Cinema's century

Contemplating a century

Print edition : October 18, 2013


Inside a theatre in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, showing "Enthiran", starring Rajinikanth. Photo: THE HINDU;THE HINDU

Anxious fans wait for the ticket counters to open at a theatre in Kochi. Photo: The Hindu

Tickets waiting for viewers. Digital media have transformed film viewing to a great extent. Photo: K_R_DEEPAK

A mural of "Anarkali" in Mumbai. Artists from the Bollywood Art Project, an urban public art project, aim to transform the walls in Mumbai through graffiti art influenced by the 70-year-old design tradition of hand-painted Bollywood posters. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

A tricycle employed to promote a Hindi film in New Delhi. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The Bengali director Buddhadeb Dasgupta shooting on location for his latest film "Anwar ka Ajab Kissa". Photo: DX SADFSAF

Spooling film rolls inside the "projection truck" on the premises of Anup Touring Talkies in Mumbai on April 20. Touring theatres play a role even in the age of multiplexes. Photo: AFP

Mainstream Indian cinema’s hundred year spree makes for a pulsating narrative. Though it has gone from selling dreams in the initial days to commodifying wish-fulfilment fantasies in recent years, the journey is nowhere near its end.
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