Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema: a quiz
By Alana Podolsky
On 3 May 1913, Raja Harishchandra, the first Indian feature-length film, premiered. Since then, India’s film industry, mostly known as Bollywood but operating outside of Bollywood’s Mumbai base as well, has become the world’s most prolific film industry: 1,325 films were produced in 2008. Salman Rushdie recently said on The Daily Show with John Stewart, “I always thought it was unfair on the Bombay film industry to call it Bollywood. Because it’s actually much bigger than Hollywood. Hollywood should be called ‘Hombay’.”
For many, Indian cinema will call to mind elaborate melodramatic musicals and Shah Rukh Khan, but it is, like India, far more diverse. To celebrate the 100th birthday of India’s remarkable cinematic world, take this quiz and test your knowledge!
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Alana Podolsky is a publicity assistant at Oxford University Press. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in South Asian Languages and Civilizations in 2011.
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