Harishchandrachi Factory

Synopsis: Dadasaheb Phalke had abandoned a well established printing business after a quarrel with his business partner. He gave his word to the worried partner that he would never enter into the printing business again as competition! Phalke got instantly unemployed and workless. The family was struggling to survive. One day he accidentally stumbled across a tent theatre that was screening a silent motion picture. He was awestruck with the film. The idea of film making struck him. Along with his hardworking wife and two enthusiastic kids by his side, he ventured into a field unknown to contemporary India. Making of India's first feature film, 'Raja Harishchandra' was an amazing adventure. The Phalke family encountered mostly funny but also a few grave situations during their journey of film making. They were a team of crazy yet lovable people that helped in winning over patrons and eventually money. Together, not only did they deliver the first Indian film, but they had ensured it to become the
 
IMDB:
8.4
Year:
2009
96 min
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Harishchandra's Factory

14th April 1911

Yes, correct.

Who was the king of Ayodhya?

I don't remember

Mahadev,

what did I tell you yesterday?

Shri Ram!

The one before him?

His father

His father, grandfather...

much before them

Who? Ha... ri...

...chandra!

Correct!

Listen to me first then write

King Harishchandra,

Queen Taramati...

...and their son Rohidas

were kind-hearted...

...and very popular too

Sage Vishwamitra had

heard all about them

Sage Vishwamitra

was very hot-tempered

- Who is this?

- Saint Dnyaneshwar

Correct. Here's another one

- Who is this?

- Saint Tukaram

King Shivaji

- Who are they?

- We don't know

A priest?

No

A man with a beard

- We don't know

- He's Aryabhatt a

And he's Jamshetji Tata

- Do we recognize them?

- No

Do we care enough about Science?

- No

- No

Is that why the British rule us?

Yes

- And so...

- You teach nonsense

Nonsense?

Teach them what you want to

The British rule us

because of your progressive crap

So perform your rituals

and kick the British out

You have no right

to talk about rituals

Why shouldn't we quarrel?

Wait. Don't fight

This program is over.

Father, ready?

On Kurukshetra's holy plains,

my sons and...

...Pandu's sons met. What did

they do, O Sanjay? (Mahabharat)

The demons then

att acked Vishwamitra...

This is Dhundiraj Phalke's house

He's looking for him

He's out

Mrs. Phalke

Greetings, sister. At least you talk

to him. He avoids me

What can I say?

He doesn't listen to anyone.

Not even to her

Crazy fellow

I told him,

I'll invest in his printing press

He won't accept my money

nor will he see me

Where has he gone?

He's performing magic tricks

in the next lane

Professor Kelpha will show you

an amazing trick

Why is he called "Kelpha?"

Pha-la-ke...

Ke-la-pha

He has lost it

Enough!

Babaray, pack up!

And now Professor Kelpha

will vanish!

Hurry up!

Phalke! Where are you going?

Wait! There's another

15 minutes to go

The next performance isn't ready

I'm not feeling well

- Children, sit quietly

- Phalke

Phalke!

In that tram?

Who were they?

Babaray, look over there

Don't call me Babaray.

Call me Bhalachandra

Look!

What is it, father?

- Shall we see?

- Yes

Let's leave

Why are you scared?

Look. So many Englishmen

They won't eat you

Relax! Our Parsis and Bohris

are here, too

But I won't understand,

if it's in English

If you don't, we'll leave.

But let's give it a try

- Come on

- No, let's go

We'll look at the posters

and then decide

Listen to the gramophone

- "Picture Palace"

- Is this Jesus Christ?

Yes. You remember

I used to take photographs?

- It looks like a photo

- Yes

Let's see Jesus Christ

It's on tomorrow, you fool. See?

Tomorrow 15th April 1911.

Life and Passion

Today's the 14 of April 1911.

This is showing

- Thank you. Want to see it?

- Yes

- How much?

- Two annas

- You have the money, right?

- Yes

How beautiful!

Now let's see

Take off your towering cap

Couldn't you have reminded me

about my cap?

What's this?

What?

I'm really frightened

Don't be frightened, my dear

It's a picture. Nothing is real

- Really?

- Don't worry

- Oh my God!

- Don't run!

Why so late?

I've only cooked rice

You forgot to buy vegetables

He fainted and fell

I told you not to take him with you

He's just recovered from a fever.

Come here

Listen

- Give me back the money

- What money?

You didn't buy the vegetables

But I did buy him medicine

Where is it?

Where is it?

The bott le broke

when I tripped on a dog

I suppose the dog gave you a receipt

They're tickets. We saw this today

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Paresh Mokashi

Paresh Mokashi (born 6 February 1969) is an Indian filmmaker, producer, actor and Theatre director-producer; working predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre. He started working as a backstage worker for theatre and did few minor roles for plays as well as films. Mokashi made his directorial debut for theatre with the Marathi play, Sangeet Debuchya Mulee in 1999. He continued to work for theatre and made his directorial debut for cinema with the 2009 Marathi feature film, Harishchandrachi Factory. The film depicts the making of India's first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913), made by Dadasaheb Phalke. The film was acclaimed critically and won several awards. It was also selected as India's official entry to 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. more…

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