A cinema or rather a Hindi cinema requires the contribution of a large number of people to make it complete. These include the actors and actresses, director, producer, financer, choreographer, script writer, music director, song writer, dialogue writer, light men, costume designer, make-up artist, hair stylist, dummy, supporting dancers, visual effect assistants, sound recorders, cameraman and a number of other supporting staffs.
The first silent feature film made in India is known as 'Raja Harishchandra' in the year 1913, by Dadasaheb Phalke. Phalke is regarded as one of the prominent Bollywood personalities who contributed a lot in the success of Bollywood film industry. The industry was producing about 200 or more films per annum by the 1930s. Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara was the first Indian sound film produced in the year 1931, which tasted huge commercial success. The 1930s and 40s were considered to be the turbulent times, when India was severely hit by World War II, the Great Depression, the Indian independence movement and the furiousness of the Partition movement. A large number of Bollywood filmmakers utilized the Indian struggle for independence as the major subject matter of their plots.
In the year 1937, Ardeshir Irani, of the Alam Ara fame, produced the first colour Hindi film, Kisan Kanya and the following year another colour film was made by him called, Mother India. Even if colour film did not receive much popularity at that time, the same became famous in the later parts of 1950. After the independence of India, the period between the later parts of 1940 to the 1960s are considered by the film historians as the Hindi cinema's Golden Age. Among the best critically-acclaimed Indian Hindi films were made at this period. Some of the films are Pyaasa in the year 1957 and Kaagaz Ke Phool in the year 1959 by Guru Dutt and Awaara in the year 1951 and Shree 420 in the year 1955 by Raj Kapoor. However all of this could not have been possible without the contributions made by the Bollywood Personalities. We acknowledge and pay our tribute to these great Bollywood Personalities whose vision has been instrumental in shaping the future of the Indian film industry. Some of the major Bollywood personalities are Jamsetji Framji Madan, Baburao Painter, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, Ardeshir Irani, Harishchandra S. Bhatvadekar, Raghupati Venkiah, Shailendra, Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Ashok Kumar, Saira Banu, Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Mumtaz, Randhir Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Sammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Majroo Sultan Puri, Gulzar, Naushad, Kaifi Azmi, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, B.R. Chopra, etc.