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A wandering soul and a vagabond at heart in search of his true calling...
I am an emotional yet pragmatic, cranky yet sane, loathsome yet lovable, rash yet pensive, tentative yet determined and a difficult yet friendly person... a heady cocktail of paradoxes if u may say. People who know me would tell you that I'm passionate. I'd tell you I'm downright crazy. Trying to vent out the stuff which bothers me, this is an attempt to make that out-pour have some meaning.

  • kalingaputra

    mumbled "100 years of Indian Cinema: Wooing the world over!!"

    Born in the 80’s cinema was initially watching action or romance capers in single screen cinema’s, or watching the Saturday, Sunday feature film telecasts along with a segment called “Panorama” which promoted the regional cinema. But slowly and steadily I felt that movies were beyond entertainment. They were an integral part and parcel of our lives. Masses identified with them; they actually used to form a major part of the usual past times banter. People who used to be domestically employed with us used to constantly quote from films like ‘Sholay”, discuss scenes from “Roti Kapda aur Makaan” and other action and high voltage drama films. The impression of films was undeniably deep rooted. This was one heady dope which made people happy and made their lives tolerable. It acted as a panacea for the masses.

    It’s actually amazing that India had its tryst with its own brand of films almost a century ago. 1913 was a landmark year for India. It was the year when India made its foray into cinema production. It was primarily due to the visionary and his relentless efforts, Shri Dadasaheb Phalke (Largely considered the father of Indian Cinema) that Indian film industry got its first taste with the celluloid. But, the romance and courtship with the global audiences still continues. It is now an industry which has spawned legions of fans, produced cult classics, and has given us screen gods and god makers (geniuses who made their mark) even before cricket. Films have mesmerized us with trips to exotic locales for a nominal fee and made thousands dreams come alive on the silver-screen. It’s a place a wonderland where the common man becomes special. Thus, inspiring many commoners to embark upon a journey to the city of dreams and later rule in the hearts and the box office. Beyond the obvious, films also mirrored the social fabric and proved to be means for the masses to democratize entertainment.

    I being a big film buff really can’t imagine a life without cinema. Cinema is a way of life. It’s not just an Industry, but a place where dream merchants weave their wondrous spread to make the audiences life better atleast for the time they spend in the theatres, making them for while away their worries. This piece of work is an ode and tribute to that cinema from me. Its something which empowers me to dream. It manages to secure a curve which plays on my lips whenever I experience the ecstasy on screen. It inspires me to visualize the world in a different way, to blur the lines between reality and the surreal. But, most importantly to learn and romance life.

    The Beginning: Silent Era

    Indian film industry started off in 1912, as a fledgling one, thanks to the laudable efforts of a man named Dada Saheb Phalke. Although the first film made in India was “Shree Pundalik” which remains an unknown fact, but since the film had a crew which was mostly British is not really considered an Indian film. Phalke saab’s impressive repertoire consisted (95 full length silent films and 20 short films). He was passionate about his films. Knowing the public sentiments well, Phalke focused mostly on historical s and mythologies. His films were based historic icons like Harsha, Ashoka and the Mughal’s which were easily comprehensible and required almost zero narration. But It was Phalke’s contemporary Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu the master filmmaker of the Silent Era who made some interesting contributions during this era. Since this was the silent era the 1913’s, conservative Indian mentality contributed much to the making of films as well. So much so that even the female characters were largely portrayed by men in wigs.

    This era however had its share of few more peculiarities and roadblocks. A few interesting films like “Pati Bhakti 1922′ starring Lalita Pawar, saw her (Ahem) kissing on screen, this was however considered a taboo in movies till the late 90′s and had stiff opposition fr
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