Dadasaheb Phalke’s Birth Anniversary: Here are the facts you should know about the legend

‘Raja Harishchandra’ is the first film of India and Dadasaheb Phalke is the first film maker of the country. This is the beginning of the films in India. The silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was made in 1913. The story of the film making is more interesting than the story itself. Film maker Dadasaheb Phalke made the entire film by himself. From casting to make up and to directing, Dadasaheb Phalke did everything behind the screen. The film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ is based on the life of the king Raja Harishchandra.

Here are the things you would want know about the film and its maker:

  • ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was the first full length film made in the Indian film industry.
  • When Dadasaheb Phalke could not find female actors for his film, he roped in male artists who played female roles.
  • He had to mortgage his house for making this film.
  • Dadasaheb Phalke became the father of Indian Cinema.
  • Phalke went to London to learn how to make films. He was inspired by a French film, ‘life of Christ’.
  • The film based on mythology was screened on May 3, 1913 at the Coronation Cinematograph and Variety Hall in Mumbai, then Bombay.
  • During the making of the film, the artists were catered food by Dadasaheb Phalke’s wife. She cooked the entire meal for the crew in her house.

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