Bollywood celebrates 100 years

Indian director Dibakar Banerjee has marked 100 years of Indian cinema with a short film as part of a Bollywood project by four Indian directors to show what the movies have meant to them.

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Bollywood film to be screened at Cannes Festival

Indian film director Dibakar Banerjee has created a film to mark 100 years of Bollywood cinema.

The film, Bombay Talkies, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this month and features short films by well-known directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.

Ram Pratap Verma, a 32-year-old aspiring Bollywood film actor, watches a film at a cinema in Mumbai Credit: Reuters

Speaking about the project, 43-year-old Banerjee said:

"I took a short story written by Satyajit Ray, a very interesting story and I adapted it. It is similar and yet different. I have taken the core of the story and have changed the setting from 1960s Calcutta to 2013 Bombay and given it new elements and dimensions."

A member of a film crew holds a clapper board during the shooting of Bollywood film 'Black Home' at a beach on the outskirts of Mumbai Credit: Reuters

He added: "This film is about the presence of Indian cinema in our lives. At another level, it is an universal story. You take that as a means to say something that is bigger and more meaningful."

Actress Nainaa Jolly (2nd L) performs during the filming of a low budget Hindi movie in Meerut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Credit: Reuters

Filmmaker: Cinema is who we are, who we want to be

Feature filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee has marked 100 years of Bollywood with his first short film.

The story focuses on a middle-aged man getting his moment of fame playing a bit role in a movie.

Speaking about Bollywood cinema, the director said:

Cinema is who we are and cinema is who we want to be. When you see a Karan Johar romance or an Aditya Chopra romance, you can see what a young man of 1995 was. He's not there in the film but that's what he wanted to be. Similarly in the 1970s or the '40s. Cinema is the history of the subconscious. When you watch films, you get human history from the personal point of view.

– Dibakar Banerjee, film director

Indian film director marks 100 years of Bollywood

Indian film director Dibakar Banerjee has marked 100 years of Indian cinema with a short film.

The film, Bombay Talkies, is inspired by a story written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

Indian film director Dibakar Banerjee Credit: Reuters

The story Patol Babu, Film Star, is about a middle-aged man getting his moment of fame playing a bit role in a movie.

Today marks 100 years since Dhundiraj Govind Phalke's black and white silent film Raja Harishchandra (King Harishchandra) was released on May 3, 1913, in Mumbai.