This year Marathi film Harischandrachi Factory is India’s entry for Oscar. This film was screened at City Pride Kothrud during Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) in January this year. The two-hour-long film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to make ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913, India’s first feature film. Interestingly, the female roles in the film were played by male actors. I could watch the film, courtesy PIFF and you can read more about the film here.
However India’s first feature film was made by Ram Chandra Gopal Torne (known as Dadasaheb Torne) named ‘Pundalik’. More about him and the film ‘Pundalik’ can be read at Wikipedia.
The film is based on time when British ruled India. Will this film fetch an Oscar for India or face the same fate as Lagaan?