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100 Years of Indian Cinema

Episode 2 of 2

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 10 June 2013

BBC Asian Network presenters, Raj & Pablo reflect on 100 years of Indian cinema.

Little did Dadasaheb Phalke, the "Father of Indian cinema" know that, at the release of his film Raja Harishchandra on 3rd May 1913, he would unleash an industry that would become world leaders.

It has withstood the test of time, despite the vast cultural differences in the past 100 years. Through music, anecdotes, archives and interviews, our own "Jewels In The Crown", Bollywood experts Raj & Pablo, transport us to the glamorous world of Indian cinema, to explore why the industry maintains its popularity, producing over a thousand feature films each year.

In part 2, Raj and Pablo celebrate the arrival of Bollywood, the emergence of the glamorous "Leading Lady", more Masala movies, a return to traditional values and the birth of the Bollywood Megastar. In its centenary year, with the release of movies such as Barfi, starring former Miss World Priyanka Chopra and The Life Of Pi, the world of Indian cinema has never been more deserving of the title "The Jewel In The Crown".


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