Raja Harishchandra was India’s first film which was released 100 years back from now. Well, today if we see our Indian cinema, it has gone through a major change over the past 100 years and no one could have ever thought about seeing Indian cinema standing where it is today. From a bulky and stylish Raj Kapoor in the 1940s to a six-packer with a beefed-up body John Abraham now, the Bollywood heroes have also changed. Presenting, the evolution of cinema over the past 100 years.
The 50s was the era of actors like Dilip Kumar, while in the 60s, Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand highlighted romance on the big screen. After the style of Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan then brought the Angry Young Man era into existence in the 1970s and 1980s with Deewar, Zanjeer and Agneepath. The 90s was the time of the romantic boys Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan dancing in really amazing and ideal foreign locations. At current, the Bollywood heroes are not restricted by any style or genre and fit into every character. A Bollywood hero today is more experimental than the Bollywood hero of the previous times.
In the early decades, the only motive of the heroine was to be a simple woman with a very simple life and she never ever looked beyond her kids and husband. In the era of 1940s, 50s and 60s, heroines such as Meena Kumari, Mala Sinha, Nanda, Madhubala and Asha Parekh used to rule in such roles. In the 1980s and 90s heroines evolved and became very prominent parts of Bollywood like the actresses Rekha in the film Mang, 1988 and Meenakshi in the film Damini, 1993.
Then in the early 2000s, a heroine of the Bollywood industry was still the demure girl who managed to live her life on her conditions like the famous and successful actress Rani Mukerji in the film Kabhie Alvida Naa Kehna. And the heroines today are quite modern, sexy and the one who cares more about her life and career before any other thing. That’s somehow a very positive and a modern side of the Bollywood film industry.
Even the terms of romance have changed in the past few decades and it can be said that the romantic scenes have turned much bolder than before. In the early years of the Indian cinema, the romance on screen was very conservative and even the kissing scene was not shown on the big screen. The kissing scene was shown as flowers coming in between the actors and hiding their faces when they move closer to each other.
Pre-marital sex was also never shown in those Bollywood films as it was not considered right. Well, talking about the current scenario of the Bollywood cinema, romance has changed in a complete way and today it is not at all conservative. Today a kiss scene is also shown on the big screen and a scene involving pre-marital sex can also be there in a film. The time has completely changed and we can definitely say that the Bollywood film industry has become very much modern now.
Well, not only romance and style but many other things have changed in the Bollywood industry and so music is one of those things. The music in the early times was completely different. The music at that time used to be very soft and involved soothing melodies. The pace of the music used to be very slow and the people used to feel it slowly deep in their hearts. Then some things changed in the 60’s and some western tunes were also included with the soft sound. But if we talk about now, the music these days has become very fast. We can also have singers like Arijit and Bollywood also consists of rap singers like Honey Singh and Baadshah. So there has been a great evolution of the Bollywood cinema and it has definitely changed a lot in terms of every aspect.