108 years of cinema: India’s first film was released today, this actor played the role of ‘Raja Harishchandra’

Today is the 108th anniversary of Hindi cinema. The first Indian feature film Raja Harishchandra was released on this day in 1913. A lot has changed in cinema since then. Dada Saheb Phalke made a film called ‘Raja Harishchandra’ after returning from London. Earlier, Indian people had no connection with cinema. Raja Harishchandra is said to be India’s first full-length feature film.

108 years of cinema: India's first film was released today
Raja Harishchandra

Today let’s tell you some interesting things related to India’s first film …

  • ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was a silent film. In this, the story was told in gestures. At that time, the country which was a slave of the British was trying everything possible for its independence. Therefore, Dadasaheb Phalke had also laid the foundation of the story of this film to fight with the British. At that time, the same dream was developing in the mind of every Indian – to liberate the country from the chains of slavery.
  • The story of the film was to show the greatness of King Harishchandra. A monk seduces him and takes him to the throne. King Harishchandra was addressed from the country of India. It is believed that the monk who removed the Raj Pata was compared to the British.
  • At that time Dada Saheb Phalke’s budget of ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was 15 thousand rupees. No woman acted in this film. In the film, the queen named Taramati was played by Anna Salanke. Director Dada Saheb Phalke went to the Red Light area in search of the film’s actress. In the movie, Raja Harishchandra was played by Dattatreya Damodar Dabke. Dada Saheb took seven months and 21 days to complete the film. He had the film set in Dadar, Mumbai.
  • May 3, 1913 is considered an important day for Bombay. Faced with the scorching heat, people lined up at the Coronation Theater in Girgaum to buy tickets for Raja Harishchandra, India’s first feature film. The film was about 50 minutes. Its posters were made in Marathi and English.


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