A theatre piece on life and journey of Dadasaheb Phalke, pioneer of Indian cinema, opened the 100 years of Indian Cinema on the second day of the on-going International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Wednesday evening.
A spectacular role-play depicting a dialogue of Dadasaheb Phalke with his wife Saraswati unravelled the passion that pioneered silent cinema in India. The 20-minute production featuring the 43-year journey in all its ups and downs were beautifully brought out by actors Lilette Dubey and Muzaffar Ali Baig.
The various incidents of his life, including pawning of his wife’s jewellery to make Raja Harischandra, his first feature film, his qualities of perseverance and perfectionism were brought out in the enactment along with the fact that he died in penury in Nasik. Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, said as a part of the Centenary Cinema, the Ministry had taken three initiatives — formation of a Film Promotion Board to give single-window clearances to filmmakers wanting to shoot in India, setting up of a museum of Indian cinema at Gulshan Mahal in Mumbai, and the formation of the National Film Heritage Mission to safeguard film treasure for posterity.
The theatre presentation was followed by the screening of Raja Harsihchandra and Uday Shankar’s film dance classic Kalpana .
Mr. Sathyu told presspersons that Indian Cenema was not only song and dance, it was much more.