Indian Cinema has witnessed huge revolution since the beginning. Because, there are many benchmarks which brought this revolution. This list includes those honorable mentions which made contribution for Indian Cinema and also created a record –

The Wrestlers (1899) – The First Indian documentary film.

Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatwadekar

The movie showed a wrestling match at the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai then Bombay.
Consequently, Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatwadekar became the First Indian to make a motion picture in India.

Nala Damayanti (1920) – India’s first International Co-production.

Nala Damayanti

Producer Ardeshir Irani joined hands with Italy for making the First Indo-Italian production in the history of Indian cinema.

Fatma Begum (1926) – First female director of Bollywood.

Fatma Begum

She directed Bulbul-e-Paristan in1926 and got this honor for the same.

Alam Ara (1931) – First Indian Sound Film.

Alam Ara

Finally, It was the beginning of music in the films of Indian Cinema.
Therefor, The First Song of the Indian cinema – “De de khuda ke naam per”, is from this movie.

Ayodhyecha Raja (1932) – First Indian film released in two languages.

Ayodhyecha Raja (

The First Talkie by V. Shantaram, which was released in Marathi and also in Hindi.

Indrasabha (1932)


This movie holds the world record for the most number of songs, over 70, in any musical movie probably ever made.

Sairandhri (1933) – First Indian Colour Film and First Original Soundtrack Disc.


The film was shot on Agfa B&W 35-mm negative. The prints were made in Germany by Bipack color printing process, which finally brought color to the Indian Cinema.

Seeta (1934) – First Indian talkie film to premiere at International Film Festival.


The movie was premiered at 2nd Venice International Film Festival in 1934.
The movie also won an Honorary Diploma. In addition, Debaki Bose became First Indian director to receive an International Award.

Dhoop Chhaon (1935) – First Playback Song.

Rai Chand Boral

Music Director, Rai Chand Boral was the first to use the systematic technique of playback singing in the film
Before, the actors would sing live on the set. The live performance was recorded just like dialogues.

Sant Tukaram (1936) – First Indian film to receive international recognition.

Sant Tukaram Movie

First Indian film to receive international recognition.First Indian film to run in a single theatre for more than a year.
First Indian entry to get a screening at an international film festival, Venice Film Festival in 1937.

Kisan Kanya (1937) – First Color Film Completely made in India.

kisan kanya

The film was made with the Cinecolor process. And the Producer, Ardeshir Irani obtained the process rights from an American company.

Naujawan (1937) – First talkie film

without songs.


After 1931’s sensation Alam Ara as mentioned above, songs became an indispensable part of Hindi films.
Whereas, Aspi Irani directed Naujawan which became Indian Cinema’s first song-less talkie film.
It was a fast-paced thriller, hence no songs included in the film.

Neecha Nagar (1946) – First Indian film to win the Palme d`Or (Best Film) Award at Cannes Film Festival

Neecha Nagar

It was for the first time, any Indian movie won such an honor at Cannes. Furthermore, it is also the last time Indian movie won such an honor !

Hanste Aansoo (1950) – First Indian film to receive an A-certificate.

Hanste Aansoo


The movie received A-certificate: ‘only for adults’, after the amendment of the original Indian Cinematograph Act (1918) in December 1949.

Sangam (1964) – The First film shot abroad.


Many parts of the film was shot in Venice, Paris, and also in Switzerland.

Bhanu Athaiya (1983) – First Indian to win an Oscar.

Bhanu Athaiya

She won the Oscar for her work as a Costume Designer for the film Gandhi, in 1982. In addition, she shared this honor with John Mollo.

My Dear Kuttichathan (1984) – First 3D film.

My Dear Kuttichathan

This Malayalam film then dubbed and released in Hindi also as “Chhota Chetan” in 1998.

1942: A Love Story (1994) – First Indian film to use Dolby Stereo.

1942: A Love Story (1994)

Dolby Stereo (also known as Stereo A) is technology for 35 mm prints for ambient sound and special effects.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) – First Indian film screened at the United Nations.

Indian Cinema

Lage Raho Munna Bhai

The screening of this movie on November 10, 2006 was the first ever of a full-length Hindi film at the UN.

Bittoo Boss (2012) – The first film in India to get a ‘PG’ certificate.

Indian Cinema

Bittoo Boss

A PG certificate allows children of any age to watch the movie under Parental Guidance.

In conclusion, one quote of Brad Pitt sums up a lot about Indian Cinema –

Indian Cinema seems to be growing very well at its own pace.

WriterSiddhesh Parab

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