Circa 1913 in Mumbai

Centenaries serve as a wonderful excuse to look at the beginning of the journey.

Written by VIDYA PRABHU | Published: June 2, 2012 3:17 am

Centenaries serve as a wonderful excuse to look at the beginning of the journey. That’s what a three-day festival is doing this weekend. “Cinema 100”,organised by Whistling Woods International at its campus in Film City,Mumbai,will screen vintage films such as Alam-Ara,first talkie to be made in India; Raja Harishchandra,the first full-length Indian feature film made in 1913; as well as Diamond Queen featuring iconic actress Nadia in the title role,and a documentary on her called Fearless:The Hunterwali Story.

Even though the festival schedule does not seem very long,considering it celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema,it attempts to showcase some of the landmark movies. Sholay,Umrao Jaan,Charulata,Guide,Salaam Bombay,Meghe Dhaka Tara,Bandini,Sujata and 36 Chowringhee Lane will be screened,among others.

An initiative by the film school’s students and alumni,this three-day event opened on Friday with workshops by lyricist Gulzar and choreographer Saroj Khan. The event is expected to draw industry leaders such as AR Rahman,Priyanka Chopra,R Balki,Gulzar and Hrithik Roshan who will share their insight as part of panel discussions,seminars and workshops. The subjects for workshops and seminars will range from filmmaking,script writing,VFX and marketing to dance,poetry,music,still photography,cinematography,even colourisation of black-and-white films. “We are glad that industry stalwarts have agreed to share their knowledge during Cinema 100 to make this experience even richer,” said Subhash Ghai,founder chairman of Whistling Woods International.

Other highlights of the event are an exhibition of Bollywood film posters. These have been sourced by SMM Ausaja,a noted film historian. Some rare cameras — Bell and Howell,Bolex and Mitchell — that were used by Indian filmmakers during the early years,will be on display.

The students will do an audiovisual presentation chronicling the journey of Indian cinema through the stories of directors,cinematographers,sound designers,choreographers and other professionals associated with filmmaking.

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