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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
Vibhawari Deshpande ...
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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Must watch, if you appreciate good cinema.
14 July 2010 | by (Gondor) – See all my reviews

This movie was the official entry for the Oscars 2010 in the best foreign language film category from India. Though the movie is in Marathi,it actually transcends that minor barrier. It is a winner all the way , well written and directed by Paresh Mokashi.Even though Indian film industry is dominated by Bollywood (Personally I hate that word) such movies like Harishchandrachi Factory are entertaining as well as intelligent. Thanks to the multiplexes such movies no longer have a restricted regional release.Throughout the movie there is a feel good element and one does not feel like being taken for a fool.

It depicts the journey of the pioneer Dada Saheb Phalke as he faces hardships while making his magnum opus and how he overcomes them. Without giving away much, I will say watch out for the way the director has recreated that era.The performances by the actors are refreshing and believable.

Never give up on your dreams, work wholeheartedly and you will win.This message is underlined throughout with out playing up to the galleries.

I gave it 9/10.


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