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Centenary T20

As we, the trade, and the much larger community of Indian film loving audiences at home and abroad, gear up to celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema, here is a list of 20 facts that you may (or may not) know about the history of our films.

• First Indian feature film – Raja Harishchandra (May 3,   1913)

• First Indian film with sound (talkie) – Alam Ara (1931)

• Hindi film with the maximum songs – Indra-Sabha (1932),  which featured 72 songs!

• First Indian film to be screened at an international film festival – Sant Tukaram (1936) screened at the 1937 Venice Film Festival

• First Hindi film in colour – Kisan Kanya (1937)

• First Hindi film to feature an actor playing a double role – Kismet (1943)

• First Hindi horror film – Mahal (1949)

• First Indian film to receive an Oscar nomination – Mother India (1957)

• First Hindi film in cinemascope – Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

• First Hindi film to feature stereophonic sound – Sholay (1975)

• First Hindi film with six-track sound – Badle Ki Aag (1982)

• First Hindi 3D Film – Shiva Ka Insaaf (1985)

• First Hindi sequel – Nigahen (1989), sequel to Nagina (1986)

• First Hindi film to collect Rs 100 crore gross at the domestic box office – Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)

• Longest uninterrupted run – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), still playing in Mumbai

• Longest Hindi feature film – LOC Kargil (2003) with a run time of 255 minutes or 4 hours and 15 minutes

• First Hindi film to be colourised – Mughal-E-Azam (1960), remastered and colourised version released in 2004

• First Hindi film to touch Rs 100 crore net at the domestic box office – Ghajini (2008)

• First (and so far the only) Hindi film to clock Rs 200 crore net at the domestic box office – 3 Idiots (2009)

• Fastest Hindi film to amass Rs 100 crore net at the domestic box office – Ek Tha Tiger (2012) in six days

But history, as they say, is written only to be re-written, and as we step into our second century as a vocation and an art form, here’s hoping that the motto of the Olympic movement becomes our watchword too: Citius, Altius, Fortius … Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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