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Literature of India and More: Cinema and the Arts

Indian Cinema Turns 100

Raja Harishchandra - 1913- India's First Silent Film

The whole film  (53 min.) is below

"It actually has the very first wet-sari scene ever in Indian cinema, which is a tradition that exists still today," Vick says, referring to a scene in which male actors cross-dressing in saris as women bathing in a fountain. (According to Vick, "Phalke could not get any women to perform in his film.")  from the NPR interview, May  4, 2013.  Read the entire story at: Bollywood's Early Roots as a Silent Film, by Hansi Lo Wang.

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