On May 3, 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke's silent film, Raja Harishchandra, released at Mumbai's Coronation cinema. A hundred years later, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is marking the centenary of Indian cinema by organising a six-day film festival.
The festival, which will run from April 25 to April 30 at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, will be inaugurated by I&B minister Manish Tewari.
The movies being screened - most of them 35mm prints - are a mix of classic and contemporary cinema. Last year's small-town saga Gangs of Wasseypur rubs shoulders with Govind Nihalani's 1983 offbeat classic Ardha Satya.
"We have tried to select a mix of films which are worth watching again and again," said Rajeev Kumar Jain, director, Directorate of Film Festivals. "We wanted to expose audiences not only to Hindi cinema, but other kinds of c