New Delhi: As Indian cinema turns 100 this year, we pay tribute to the men and women who used the celluloid as their canvas to paint larger-than-life dreams that galvanised generations of millions.
When Dadasaheb Phalke released the first Indian feature film 'Raja Harishchandra' on May 3, 1913 at Mumbai's Coronation Cinema, he pioneered an art form that was to become a national obsession.
In the last 10 decades, countless artistes have worked tirelessly every day, both behind the camera and in front of it, to better a medium that has grown in shape, form and content to a self-sustaining behemoth. There have been classics that have shaped not just the industry but also mirrored the changing society.
As Indian cinema turns 100, vote for your favourite actor, actress, film, director and music composer of all time.
We know how conflicting it is to ask you to pick your favourites from a list that could run into several pages of actors, actresses, directors, films, music composers and other supporting artistes from films that date back to the 1920s. So we have shortlisted batches of 20 from five main categories to kick-start a series of polls on the greatest names of Indian cinema. Vote for your favourite artistes.
Who is India's greatest actor of all time?
NT Rama Rao
Who is India's greatest actress of all time?
B Saroja Devi
Which is the greatest Indian film of all time?
Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
Bhuvan Shome (1969)
Shyamchi Aai (1953)
Mirza Ghalib (1954)
Pather Panchali (1955)
Adaminte Makan Abu (2010)
Who is India's greatest director of all time?
Who is India's best music composer of all time?
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Rahul Dev Burman