Mumbai: The Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) has taken the lead in planning the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema in 2013.

Indian cinema will complete its 100 years in 2013. The first Indian film 'Raja Harishchandra' by Dadasaheb Phalke was released in 1913.

"Celebrating the centenary year of Indian cinema will be a once in a lifetime occasion for all those associated with the business of cinema and all those who love cinema," said IFDTA senior vice president Ashok Pandit.

As a precursor to the centenary year celebrations, the executive committee of IFTDA will organise events, shows, retrospectives and other activities showcasing the 100 years of Indian cinema, that would pan across the whole of 2012.

Pandit said IFTDA president B R Ishara and general secretary K D Shorey will lead the organisation preparations.

"This occasion presents us with an unique opportunity to mobilise the entire fraternity and create a synergy by bringing forces from all regions and languages to participate in the carnival," he said.

Filmmaker Yash Chopra would be the face of the celebrations along with Manmohan Shetty, Randhir Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt.

The directors met here on Thursday to work on a concrete plan for the landmark event.

Pandit said he, along with executive committee members like Goldie Behl, Vinta Nanda, will work on devising a plan.

Great Southern Ark Productions which, an international media and marketing agency, will partner IFTDA in the mounting of the historic event, he said.

IFTDA, established in 1959, is a body of film and television directors as its members. It has a membership of 8,000 filmmakers.

(Agencies)