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Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 29 January 2010 (India)
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 Nandu Madhav ... Dadasaheb Phalke
Vibhawari Deshpande ... Saraswati Phalke
Atharva Karve Atharva Karve ... Mahadev Phalke
Mohit Gokhale Mohit Gokhale ... Bhalachandra Phalke
Ketan Karande Ketan Karande ... Deshmukh
Sandeep Mehta ... Parikh
Hrishikesh Joshi ... Pahila Bandhu
Uday Lagoo Uday Lagoo ... Dusara Bandhu
Shrirang Godbole Shrirang Godbole ... Pahila Sanatani
Dharmakirti Sumant Dharmakirti Sumant ... Dusara Sanatani
Lee Macsween Lee Macsween ... British Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hemu Adhikari Hemu Adhikari ... Saraswati's Father
Siddarth Beninger Siddarth Beninger ... English Projectionist
Anil Bhagwat Anil Bhagwat ... Tatya
Mangesh Bhide Mangesh Bhide ... Abdulla


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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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (India) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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India's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration. See more »


Dadasaheb Phalke: [subtitled version]
[brandishing a sword]
Dadasaheb Phalke: Mustaches will go. Or heads will roll!
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A difficult journey of a visionary in a pleasant depiction.
14 January 2010 | by texantSee all my reviews

I was one of the lucky persons to catch this movie in sept 09, well in advance of its release, in International Film Festval Nagpur, and even more delighted when it was selected for the Academy awards. Once again Marathi cinema has one more feather on its cap for this extraordinary piece of art. Its more of a tribute to Late Dadasaheb Phalke and a token of appreciation for initiating a movement that went on to create the second largest movie industry in the world. The movie begins with a simple scenario of a unemployed man who gets inspired from a British motion picture theater( in a tent). The movie showcases very truly how people used to look up to cinema in earlier days, paying ticket to watch blurry b&w moving images without audio. Not only it was difficult to think of making something like a motion picture but rather impossible as there were no sources to explore the possibility of such a thing. The approach of Dadasaheb Phalke towards making a motion picture and that too beginning from less than a scratch has been beautifully shown to the finest detail. What the catchy part of the movie is that you are taken into a pleasant trance mood right from the initial scene, maybe because of the humor tinge given to the film in almost every scene. Every scene, even the emotional ones does have a funny element of character attached to it to keep you laughing all the way. It must be the first drama film to have a tinge of humor attached to go for Oscars. Or maybe its selected at the first place as the film is based on the life of Father of Indian Cinema. But it doesn't take away any credit by the makers of this film for creating a masterpiece. Hope its in the top five at the academy awards and hope it wins it too.

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