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Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

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Credited cast:
Nandu Madhav ...
Dadasaheb Phalke
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Saraswati Phalke
Atharva Karve ...
Mahadev Phalke
Mohit Gokhale ...
Bhalachandra Phalke
Ketan Karande ...
Deshmukh
Sandeep Mehta ...
Parikh
Hrishikesh Joshi ...
Pahila Bandhu
Uday Lagoo ...
Dusara Bandhu
Shrirang Godbole ...
Pahila Sanatani
Dharmakirti Sumant ...
Dusara Sanatani
Lee Macsween ...
British Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hemu Adhikari ...
Saraswati's Father
Siddarth Beninger ...
English Projectionist
Anil Bhagwat ...
Tatya
Mangesh Bhide ...
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Dadasaheb Phalke had abandoned a well established printing business after a quarrel with his business partner. He gave his word to the worried partner that he would never enter into the printing business again as competition! Phalke got instantly unemployed and workless. The family was struggling to survive. One day he accidentally stumbled across a tent theatre that was screening a silent motion picture. He was awestruck with the film. The idea of film making struck him. Along with his hardworking wife and two enthusiastic kids by his side, he ventured into a field unknown to contemporary India. Making of India's first feature film, 'Raja Harishchandra' was an amazing adventure. The Phalke family encountered mostly funny but also a few grave situations during their journey of film making. They were a team of crazy yet lovable people that helped in winning over patrons and eventually money. Together, not only did they deliver the first Indian film, but they had ensured it to become ... Written by Anonymous

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India's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration. See more »

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Dadasaheb Phalke: [subtitled version]
[brandishing a sword]
Dadasaheb Phalke: Mustaches will go. Or heads will roll!
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Marathi cinema at its best
11 March 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I watched 3 movies last weekend: Up in the Air, Invictus and Harishchandrachi Factory, in that order. And Harishchandrachi Factory really touched my heart. If you ask a South African, he might say Invictus. But I, for one, love Marathi movies for their humor.

HF (I cannot type Harischandrachi Factory all the time) is about how Dadasaheb Phalke, i think he is called Father of Indian cinema, made the first movie in India, "Raja Harishchandra". He must've gone through a lot while making the movie. But the portrayal of the events is damn funny. My roommate, who does not understand Marathi was literally on the floor laughing! Excellent acting, direction, attention to detail and did I mention funny? And it does teach you to follow your heart and don't care about results. Loved the way his family supports him.

Must watch for all movie fans and non movie fans too!


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