Yesterday, I saw this movie " Harishchandrachi Factory", on UTV.based on life and works of late Dadasheb Phalke, pioneer of Indian Film Industry.Movie is in Marathi, and has been much acclaimed in India and abroad.
After struggling for many years to make films, eventually, Dadasaheb succeded in making his first movie, titled " Harishchandra Taramati".His successes prompted his film contacts in England to invite him to England.On his visit, his aforesaid film was screened in a theater , after which Dadasaheb, was personally introduced by his British friends to the audience, which gave him a standing ovation.After this, he was offered work of film making in England by his British friends , promising handsome money.It is shown in the film, that Dadasaheb, very politely refused this offer, stating that, he would like to continue making films in India on Indians, as this will help him establish this new industry in India.
That was nearly 90 years ago.A man decided that money and other comforts of life were less important than pioneering a nascent industry.Results.India in 2010 became the largest producer of films in the world,directly employing 30lakh people.
In memory of this pioneer, government honoures a distinguished film personality every year for his/her contribution to the film industry with DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD.
Award is generally given to persons who have put in several decades in the film industry, with very substantial contribution in the growth of industry.
See list of awardees at www.greenmangoes.net/awards/dadasaheb_phalke_awards.