Cinema is another wonderful gift of science.It has become one of the most popular sources of entertainment and enlightenment. Today it is usually called ‘Motion pictures’. The first motion picture exhibited to a public audience was made in 1895 by the French brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere. They developed their equipment from the Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. The first commercial success was the American film ‘The Great Train Robbery’ with the screening of ‘Harischandra’, dawned the age of motion pictures in India.
It ran for eight weeks and every show was accompanied by a Running commentary to explain the story. Alarm Ara in Hindustan was the first talkies film. In the beginning, the producers produced only the religious and mythological films. The People used to see these films with great interest. Almost all the stories of our great epics were filmed not only in Hindi but also in regional languages.
The emotion picture recorded a radical change in the theme, technique and treatment. The taste and liking also changed. So social, historical and thrill films were produced. The Thirties-forties had been called the golden age of our film industry. There were eminent directors, actors and actresses, story writers and playback singers. It is highly impossible to give the names of all artists and film personalities. The years 1942-45 Witnessed a boom in trade and industry in India. The cinema enjoyed its share of prosperity. The picture depicted real, natural life. They were related to the actual life of all sections of the people. Music, dance, dialogue and comic scenes were of great Standard.
In due course, the love of money brought in so-called producers who had the slightest qualification for or knowledge of films. They wanted a quick return. Adding to this the likings Of the people like the factory workers and students changed, the deterioration in the film Industry increased. In the name of entertainment, the producers have taken up unnatural Romantic stories. All these stories are the same. There is a hero, a heroine, and one or more villains. They go round the trees or a bush, run in the park or in the slopes of a hill, that is what we see in pictures today.
So pictures of today make the character and the mind of students and youths more adaptive. The film Industry is successful only in debasing and increasing the national health and character. There must be a drastic change in the film industry. so the producers and directors should evolve a plan, a strategy in filmmaking so that they will be able to produce good films.