Who is the Father of Indian Cinema?
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke) is known as the father of Indian Cinema.
Here are some quick facts about Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke):
|Birth||30 April 1870|
|Death||16 February 1944|
|Alma mater||Sir J. J. School of Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda|
|Occupation||Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor, Art director, Costume designer, Make-up artist|
|Notable Works||Bhasmasur Mohini, Raja Harishchandra|
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke) — Father of Indian Cinema
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, or Dadasaheb as he was known, was the father of Indian cinema. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was born into a family of Brahmin priests. As he grew up, he developed an interest in theater and decided to join the traveling theater group called “Panchvati Natak Mandali” where he performed plays for about five years.
After leaving the theater group in 1908, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke started his own company called “The Bombay Film Company”. The company produced three films which were not successful at the box office but it paved way for more films being made in India and paved way for many people who would later become famous filmmakers such as Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt among others.
In 1912, he moved to Calcutta where he started a new film studio called “Chitrakala Movietone”. His first film made under this studio was “Raja Harishchandra” which premiered on May 3rd 1913 at Watson’s Hotel in Mumbai. This film proved to be very successful both critically and commercially as it.
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