1896: First film to be exhibited in India: on 7 July, with the Lumiere Brothers’ Cinematography, unveiling six silent short films at the Watson’s Hotel in Bombay: Entry of Cinematographe, The Sea Bath, Arrival of a Train, A Demolition, Ladies & Soldiers on Wheels and Leaving the Factory
1902: Music record was recorded by Gauhar Jaan singing a khayal in Raag Jogiya, recorded on 2 November, by Fred Gaisberg, assistant to Emile Berliner, the father of the gramophone record.
1913: Silent film to be made in India: Raja Harishchandra, by Dadasaheb Phalke and released on 3 May.
1913: Actress of Indian cinema: Durgabai Kamat in Mohini Bhasmasur, released in November, second movie of Phalke
1931: Sound film: Alam Ara directed by Ardeshir Irani
1937: Government award for films: Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
1937: Colour film: Kisan Kanya, directed by Moti B. Gidvani
1946: Palme d’Or at 1946 Cannes Film Festival: Neecha Nagar, directed by Chetan Anand
1954: National Film Award for cinema: Shyamchi Aai
1955: Film to attract International critical attention: Pather Panchali
1957: Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film: Mother India
1959: Film to be banned: Neel Akasher Neechey, directed by Mrinal Sen
1959: Cinemascope film: Kaagaz Ke Phool, directed by Gurudutt
1960: First actor to win an international film award ( Afro Asian film awards ceremony) : Sivaji Ganesan for Veerapandia Kattabomman.
1964: Guinness Book of World Records in the category “Fewest actors in a narrative film“: Yaadein directed and acted by Sunil Dutt
1967: 70 mm film: Hindi film Around the World
1969: Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient: Devika Rani
1982: Oscar winner: Bhanu Athaiya for Best Costume Design for the film Gandhi
1984: 3-D film: My Dear Kuttichathan, a Malayalam film, produced in 1984, dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan
1984: Sponsored TV serial: Hum Log, started on 7 July, was also the first soap opera of India, ran for 156 episodes
1985: Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) – Director: Mrinal Sen
1987: First film to shoot underwater – Kannada movie Ondu Muttina Kathe, was the first Indian movie to be shot under water in Maldives
1992: Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray
1992: Indian filmmaker to get Bharat Ratna: Satyajit Ray
1995: Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) – Actor: Sivaji Ganesan
2004: Colorized film: Mughal-e-Azam in 2004 (the original black-and-white version was released in 1960)
2004: Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) – Actress: Sharmila Tagore
2006: Film screened at the United Nations: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, on 10 November, directed by Rajkumar Hirani
2008: Actor to enact most roles (10): Kamal Haasan in Dasavathaaram
2009: Music director to win an Oscar and first double Oscar winner: A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
2009: Actress to enact most roles (12): Priyanka Chopra in What’s Your Raashee?
2016: First Indian Editor who got recognized by Avid Editors : GA Gowtham