Facts About the Golden Era of Bollywood:
The Golden Era of Bollywood is an important period for cinema lovers. The period is widely celebrated even today. All the songs, stories, direction, and film making as a whole is the epitome of the Indian Film industry. The era is between the 1940s to 1960, and it’s important for the cinema lovers out there to know some interesting facts about this period
Let’s dive in.
1. The Birth Of Modern India
India got independence in 1947, and the era was between 1940 to 1960. It coincided with independence. So the great directors of the Indian Film Industry were influenced by the independence movements and anti-colonial struggle. It reflected in their films that were made during that time.
2. More than a Decade
The era was not just limited to a decade. It lasted more than that. It crossed almost two decades. It started when we got our independence and lasted till the late 1960s.
3. Parallel cinema
During this era apart from commercial movies, many such movies were more realistic and relatable to the audiences. It became popular and blockbusters. Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar (1946) and Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin (1953) were the ones that laid the foundation for this alternate genre.
4. Widely Praised
Before this era, some movies were either commercially successful or were critically acclaimed. But during this era, movies like Awaara(1951) and Pyassa (1957), and Mughal-E-Azam (1960) found success at Box office as well as critics world. Mother India ( 1957) was the first Indian movie that was nominated for Academy Awards.
5. Fan Following
Bollywood stars are so successful and famous that it’s not even shocking to hear that even during that time, they had many international followers as well. It’s just amazing how impactful and powerful cinema is. Mother India was dubbed in many europian languages and was successfully screened in countries like Latin America, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
6. Remarkable Directors
This era saw the greatest director of all time. Legendary directors Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, Vijay Bhatt, Bimal Roy all belonged to this wonderful era of Indian Cinema.
7. Golden Era Music
Just like the directors, even the singers of this era are truly inspirational for the ones who leave a mark on the industry. Legendary singers Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Lata Mangeshkar belonged to this era. Glorious composer S.D. Burman’s collaborations with poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi for Pyaasa (1957), duo Shankar-Jaikishan’s popular soundtrack for Awaara (1951) just show how important this era was for Indian cinema lovers.