The first Indian on record to make a movie was Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatvadekar (nickname: Save Dada). He made one short film on a wrestling match at the Hanging Gardens in Bombay, and another on the playfulness of monkeys. Both these shorts were made in 1897 and were publicly exhibited for the first time in 1899 using Edison's projecting kinetoscope inside a tent which the film maker had himself erected.
The golden period in history if Indian cinema is attributed to the 1950s. Guru Dutt, Mehaboob Khan, Raj Kapoor, Balraj Sahani, Nargis, Bimal Roy, Meena Kumari, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala graced the screens. Besides them numerous singers, composers, scriptwriters, cameraman and other technician lend a helping hand in making some of the most outstanding films that carved their own niche in the history of Indian Cinema.
1980s saw the rise of several women directors, such as Aparna Sen, Prema Karnath, Meera Nair & other. It was also the year when Rekha wooed the audience with her stunning performance in Umrao Jaan. The regional films like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali & others produced a number of romantic films.
Now a days, the technology of film-making in India is perhaps the best among all developing countries. Stars like Sharukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hritik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra & Others explored all possible techniques to enrich Indian cinema with their performances.