Film World Events of 1978
- Raj Kapoor's "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" is released.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram poster
- "Bhumika" wins Filmfare Award for "Best Picture".
- The Orissa Film Development corporation opens a series of government financed cinema houses in Rural areas. These are referred to as "Janata Cinema Houses".
- Laxmikant Pyarelal win Filmfare award for "Best Music Director" for their work in "Amar Akbar Anthony"
- Mohd. Rafi wins the Filmfare Award for "Best Male Playback" for the song Kya Hua Tera Vada from "Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin".
- Preeti Sagar wins the Filmfare Award for "Best Female Playback" for the song Mera Gaon Kadhapane from "Manthan".
- Nitin Bose (director, writer) is the recipient of the "Dadasaheb Phalke Award" for lifetime achievement.
- The Malayalam film journal "Chitrabhoomi" is started.
- Kishore Kumar divorces his third wife Yogeeta Bali.
Yogeeta Bali and Kishore Kumar
- Tina Munim makes her film debut in "Des Pardes".
Tina Munim makes quite a splash in "Des Pardes"
- Amitabh Bachchan wins the "Filmfare Best Actor Award" for his performance of Anthony Gonzalves in "Amar Akbar Anthony"
Amitabh Bachchan as Anthony Gonzalves
- Shabana Azmi wins the "Filmfare Best Actress Award" for her performance of Saudamini "Mini" in "Swami"
- Rani Mukerji is born in Calcutta. Her father Ram Mukherjee was a film director, and her mother Krishna was a playback singer.
- Pankaj Mullick (music director / singer) dies at the age of 72
Pankaj Mullick commemorative stamp
Scene from Shyam Benegal's "Junoon"(1978)
A Few Notable Films of 1978
Top 10 Hindi Films
- Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
- Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
- Swarg Nark
- Kasme Vaade
- Ganga Ki Saugandh
- Satyam Shivam Sundaram
- Phande Baaz
- Aakhri Daku (Hindi)
- Akhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (Hindi)
- Andamaina Anubhavam (Telugu)
- Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (Hindi)
- Apna Khoon (Hindi)
- Chittukuruvi (Tamil)
- College Girl (Hindi)
- Des Pardes (Hindi)
- Dil Aur Deewar (Hindi)
- Dil Se Mile Dil (Hindi)
- Ee Ganam Marakkumo (Malayalam)
- Ghar (Hindi)
- Heeralal Pannalal (Hindi)
- Intinti Ramayanam (Telugu)
- Karmayogi (Hindi)
- Padaharella Vayasu (Telugu)
- Prem Bandhan (Hindi)
- Raavanude Raamudaite (Telugu)
- Samayamayilla Polum (Malayalam)
- Shalimar (Hindi)
- Siva Ranjani (Telugu)
- Sommokadidi Sokokadidi (Telugu)
- Tumhari Kassam (Hindi)
Poster for "Muqaddar ka Sikandar"(1978)
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