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On April 21, 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra premiered at Mumbai's Olympia Theatre on Grant Road. The film laid the foundation for Indian cinema. While the 2013 calendar is dotted with events to mark the landmark 100 years of Indian cinema — including Bombay Talkies, an ensemble movie directed by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar — the celebrations will extend beyond our borders as well. At the Cannes festival this year, India will be one of the three guest countries alongside Egypt and Brazil. The festival, to be attended by a number of Indian film artistes, will celebrate the history and tradition of the country's cinema and focus on the promise of its present-day creative impulses.
The New Year will see several films turn into franchises as many sequels have been lined up for release. The Angry Young Man will be revived by Ram Charan Teja in a Zanjeer remake. Ajay Devgn will step into the shoes of Jeetendra for a Himmatwala remake. Sai Paranjape's classic tale of three friends in Chashme Buddoor is being recreated with Ali Zafar, Divyendu Sharma and Siddharth, and will release in the first half of 2013.
Cinema from the South made its presence felt nationally, even amid big Hindi releases. This year gets bigger, with films by several Southern stars with a pan-Indian appeal expected to release. It starts with Kamal Hasan's spy-thriller Vishwaroop opening on January 11. February 1 will see Mani Ratnam return to his roots with Kadal, three years after the debacle of his last film, Raavan. Expect a hurricane of sorts in April, which marks the return of Rajinikanth after his illness. The ambitious 3D adventure, Kochadaiyaan, directed by his daughter Soundarya R Ashwin, releases in April, followed by a period drama called Rana.