A still from the first feature film of India, Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra (1913). Dadasaheb needs no introduction. He was the expert of silent cinema ...
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Dadasaheb Phalke gets his son ready for the shooting of Raja Harishchandra (1913). Dadasaheb's son Bhalachandra D Phalke essayed the role of Rohtash, son of ...
Producer-director-screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke works on the sets of a palace scene for his film.
The family of Dadasaheb Phalke in 1926 posing for photographs during the wedding of Dadasaheb's daughter Mandakini.
Dadasaheb Phalke's daughter Mandakini in a still from Kaliya Mardan (1919).
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If you’re looking forward to watching the 1975 hit, Sholay, in 3D, you might be in for a wait as the release will take some time.
However, a film festival at Whistling Woods International on May 11 and 12 might have some good news for fans of Jai and Veeru. Celebrating Indian cinema’s centenary, the two-day event will feature multiple screenings of a five-minute clip of the 3D version of Sholay.
Meghna Ghai Puri, president, WWI, says, “At a similar event last year, we screened the train chase sequence. This year, we will be showing a fresh five-minute clip. We also have the ‘no objection certificate’ from the distributors regarding this screening.”
The screenings will be followed and preceded by workshops on various subjects relating to new-age filmmaking such as 3D technology and even making movies on your mobile phone.
“We want to create awareness about filmmaking as a career and we also want to show the audience what goes on behind the camera. A lot of the people who came to the event last year included families, and they who enjoyed the animation and VFX workshops,” she adds. The event is open to the public.
City film school to screen 19 minutes of Raja Harishchandra
After the release of Bombay Talkies (a film that celebrates 100 years of Hindi Cinema), Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI) is commemorating the centenary in its own way. The institute will be screening 19 minutes of Bollywood’s first ever motion picture, Raja Harishchandra (RH; 1913), on May 11 and 12.
“It’s sad that we only have 19 minutes of the film in the national archives. It was the first film made in India, so I am glad we have at least some parts,” says Meghna Ghai-Puri, president, WWI.
Along with RH, there will also be a screening of Bombay Talkies, and an exhibition displaying some rare pictures that capture the journey of Hindi films. Students will also be shown a five minute preview of Sholay in 3D and a compilation of the 100 best scenes in Indian cinema.
Meghna adds, “With exciting workshops, panel discussions and star line-ups that include Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Javed Akthar, Anurag Basu, Shabana Azmi — the event promises to be a must-attend for Bollywood fans.”
About the film
Raja Harishchandra is a silent film based on the legend of the title character. The king gives up his kingdom, wife and children to keep a promise he made to a saint. Impressed by his righteousness, God restores him to his former glory in the end.
WWI has partnered with LA India Film Council who are working towards making things better in terms of content and distribution.