance, comedy, suspense, horror, drama, fiction, epic, adventure and many more which caters to the tastes and choices of the audience.

Here are some interesting facts about Indian cinema:

  • The first full length Indian feature film ever made was “Raja Harishchandra” directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913 when India was still under the colonial rule. It was a silent, black and white movie of 40 minutes duration. The film was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, a righteous king who sacrificed his kingdom, wife and son to keep a promise to a saint.

cinema raja harishchandra

  • India’s first movie in sound was “Alam Ara” which was released in 1931 in Bombay. It was produce and directed by Ardeshir Irani and was based on a popular Parsi play.
  • The Indian Film Fraternity is the largest and the most diverse film industry in the whole world. In 2009, Bollywood was described as the biggest film industry by UNESCO.
  • Each year Indians buy 3.3 billion movie tickets making India the largest market for film tickets.
  • The first film of Indian origin to be nominated for Oscar Awards was “Mother India” in 1957 directed by Mehboob Khan starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar. It is one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time in the history of Indian cinema.

cinema mother india

  • The two longest films in Bollywood till date are Mera Naam Joker (1970) directed by Raj Kapoor and Line of Control (LOC) directed by J.P Dutta in 2003. Both the movies had a running time of 4 hours and 15 minutes.

cinema mera naam joker

  • The movie “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” directed by Rakesh Roshan in 2003 starring debutants Amisha Patel and Hrithik Roshan entered the Guinness Book of world records for winning the maximum number of awards. The movie won a total of 92 awards the highest till date in the Indian film Industry.
  • The highest grossing Indian film of all time is PK released in 2014 directed by Rajkumar Hirani which made INR 735 crore (US$120 million) worldwide.
  • “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” starring Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan is the longest running film in the Indian history of cinema which ran in the big screen for 1009 weeks at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theater.

cinema dilwale dulhania le jayenge

  • The first Indian woman director is Fatma Begum who directed the film ‘Bulbule Paristan’ that released in 1926.
  • Indian film Industry celebrated its glorious 100 years in the year 2013.

100 years of indian cinema

  • The longest Bollywood film song is “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon” sung by Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher and written by Samir. The length of this song is 20 minutes.


Author Bio: Pratistha Pradhan is an aspiring freelance blogger who feels writing comes to her naturally.