Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, the first Indian film director, looks over a filmstrip, 1913.  Before working on movies in 1912, he worked as a portrait photographer, make-up man, assistant to a German illusionist and as a magician.  He went to England to train in cinematography and editing and  purchased his film equipment there before returning to India.


À découvrir … Gangavataran de Dadasaheb Phalke

Gangavataran ( en anglais: The Descent de la Ganga ) est un film indien de 1937 réalisé par Dadasaheb Phalke , appelé le «père du cinéma indien". Ce fut premier film parlant indien et le dernier film réalisé par Phalke.

Gangavataran est basé sur les contes des Puranas , des textes religieux importants hindous, jaïns et bouddhistes. 

Gangavataran met en scène le dieu hindou Shiva, et le sage Vaisnava Narada , joué par Chitnis et Suresh Pardesi .

Le musée Guimet projette régulièrement des films dans son auditorium : n’hésitez pas à vous renseignez sur les prochaines séances !

Just craving for some #Irish #Coffee at #Prithvi 😊 Was reading about this place constantly in the newspapers as #Shashi #Kapoor was honored with the #Dadasaheb #Phalke #Award here 🙌🙏👏 But more importantly for me Prithvi = Irish Coffee ☕️ Wait for a Prithvi #Cafe Tour in my next #video #post 😉 #relishandcherish (at Prithvi Cafe and Theatre)

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100 / 101 years of Indian Cinema...

Today marks the Hundredth Anniversary of Indian Cinema marking 100 years from the release of ’Raja Harishchandra’ which had its official premier show in Coronation Theater in Bombay on 3rd May 1913.

The film was directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is considered as Father of Indian Cinema. 

Interestingly… however…. Ram Chandra Gopal Torne  was the first Indian to make an Indian-language feature film, as established by an advertisement in The Times of India of 25 May 1912.

He is also considered the “Father of Indian cinema”

Although Torne made his first film (Shree pundalik, 1912) just under a year before Dhundiraj Govind Phalke made his, it is the latter who is regarded as the father of Indian cinema popularly.

The ’Dadasaheb’ confusion: But the Confusion arises why Phalke and Torne are saluted with “Dadasaheb” and Ram Chandra Gopal Torne is forgotten? Some answers here…

Even more interestingly… Both the films premiered at CORONATION CINEMATOGRAPH, Giraum, Bombay.

But for me personally… what’s disappointing was that there’s no Google Doodle celebrating the occasion of 100th aniversary of Indian Cinema…when there is one marking the 92nd birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray, just yesterday?

Ikki Amamiya e Shaka Phalke estão separados. Essa é a última notícia que os tablóides divulgaram sobre o relacionamento mais quente e conturbado de Hollywood nos últimos anos. Ambos tentam sobreviver ao fim em meio à dinâmica alucinada da vida de celebridades. Com Radamanthys neutralizado por uma condenação judicial, agora os inimigos são o medo, a dúvida e a saudade… Até quando poderão fingir que não se amam? Até quando eles conseguirão sobreviver um sem o outro? 

Link para Terceira Temporada >> Hollywood’s Affairs III <<

Manoj Bajpayee to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Even though Manoj Bajpayee’s films don’t cash-in lot of moolah at the box-office, his stellar performances are always worth an award. And in breaking good news, the actor will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the Best Actor category for his performance in ‘Aligarh’. The 'Gangs of Wasseypur’ star then took to Twitter to for the tremendous appreciation and love he has always got. 'Aligarh’s director Hansal Mehta also expressed his happiness for the actor on the micro blogging site. Manoj Bajpayee will next be seen as a traffic constable in the upcoming film 'Traffic’. We, really hope you bag another major award for your hard work.
B-Town lauds Manoj Bajpayee's Dada Saheb Phalke honour

New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): Another feather has been addsed the talented actor Manoj Bajpayee’s hat of success with Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
The 46-year-old actor’s friends from the industry took to their respective Twitter handles to wish him on his achievement.
“Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the Best Actor (Critics’ Choice) to @BajpayeeManoj for his portrayal of Professor Ramchandra Siras in #Aligarh,” wrote Hansal Mehta.
“Mubarak ho meri jaan @BajpayeeManoj … You deserve this and much more…” he added.
“N to my good friend n neighbour @BajpayeeManoj for winning Dadasaheb Phalke award!! It’s raining accolades..” tweeted Farah Khan.
“Congratulations on the Dadasaheb Phalke award, @BajpayeeManoj! I always knew our Short Film will be lucky for you,” wrote Sirish Kunder.
“@BajpayeeManoj Congrats my bro…Bahut Gajab kar diyo Ho bhaiya!!” tweeted Sonu Sood.
“Congrats @BajpayeeManoj on the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The best birthday gift you could have asked for a day before!! Big hug!!” said Tanuj Garg.
“@BajpayeeManoj Congratulation on the #DadasahebPhalke award. Breaking Norms n leading…” wrote Neetu Chandra.
“Congratulations @BajpayeeManoj bhai…we should be attending more functions together…It brings good news right after!! Lol !” tweeted Arjan Bajwa.
‘Masaan’ famed director Neeraj Ghawyan too tweeted his words of appreciation for the actor.
After receiving two National Awards for 'Satya’ in 1998 and 'Pinjar’ in 2003, the 'Gangs of Wasseypur’ actor will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke in the Best Actor (Critics’ Choice) category for portraying Dr. Siras in the much appreciated movie 'Aligarh’.
The movie is based on the late 'homosexual’ professor, Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from his University after his sexual orientation became public.
The award ceremony will take place on April 24 in a suburban hotel in Mumbai. (ANI)

