Google doodle marks Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary, Amitabh Bachchan pays homage

Google celebrates 148th birht anniversary of Dadasahebl Phalke the father of Indian cinema

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was born in a Marathi speaking Brahmin family at Trymbakeshwar in Nashik, Maharashtra.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honour by the Central Government in 1969. He then started his career as a photographer in Godhra, but he stopped after losing his first wife and child in an outbreak of the bubonic plague. It is one of the most recoganised awards in India Cinema.

Dadasaheb made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career straddling 19 years, till 1937. "He traveled to London to learn filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth", it added. Phalke acquired the degree in many fields and even became expert at magic. In 1913, when Dadasaheb Phalke gave birth to India's first motion picture, Raja Harishchandra, he showed us how to dream and to do the impossible at a time when technology was merely a dream itself.

But after a particularly bad patch in the 1930s, Phalke wrote to his son for help, saying he had "no money even to buy poison", said another grandson Kiran Phalke.

As per the Google doodle website: "In 1913, India's first silent film, Raja Harishchandra was released".

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However, the era of silent films was setting with talkies becoming the norm, starting with the historic, "Alam Ara" (March 14, 1931), and Phalke quietly withdrew from the arc lights as the cacophony of sound and music reverberated the once-silent cinema halls.

"Raja Harishchandra" was the first full length film made in the Indian film industry. He died on February 16, 1944 at the age of 73, having established Indian cinema in its earliest days.

Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the father of Indian Cinema. At the function, Phalke sat quietly in a far corner and remained unnoticed till Shantaram asked him to be escorted to the stage.

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