India celebrates 100 years of filmmaking

Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four top Indian filmmakers have come together to make "Bombay Talkies," a film that celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.

The film hits theaters Friday. India's first full-length feature film, "Raja Harishchandra" or "King Harishchandra," was released in 1913. That film was produced and directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, described as the father of Indian cinema.

The four popular contemporary filmmakers behind "Bombay Talkies" are Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. While Johar is known for his larger-than-life, song-and-dance love stories, the other three are known for more realistic work.

Friday's release is a collection of four short films in which some of the biggest names in Indian cinema make appearances.