September 2010

Raja Harishchandra (1913)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Commonly performed and often-filmed Mahabharata legend and Phalke’s first feature. The film is often celebrated for having inaugurated the Indian film industry following Phalke’s own claim to that effect (ICC Report, 1928). The cast was drawn from non­professionals and although Phalke wanted to cast […]

Pundalik (1912)

By |September 17th, 2010|

Often presented as the first Indian film. Usually credited to R.G. Torney, but recent research suggests he was only marginally involved. Made jointly by N.G. Chitre, the manager of the Coronation Cinematograph in Bombay, and P.R. Tipnis, later a major Delhi-based distributor. The film […]