New Delhi (UNI) T-Series honcho Bhushan Kumar on Tuesday remembered the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, on his 149th birthday.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Managing Director, T-series said,’Remembering the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, on his 149th birthday. His work and unparalleled contribution to Indian cinema shall continue to inspire us for centuries.’
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke was a producer-director-screenwriter, known as the Father of Indian cinema.
His debut film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, which was the first Marathi cinema, was the first Indian movie in 1913, and is now known as India’s first full-length feature.
He made 95 feature-length films and 27 short films in his career, spanning 19 years, until 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honour by the Government of India in 1969. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country.
A postage stamp bearing his likeness was released by India Post to honour him in 1971. An honorary award from the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Mumbai was introduced in the year 2001, for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema.