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  • First Film to be exhibited in India on July 7, 1896, with the Lumiere Brothers' Cinematography, unveiling six silent short films at the Watson's Hotel in Bombay, viz., Entry of Cinematographe, The Sea Bath, Arrival of a Train, A Demolition, Ladies & Soldiers on Wheels and Leaving the Factory.

    • First silent film to be made in India Raja Harishchandra 1913, by Dadasaheb Phalke

      • Sound film: Alam Ara (1931) directed by Ardeshir Irani, 1931.

        • First Talkie actress:Zubeida

          • Colour film: Kisan Kanya (1937), directed by Ardeshir Irani.

            • Cinemascope film: Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) 

              • Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray (1992)

                • Film to win highest number of international awards: Pather Panchali (1955) eleven awards, including Cannes

                  • Films to be considered as All-Time 100 best movies: Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar(1959)) by Satyajit Ray

                    • Oscar winner: Bhanu Athaiya for Best Costume Design for Gandhi (film) in 1982

                      • Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film: Mother India in 1957

                        • Music director to win an Oscar and first double Oscar winner - Mr. A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire, 22 February 2009.

                          • Sound engineer to win an Oscar: Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire, 22 February 2009

                            • Palme d'Or at 1946 Cannes Film Festival: Neecha Nagar directed by Chetan Anand

                              • National Film Award for cinema: Shyamchi Aai in 1954

                                • Colorized film: Mughal-e-Azam in 2004 (the original black-and-white version was released in 1960)

                                  • Sponsored TV serial: Hum Log, started on July 7, 1984, was also the first soap opera of India, ran for 156 episodes

                                    • Guinness Book of World Records in the category Fewest actors in a narrative film: Yaadein (1964) directed and acted by Sunil Dutt 

                                      • Actor to enact 10 roles: Kamal Haasan

                                      • Actress to enact most roles (12): Priyanka Chopra in What's Your Raashee?

                                        • 3-D film: My Dear Kuttichathan, a Malayalam film, produced in 1984, dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan.

                                          • 70 mm film: Around the World in Eight Dollars, a Hindi film, starring Raj Kapoor and Rajshree in 1967

                                            • Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (officer of the order of arts and letters): Director: Mrinal Sen (1985); Actor:Sivaji Ganesan (1995); Actress: Sharmila Tagore(2004)

                                              • Hindi film screened at the United Nations: Lage Raho Munna Bhai on 10 November 2006

                                                • First music record was recorded by Gauhar Jaan singing a khayal in Raag Jogiya, recorded on November 2, 1902, by Fred Gaisberg, assistant to Emile Berliner, the father of Gramophone record.

                                                • First female Actress of Indian cinema: Durgabai Kamat in Mohini Bhasmasur.

                                                • Government award for films: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards

                                                • Film to attract International critical attention: Pather Panchali

                                                • Film to be banned: Neel Akasher Neechey, directed by Mrinal Sen

                                                • First actor to win an international film award ( Afro Asian film awards ceremony) : Sivaji Ganesan for Veerapandiya Kattabomman.

                                                • Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient: Devika Rani

                                                • First film to shoot underwater - Kannada movie Ondu Muttina Kathe, was the first Indian movie to be shot under water in Maldives

                                                • Indian filmmaker to get Bharat Ratna: Satyajit Ray

                                                • First Indian Editor who got recognized by Avid Editors : GA Gowtham



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