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Dadasaheb Phalkes legacy celebrated in Mumbai

Mumbai,(thestates.news)| The birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, was celebrated here with a memorable event for the youth, students and cinema lovers. The celebrations were held at National Museum of Indian Cinema at Pedder Road on Sunday, when Raja Harishchandra, the first feature film, and renowned Marathi film, Harishchandrachi Factory, were screened, along with a discussion on the legacy of Dadasaheb Phalke.

Following the screening, filmmaker, producer and director, Paresh Mokashi, film historian and expert on Phalke’s work, Amrit Gangar, and film analyst, content creator and founder of ‘Fables of Film’, Ankit Sinha, talked about the legend.They also threw light on the legacy of Dadasaheb Phalke, his contribution, and his impact on the Indian Cinema and its audiences.

The event was also attended by the grandson and granddaughter-in-law of Dadasaheb Phalke, Chandrashekhar Pusalkar and Mrudula Pusalkar, who are also the custodians of the last of his belongings such as some unseen photographs and a car in Nashik that was used by Dadasaheb Phalke.Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, was born on 30 April 1870. Inspired by Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings, he chose one of the most popular mythological stories to make India’s first feature film which was a commercial success at that time – paving way for the silent era of Indian Cinema.

As a producer-director-screenwriter, he made 95 feature-length films and 27 short films in his career, spanning 19 years including Raja Harishchandra (1913), Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).(UNI)