Dadasaheb Phalke (The Father of Indian Cinema)
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Dadasaheb Phalke (The Father of Indian Cinema)

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Item Code: IDJ922
Author: Bapu Watve & translated by S. A. Virkar
Publisher: National Book Trust, India
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 812374319X
Pages: 187
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.1"
Weight 230 gm

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Dadasaheb Phalke was obsessed with the idea of making the Indian cinema industry indigenous, when he was already past forty and poverty-stricken. Ultimately he translated into reality what seemed impossible. In order to produce movies with a specific ideal, he exerted himself, fought against adverse circumstances and put his family life one the line. Yet this disregarded the Father of Indian Cinema died in penury. The Government of India, however, appreciated his monumental work and instituted an award in his birth (1970) to be presented to an artist who makes an extensive and notable contribution to the world of Indian cinema. It is deemed to be the supreme honour in the world of cinema in India.

The biographer, Shri Bapu Watve, is a well-known writer on subjects relating to cinema, a public speaker and a studious researcher.

Shri S.A. Virkar is a prolific translator for Marathi to English.


1. Initial Attempts to Create Moving Pictures 1
2. Experiments with Movies in India 8
3. Development of Art and Resolve to Produce Indigenous Movies 15
4. Ordeal of Producing Indigenous Movies 26
5. Saga of Birth of the First Indian Movie 34
6. And Raja Harishchandra was Screened! 46
7. Second Unsuccessful Trip to London and Endless Difficulties 57
8. Revolution Wrought by Lankadahan 68
9. Hindusthan Cinema Film Company 78
10. Climax of Kaliamardan 83
11. Dadasaheb Phalke Renounces Film World 90
12. Return to Hindusthan Film Company 96
13. Setubandhan and Gangavataran 105
14. Last Days of the Father of Indian Cinema 116
15. The Family Life of Dadasaheb 130
16. Down Memory Lane with Dadasaheb's Family and Close Associates 136
17. Phalke's Testimony Before C.E. Committee 155
18. Phalke's Interview with Representative of Kesari 168
19. Epilogue  
  (I) Milestones in Dadasaheb Phalke's Life 175
  (II) Movies Directed by Phalke 179
  Notes 183
  Bibliography 189

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