Films

Firsts in Indian Films

Point to rememberName of the Film
First Indian indigenous filmRaja Harishchandra (1913)
First Indian talkie (film with sound)Alam Ara (1931)
First Indian colour filmKisan Kanya (1937)
First Indian Sanskrit filmAdi Shankarcharya (1983)
First Indian 3D filmKutti Chetan (1984)

Directors of Famous Indian Films

Name of the Film Director
Raja HarishchandraDada Saheb Phalke
Alam AraArdeshar Irani
Mughal-e-azamK Asif
Mother India Mehboob Khan
Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray
Shatranj ke KhiladiSatyajit Ray
Do beegha zameenBimal Roy

First Recipients of Film Awards

Award Recipient
1st winner of Dadasaheb Phalke AwardDevika Rani (1969)
1st winner of Filmfare best actor awardDilip Kumar
1st winner of Filmfare best actress awardMeena Kumari
1st Hindi film to win the National film AwardMirza Ghalib (1954)
1st film to win the Best Film Academy Award (Oscar) Wings (1927-28)

Academy Awards — Indian Winners

Points to remember
First Indian film to be nominated for Academy Award (Oscar) in Best Foreign Language Film categoryMother India
First Indian to win an Academy Award (Oscar) in the Competitive categoryBhanu Athaiya in 1982 for Custume Design in Gandhi
Indian director who won the Lifetime Achievement Academy AwardSatyajit Ray in 1992
Indian music director to win the Academy Award for best original scoreAR Rahman in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire
Indian music director and lyricist to win the Academy Award for best original songAR Rahman and Gulzar in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire
First Indian to win the Academy Award for best sound mixingResul Pookutty in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire
Three Indian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category so far 1. Mother India, 2. Salaam Bombay and 3. Lagaan

Best Film Awards

Name of the Award Film Festival
Golden Lotus (Swarna Kamal)National Film Awards of India
Golden BearBerlin Film Festival
Golden ElephantChildrens' Film Festival of India
Golden GlobeHollywood Foreign Press Association
Golden PeacockInternational Film Festival of India
Golden PalmCannes Film Festival
Golden LionVenice Film Festival
Golden LeopardLocarno Film Festival
Golden Crow PheasantInternational Film Festival of Kerala
Golden ConchMumbai International Film Festival