Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde announced on the occasion of the 147th birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke that all cinemas and multiplexes in Maharashtra will exhibit a short film on the life and works of the Father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.
The decision by the government has been welcomed and supported by multiplex owners. Arvind Chafalkar, former executive committee member of the Multiplex Association of India said that they have put up a portrait of Dadasaheb in every theatre as insisted by the Shiv Sena a few years ago. He also added that respectful of Phalke’s contribution to the Indian film industry, they will not have problem playing the film.
All of 55 seconds in duration, the film will be shown right after the National Anthem showcasing life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke who introduced the art and commerce of filmmaking in India with the legendary Raja Harishchandra, a full-length feature film in 1913.
Specialising in lithography and oleograph, Phalke started his own printing press and also travelled to Germany to learn about the latest technology, and machinery. Dadasaheb gave up his business in printing after watching a silent film, The Life of Christ and directed his career to moving pictures.
Interestingly, Dadasaheb’s Lanka Dahan, India’s first blockbuster film which also commenced the beginning of ‘double-role’ characters in Indian Cinema with distinguished actor Anna Hari Salunkhe marks its centenary this year.
The latest glittering star from this year’s National Awards, Rajesh Mapuskar whose “Ventilator” was awarded by three different categories is the director of the short as informed by Mr Vinod Tawde.