By Sunita Lancaster
When most people think of Indian cinema, they immediately think of the raunchy dance numbers, dramatic sound effects and twisted family dynamics that define “Bollywood,” the booming Hindi language film industry based out of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Bollywood, however, isn’t the only player in the Indian film industry. In fact, the very first Indian film ever made (Raja Harishchandra, produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913) was part of the Marathi film industry, also based in Maharashtra. Don’t worry, that came as a surprise to me as well! Marathi cinema is thus the oldest film industry in India; yet, its prominence in Indian film has greatly declined over the years.