Dadasahib Phalke  -  The Father of Indian Cinema

Dadasahib Phalke - The Father of Indian Cinema

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Author: Bapu Watve
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): S. A. Virkar
Publisher: National Book Trust
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 189
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812374319X


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.


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


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