Photo Gallery: Indian Cinema Turns 100 Years Old

  • Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan and his son, Abhishek Bachchan, perform during the International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony in England, in 2007. The awards, known as the Bollywood Oscars, are watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world.
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    Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan and his son, Abhishek Bachchan, perform during the International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony in England, in 2007. The awards, known as the Bollywood Oscars, are watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world.
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  • Children watch a Hindi film in New Delhi in April, during a festival celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. India's first feature film, the black-and-white silent movie Raja Harishchandra, by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, was released on May 3, 1913, in Mumbai. The country's billion-dollar film industry makes more than 1,000 films a year, in several languages.
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    Children watch a Hindi film in New Delhi in April, during a festival celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. India's first feature film, the black-and-white silent movie Raja Harishchandra, by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, was released on May 3, 1913, in Mumbai. The country's billion-dollar film industry makes more than 1,000 films a year, in several languages.
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  • An Indian cyclist rides past an advertisement for the Bollywood film Jodhaa Akbar in New Delhi in 2008. The lavish film about the love between a Muslim emperor and his Hindu wife, played by actress Aishwarya Rai, opened in India to angry protests from members of the Rajput community, who said the historical romance was grossly inaccurate.
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    An Indian cyclist rides past an advertisement for the Bollywood film Jodhaa Akbar in New Delhi in 2008. The lavish film about the love between a Muslim emperor and his Hindu wife, played by actress Aishwarya Rai, opened in India to angry protests from members of the Rajput community, who said the historical romance was grossly inaccurate.
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  • Bollywood actors Sunil Shetty (from center left), Govinda and Javed Jaffrey film the movie Loot in Mumbai, in 2008.
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    Bollywood actors Sunil Shetty (from center left), Govinda and Javed Jaffrey film the movie Loot in Mumbai, in 2008.
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  • Dancers perform for the Bollywood film Shortcut Romeo in Mumbai in April.
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    Dancers perform for the Bollywood film Shortcut Romeo in Mumbai in April.
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  • Staff members count ticket stubs at the Anup Touring Talkies tent cinema in central Mumbai in April. To mark 100 years of Indian cinema, the film Touring Talkies is being screened in a makeshift tent theater, common 50 years ago. These modern tents, though, have plush seating, air conditioning and concessions such as popcorn, soda, sugar-cane juice and roasted groundnuts.
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    Staff members count ticket stubs at the Anup Touring Talkies tent cinema in central Mumbai in April. To mark 100 years of Indian cinema, the film Touring Talkies is being screened in a makeshift tent theater, common 50 years ago. These modern tents, though, have plush seating, air conditioning and concessions such as popcorn, soda, sugar-cane juice and roasted groundnuts.
    Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, plays in Mumbai in April.
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    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, plays in Mumbai in April.
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  • Actor Ranbir Kapoor (left) is greeted by enthusiastic young students during a film promotional tour at a women's college in Amritsar, India, in 2011.
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    Actor Ranbir Kapoor (left) is greeted by enthusiastic young students during a film promotional tour at a women's college in Amritsar, India, in 2011.
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  • A train moves past a cutout of Bollywood actors John Abraham and Sunny Leone, outside a cinema hall in Mumbai. Four top Indian filmmakers have come together to make Bombay Talkies, a collection of short films that hits theaters on Friday.
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    A train moves past a cutout of Bollywood actors John Abraham and Sunny Leone, outside a cinema hall in Mumbai. Four top Indian filmmakers have come together to make Bombay Talkies, a collection of short films that hits theaters on Friday.
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