The Journey of Indian Cinema

Dadasaheb Phalke was greatly inspired by the 1902 French movie The Life Of Christ’.

That was the reason He decided to become a filmmaker. His first instructional film, ‘The Birth of a Pea Plant’ (1912),where he introduced the concept of ‘time-lapse photography’. It was this film that provided the financial assistance for his first feature film venture.Thus on 3 May 1913, exactly 104 years are.

Thus on 3 May 1913, exactly 104 years ago, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was released.

The film revolved around the noble King Harishchandra who sacrificed everything he had to honor his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. His struggles and sacrifices on his journey form the crux of the story. Dadasaheb Phalke wrote the screenplay, produced the film, created the sets and directed it.

Dadasaheb’s entire family took part in the making of Raja Harishchandra, with his wife handling much of the technical details and his son Bhalachandra.D.Phalke played the role of the King’s son Rohtash.

Interestingly, the film had an all male cast as no women were willing to play the leads. With no resort left, Dadasaheb cast a man to play the role of Harischandra’s wife, Taramati.

Having run time of about 50 minutes and took almost seven months to complete. The title plates that were inserted in between the silent scenes were in English and in Hindi.

The film was premiered on 21 April 1913 at the Olympia Theater and followed by screening with one single print in Coronation Cinema Hall in Goregaon, Mumbai.


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