Cinema of Rajasthan
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The first Rajasthani movie was, Nijarano, produced in June 1942. While the First Rajasthani movie with songs filmed in colour was Babasa Ri Ladli, which is First blockbuster Rajasthani movie, produced by B. K. Adarsh, and released in 1961.
Between 1987 and 1995 a number of Rajasthani films were produced, including the musical Bai Chali Sasariye from 1988, which was reported to be the only successful Rajasthani-language film production in the 1980s and 1990s.
Since the mid-1990s, the number of films produced in Rajasthan has been low, for reasons including lack of promotion and poor production quality. Rajasthani film producers encounter difficulties in releasing their films after completing them, apart from lack of finance.
Film producers in Rajasthani cinema include B. K. Adarsh, Ram Raj Nahta, Bharat Nahta, Bhanu Prakash Rathi, and Ajai Chowdhary, and directors include Nawal Mathur of Jodhpur, Mohan Singh Rathor, Mohan Kataria, Ajit Singh, and Bhanu Prakash Rathi. Neelu Vaghela, Gajendra S. Shrotriya, and Jatinkumar Agarrwal have been both producers and directors.
To encourage the production of Rajasthani movies, a tax holiday for cinemas in towns and cities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants was announced in the 2008 budget of the Rajasthani Government, and the entertainment tax was lowered.
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