Bollywood's Pre-History: When Movies First Came To Mumbai (Much Earlier Than You Think) "Movies first came to Mumbai on 7 July 1896. The Lumière brothers sent a man named Marius Sestier to screen their short films to a mostly British audience at the swanky Watson hotel. ... But local photographer Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar (popularly known as Save Dada) was at one of those first Mumbai shows - and he was promptly moved to order a camera of his own from the UK."
The Guardian (UK) 07/25/13