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7 July 1896 when cinema took birth in India

IndiaGlitz [Monday, July 07, 2014]
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Today around 118 years back in India movies made their presence felt for the first time in Mumbai.

On 7th July 1896,French Cinematographers The Lumière brothers who have proved their mettle in cinematic excellence in Paris arrived in India. They sent a man named Marius Sestier to screen their short films to a mostly British audience at the swanky Watson hotel (later known as Esplanade Mansions at Kala Ghoda) in Mumbai (the building in the pic).

On July 7th 1896, the Lumiere Brothers showcased six films at the Watson Hotel in Mumbai (then Bombay) and this marked the birth of Indian cinema as we know it today.

The six films screened that day were "Entry of Cinematographe", "The Sea Bath" , "Arrival of a Train", "A Demolition",  "Ladies and Soldiers on Wheels" and "Leaving the Factory".

The ticket was priced at Re.1. The Times of India referred to this event as the "miracle of the century". The show received an overwhelming response and motion pictures were soon introduced to India, in Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras).

IG salutes the pioneers who introduced ‘The miracle of the century’ to us.. and the magic still continues to rule..




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