A tribute to India’s first indigenous feature film Raja Harishchandra and its maker on the centenary of its release...
1. The world lovingly calls him Dadasahaeb Phalke. But what was the legend’s christened name?
2. Name the English film that inspired the 43-year-old Phalke to make Raja Harishchandra.
3. Before launching his ambitious effort, Phalke made an experimental short film with a botanical subject. Name it.
4. What was the running time and length of the pioneering film that took more than six months to complete?
5. At which Bombay theatre did Phalke release it for the public on May 3, 1913?
6. Phalke borrowed on which famous painter’s style to bring to life the characters on screen?
7. We all know Dattatraya Damodar Dabke essayed the lead role in Raja Harishchandra, but which actor played the king’s wife Taramati?
8. What are the major contributions of Tryambak B. Telang and Ranchhodbai Udayram to the path-breaking film?
9. Unfortunately, the original Raja Harishchandra exists only in fragments (about 1,475 feet) now. Which body in Pune has the priceless part?
10. Under what new title and banner did Phalke remake the film in 1917?
1. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke.
2. Life Of Christ.
3. The Birth Of A Pea Plant
4. Approximately 40 mins running to a length of 3,700 ft of footage.
5. Coronation Cinematograph and Variety Hall in Girgaum.
6. Raja Ravi Varma.
7. Anna Hari Salunke
8. Telang was the cinematographer and Udayram co-wrote the script with Phalke.
9. National Film Archive of India.
10. Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra by Hindustan Films.