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Nikita Chinamanthur

Cinema in the subcontinent started off with a bang and a dash of royalty with Dadasaheb Phalke’s silent film, Raja Harishchandra, in 1913. Two decades later, the first “talkie,” or sound film, was released: Alam Ara (1931). Since then, movies from the subcontinent’s vast and varied film industries have married the visual with the audio in exciting and creative ways. Imitating Hollywood musicals, Hindi films took it to the next level with dream sequences, intricate classical music compositions — -singers had to record live and in one take! — -and horrible 1980s choreography aside, beautiful dancing. South Asian films integrated…

Nikita Chinamanthur

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