Independence Day: Indian Cinema's 100 Great Films

Independence Day: Indian Cinema's 100 Great Films

Raja Harishchandra(1913)
Language: Silent
Director: Dadasaheb Phalke
Cast: D D Dobke, Anna Salunke, G V Sane

The film that started it all was based on the legend of a king who sacrifices his kingdom and his family to keep his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. Raja Harishchandra was a hit, and successfully moved audiences from stage to screen. In the absence of actresses, the role of queen Taramati was played by male actor Anna Salunke.