This weekend, Bollywood celebrities are heading to London for a special charity gala event. Celebrating a century of Indian cinema, the event will be held at Grosvenor House, London. It will be hosted by ‘Pratham UK’, a leading charity, determined to make a difference by educating children in India.
Amongst the guests will be Manish Malhotra, the iconic fashion designer who has designed over a thousand costumes for Indian films. According to the BBC, “Malhotra will be showcasing a special collection of his work inspired by the main eras of fashion in Indian cinema”.
The beginning of Indian cinema was with Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913. Phalke, who is known as the Father of Indian cinema, had made ‘Raja Harishchandra’ after being inspired by ‘The life of Christ’.
Indian cinema has gone through many changes in these last 100 years- travelling through the ‘Golden Age’ of Indian cinema between the 1940’s-1960’s, gave us legendary film makers such as Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor; the 1970’s saw Yash Chopra form his own production company, Yash Raj Films- what went onto be an iconic part of Bollywood. Diaspora and Bollywood became intimately linked like never before since Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995.
However, it is important to remember that Bollywood is only one of the segments of Indian Cinema, which includes: the parallel cinema movement- giving film makers such as Satyajit Ray and Shyam Benegal; Telegu cinema or ‘Tollywood’- the inspiration behind the name ‘Bollywood’ and Malayalam cinema- which was revolutionised by Adoor Gopals9knan.