Nearly 70 years old and ailing, Phalke came out of retirement in 1934 to make this, his only sound film, at the invitation of Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. With a massive budget and two years' shooting. Phalke made the Pauranic tale which, by all accounts, was a grand mythological spectacle full of miracles and fantasy scenes with special effects credited to Phalke's son, Babaraya Phalke. Narayan Hari Apte, fresh from his success with Amritmanthan (1934), was hired for the script but he is not credited on screen. The film failed at the box-office and took the studio down with it. Chitnis played the god Shankar, and Suresh played Narada.
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It took two years to complete the production of Gangavataran. The production cost of this film was two and a half lakhs rupees in contemporary currency value. The film was screened on 6 August 1937 at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai. Gangavataran was the first Indian sound film to be screened at the Royal Opera House. Read More