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Google Doodle Celebrates Father Of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke's 148th Birth Anniversary

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| April 30 , 2018 , 12:33 IST

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke was the man behind the birth of Indian cinema in the true sense. Hailed for making India's first silent film, 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913, the legendary filmmaker has made 95 movies and 27 short films in his 19-year-long career.

Along with Indian film enthusiasts, Google Doodle is also commemorating Dadasaheb Phalke's 148th birth anniversary by paying homage to the iconic producer-director-screenwriters. The doodle made by artist Aleesha Nandhra depicts Phalke involved in various stages of the filmmaking process.

The prodigal child born to a scholar had a keen interest in the arts from a very early age. Exploring the field, he studied photography, lithography, architecture, engineering and even magic at various stages of his life. He has also worked as a painter, draftsman, theatrical set designer and lithographer. 

After working a number of odd jobs, his chance encounter with Alice Guy’s silent film The Life of Christ in 1910 changed the direction of his life forever. With the determination of bringing Indian culture to the silver screen, Phalke travelled to London for learning filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth.

His film, Raja Harishchandra captured the imagination of thousands of Indians, thanks to the subject he chose for the film. The smooth trick photography and technology further delighted the viewers. His last silent movie 'Setubandhan' was released in 1932 before he passed away on February 16, 1944.

Dadasaheb Phalke is best known for his films, Mohini Bhasmasur, Satyavan Savitri, Lanka Dahan, Shri Krishna Janma and Kaliya Mardan. In his honour, the Government of India established The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema in 1969.