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Sitara Devi is one of the iconic artistes of India. A recipient of several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Kalidas Samman among others, she revived the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and gave it a new dimension.
A biopic on the legendary dancer has now been confirmed on her 101st birth anniversary.
Producer Raj C. Anand of Raj Anand Movies made an announcement as he said, "We are very happy and excited to bring the story of Sitara Devi to life to the big screen. We believe that her story will make a compelling watch and we would ensure that the film turns out to be as fascinating as her real-life used to be."
Ranjit Barot, the celebrated musician and drummer, who is the son of Sitara Devi, has taken the onus of guiding the project's research team by helping them with deep insights into his mother's life basis which the story will be designed.
Talking about the project, Ranjit said, "I am excited that a film is to be made on my mother's life. When Raj Anand (producer) came to me with the idea of making a film on her, I realised it is coming from a very genuine space of enthusiasm and admiration towards my mother who was an iconic artiste. We intend to bring to the screen the untold story of her life through this endeavour."
The research work on the life of the renowned artiste has already begun as a part of pre-production, the makers will soon announce the cast and director. Born on November 8, 1920, Sitara Devi was not just an eminent artiste but also a strong woman, who strengthened the ideology of feminism and womanhood by living life on her own terms. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Indian culture, Art and Culture, Indian Cinema, Sitara Devi, Artist
Eros Now is coming up with a dedicated Bollywood Film Festival on Facebook Watch on Diwali. The OTT platform has partnered with Facebook to bring some of the finest films from its library of over 12,000 Indian films and stream it on Eros Now's Facebook page from November 3 to December 2. The movies have been specially curated to ensure the right mix of genres, scale, and relevance during the festive season.
The list has titles that span three decades: the 90s, the 2000s and the 2010s and includes names ranging from 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Tere Naam', 'Love Aajkal', the most loved releases of the last decade such as 'Cocktail', 'Vicky Donor', 'Raanjhanaa', 'Manmarziyaan', and 'Shubh Mangal Savdhan' to new releases like 'Hathi Mere Sathi' and many more. (IANS/ MBI)
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YouTube sensation Jannat Zubair and Dilraj Grewal, who recently launched his single 'Laali' under the YRF Digital and Saga Music Collaboration, are all set to mark their debut with the upcoming Punjabi film titled 'Kulche Chole'. The film is under the banner of Saga Studios and is produced by Sumeet Singh. The shoot is underway in Amritsar. The cast and crew of the film paid their respects at the Holy Golden Temple before commencing the film's shoot.
The makers released the title poster of the film on Saturday, and it looks all things flavourful, tangy, and with a fine tempering of new and promising cast. The film has boarded one of the finest teams from the film industry.
It is being directed by Simranjit Hundal, who has previously directed films like '25 Kille', 'Nanka Mela', 'Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De' and other great films too. The film's producer, Sumeet Singh, said: "I just want to entertain the audiences. If everyone takes the same path, then how can we offer new things to our audiences? Jannat and Dilraj are brilliant actors. They deserve all the good things."
"I'm just a source, I can offer a platform, and the rest is their hard work. I believe in my team, and this film will be like a breath of fresh air." The film is all set to release in 2022. The music will be released under Saga Music, Saga Studios' in-house music label. (IANS/ MBI)
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Cinema and movie making is constantly changing, and the result is in front of us we've come a long way from silent black and white short movies to high definition, colour, 5-D movies. It has evolved for the last 108 years and continues to grow. India's first auteur-filmmaker Dhundiraj Govind Phalke popularly known as Dadasahen Phalke directed and produced India's first feature film Raja Harishchandra which was a hundred per cent made by the Indian crew. The movie was released in Bombay's (Mumbai) Coronation Theatre on the 3rd of May 1913 under the label of being India's first home production, full-length film.
Raja Harishchandra was the first to be 'acted, directed and produced by an all-Indian team. Phalke's inspiration to make a "Swadeshi" movie comes from when he viewed the silent movie, "The Life of Christ" in 1911. He wrote in Navayug, November 1917 that While the Life of Christ was rolling fast before my physical eyes, I was mentally visualizing the gods, Shri Krishna, Shri Ramachandra, their Gokul and Ayodhya… He wanted to feel the connection with the movies but that connection failed to form as the context of the movie was foreign.
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Phalke went to London the very next year to learn about filmmaking techniques. He even imported the hardware required for filmmaking to India from England, France, Germany, and the United States of America. Upon his return to India, he founded Phalke Films Company. Phalke published classified in various newspapers for the cast and crew to apply, what's unique about the film was that even the female roles were played by male actors this happened as no women were available for the role.
Phalke was a one-man crew for the production, he was in charge of writing script, direction, production design, make-up, film editing along with film processing. The filming of the whole movie took six months and 27 days.
The female roles were played by male actors in the movieWikimedia Commons
As the name itself suggests the film closely follows the story of Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra from the Vedas who is known to be the epitome of truth as maharishi Vishvamitra makes him go through numerous torturous tests to prove himself.
The story goes as Raja (King) Harishchandra was teaching his son, Rohitashva how to shoot with a bow and arrow as Queen Taramati watches over her son and husband. Later the people of the Kingdom request the king to go on a hunting expedition as the animals have been creating havoc. While on the hunt, Harishchandra hears the cries of some women. Upon following the voice Harishchnadra discovers the sage Vishwamitra was performing a yajna to get help from Triguna Shakti (three powers) against their will. After witnessing the sight Harishchandra revolts and interrupts the sage, which infuriates the egoistic sage. To calm his wrath Harishchandra offers to sacrifice his kingdom to the sage. He informs his queen of the events and the family is exiled from the kingdom by Vishvamitra. The sage asks the poor king for Dakshina within the time period of 48 days. While in exile Rohitashva meets his demise, the king asks his wife to visit Dom king in the hope of free cremation only to face more difficulties on the path Vishvamitra frames her for the murder of the prince of Kashi. Taramati faces trial, pleads guilty and is ordered to be beheaded by Harishchandra. With a torn heart but as he could not turn away from his duty, the king raises his sword to behead his wife, Lord Shiva appears, and it is revealed that all the difficulties they have been going throw were the tests laid down by Vishvamitra to test the integrity of the king, Harishchandra gets back his kingdom, his son is brought back to life and the movie ends.
A legacy of the century
Only a handful of "firsts/indigenous" movies made in India have survived the century. Raja Harishchandra being one of them still holds the same meaning and inspiration for its audience as it did a century ago. Film historian Firoze Rangoonwalla describes the film's impact on the public as "a wide impression and appealed to a large audience in different places" and its box office success provided "the seal of acceptance and laid the foundation of the film industry" in the country.
The debate over whether Raja Harishchandra is truly the first full-length Indian feature film has been argued over for decades. Some film historians claim that Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne was released in the same theatre a year before Raja Harishchandra was the maiden Indian Film. However, other historians differ they argue that Shree Pundalik is a simple cinematographic recording filmed by a British cameraman on a single fixed camera, and later processed in London. On the other hand, Raja Harishchandra was completely made in India, from cameraman to final editing of the movie. Thus, it has recognition from the government of India as the first Indian feature film.
Keywords: Filmmaking, India's first feature film, Raja Harishchandra, Dadasaheb Phalke, filmmakers in India