100 years of Indian cinema - What you need to know
2 May 2013 Last updated at 18:21 BST
Raja Harishchandra, Indian cinema's first silent film, was released on 3 May 1913.
In the 100 years since, Indian films - which include Bollywood productions - have become a cinematic phenomenon watched by millions of people around the world regardless of their religion or background.
Roopa Suchak explains their continued success and explores what could be next for one of India's greatest exports.