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Raja Harishchandra (1913)

The film opens with a Ravi Varma like tableau showing King Harishchandra, his wife Taramati and his young son. The king is teaching his son archery. They go on a hunt. The king enters an ... See full summary »
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D.D. Dabke ...
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Bhalachandra D. Phalke ...
Rohitas
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Vishwamitra
Dattatreya Kshirsagar
Dattatreya Telang
Ganpat G. Shinde
Vishnu Hari Aundhkar
Anna Salunke
Nath T. Telang
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The film opens with a Ravi Varma like tableau showing King Harishchandra, his wife Taramati and his young son. The king is teaching his son archery. They go on a hunt. The king enters an area controlled by the Sage Vishwamitra. Three furies appear before the king caught in flames. The king tries to rescue them. These fairies try to seduce the king into renouncing his kingdom for his love of truth. The king endures much hardship including being banished from his kingdom before a god appears to reassure everyone that the whole narrative was merely a test of the king's integrity. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, India's first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra (1913) had an all-male cast. The female lead role of Rani Taramati was also played by a male actor called Anna Salunke. See more »

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10 August 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The movie was directed by the Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, real name Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, in 1913. It was the first full length motion picture. Though the first Indian film was a shot film "The flowers of Persia" by Hiralal Sen made in the year 1898. This movie is considered as a milestone that marked the beginning of Indian Cinema. An interesting fact about the movie is that even the female characters are played by males. A 40 minute long movie, talks about the life of "The King" Harishchandra and his legend of ideal life. He never backed out from his word and he never lied. For his word he donates his kingdom to Vishwamitra, the great Indian sage. To complete the "Dakshina" (given to sages in olden times), he even sells his wife and son. Pleased with his virtues, he is given back his kingdom by lord and his glory restored. Dadasahib got inspired to make this movie after watching "The life of Christ".


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