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These are the dazzling faces,that lit up the silver screen.. ..of Indian cinemawith their luminance. Indian Cinema is completing 100 years. The silver screen has seenthousands of stars in 100 years. But only a handful became superstars. On the occasion of 100years of Indian Cinema.. ..Lehren salutes tosome such real superstars. Year... 1931! Venue, Prabhat Film Company, Pune. Where a widow came looking for work.. ..who had the responsibilityof two small kids. You think you are nothing. Your fate is everything? Your fate is a river.. ..and you're just a strawflowing along with the tide? Your fate is a storm.. ..and you're a helplessleaf being blown away? Your fate is a potter.. ..and you're just a handfulof clay in his hands. This young girl, who had worked in.. ..many small filmsduring the silent era.. ..bagged a big role in.. ..Prabhat Film Company'sfirst talkie film. And with 'AyodhyaKa Raja' Mrs. Khote.. ..began a new chapterin Indian cinema.. ..who we also know as Durga Khote. Year... 1935.

 Venue, Wadia MovieTone company Mumbai.. ..who completely changed the.. ..face of heroines in Indian Cinema. And the silver screen was graced by.. ..stunt queen fearlessNadia as Hunterwali. As Hunterwali, fearless Nadia.. ..ruled the hearts ofpeople in the true manner. Year... 1935. Venue, New Theatre'sPictures Calcutta. The place where Devdas,Paro and Chandramukhi's.. ..eternal love story was being filmed. Chunilal. Why did you bringme to such a disgusting place? Bloody harlot. In the screen adoption of.. ..Sharad Chandra Chatterjee'sclassic novel Devdas.. ..we could see that era'sfirst superstar, Kundanlal Saigal. Who we popularly known as K.L. Saigal. Year... 1936. Venue, Bombay Talkies Film Studio. The place where 'AchhutKanya' was being filmed. This is where another superstar.. ..of Indian Cinema was born. Devika Rani. Pratap. Where are you going? To get food-grains fromthe neighboring village. Come along. - Okay. Popularly known as the Dragon Lady..Devika Rani.. ..was the most beautifuland glamorous.. ..heroine of the 30's era. Films would be a hitbecause of her beauty.

In fact, Devika Rani was an example.. ..of the changing Indian Cinema.. ..who dared to kiss on-screen.. ..even in the 1930's era. Year... 1936. Venue, Bombay Talkies Film Studio. A place where a newsuperstar was emerging. Ashok Kumar. All I know... is that I love you.. Kasturi...listen to me. Let's run away. Instead of completinghis law education.. ..Ashok Kumar, who was working.. ..as a lab assistantin Bombay Talkies.. ..was forced to play thelead in the film 'Jeevan Naiyya'. And this is whereAshok Kumar's journey.. ..of success beganin the film industry. Year... 1936. A Tamil film called 'SatiLeelavati' was released. And for the first timeyoung theatre actor.. ..Marudhar Gopalan Ramchadranwas seen on the silver screen. After that, with the successof 'Manithari Kumari' in 1947.. ..and 'Malaikalanjas' in 1954.

Tamil Cinema foundits first superstar. MGR! MGR... this one namebecame the identity.. ..of the entireSouthern film industry. MGR had a strong off-screenand onscreen image.. ..that one day this actoralso became a politician. And like his career in films.. ..he scaled new heightsin his political career as well. Year... 1939. Venue, Minerva Movie Tone. Lord...I feel proud after winning today. So I bow before you again.. ..and ask for a boon,that I never bow again. And I never face youwith a shameless face. Glory to You! Shorab Modi was a first stage artist.. ..who was also aproducer and director.. ..along with being an actor. Shorab Modi was a staunch artist.. ..who mostly made historical movies.. ..and through his films.. ..he preached the messageof national Integration. Year... 1941. Venue, Minerva Movie Tone. The place where Indian Cinema's.. ..grand historicalfilm was in making.. 'Sikander'. It was being produced by Shorab Modi.. ..but the actor that was emerging.. ..was Prithviraj Kapoor..as Alexander the Great. During that era, he was theonly fine and versatile actor.. ..who worked on stageas well as movies. Actually, Prithviraj Kapoor began.. ..his career from the silent era. But only after 'Sikander',he was able.. ..to establish the Kapoorfamily legacy in the film industry.

