All you need to know about Legend DadaSaheb Phalke!
Dadasaheb Phalke is the man who introduced people of India to the beauty of cinematic experience and pioneered the beginning of one of the largest entertainment industry in the world. He was the father of an Indian Cinema. He made 121 movies, including 26 short films. Today, on his 148th birth anniversary, we present to you some of the amazing facts about the father of Indian cinema you should know if you are a huge fan of India Cinema!
1.Popularly known as Dadsaheb Phalke, the legend’s real name was Dhundiraj Govind Phalke.
2.He began his career as a small-town photographer in Godhra but left it soon after the death of his first wife and child during an outbreak of the bubonic plague, a type of bacterial infection which is also known as the Black Death.
3.After his brief career as a photographer, he started working with the Archaeological Survey of India as a draftsman.
4.He then turned to the business of printing because he was restless with the limitations he had to face in the Archaeological Survey of India.
5.While pursuing his dreams at Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1885, he acquired a variety of interests. He also experimented with a variety of special effects. His usage of mythological themes and trick photography delighted his audience. He also met the German magician Carl Hertz, one of the 40 magicians employed by the Lumiere Brothers.
6.Apart from being the first movie, Raja Harishchandra was also the first commercially successful movie that paved the way for an entire industry. To find actors for Raja Harishchandra, Phalke posted ads stating that handsome actors are required.
7.After the success of his debut movie, Raja Harishchandra, he made over 90 movies and 26 short films in a career of 19 years.
Here, are few famous personalities who won Dadasaheb Phalke Award!
Shashi Kapoor: He is the winner of two National Awards including Best Actor. Kapoor debuted as a child actor at the age of four in Prithviraj Kapoor’s film Dharamputra. Prithvi theatre was set up by his father and he played a huge role in reviving it.
Gulzar: His song lyrics, no less than poetry, are ever pleasing to the ear. He has created some of the most sensational songs in collaboration with R.D Burman and A.R Rahman. Gulzar started his career as a lyricist in 1963 with Bandini.
Pran: Known for his “compelling and highly stylized performances”, Pran mainly played villainous characters. He has done films like Zanjeer, Ram Aur Shyam, Amar Akbar Anthony, etc. He was best as a villain.
Shyam Benegal: Benegal started his film career with Ankur, a movie that talked about societal wrongdoings. Most of his movies centred around women, their rights and the inequality of status between the rich and poor.
Asha Bhosle: Bhosle began her career in 1948 and is acknowledged by The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most recorded artist in music history”. She is a playback singer of brilliant range and versatility.
Lata Mangeshkar: More commonly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, Lata Mangeshkar has sung songs in over 36 languages during her career.
Satyajit Ray: With a debut film like Pather Panchali in his kitty, Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema. He was also one of the faces of the New Wave of Indian Cinema.
Happy Birth Anniversary to Dadasaheb Phalke!