Thursday 2 May 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day: 97

Will the real Godfather please stand up?
1. 5.2013, Mumbai

Dadasaheb Torne
As we come to the tail end of the centenary year celebrations writer Shashikant Kinikar of Deep Focus Cinema asks if it is Dadasaheb Torney and not Dadasaheb Phalke who is the godfather of Indian cinema.Pundalik 1912 came one year before Dundhiraj Govind Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra 1913. He writes that Torney and his fellow mates were so happy to receive the release print of Pundalik which could fetch successful results in India that none of them remembered to collect the negative of the film was retained by the laboratory in London.

According to Kinikar Ramachandra Gopal Torney alias Dadasaheb Torney’s pioneering
In 1931, Torney stated his own company Saraswati Cinetone in Pune and produced more noteworthy films but in 1942 was forced to shut the company due to financial constraints and bid farewell to filmmaking and some say India.

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