1. ‘Raja Harishchandra’ - Male actor in a female role
The most talented director Dada Saheb Phalke directed this silent movie that got released in 1913. The film shows the story of legend Raja Harishchandra, in which Dattatarya Damodar Dabke played the role of Raja and
who was a male actor portrayed his wife’s role. Those days no females were allowed to act in any cinema.
2. ‘Alam Ara’ - First movie with songs
Bollywood’s first sound film was Alam Ara, which was directed by Ardeshir Irani in 1931. It became one of the first pictures that featured songs as well and was a blockbuster at the box office. The film originated from a Parsi play.
’ - First playback song
During the early days of Indian cinema, actors used to sing songs live on the sets as they used to deliver dialogues. Rai Chand Boral introduced the concept of playback singing through Dhoop Chhaon, hence making it one of the first film.
4. ‘Indra Sabha’ - The highest number of songs
Indra Sabha became the first Indian film to have the most number of songs i.e. seventy-one. The story is mainly based on a king who has been tested by celestial powers and got released in 1932.
5. ‘Hanste Aansoo’ – ‘A’ Certificate cinema
According to an amendment in Indian Cinematographic Act, Hanste Aansoo was the first movie that got an adult rating. ‘
’ and ‘
’ were the lead actors in the film.
6. ‘Seeta’ - The first film to be premiered abroad
The movie got released in 1934 and became the first Indian film that premiered in Venice.
directed the movie Seeta, and the cast includes
. It was the first picture that got an International Award.
’ - First women-oriented movie
It was one of the first women-centric movies that got released in 1940 by breaking all the stereotypes in Bollywood.
directed the film. Later on, in the year 1957 the ‘
’ starrer, ‘Mother India’ was a remake of Aurat and was directed by the same director.
8. Aar Paar - First item song
It was the first film that had an item song i.e. ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’. It became the most popular one in Bollywood that got released in the year 1954. ‘Shakila’ was the actress who performed to the tune and set the stage on fire with her moves.
’ - First movie shot in foreign location
Sangam got released in the year 1964 starring
’ in the lead roles. The film became first in Bollywood that started shooting abroad. The movie was a huge success due to its exotic location i.e. Switzerland.
10. ‘L.O.C. Kargil’ - First longest movie
L.O.C. Kargil was one of the first cinema that screened for 4 hours 25 minutes long. This picture broke all previous records and claimed its position as the longest ever in the Indian film industry. It showcases the life of Indian soldiers and their war against Pakistan.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
’ - First longest running film
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge became one of the longest running Indian movies. The film got released in 1995 and ran for 700 successful weeks at Minnerva theater in Mumbai. It collected a whopping 580 million in the nation and 175 million in abroad.
’ - First insured movie
As risk factor is on the high side in the film industry, Taal became one of the first Hindi movies that got insured for 110 million by the director
. It got released in the year 1998 and after that back to back everyone followed the same trend to be ready for any mishaps.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
’ - The first film to be screened in the UN
directed the cinema Lage Raho Munna Bhai, in which the story is based on non-violence lessons and was a sequel to ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’. It was one of the first Indian movies that screened in the United Nations on 2006.
14. ‘PK’ - Highest grossing movie
This movie surely was a blockbuster that got released in 2014 and the star cast includes Mr. Perfectionist i.e.
, whose performances were appreciated by everyone. It was one of the first movies that crossed the 700 crore barrier worldwide and earned a whopping 743 crores at the box office.
’ - Highest sale of music rights
The movie had seven song tracks and Sony Music India purchased the rights for a whopping 19 crores, which is estimated to be one of the highest sales of an album track. Dilwale got released in 2015 and became one of the biggest yet surprising music deals.