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Bollywood – Year by Year – 1913

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The bathing scene from Phalke's Raja Harishchandra (1913) with D.D. Dabke in the title role and Salunke as Queen taramati.

India’s first full-length, totally indigenous story film, Raja Harishchandra (Silent, 1913), is made by Dada Saheb D.G. Phalke. Supported by his devoted wife Saraswati, D.G. Phalke lays the foundation for regular film production in India.

Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra opens on 21st April to a select audience; on 3 May it opens commercially in Bombay’s Coronation Cinematograph. Raja Harishchandra is often celebrated for having inaugurated the Indian film Industry following Phalke’s own claim to that effect (ICC Report, 1928).

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