 As his grandson,all I would like to say.. ..that everyone knows whatPrithviraj Kapoor has done. And... Kapoors... all of us. We're here becauseof Prithviraj Kapoor. The passion of entertainmentthat he started.. ..I'm proud to say that we'vekept that alive for four generations. Year... 1944. Venue, Pune's Aundh Military Canteen. Where a handsome Pathaniboy was spotted by.. ..Devika Rani andher husband Himanshu Roy. I didn't go to BombayTalkies to seek a job as such. Of course I had a naturaldeportment of the family. So I could speak properly,good English and good Urdu. And... the kind lady, Mrs. Devika Rani... Rai at that time, she thought that.. And the other membersthat were sitting there. Thought that I could bea good...material for trying out. So if Dilip Kumarcan become an actor.. ..I think anybody can become an actor. Dilip Kumar. The name itself signifiesthe entire Indian cinema. Some call him theinstitute of acting.. ..while others callhim a living legend. Some call him theultimate method actor.. ..and some call him tragedy king.

 But we would say that Dilip Kumar.. ..is a personality in Indian Cinema.. ..that's born only once in 1000 years. Year... 1947. Venue, Bombay Talkies Studios. Where the greatest showmanof Indian Cinema, Raj Kapoor.. ..began his journey froma clapper boy to a hero. The people here think Iam Raj Kapoor and are after me. Well...you are Raj Kapoor. What? You act in real life as well. This is strange. You're Raj Kapoor, aren't you? - No. People believe me when I lie. But no one believesme when I say the truth. Well anyway,at least we got a chance to meet you. As Prithviraj Kapoor's son,Raj Kapoor did get work.. ..but he was in searchof his own identity. And to find that, Raj hadto go behind the cameras instead. As a director. We do get emotional afterwatching Raj Kapoor's films. I genuinely feel he's our guru. And we've all learnt a lot from him. And whatever we aretoday is because of him. And he was a great father,a great film-maker.

 We're grateful that wewere born as his children. At the age of 24,Raj Kapoor founded the RK banner.. ..and after delivering onesuccessful film after another.. ..he became the greatestshowman of Indian Cinema. Year... 1947. Venue, Prabhat Film Company, Pune. Where a young man was made the hero.. ..because of his beautiful smile. And believe me, this smileand the handsome young man.. ..stayed evergreenon the silver screen. Someone told me that in some office.. ..there's a man, he's a producer. He wants a young boy,for the film he's making. I got this is my head and.. It was raining..it was the month of July. I left by train andI got off at Charni Road. And I got off at CharniRoad and saw the office board.. ..and I went..a security man was standing there. What movie is he going to make? What work do you have?I want to meet him. You can't meet him. Why can't I meet? Doesn't he meet people? Why won't he meet me? At that time he came..Baburao Pai was the producer. Very big man.He had made many films in those days. And it so happened..at that very moment.. ..Pai just dropped in. And he went in andhe stopped for a while. And he looked backat me and I smiled.. ..and he smiled back.

And then he went in andhe called the security man.. "Who is this boy sitting here?" He said, go and bring him inside. I went inside.He said, what is the matter? I said, nothing, I heardyou want to give a new boy a break. You want to make him a hero. I am a 21-year old young guy. I think I deserve it. He laughed. I laughed too. He was going on laughing..laughing.. going on laughing. He said,can you come day after tomorrow. I said, I will come. He gave me aticket of first class in Deccan Queen. I went to Pune..gave the audition and that's it. Dev sir remained the most handsome.. ..and romantic hero of Indian cinema.

 Dev sir's magic workedfor four generations. Dev Anand was the only actor.. ..who had the longestand most successful career. Year... 1947. Venue, Prabhat Film Company, Pune. Where two strugglingfriends promised each other. Whoever succeeds first,will give the other a chance. And this promise was fulfilled.. ..when Dev Anand askedGuru Dutt to direct.. ..the first film 'Baazi'of his film company Navketan. Yes, this is whereGuru Dutt's career began. This is where IndianCinema's genius film maker.. ..began his film career. And in a short time,through his classic films.. ..Guru Dutt became a namesynonymous with Indian films.. ..who also receivedacclaim internationally. Year... 1946. A film being producedunder the Memboob Productions.. ..'Anmol Ghadi'..where the eternal beauty.. ..of Indian Cinema was seen...Suriaya. Go.. Go away if you want to. Leave as soon as you can. I didn't know... that a criminalwho scaled prison walls.. ..and faced bulletscan be such a coward. She was beautiful...butshe was melodious as well. Suraiya was a big star of her era.. ..who would also singalong with acting in films. In that era,people would come in crowds.. ..to see a Suraiya film. Suraiya didn't justearn fame as an actor.. ..but she also scalednew heights as a singer.

