Today Google Doodle is celebrating the 148th birth anniversary of ‘The Father of the Indian cinema’, Dadasaheb Phalke. The reason why Phalke is considered as the father of the Indian cinema is his first ever made full-length feature movie ‘Raja Harishchand’ which marked the beginning of the Indian film industry. Dadasaheb Phalke is a celebrated producer, director and screenwriter who gave 95 movies with 27 short films in a 19-year career span.
Born on 20 April 1870 in Trymbakeshwar currently as Nashik, Maharashtra, Dadasaheb Phalke completed his education from the J.J School of Art in Mumbai and graduated from the Mahraja sayajirao University of Baroda in the field of sculpture, engineering, drawing, painting and photography. His father was a renowned scholar.
After a smooth start of career as a photographer in Godhra, he took a break after the unfortunate death of his wife and first child due to bubonic plaque. After which, he worked with the archaeological Survey of India and later on turned to the printing press industry.
A dispute with his business partners and viewing of the silent movie ‘The life of Christ” ultimately made him to found his destiny in the movies. He made the first ever full-length feature movie ‘Raja Harishchand’ thus marking the start of the Indian Cinema.
Dadasaheb Phalke was impressed by the Painter Raja Ravi Varma and decided to show the rich Indian culture on the silver screen. He later learned filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth in London.
After giving a rich history to the Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke passes away on February 16, 1944. In 1969, government paid tribute to the legendary filmmaker by instituting Dadasaheb Phalke award, one of the most prestigious awards and highest film recognition in the Indian cinema fraternity.
The first recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award was Actress Devika Rani and other personalities included in this list are Yash Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar, Raj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray and Asha Bhosle.
The Google Doodle of Dadasaheb Phalke is made by artist Aleesha Nandhra which portrays a young Phalke directing actors, wielding cinema and editing film.