Pundalik (1912)

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This historic, devotional movie delves into the life of Pundalik, one of India's great Hindu Bhakthi saints, a master of Kundalini Yoga who is credited to have brought Lord Vithoba to Pandharpur and founded the Varkari sect.
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Film Type:
Short Film
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
The negatives of this movie were sent overseas for processing by Dadasaheb Torne. It was about 1,500 feet or about 22 minutes long. The film had a shooting script, was shot with a camera, and its negatives were sent to London for processing. Positives were produced and finally released at Coronation Cinematograph, Girgaum. The film ran for two weeks.

Some have argued that this movie does not deserve the honour of being called the first Indian film because it was a photographic recording of a popular Marathi play, and because the cameraman—a man named Johnson—was a British national and the film was processed in London. Detractors argue that Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra, which was released nearly a year later, is more deserving of the title of the first Indian film.

This movie is hailed by many as the first Indian feature film.