Infographic: Dadasaheb Phalke, the Man Who Reinvented Storytelling
This day,  a century ago, India realised its silver-screen dream. (Photo: Rahul Gupta/<b>The Quint)</b>
This day, a century ago, India realised its silver-screen dream. (Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

Infographic: Dadasaheb Phalke, the Man Who Reinvented Storytelling

As Gandhi refashioned the world of protest, another man was reinventing storytelling. 
On Dadsaheb Phalke, Talk of the Town (2008)

The next time you escape into a larger-than-life story, riotous with colour and sound, think of Dadasaheb Phalke.

Our film industry, the peacock-hued behemoth that has a nation of over a billion in thrall, a dreaming creature with star-dust eyes; it’s impossible to say what shape this outsized carnival would have taken today had Phalke, a man with outrageous ambition, not come along.

On 3 May 1913, India’s very first film – Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra – made its debut to a ravenously appreciative Mumbai audience. And the rest, as inherited wisdom says, is history.

(Infographic: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

(This story is from The Quint’s archives and was first published on 3 May 2016. It is being republished to mark Dadasaheb Phalke’s birth anniversary)

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