Saraswati Dadasaheb Phalke was India’s first female cinematographer: Paresh Mokashi

The Harishchandrachi Factory (2010) filmmaker was speaking at CineTalkies, an event organized by the ministry of culture. 

On 3 May, the first-ever Indian movie, Raja Harishchandra (1913), turned 109. The film, directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke aka Dadasaheb Phalke, marked the genesis of the Indian film industry.

Director Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory (2010) recreates the pioneer’s efforts to make Raja Harishchandra amidst adversity. Starring Nandu Madhav and Vibhawari Deshpande, the film was India’s official entry for the Oscars. 

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