In Indian movies the muhuratam shot is the first shot ( take ) of a movie marking the beginning of the main photography . It is preceded by a pooja (religious rites).  Muhuratam is a word from the Rig Veda and means moment. Contemporarily it means “auspicious moment” 
Description in literature
A character in Shashi Tharoor ‘s Show Business: A Novel muses “The Muhurat of Any film, the auspicious moment When the opening shot is canned, is not an event icts star is Supposed to miss … Muhuratams are packed with oversized Individuals in their garlands and thighs gleaming with synthetic sheen … their tendency is to drape refulgent garlands on every available tripod, clapper, or neck.I’m happy to avoid them.in any case, marigolds make me sneeze. ”  A Rediff.com news story covering the release of Bob Christo autobiography Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond, carries an excerpt in which Christo asks “What is a mahuratam”, “That’s an inauguration” he is told. 
- Jump up^ Satyajit Bhatkal (1 March 2002). The Spirit Of Lagaan . Popular Prakashan. p. 107. ISBN 978-81-7991-003-0 . Retrieved 29 May 2012 .
- Jump up^ Dr. Vijay Agrawal (April 1, 2006). Your Time Starts Now . Indra Publishing house. pp. 35-. ISBN 978-81-89107-01-7 . Retrieved 29 May 2012 .
- Jump up^ Shashi Tharoor (September 1, 1992). Show Business: A Novel . Arcade Publishing. pp. 81-82. ISBN 978-1-55970-181-5 . Retrieved 29 May 2012 .
- Jump up^ “The other side of Bob Christo” . rediff MOVIES . Mumbai: Rediff.com. 2011-06-02 . Retrieved 29 May 2012 .