Raja Harishchandra (1913)

 ●  Hindi ● 40 mins

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The film opens with a Ravi Varma like tableau showing King Harishchandra, his wife Taramati and his young son. The king is teaching his son archery. They go on a hunt. The king enters an area controlled by the Sage Vishwamitra. Three furies appear before the king caught in flames. The king tries to rescue them. These fairies try to seduce the king into renouncing his kingdom for his love of truth. The king endures much hardship including being banished from his kingdom before a god appears to reassure everyone that the whole narrative was merely a test of the king's integrity.

Cast: DD Dabke

Crew: Dadasaheb Phalke (Director), Dadasaheb Phalke (Director of Photography)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 03 May 1913 (India)

Hindi Name: राजा हरिश्चंद्र

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Did you know? This is the First feature length India film. Read More
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Film Type:
Short Film
Colour Info:
Black & White
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
It was considered indecent for a woman to act in a movie. After searching high and low, Phalke finally cast a male, an actor known only as Salunke, to play the part of Rani Taramati.

This is the First feature length India film.

This movie created history by becoming the first ever Hindi movie to have a premiere, which was held at Olympia Cinema in Bombay on April 21,1913.
Movie Connection(s):
Featured in: Celluloid Man (English)
Referenced in: Harishchandrachi Factory (Marathi)
Referenced in: Zameer: The Awakening of a Soul (Hindi)