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IFFI pays tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke

Posted on Nov 22, 02:28PM | IBNS

The 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2012) on Tuesday presented a theatre piece as a tribute to Dada Saheb Phalke and to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema.

A role play depicting a dialogue of Dadasaheb Phalke with his wife Saraswati unraveled the passion that pioneered silent cinema in India. The 20 minute production featured the 43 year journey in all its ups and downs.

The script of the play was written by Sharayu Phalke Sammanwar the great grand niece of Dadasheb Phalke and was designed by film director and thespian M. S. Sathyu.

The initial dream, his struggles, failures, triumphs was brought out by actress Lilettee Dubey and actor Mohammad Ali Baig.

The various incidents of his life including pawning of his wife's jewellery to make Raja Harischandra his first feature film, his qualities of perseverance and perfectionism were brought out in the enactment along with the fact that he died in penury in Nasik.

Filmmaker Anurag Basu who was the chief guest at the function said that the Indian film industry has grown tremendously and stands tall and all should celebrate it in a befitting manner.