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Indian cinema to turn 100, celebs applaud its accomplishments

On May 3 1913, India's first full-length feature film 'Raja Harishchandra' was first shown in public. Although it was a silent film, it marked the advent of the Indian film industry.

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Juhi Chawla

Here is what some of film fraternity members have to say about the centenary celebration:

Juhi Chawla: The industry has given me more than what I dreamt of and if you people are in front of me and listening to me, then it is because of this industry and I am eternally grateful.

Anu Malik: It is a very big day. Not just for the Hindi film industry but for the regional industry as well - for the Marathi cinema, Gujarati and Bengali cinema. I think the kind of progress our entire Indian cinema has done is outstanding. Today, we are on par with Hollywood.

Dia Mirza: There is a certain aestheticism that has come into the Indian cinema that is worthy of applause. I have just done a Bengali film and I was exposed to a lot more Bengali films. I have realised that we tend to live in a pigeon hole perspective. There is so much more to Indian cinema than the Hindi films.

Anurag Basu: I am a small part of this journey, but I am part of it. It's a very happy occasion but we have to cross many milestones in future.

Dhanush: I am really glad that I am also a tiny part of the cinema. I wish I can learn more and contribute more to Indian cinema.

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