April 30, 2020 happened to be the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (born in 1870) – the man who staked his all to make not only Raja Harishchandra but also Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918), Kaliya Mardana (1919). All these features were in the silent era, as also the umpteen shorts that decorate the career that wound up with the only Talkie in his filmography: Gangavataran (1937), the Rs 250,000 film that released in Bombay’s Royal Opera House.
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