New Delhi, Apr 21 (TruthDive): Indian cinema will complete its journey of 100 years on May 3 this year and to mark 100 years of Indian cinema, Centenary Film Festival will be celebrated from April 25-30 in New Delhi.
India’s first silent feature film “Raja Harishchandra” was screened on May 3 in 1913 in Coronation Theatre. Only one print of the film was made and it was a commercial success and paved the way for more such films. And the first talkie “Alam Ara” was screened on March 14, 1931 in Majestic Cinema in Mumbai.
The centenary film festival is organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the festival will begin with the inauguration of an exhibition titled, ‘Indian Cinema 100’ (Celebrating a Century: An Audio Visual Voyage), by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari.
The inaugural programme of the festival will be the screening of silent film Throw of Dice, with a live musical orchestra by maestro Nishat Khan.
Classic films by eminent directors like Guru Dutt, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Bimal Roy will be screened, along with special screenings of films starring Balraj Sahni, Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna.
The festival will also showcase the Films Division documentaries that were shown on celluloid post-Independent India in many perspectives such as short, feature, animation films and news reel documentaries on diverse subjects.
Another main highlight of the festival is a special “Satyajit Ray Retrospective” and display of the artwork of the iconic personality. The artwork is likely to provide rare sights into the fascinating work of art of the legendary film-makers. It will display reproductions of the numerous works of Satyajit Ray that are preserved at the Satyajit Ray Society in Kolkata, including ad-artworks, book jacket designs, set and costume designs and sketches from film scripts.
A play by Aamir Raza Hussain on Dadasaheb Phalke would mark the end of the festival on April 30.