Google doodle marks Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary, Amitabh Bachchan pays homage
On Dadasaheb Phalke’s 148th birth anniversary, Google dedicated a doodle to him while homage flowed in from the film industry. Celebrating the contributions of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “Dada Saheb Phalke birth anniversay .. the founding Father of the film Industry in the nation .. he came so we could come !!”
Born on April 30, 1870, in Maharashtra’s Trimbak, Phalke gave Indian Cinema its first silent film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913 with special effects. The film went on to become a huge hit. He made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937.
“Created by guest artist Aleesha Nandhra, doodle shows a young Dadasaheb in action as he went about directing the first few gems in the history of Indian cinema,” the Google blog post said. “After stints as a painter, draftsman, theatrical set designer, and lithographer, he chanced upon Alice Guy’s silent film, The Life of Christ (1910). Phalke resolved to bring Indian culture to the silver screen. He traveled to London to learn filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth,” it added.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was established by the Government of India in 1969. The award is considered as one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and was given to actor Vinod Khanna posthumously this year.