India’s romance with movies is unparalleled in the world. According to the Limca Book of Records, the Indian film industry is the highest producer of movies and, obviously, has the highest number of movie goers in the world. Little wonder that Bollywood stars enjoy demigod status and, often, can sway public opinion. Here are some records associated with India’s movie industry from the archives of the Limca Book of Records.
Highest number of movie goers
The Indian film industry ranked fifth, according to the statistics report launched by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in terms of box office collections for which India stood at $1.7 billion in the year 2014. In terms of movie goers India was ranked the highest with 9,164 million admissions in 2013. India is also the largest film producer with 1,966 (celluloid – 188 and digital – 1,778) films receiving approval from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in 2014.
DDLJ - the world’s longest running film
Yash Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge completed a 1,028 weeks run at the Maratha Mandir theatre on June 26, 2015. The historic 1,000th week was made special with a memorable visit by Shahrukh Khan at the venue in the evening on Dec 12, 2014. Later at YRF Studios the celebration continued and Shahrukh and Kajol revisited the fun they had while shooting the film. The film which marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra was released in theatres on Oct 20, 1995.
Global United Media Co Ltd in collaboration with Impresario Event Management (I) Ltd unveiled a 75.55 m long and 63.45 m (4,793.65 sq m) broad poster of the film Bahubali to mark the launch of the film’s Malayalam audio at the Sacred Heart College football field in Thevara, Kochi, Kerala on June 27, 2015. The poster designed by the director of the movie SS Rajamouli and made by Sign Maker Digital Solution at Vyttila, Kochi was printed in 30 hours. The poster made of PVC Flexible Substrates was rolled out by around 20 people. By June 30, 2015, the movie was released in four languages – Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam
Largest social filmmaking competition
YES Foundation, the CSR wing of Yes Bank founded in 2012, organised a countrywide short film making challenge, YES! I am the change, on social issues and received 1,666 films and over 20,000 online registrations for the project from August 15-19, 2014. A jury consisting of eight eminent personalities selected the 10 winners who were awarded at a ceremony in Mumbai on Oct 30, 2014. Participants could shoot a film using any medium- digital camera or even mobile to make a 5-min film and upload it on YouTube for further evaluation. As part of the project around 533 workshops and screenings were held across India.
Telugu documentary Lepakshi directed by Rajendra Vinod of Aarvi Films in Bengaluru and released on YouTube on Feb 28, 2014 was translated into 10 different languages – English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and French. The French version of the film found special mention in the 3rd Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival.
Malayalam actor Ajay Kumar, popularly known as Guinness Pakru, who is 2.7 feet tall, turned writer and director for the Malayalam film Kutteem Kolum. The film has Guinness Pakru, Sanusha, Suraaj Venjarammood, Sakthi and Tini Tom in the lead. The film produced by Ansar Vasco in collaboration with United Films was released in theatres on March 30, 2013.