Raja Harishchandra (1913) was the first historical movie and also the first Indian movie ever shot.It was a silent movie in black and white lasting only 40 minutes. It was based on the story from Mahabharata and Ramayana about the King (raja) Harishchandra. It was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke. The leading roles were played by Dadasaheb Phalke himself as Raja Harishchandra and P.G. Sane as his wife, Taramati. It was first shown in Mumbai marking the beginning of the Indian Film Industry.
Mughal-e-Azam (1960) means ‘the greatest of the Mughals’. It was an Indian epic film and was directed by K. Asif. It took two million dollars and nine years to complete. It holds the record of being the highest grossing film till 1975 when the movie Sholey stole the show. Mugha-e-Azam is considered amongst the biggest box office hits of Indian movies. It was a hit worldwide. The movie was partially in black and white to begin with. A restored color version of the film in 2004 also continued to place the movie as a tremendous success, and at the box office it ran for 25 weeks consecutively.
Asoka (2001) is an epic story of an ancient Mauryan king of India, King Asoka. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Danny Denzongpa in leading roles. It is produced by Shah Rukh Khan and is directed by Santosh Sivan. The story is about the king (Asoka) as a youth who was a plunderer and waged a war, the bloodiest ever in history. He later embraced Buddhism.
Lagaan (2001), bases its story about a small village of India during the rule of the British Queen Victoria; how they play a game of cricket against the British staking their future on its victory. It is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with the leading roles played by Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh and Rachel Shelley.It was also nominated for the Oscars in the category of the best non-English language film.
1. Jodha Akbar
Jodha Akbar (2008) is a story from the sixteenth century when Akbar the Great was the emperor of India. It shows how a marriage alliance turns into true love between a Rajput princess (Aishwarya Rai) and the Mughal emperor (Hrithik Roshan). The movie is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker who also directed Lagaan.