Mapping India’s Films Division using Data Analytics

This captures the total number of movies produced by year. In 1950, the unit produced 37 reels, and by 1975 grew to screening 135 films. Several films produced just before Independence were absorbed into the Films Division after its establishment in 1948.
This graph captures the average duration of films, broken down by decade. An average correlation line mapped on top of the data suggests an overall increase in the duration of films. The cheapening of recording technology, maturation of film making, and the growth of television broadcasting all contributed to the overall lengthening of films over the years.
Films Division organizes its archive according to the broad category labelled ‘Class’. Over the years, films falling under the Agriculture, Biography, and Arts ‘Classes’ makeup 1,230 of the total number of films produced. This is 16% of the total archive.
In addition to the ‘Class’ category, Films Division further tags each film with a ‘Subclass’ genre. The subclass conveys the topic of the film. Here are the Top 30 Subclass categories organized by total number of films produced. Based on this chart, we see that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting focused on making movies promoting agricultural techniques, reproductive health, and disease control.
We can map top Subclasses based on decade of production. The visualization suggests that Films Division prioritized Foreign Relations in the 1960s, Farming improvement in the 1970s, and Sterilization/Contraception propaganda in the 1980s. This corresponds to major historical and political events during those years.
This figure captures a comprehensive timeline of when Films Division movies were created by Class. For example, a significant portion of Natural Disaster Films were produced in the 1960s, whereas films about women are fairly evenly spread across the decades.

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