Dhundiraj Govind Phalkefather aka Dadasaheb Phalke was titled as the “Father Of Indian Cinema”. His glory and love for movies could be seen right from his directorial debut “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913 till his last production “Gangavataran” in 1937.
On his birthday, Let’s go for a quick “factual” ride and explore some of the unknown facts about him:
- Wen studying at Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1885, he became fascinated with the art of magic.
- After watching the renowned silent film, ‘The Life of Christ’ by Ferdinand Zecca, he decided to follow his passion and produced his first short movie, ‘Growth of a Pea Plant’ in 1910.
- He began as a photographer and then started a printing press.
- His wife lent him money for making “Raja Harishchandra”, the first movie ever made by Indian. It was publically shown in Coronation cinema.
- He actually added a line out of obligation while his first debut, which was stated as “UGLY FACES NEED NOT APPLY.”
- The whole family was involved in the making of Raja Harishchandra.
- Indian government started “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” in 1969 in the honour of him, and is stated as the most legendary award in Indian Cinema.