In 1913, India’s first home-made film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ appeared on the Bombay screen. A 45-minute silent movie, it was to be the precursor of multiple creative directions in multiple Indian languages that have touched the hearts of almost every Indian, plus thousands of other peoples around the world. When D G Phalke made that first movie, he was not to know the full extent of the socially transformative movement he was starting.
Max Muller Bhavan hosts a new exhibition curated by Mumbai film theorist and writer Narendra Panjwani. 50 original hand-painted film posters lovingly preserved by Syed Ausaja are shown along with a short film reflecting the influences Hindi film has had on individual people’s lives.