Indian Cinema - From Indian Classics to Virtual Reality Experiences

In India, it all started with Raja Harishchandra (1913), India’s first feature film, which tells the story of a righteous king and showed a brilliant understanding of Indian audiences by the film’s director, Dadasaheb Phalke (the Father of Indian Cinema).

Phalke, and the other filmmakers of his generation, knew they could instantly win vast audiences by rooting cinema in Hindu mythology with stories of religious and divine characters. By the late 1930s, films were being produced in every major city and in every major language.

When India became independent in 1947, it already had a blossoming film industry that had been going from strength to strength since its birth.

Then comes the golden age of Indian cinema (late 1940s–1960s), the movies that made it to the list of best films ever created in the history of Indian cinema – Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz ke Phool (1959), Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), Raj Kapoor’s Awaara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955), K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955) and many other such classics.

The most iconic songs from the golden era – Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua (Shree 420), Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (Mughal-E-Azam), Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji (Mr. & Mrs. 55), Lag Jaa Gale (Woh Kaun Thi?), Awara Hoon (Awaara), Udein Jab Jab Zulfen Teri (Naya Daur) are still played in our homes. They fill our hearts with joy and bliss.

The ancient epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata influenced the narratives of Indian cinema. This influence includes the techniques of a side story, back-story and story within a story.

And now comes Virtual Reality (VR), a technological masterpiece that doesn’t just show stories but immerses us in them. The screen moves from being in front of our eyes to surrounding us, offering a 360° view of a world that mirrors reality. It’s not just watching—it’s living the story, becoming the star and influencing the narrative through your own decisions, just like in the real world.

Founded in November 2015 by Arvind Ghorwal, Elysian Studios has embarked on a unique and in-depth approach to virtual reality storytelling, crafting blissful VR experiences that transport audiences to spiritual places, fostering growth, evolution, and transformation.

Today, Virtual Reality presents new possibilities for human connection and transcendence. Where technology meets spirituality through the transformative power of VR, Elysian Studios has emerged as a pioneer, a divinely inspired entity and a growing force beyond entertainment.

Elysian Studios is inviting all to embark on a spiritual odyssey through uniquely crafted experiences. Our viewers are transported to some of the most ancient, blissful and energetic lands on Earth. From the mystical city of Kashi, dedicated to Lord Shiva, to the serene Bodh Gaya, where Buddha found enlightenment, and the yoga capital, Rishikesh. Elysian Studios weaves narratives that transcend time and space.

Elysian Studios VR films have not only captured the hearts of viewers worldwide but have also garnered acclaim in prestigious international arenas. Our creations have been officially selected at renowned film festivals.

Elysian Studios is shaping dreams, creating bliss and offering a glimpse into the incredible, transformative power of India’s ancient wisdom. As the world adapts to this new reality, Elysian Studios is reminding everyone that the journey of storytelling has only just begun, and the best is yet to come.

As the world immerses itself in the wonders of virtual reality, Elysian Studios represents India’s rich cultural heritage and its limitless potential.


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