Movies celebrating 100 years of Hindi cinema

MUMBAI: To mark this historic occasion of Bollywood turning hundred this year, has launched a year-long celebration to take the viewers to the key moments in the momentous journey of Hindi cinema.

As part of the centenary fete, the website will feature 365 films carefully chosen to represent the history of Bollywood. Here one can watch some all-time hit films, some trend setters in storytelling and techniques and more importantly, films by which some ordinary men and women rose to stardom.

The special centenary gallery on the website, and its YouTube channel, has already become a hit among Bollywood fans spread across the world. Clippings of the selected movies are presented along with a brief talk on the specialties and historical aspects of the film. The nearly two-minute movie will have the best moments in a film.

The films were chosen by researcher and columnist Vijay Kumar Balakrishnan, a collector of Bollywood posters, gramophone records, song books, vintage films etc, who has been exploring Bollywood for the past 40 years.

"From Dadasaheb Phalke, V Shantaram, Himanshu Rai, Vijay Bhatt, Fateh Lal, Sohrab Modi, Damle, Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Raj Kapoor to G P Sippy, Mahesh Bhatt, Shekhar Kapur, Mira Nair, Aamir Khan, Ram Gopal Varma and Karan Johar, the gallery will introduce personalities who influenced the industry from time to time," said Balakrishnan in a statement.

He added that the gallery has rare and exclusive visuals of old films like Raja Harishchandra, Ayodhya ka Raja, Pukar, Kapal Kundala, Izzat, Doctor, Maya Machindra among others.

The project is supported by Culture Shoppe, an online cultural gift shop and Mulamoottil Eye Hospital, a super specialty eye hospital.

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