Movies and popcorn is our idea of entertainment starting from the 1900’s, I imagine how people lived before? We love the Hollywood action and the Bollywood drama but what makes the history of cinema so special. With each language giving a start to silent or feature films, we stand in the diversity of not only cultures, virtues or religion but Movies also. Here are some firsts of 15 languages out of many, spoken in the land of diversity
1. Hindi Language: Raja Harishchandra
As the name suggests it is about the life of Harishchandra, the movie was released in 1913. Phalke learned film-making from London, then started his own Phalke films, playing all the roles. It is a silent film to embark the start of Hindi Film Industry. All the roles were played by men, as no women volunteer could be found.
2. English Language: In old California (Silent Movie )
In 1910, Griffith accumulated the guts to direct a movie, because of the friendly people and beautiful scenery in California. The movie revolves around the Mexican era in California. Did you know, you are imagining some cow boys running up a hill. Maybe you should checkout the movie once.
3. Marathi Language: Raja Harishchandra
It is the first movie to come up in the Marathi television because it was directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, making Marathi the oldest film industry colliding with the Bollywood. But the first movie to come up with a language is Ayodhyecha Raja. It was released in 1932.
4. Tamil Language : Keechaka Vadham
We all are inspired from stories we here and the tales we have heard growing up, thus was the story of a rich and powerful man who got killed by Bheem, later leading his daughter to marry Abhimanyu. Being a silent film it contains a powerful message. It was released in 1918.
5. Punjabi Language: Pind Di Kurhi
Noor Jahan made her first impression on the world with the movie, released in 1935, the movie was a talkie and got recognition in the whole country. The movie is also known as Sheela.
6. Telugu Language: Bhakta Prahlada
The story of Prahlada, the reason we celebrate Holi. How connected the past cinema has always been, true to fact, therefore, is a story released in Telugu cinema in 1967.
7. Rajasthani Language: Nijarano
Well, not leaving Rajasthani films behind the first one released in 1942, named Nijarano but couldn’t hit the screens with enthusiasm. So the first “talkie” film came, Babasa ri ladhli, in 1961, as the name says is a story of a small girl, guided by her father.
8. Assamese Language: Joymoti
This movie is released in 1935. Borphukan, the Ahom king, tortures and kills Joymoti, a princess, to find the whereabouts of her husband Prince Gadapani. Her death leads people to revolt against the cruel king. Wuhf, I guess Assamese were a fan of thriller mystery!! Too many murders to handle.
9. Bengali Language: Billwamangal
It is a story of a man facing hardships in his life due to his relationship, ah! Drama- Romance, I must say though the story belongs to a Gujarati writer, productions and directions remain from Bengal cinema. 1919 is when the story of Billwamangal hit the screens.
10. Gujarati Language: Narsinha Mehta
The film as the name suggests, is a biography of the saint-poet Narsinha Mehta, made as a first Gujarati talkie is a biography, which took place in 1932.
11. Bodo Language: Alayaron
Wait a minute! Bodo, What language is that? Where is it spoken, In India, Where? Northeastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya and in Bangladesh.
Alayaron is the first feature film in Bodo, 1986. It is based on the ” Mwdwi ArwGwlwmdwi”, a story written by Nilkamal Brahma. Also, it won the 33rd National Award for the best feature film in Bodo.
12. Kashmiri Language : Mainz Raat
A cliche plot of how a boy and a girl fell in love, just to find that the world is against them. But with some beautiful display of culture and Picturesque scenes, it became a delight to watch specially where people were unknown to the Beauty of the city.
13. Malyalam Language: Vigathakumaran
This movie was given an award for Social- Drama feature, the plot being very interesting as there is the kidnapping of a rich child, who then works as a laborer while his relative visits the city where he works, well, rest is a climax of a happy reunion.
14. Sindhi Language: Umar Marvi
This is the first Sindhi film directed while first one produced was Ekta, as it goes back to a time where India and Pakistan were one, Sindhi got its origin in Pakistan. Umar Mrvi is a story made into film, where the film is lost as it couldn’t be preserved.
15. Konkani Language: Mogacho Anvaddo
Produced by Jerry Breganza, known to be the father of Konkani Cinema, gives a plot of falling in love of a rich spoiled brat and a poor girl. The meaning of Mogacho Anvaddo is Love’s Craving.
Starting from 1910, when the first English movie was released. Hollywood and Bollywood have made their own stepping stones to be known worldwide now. The world has progressed with new creative, cinematography and scripts but one thing that intrigues about past is how all the stories were based on facts and lives. The film lovers still continue to wish for more, but all lingual movies stay deep inside the person belonging to the language..