The Indian Film and Television Industry

The film and television industries in India are a part of the entertainment industry. People can highly praise or criticize the content that comes from both industries. An actor or actress’ career depends on the content they choose to be a part of.

The Dream- Indian Film Industry

The Indian cinema or film industry has been established for more than 100 years. The content from the industry has always played a huge part in creating an impact on the social, economic, and political aspects of the country. Indian cinema was inspired by the art in foreign countries. The British rule in India introduced cinema and the first ever Indian film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ by Dadasaheb Phalke was released in 1913. It was a black-and-white silent film. The silent era lasted till 1931.

Filmmakers started creating movies and released them in almost all the Indian languages after the first film. The sound era started after 1931. The period of the late 1940s to 1960s is known as the ‘Golden Age’ since Indian films started catching the eye of International Film Festivals and won several awards. It was also the age where films were gaining huge financial success.

The present period started in the 1970s. The audience saw an influx of many talented actors, actresses, writers, and filmmakers who also gained International success through their films. Not just the Hindi film industry, popularly known as Bollywood, but Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, and other Indian language film industries have also garnered great success.

The First Step to Success- Television Industry

The Indian television industry started with Doordarshan-owned programs, a part of All India Radio in 1965. After many trials and tribulations since 1950, it was made possible but not in all the Indian cities. Efforts were made in the right direction and then all the cities could finally enjoy TV.

After Doordarshan, broadcast media started with Satellite TV. Many other channels were introduced with different programs by Star, Zee, and other companies. Other International channels also started broadcasting in India. The competitor of Satellite or Cable TV was dish TV introduced by various brands. Later, Cable TV was digitalized too so that people could select and watch the channels that they wanted.

The television industry has always given some of the best actors and actresses to the film industry. The rising stars of the new generation such as Aisha Ahmed, Ayush Mehra, Barkha Singh, Apoorva Arora, Ahsaas Channa, and many others started at a young age in the television industry and have expanded their career in the film industry.


The Indian Film as well as Television Industry has always been a huge entertainment bliss for the people. They are being replaced by the OTT and social media platforms but there is still hope. Many television shows and movies are doing great as they are still loved by the people. For easy access, these shows and movies are also released on the OTT platforms online. This has also shown a shift in the success of these shows and movies. Many of these might not have enjoyed success at first when they were released but they seem to enjoy it online.

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