Mumbai: ‘Light, Camera, Action.’ were uttered for the first time in India by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke-Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’. Phalke was a successful lithographer and oleographer, who were praised later for his ‘Pundarik’, which had British cinematographic touch in it.
Dadasaheb Phalke is being remembered on his 71st death anniversary. He, was the first person who made Indian film. Indian bioscope, having proved its financial viability, soon attracted businessmen, who favored money over the new mass media.
Time took a different path and Phalke fell victim to the emerging technology of sound film. Unable to cope with the talkies, the man had who fathered the Indian Film Industry (IFI) became sidelined. He produced his last film ‘Gangavataran’ (1937), before retiring. He took his last breath on 16 February 1944.