Introduction to Indian Cinema

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About This Capsule

The year 2013 was a landmark year for the Indian Film Industry. In that year, Indian Cinema completed one hundred years. Over this period, India became the highest film-producing country in the world. Today, Indian films have shown a rich variety of languages and ethnicity. This course shall help the viewer to know about the various informative and entertaining aspects of Indian Cinema.


Who is eligible?
Any person wishing to know more about Indian knowledge and culture is eligible for the course.

How long will it need?
It will take approx. 2 hours to complete the course.

What will I get?
Viewers are rewarded with a course completion certificate authorised by ICCR and SPPU.

How much will I have to pay?
All the program topics are free of charge for viewing.

What will I learn?

  • Learn the evolution of Indian Cinema
  • Know about the talkies and heydays of the Studio Era
  • How Indian Cinema flourished post-Independence
  • Study the art of Parallel Cinema
  • Know about Indian Cinema in the 21st Century

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Dr. Anil Zankar

Anil Zankar is an alumnus of FTII (1979) and has won two National Awards for Scriptwriting and Critical Writing on cinema. He has made 22 short films on social issues and institutions, bio-pics, and corporate themes. He is a filmmaker, writer, and teacher with forty years of professional experience. He is a historian of cinema. Anil has attended seminars on international cinema, has presented papers at international conferences (Poland, 2006; Japan, 2014), and has been invited as a visiting scholar by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Shimla, 2014). He has taught in FTII as well as several media and other institutes and universities. He introduced the Film Course for IB in India and designed the Mass Media Studies Course for CBSE. He has published two books on cinema and has contributed chapters to international publications. Anil served as the Dean of FLAME School of Communication, at FLAME University, Pune. He has been on the Jury of IFFI, Goa, and MIFF 20. He has recently completed a documentary film on Prof. Jayant Narlikar for Sahitya Akademi. Since 2017, he has been teaching as a Visiting Faculty in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. At present, he is working on a book on Mumbai city as seen in Indian films, and on a feature-length documentary on the life of the eminent scientist Dr. M. S. Swaminathan.