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Who is Father of Indian Cinema??


Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema.

But according to records available, Ram Chandra Gopal "Dadasaheb" Torne was the first Indian to make an Indian language feature film PUNDALIK (1912), a year before Dadasaheb Phalke made his debut film, Raja Harishchandra (1913), it is the latter who is regarded as the father of Indian cinema.

The distinction may lie with the fact that, unlike Phalke, Torne sent his film overseas for processing. Moreover, Torne's Pundalik was only 1,500' (c. 22 minutes) long, about 1,200' shorter than Phalke's Raja Harischandra, which ran for about 40 minutes. Also experts says that the movie "Pundalik" was a recording of a play and does not cover two crucial parts of flm making i.e. script and editing.

So undoubtedly, Dadasaheb Phalke - who not only made a film, but also started a new industry with the formation of Hindustan Films, is the father of Indian Cinema.

In his honor, The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted by Government of India in 1969, and is the most prestigious and coveted award in Indian Cinema.
Who is Father of Indian Cinema?? Reviewed by Karamnook Marathi on May 05, 2012 Rating: 5

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