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Earlier, women were not supposed to work in the Indian cinema or entertainment industry as that was considered "downgrading". But, soon, some women broke this barrier and became the "first ever woman in their respective fields".
Women who broke the societal barrier and started working in the Indian cinema were:
Durga Bai Kamat
Durga Bai Kamat was the first female actor in the Indian cinema. She was known for being the first ever "heroine" by working in the second film directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, 'Mohini Bhasmasur (1913)'. It was believed that after this film, there was no stopping for Kamat. In fact, only after Kamat, many female artists started working in the Indian cinema. Kamat acted in n-number of films and successfully forged her name in the history of Indian cinema.
Durgabai Kamat, first female actor of Indian cinema.Photo found on Google Images.
Fatima Begum was India's first ever female director. Though, she was a stage actress in her former years, but later on she ended up directing and acting in various plays. Interestingly, Begum even launched her own film company named "Fatma Films", which later on came to be known as "Victoria Fatma Films". The first film which was written and directed by Begum was 'Bulbul Ae Paristaan (1926)'. Officially, this film embarked India's first female producer, director, and writer.
Fatima Begum, first female director of Indian cinema.Photo found on Google Images.
Jaddanbai Hussain along with Saraswati Devi are considered to be first first female music composers in the Indian cinema. Hussain was well versed in the art of singing and dancing since childhood. At the same time, her music and singing style became quite famous because of which she was invited by the rulers of various princely states to perform mehfils. Eventually, this lead her in becoming the first female music director in the Indian cinema. And, soon she also launched her own production company by the name of "Sangeet Films".
Jaddanbai Hussain, first female music director of Indian cinema.Photo found on Google Images.
Mary Ann Evans
Mary Ann Evans, or "Fearless Nadia" was the first ever stuntwoman in the Indian Cinema. Originally born in Australia, she came to Bombay (now Mumbai), India, in the year 1913 with her father. Because of the untimely death of her father in 1915, Evans moved to Peshawar (now in Pakistan), and there she learned horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and shooting. Then, again in 1928, Evans returned to Bombay with her mother. Soon, she was introduced to Hindi films, and from here her journey as a stuntwoman started.
Fearless Nadia, first female stuntwoman of Indian cinema.Photo found on Google Images.
B.R. Vijaylaxmi was not just India's, but also, Asia's first woman to handle the camera and light crews in a film. She was born to B.R. Panthulu, who was a renowned director and producer in South-Indian films. At the time when women were only supposed to take care of household chores, Vijaylaxmi was handling a whole crew of camera and lights men. At first, she worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ashok Kumar in a Tamil film 'Nenjathai Killathe (1980)'. Since then, she has shot 22 films, and in 2018, even made a directorial debut in 'Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum'.
B.R, Vijaylaxmi, first female cinematographer of Indian cinema.Photo found on Google Images
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Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
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The queen of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit, has said that digital platforms have opened up the world for her personally and also for Marathi-language content. In a conversation with filmmaker and Planet Marathi CMD, Akshay Bardapurkar, at the launch of the OTT platform, Madhuri said: "Where offline content reaches a couple of hundred people in a single action, digital platforms open up the world for you. I believe Planet Marathi OTT is the instrument that can make the Marathi language global."
A Vistas Media Capital Company, Planet Marathi OTT unveiled the first-ever exclusively Marathi OTT platform on August 31. Madhuri tapped a button and the platform came to life, making 1,000-plus hours of binge-worthy content accessible worldwide. At the launch event, Madhuri said she was proud of the achievements of Marathi cinema and appreciated Bardapurkar's vision to create an OTT platform for Marathi content. Sharing her personal experience, the actress said her 'Dance With Madhuri' platform and her personal body of work had all undergone a transformation after the digital wave.
Madhuri Dixit: Planet Marathi OTT will make Marathi-language content global. | IANS
During the conversation, Bardapurkar revealed that all his work, including Planet Marathi OTT, has been a product of adversities. He said: "Whenever life throws a challenge at me, I give my best to find a solution to those challenges and find opportunities in them. Solving a problem for myself has often led me to creating scalable solutions for the masses." Bardapurkar started with creating impactful Marathi films that were on a par with the best of global cinema. He then moved on to create a mindset shift in filmmaking. And this journey led him to starting Planet Marathi OTT. "It will always strive to bring promising content and meaningful entertainment to every segment of the Marathi audience," Bardapurkar said. "With the launch of this app, our offerings will now reach across the world to every user who loves watching Marathi content. The entertainment experience is also going to be exciting."
A number of Marathi stalwarts attended the inaugural event. They included Amruta Khanvilkar, Sonalee Kulkarni, Prasad Oak, Siddharth Jadhav, Sanjay Jadhav, Tejaswwini Pandit, Prajakta Mali, Sayali Sanjeev, Gayatri Datar, Sachit Patil, Bhargavi Chirmuley, Surabhi Hande, Nikhil Chavan, Bhagyashree Milind, Sonali Khare, Deepti Devi, Sushant Shelar, Abhijeet Panse and Resham Shrivardhankar. Coinciding with its launch, the Planet Marathi OTT App unveiled five exciting original shows. The shows are: 'Sopa Nasata Kaahi', a romantic comedy;'Hing Pustak Talwar', a light comedy about a group of friends; 'Bap Beep Bap', an emotional family drama about father-son relationship; 'Jobless', a crime thriller about a man accused of fraud struggling to prove his innocence; and the fantasy thriller, 'Parees', whose story revolves around superstitions and supernatural elements.
The Planet Marathi OTT App line-up includes films, web shows, plays, music, karaoke, and so much more. The IOS and Android versions of the app will be available across the world. The best feature of it is that the content is refreshingly original, entertaining and curated in a manner that the audience instantly likes it. To top it all, Planet Marathi has bundled all of these offerings in a subscription package costing just a rupee a day. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Madhuri Dixit, Marathi, OTT, Planet Marathi, films, web shows, plays, music, karaoke
Disney announced Friday that all of its films slated for release by the end of the year will be exclusively screened in cinemas first, bringing relief to theaters anxious to reconnect with audiences after the coronavirus pandemic devastated their industry. The animated film Encanto will be released on the big screen Nov. 24 and will not appear on Disney's on-demand video platform until Dec. 24, the company said in a statement.
Other planned projects, including The Last Duel by Ridley Scott, Eternals by Marvel Studios and West Side Story by Steven Spielberg, will be screened in theaters for at least 45 days before they are released elsewhere. The decision was eagerly awaited by traditional cinemas after the entertainment giant recently chose to release a series of big productions such as Black Widow, Jungle Cruise and Cruella on its Disney+ platform, diverting part of their revenue.
Disney was producing content for both theaters and television channels, but it now has direct access to its audience via streaming, a trend accelerated by the pandemic. Photo by pan xiaozhen on Unsplash
Black Widow actor Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney, accusing the company of breach of contract and costing her millions of dollars in box office revenue after it released the film on its video platform.Two years ago, Disney was producing content for both theaters and television channels, but it now has direct access to its audience via streaming, a trend accelerated by the pandemic.
In mid-August, Disney boss Bob Chapek said he favored "flexibility" and the ability to "follow the consumer wherever he goes." During a presentation of the company's financial results, he said "when theaters reopened, there was immense reluctance from the public to return." Warner Bros. studios has also been heavily criticized for its decision to release all of its new movies for the rest of the year on its HBO Max platform. (VOA/ MBI)
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