Harishchandrachi Factory – Movie Review

This Marathi film was India’s official entry to Academy Awards (Oscars) in the Best Foreign Language film category for the year 2009. The movie is about the making of India’s first feature film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913 by Dadasaheb Phalke. Phalke is a business man, who leaves his company and does magic shows to maintain his family. One day he and his son end up watching a film being shown in a local makeshift cinema, which makes Phalke curious. He then sets out to dream of making the first Indian movie and goes through many hardships to realize his dream. Right from the start the narration is crisp and garnished with light moments. I would say, these light comic moments and energetic portrayal of Dadasaheb Phalke by Nandu Madhav are the highlights of the film. Never once during the course of the film you feel like watching a biography. The other actors too have done their job quite well. The background music complements the script and narration effectively. A brilliant work by director Paresh Mokashi, this film is a ‘very good watch’.

~ by Jayanthan Ravi on July 31, 2010.

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