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Pundalik (1912)


Publicity Flyer of Pundalik (1912)

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 about the Hindu saint is based, according to Harish Booch (1964), on Ramrao Kirtikar’s Marathi play as staged by the Shripad Sangeet Mandali of Nasik. Shot on location in Bombay’s Mangalwadi compound near Grant Road by a Bourne & Shepherd crew and released at the Coronation on 18th May, 1912. For the record, it must be pointed out that film-makers such as Hiralal Sen had made similar films of stage plays before Pundalik.

Cast and Production Credits

Year – 1912, Genre – N/A, Country – India, Language – Silent, Producer – N/A, Director – P.R. Tipnis, N.G. Chitre Music Director – N/A, Cast – N/A

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  1. hello,I have a book of pundalik-the saint from pandarpur-I guess.I presume he was lavishly spending money and he had become bad news for his parents and he changed after meeting a holy man-I presume my information is right-well there may be many like him.I presume many use money wisely and look after their parents to a certain extent-well geriatrics is big in certain countries.thanks

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