  Year... 1948. Wadia Film's released 'Mela'. And famous Thumri SingerJatan Bai's daughter.. ..Nargis was discovered. Take a good lookat this beautiful bride. Like doe in the jungle,the cuckoo in the garden.. ..and like the swanthat swims in the lake. Her groom...will bea handsome swan himself. Like the moon in the sky. A poet that weaves adream world...or some painter. Nargis had enteredfilms in her childhood.. ..and started her filmycareer at a young age. But Nargis' career tookoff in Raj Kapoor's arms. After she was castas the heroine of RK.. ..she displayed hertalents in such a manner.. ..which is still unmatched. Along with Raj Kapoor,Nargis established the RK banner. But her best was yet to come. And it was seen in Mehboob Khan's.. ..classic cult movie 'Mother India'. Year... 1949. Bombay Talkies released its firsthorror suspense thriller, 'Mahal'. And through this film,Indian Cinema found.. ..it's most beautifulheroine... Madhubala. Father has made a big mistake.. ..by making you thetrustee of his wealth. I cannot entrust my fate to you. I will not marry this donkey. A plethora of beauty. The Venus of Indian Cinema. Indian Cinema's Marilyn Monroe. These were the titlesentrusted on Madhubala.

 Madhubala soon becameanother example of beauty. Madhubala enchanted people.. ..with her beauty to such an extent.. ..that people would risktheir lives to watch her films. In that era, Madhubalamade everyone crazy about her. She was a superstar in every aspect. Year... 1952. Director Vijay Bhatt released his.. ..musical super-hitfilms... 'Baiju Bawra'. Through this film,Indian cinema found.. ..a young,bubbly actress... Meena Kumari. The strings of the instrumentstrike a chord in the heart. And with force,you can't defeat Baiju.. ..or win over Gauri. For this film, Meena Kumariaccepted her first Filmfare award.. ..for her outstanding performance. Meena Kumari had thebeauty of Madhubala.. ..and the grace of Nargis. But more over, she had the intensity.. ..which you see in a real artist. Meena Kumari was theonly artist in Indian Cinema.. ..who never required fake tears.. ..for delivering an emotional scene. Maybe this is why she became.. ..the Tragedy Queen of Indian Cinema.

 Year... 1950. Venue, Calcutta. The country had attained freedom. And India was still enduringthe pain of partition. During this time,Bengali films were gradually emerging. During this era,genius directors like Satyajeet Ray.. ..was presentinghis wonderful creations. And the pair of UttamKumar and Suchitra Sen.. ..was winning the heartsof the common Bengali people. Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen.. ..had made a big contributionto Bengali films. From the 50's... for three decades.. ..this pair ruled the Bengali cinema. It won't be wrongto say that Uttam Kumar.. ..and Suchitra Sen was oneof the best pair in Indian Cinema. Year... 1952. Saw the released of super-hitTamil film... 'Parashakti'. And we saw a young,and slender looking theatre artist.. ..who used to dub for theheroes in the 40's and 50's era. But with his first film'Parashakti' this artist proved.. ..that as an actor he'sa force to reckon with. 'Parashakti' madehim an overnight star. And the superstarwho ruled the industry.. ..for 5 decades was born.

 Shivaji Ganesha becamethe icon of Tamil Film industry. Whether it's mythological cinema,commercial cinema.. ..or experimental cinema. Shivaji Ganeshan deliveredback to back hits in all three genres. Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam.. ..and even in Hindi films,Ganeshan ruled the industry. Shivaji Ganeshan is trulya legend actor of Indian Cinema. Year... 1954. Superhit Kannada film'Bedara Kannappa' released. And through it..young theatre artist.. ..Muthoo Raja enteredthe film industry who.. ..became 'Rajkumar'with his first film. We're talking about the superstarRajkumar of Kannada films.. ..who made a big contributionto Indian cinema.. ..with his long and successful career. Rajkumar gave new meaningto Kannada films altogether. The wonderful journey of superstars.. ..of Indian cinema isn't over yet. This journey will continue. Hi, this is Vidya Balan..Remember to log in Lehre TV.