President confers the National Awards

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday (May 3) presented the 63rd National Awards, including best actor trophy to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, best actress to Kangana Ranaut and Dadasaheb Phalke award to Hindi film veteran Manoj Kumar. 78-year-old Kumar, best known for his patriotic films “Purab Aur Paschim”, “Upkar” and “Kranti”, became the 47th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl. The wheelchair-bound actor, who was sporting an orange bandana of Sai Baba, also presented the President with a crystal statue of the deity as he received the honour. Bachchan, accompanied by son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, wife Jaya and daughter Shweta Nanda to the ceremony, won the award for his delightful performance as a hypochondriac father in Shoojit Sircar’s family drama “Piku”. He received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000. This is the 73-year-old actor’s fourth National award. He previously won in 1990 (“Agneepath”), 2005 (“Black”) and 2009 (“Paa”). Ranaut, 29, currently engaged in a bitter legal fued with actor Hrithik Roshan, won the award for her double role in Anand L Rai’s romantic comedy drama “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” of a troublesome wife Tanu and Haryanvi sportsperson Datto. She also received Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000. It is her third trophy at the National Awards, having earlier won best supporting actress for “Fashion” and bestactress for “Queen” last year. SS Rajamouli and producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni received Swarna Kamal, cash prize and a certificate for their magnum opus “Baahubali”, which was the best feature film this year. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical romance “Bajirao Mastani”, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, earned him the best director honour besides the film bagging five more awards. “It is so special. It is the acknowledgment of the government. You are being compared with the best of thenation. And there is a great jury comrpsing of talented people. It means a lot. It is a very proud moment for me. It is a reward for the twenty years of my hard work,” Bhansali told PTI.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award well-deserved honour for Manoj Kumar: Jaitley

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is a well-deserved honour for veteran actor and filmmaker Manoj Kumar, who became the 47th recipient of India’s topmost cinematic laurel on Tuesday, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said.

In his address at the 63rd National Film Awards ceremony, Jaitley said: “We’ve just honoured Mr. Manoj Kumar for almost a generation of having acted and directed in some of the best cinema ever produced in this country. He branded the very idea of patriotism. He blended it with talent, legendary music, acting, scripts.

"I think its an extremely well deserved honour, which has be conferred on him. We wish the very best and a long life. Very healthy life for the years to come.”

Jaitley also said that Manoj Kumar made audiences remember issues like “freedom struggle, post China war, problems of the farmers and also the lives of the revolutionaries” through his films.

The minister also noted that at the award ceremony, different generations have been honoured as megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actress Kangana Ranaut received the Best Actor and Best Actress honours.

“We have honoured different generations today. In fact the two best actors belong to entirely two different generations…” he said.

Lauding Indian cinema’s popularity across the globe, he said: “It’s (Indian cinema) an industry which has become international because many of our best endeavours are finding audiences elsewhere in the world.”

The minister also stressed that in the Indian cinema industry, the country’s diversity is also displayed.

“India’s diversities, its different cultures and languages are all displayed in this industry, country which is multilingual and has over the years come of age…” he added.



