India’s First Film, TV and entertainment

  • 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 CinematographeThe Sea BathArrival of a TrainA DemolitionLadies & 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 IndiaRaja 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 filmAlam Ara directed by Ardeshir Irani
  • 1937: Government award for films: Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
  • 1937: Colour filmKisan Kanya, directed by Moti B. Gidvani
  • 1946: Palme d’Or at 1946 Cannes Film FestivalNeecha Nagar, directed by Chetan Anand
  • 1954: National Film Award for cinemaShyamchi Aai
  • 1955: Film to attract International critical attentionPather Panchali
  • 1957: Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language FilmMother India
  • 1959: Film to be bannedNeel Akasher Neechey, directed by Mrinal Sen
  • 1959: Cinemascope filmKaagaz 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 filmMy Dear Kuttichathan, a Malayalam film, produced in 1984, dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan
  • 1984: Sponsored TV serialHum 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 filmMughal-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 NationsLage 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