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Do You Know The First Indian Film That Premiered In USA? Hint: Character Is Making Headlines In 2024

Despite its foundation in the Ramayana, 'Ram Rajya' garnered immense love from audiences, emerging as a massive success in the Indian cinema.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jan 5, 2024 13:22 IST
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First Indian Film To Premier In USA
First Indian Film To Premier In USA

From the inception of Indian cinema, narratives rooted in Indian culture have held prominence, with the Ramayana standing tall among these cherished tales, even in the era of silent films.

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Vijay Bhatt’s Cinematic Triumphs: ‘Ram Rajya’ and ‘Bharat Milap’

Director Vijay Bhatt’s ‘Ram Rajya’ (1943) emerged as a significant milestone, following the success of his earlier venture ‘Bharat Milap.’ While the latter gained attention, ‘Ram Rajya’ surpassed expectations and marked a turning point in cinematic storytelling.

A Pioneering Premiere: ‘Ram Rajya’ in the USA

Setting a remarkable record, ‘Ram Rajya’ became the first Indian film to premiere in the United States, riding the wave of burgeoning global interest in cinema prior to India’s independence.

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Singular Encounter with Cinema

Despite Mahatma Gandhi’s well-known aversion to movies, ‘Ram Rajya’ stood apart. Gandhi, often likening his vision for an independent India to the ideals of ‘Ram Rajya,’ made an exception and watched the film, marking the only instance he engaged with Indian cinema.

The Rise of Icons: Prem Adeeb and Shobhana Samarth

In portraying the iconic roles of Ram and Sita, actors Prem Adeeb and Shobhana Samarth rose to prominence. Their portrayal of pivotal events from the Ramayana solidified their association with these revered characters, making them synonymous with Ram and Sita for audiences.

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‘Ram Rajya’: Adored and Celebrated

Despite its foundation in the Ramayana, ‘Ram Rajya’ garnered immense love from audiences, emerging as a massive success in the Indian cinema landscape of 1943. It secured a significant position, ranking among the top Hindi films of that year, celebrating the timeless appeal of its narrative and characters.

First published on: Jan 05, 2024 01:22 PM IST

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