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John Mathew Matthan

He started out as an advertising filmmaker but chose an unusual subject like Sarfarosh for his first film. The film earned both critical acclaim and box-office success.



The best moment was when Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali was shown abroad. This was the first time a Hindi film was released outside India turning the world's attention towards our country. The movie also won 11 international awards.
Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zameen won the International award at the Cannes film festival was another great moment, attracting world attention once again.
Bimal Roy leaving Calcutta with his full unit and settling in Mumbai brought about a major change in the Hindi film industry. Between Satyajit Ray and him, both Bengali stalwarts in their own right they changed the entire Bollywood industry and placed Indian cinema in the international arena.
The founding of the Pune Film Institute in the 60s was a great moment as most of the artistes from Bollywood who went on to become stars are products of this famous institute.
The Government of India Enterprise starting NFDC (National Film Development Corporation Ltd), which was earlier called Film Finance Corporation, was another great instance. This was established in 1975 with a view to promoting and organising an integrated development of the Indian film industry and to foster excellence in cinema. They also financed filmmakers to make experimental movies and give our industry stalwarts like Kundan Shah, Saeed Mirza, Ketan Mehta and others.
In 1979, the invention of technical processes in Indian cinema where a 16 mm film could be easily blown into 35 mm film was path-breaking. This process saved a lot of money and also helped to reduce a film's budget.
When insurance companies started providing a cover it was a relief for the big producers.  Corporate houses making their entry into this business has helped small filmmakers tremendously.