Skip to main content


The history of film in India is nearly as old as that of motion pictures itself. The first Indian-made feature length film, Raja Harischandra, premiered in 1913. Indian filmmakers of the mid-twentieth century, notably Satyajit Ray, enjoyed critical claim around the world, and the period is known as the Golden Age of Indian Cinema. Today, India’s film production volume is the largest in the world. Many equate Indian cinema with Hindi popular film or “Bollywood,” centered in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), which enjoys growing international reception, thanks to lavish production, talented directors and actors, and captivating choreographed musical numbers. However, other regional language film industries are prolific, notably Telugu and Tamil cinema.

Bollywood Film, with Prof. Sheila J. Nayar: Link to Professor Nayar’s seminar resources.

Bollywood for Beginners
A introduction to resources on Bollywood film from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Box Office India
Dedicated to reporting the box office collections of Hindi films; the most respected source for box office
details within the Hindi film industry.


Cinema of India
From Wikipedia; in addition to history, includes information about regional Indian industries in addition to Bollywood.

Film Studies - India
A research guide to Indian cinema from Dartmouth University.

In Bollywood, Female Directors Find New Respect
Article on Zoya Akhtar and Farah Khan, Bollywood directors.

Indian Cinema
Notes on Indian popular cinema by Philip Lutgendorf with additional contributions from Corey Creekmur.

Indian Cinema Resources
A global survey of print, digital and online information and research on Indian cinema by Rajwant S. Chilana of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

List of highest-grossing Indian films (Wikipedia)
Includes information about regional Indian films in addition to Hindi films.

The Lure of Bollywood
About Rini Bhattacharya Mehta’s course, Indian Cinema in Context; also note Professor’s Mehta’s edited volume, Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora.

cinema.jpgO'Kelly Library, WSSU
Check the catalogue for more than 200 videos in streaming and DVD formats available related to India.

The Rise of the Indian Indie
From the blog archives of Dawn.

South & Southeast Asian Cinema
Media resources from the University of California at Berkeley.