Trivia about first-ever films -- as in the first film ever to be released by a particular company or within a genre or with sound or in color -- is something that cinephiles love to know and adore discussing over and over and over.
Which means that "Raja Harishchandra" is a title that likely comes up in many a movie-line conversation. The work, made in 1913, was the first Indian film -- make that a feature-length film. It was a silent, of course -- as all cinematic offerings were that year -- and it went on to influence many a movie to come, decades into the future.
The year is notable, of course, because the Indian cinema industry is now observing its centennial. It has been a century of innovation, story, song, and dance, and yes, Bollywood, a term for Mumbai-based moviedom that is often used to encapsulate the whole of the Indian filmdom.
Hollywood will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bollywood on Thursday, Aug. 1 in a few ways. One? Dance troupe Blue13 Dance Company will bring its vibrant Bollywood stylings to the boulevard at 11 a.m.
That's happening at Madame Tussauds, where a quintet of new wax figures will be unveiled in honor of the moment: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, and Amitabh Bachchan.
Bollywood wraps from Urban Masala will also be for sale.
Dance, food, and art seem a fine way to pay tribute to one of the planet's most loved and robust film industries. Happy 100th, Bollywood!
(And if you love the Blue13 performance, they'll be at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Aug. 3 with "Fire & Power.")