Veteran actor Manoj Kumar receives Dadasaheb Phalke Award

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): Veteran actor, director, writer and producer Manoj Kumar, who is also known ‘Bharat Kumar’ for making patriotic cinemas, has been conferred with most coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the award to Manoj Kumar at the 63rd National Film Awards Function held at Vigyan Bhawan here in presence of Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Manoj Kumar is an award-winning actor and director, who is remembered for his films 'Hariyali Aur Raasta’, 'Woh Kaun Thi’, 'Himalaya Ki God Mein’, 'Do Badan’, 'Upkaar’, 'Patthar Ke Sanam’, 'Neel Kamal’, 'Purab Aur Paschim’, 'Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’, and 'Kranti’. He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes.
After receiving the award, Manoj Kumar gifted a statuette of Sai Baba to President Mukherjee.
A total of 21 Awards were given by President Mukherjee in the Non-Feature film category, while the number of awards in Feature Film category being 51. Three awards were given to Best Writing on Cinema.
In the Feature Film category, the Award for the Best Feature Film was given to 'Baahubali’ produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Arka Mediaworks Pvt Ltd. and directed by S.S Rajamouli.
'Masaan’ directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and produced by Phantom Films received Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.
The Award for the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi) directed by Kabir Khan.
The Award for the Best Film on Social Issues has been given to 'Nirnayakam’ produced by Jairaj Films and directed by V.K. Prakash.
The Award for the Best Director has been conferred on Sanjay Leela Bansali for the Film 'Baajirao Mastani’ (Hindi).
The Award for the Best Actor was conferred on Amitabh Bachchan for the film 'Piku’ (Hindi) and the Award for the Best Actress was conferred on Kangana Ranaut for the film 'Tanu weds Manu Returns’ (Hindi).
The award for the Best Children’s Film was given to 'Duronto’ (Hindi) produced by Code Red Films. Master Gaurav Menon was conferred Award for Best Child Artist for movie 'Ben’ (Malayalam).
The Award for the Best Music direction (songs) has been conferred on M. Jayachandran for 'Ennu Ninte Moideen’ (Malayalam) and the award for the best music direction (Background Score) was given to Ilaiyaraaja for 'Thaarai Thappattai’ (Tamil).
The award for the best lyrics has been conferred on Varun Grover for the song 'Moh Moh ke Daage’ from the film 'Dum Laga Ke Haisa’ (Hindi).
A special jury award has been conferred on Kalki Kochlin for the film 'Margarita with Straw’.
The award for the best choreography has been conferred on Remo D'Souza for the film 'Bajirao Mastani’ (Hindi).
In the Non-Feature Film category, 'Amdavad Ma Famous’ produced by Akanksha Tewari and Arya A. Menon and directed by Hardik Mehta got the award for best non feature film.
The Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director has been conferred to Nishantroy Bombarde for the film 'Daaravtha’.
The award for the Best film in the Environmental category has been shared by 'The Man who dwarfed the Mountains’ and 'God on the Edge’, while 'Weaves of Maheshwar’ has been conferred with the award for the Best Promotional film.
Dr. Rajakumar Samagra’s 'Charithre’ was given the Best Book on cinema award.
The best film critic award was given to Meghachandra Kongbam, who interprets the world of Indian cinema for his readers in Manipuri.
This year National Film Awards included a special award given to the state of Gujarat for being the most film-friendly state in the Country.
Speaking on the occasion the President said the Indian Films truly reflected the Indian character of Unity and Diversity. He complimented the composition of award winners in the National Film Awards, which included new comers as well as legends of Indian cinema.
He said the National Film Awards this year reflected all aspects of cinema, including digitisation and technology.
He added that with a growing world audience, who were attracted towards Indian films and an increasing presence of Indian films at different parts of the world, the overseas market possesses a great potential for the Indian film industry.
It was heartening to note that the revenue from overseas theatricals witnessed an increase of 11.5 percent from Rs. 8.6 billion in 2014 to Rs. 9.6 billion in 2015.
The President also spoke of the importance of films in context of variety and diversity of India and the important role it played in unifying the Nation.
Jaitley said the National Film Awards were truly national as they were selected by the most distinguished jury, which objectively and dispassionately selected the very best from hundreds of entries in different categories.
He said the National Film Awards were a great platform to honour best talent in the country and it was a privilege to see the best of Indian Cinema this year, which reflected India’s diversity, culture and also educated and entertained the masses. He said that the golden era of Indian Cinema was yet to come.
Earlier, in his welcome address, I&B Secretary Ajay Mittal said over the years the National Film Awards had been associated with the best of Indian Cinema.
He further added that Government was committed to nurture and promote films as both art and industry in the nation.
He also appreciated the hard work and efforts put up by the jury members of the Feature Film, Non-Feature Film and Best Writing on Cinema categories. (ANI)

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President confers Phalke Award to Bollywood legend Manoj Kumar

President Pranab Mukherjee conferred veteran Bollywood actor Manoj Kumar with Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest award in Indian cinema. Kumar was greeted by loud cheers when he arrived on a wheelchair to receive his award at a star-studded ceremony held at President’s bungalow, Rashtrapati Bhawan. The 78-year-old began his career in 1957 and is known for featuring in films with patriotic themes like ‘Upkar’, 'Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’, 'Kranti’ and 'Shaheed’.
Shashi Kapoor's biography all set to release in May

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): A biography on veteran actor Shashi Kapoor that will unveil the chapters from his personal and professional life is scheduled for a release this month.
Titled ‘Shashi Kapoor - the Householder, the Star,’ the biography has been authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra and it attempts to delve into the nature and nurture of the 78-year-old actor.
Kapoor, who was felicitated with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015, is known for his work in the film 'Waqt,’ 'Deewar,’ 'Trishul’ and 'Utsav.’
The book will hit the shelves on May 6. (ANI)