Google designs homepage with doodle to celebrate Dadasaheb Phalke's birth anniversary

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

Google celebrated the 148th birth anniversary of legendary filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke, who is known as the Father of Indian Cinema with a doodle today. Phalke regarded as the father of Indian cinema, made India's first full-length feature film "Raja Harishchandra" in 1913.

The Father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb was one of the most eminent producer, directors and screenwriters in the history of Indian film industry. Dadasaheb Phalke went on to study in the JJ School of Art in Mumbai in 1885. After returning from London with the first movie camera, he set up a studio in a borrowed bungalow. Phalke resolved to bring Indian culture to the silver screen. With the growing popularity of Indian films, many wealthy businessmen became interested in investing money in them. In 1920, Phalke resigned from Hindustan Films due to differences in the opinions.

Dadasaheb Phalke's last silent movie "Setu Bandhan" was released in 1932. He died on February 16, 1944.

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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. After "Raja Harishchandra", he went on to make more memorable movies like "Mohini Bhasmasur", "Satyavan Savitri" and "Kaliya Mardan".

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honour by the Central Government in 1969.

If one carefully sees the list of the winners, they will notice that these Awards have been handed out to even those whose performance or the film sometimes won't even guarantee a nomination. In fact, it's the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country. An honorary award from the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Mumbai was introduced in the year 2001, for lifetime achievement in 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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