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Harishchandrachi Factory

Harishchandrachi Factory
Directed by Paresh Mokashi
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Smiti Kanodia
Paresh Mokashi
Written by Paresh Mokashi
Starring Nandu Madhav
Vibhavari Deshpande
Music by Anand Modak
Cinematography Amalendu Choudary
Edited by Amit Pawar
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • July 2009 (2009-07) (Osian's Cinefan)
  • 29 January 2010 (2010-01-29) (India)
Running time 97 minutes
Country India
Language Marathi
Budget 2 crores
Box office 3 crores

Harishchandrachi Factory (Marathi:     हरिश्‍चंद्राची फॅक्टरी, "Harishchandra's Factory") is a 2009 Marathi film, directed by Paresh Mokashi, depicting the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke in making Raja Harishchandra in 1913: India's first feature film, the birth of Indian cinema.[1][2]

Harishchandrachi Factory is the directorial debut of Paresh Mokashi who won the Best Director award at Pune International Film Festival, where the film was shown. In September 2009, it was selected as India's official entry to Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film Category, making it the second film, after Shwaas (2004), in Marathi cinema to receive this honour.[3][4][5]


The film is the story about the beginning of the Indian film industry, set in 1913, when two business partners fall out, resulting in one leaving the company. As the family struggle to survive Phalke (Nandu Madhav) decides to make his own silent motion picture with the support of his family. He travels to England to learn about the new medium and, after he returns, brings together a team of actors and technicians to produce his first film about the story of Raja Harishchandra. Through all the hard work, the movie becomes a hit — marking the beginning of one of the world's biggest film industries.[6][7]

One of the remarkable feats in this film is that it is entirely shot in the style of the movies made in Dadasaheb Phalke's days. There was no camera movement possible in those days - actors and actresses would move in and out of view, much like stage actors. This movie is similarly made. With the exception of a couple of zooming in shots, almost the entire movie is made without the camera moving. Many of the camera angles appear to be contrived (e.g., the outside shots when Phalke goes to London; the shots on the trolley in Bombay) - until this particular feat is kept in mind.

The zoom shots are also not done smoothly - there is a mildly perceptible hand shake, to indicate the experiments that Phalke himself could have conducted.


  • Nandu Madhav as Dadasaheb Phalke
  • Vibhavari Deshpande as Saraswati Phalke
  • Mohit Gokhale
  • Atharva Karve
  • Dilip Joglekar
  • Ketan Karande
  • Dhiresh Joshi
  • Sandip Pathak
  • Vaibhav Mangle
  • Abhay Mahajan
  • Amey Wagh
  • Nipun Dharmadhikari
  • Ganesh Mayekar
  • Ambarish Deshpande
  • Pravin Tarde
  • Mayur Khandge
  • Gary Richardson
  • Gary Tantony

Critical reception

The film was officially released in India on 29 January 2010 and received critical appreciation.[8]

Awards and honours


  1. ^ "Harishchandrachi Factory to tell story behind making of India’s first feature film," Indian Express, Express News, 3 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Harishchandrachi Factory: We all owe a bit to Dadasaheb," Passion for Cinema, 25 May 2009.
  3. ^ "'Harishchandrachi Factory' India's entry for Oscars," Indian Express, PTI 20 September 2009.
  4. ^ "'Harishchandrachi factory' India's entry for Oscars," Press Trust of India, 20 September 2009.
  5. ^ India's Oscar entry: Harishchandra Factory NDTV, Indo Asian News Service. 20 September 2009.
  6. ^ Productions: Harishchandrachi Factory
  7. ^ "Dadasaheb Phalke: Man behind India's first film factory," The Economic Times, 21 June 2008.
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "56th National Film Awards" (PDF).  
  10. ^ "T V Chandran bags John Abraham award".  
  11. ^ Rathore, Anurita (21 September 2009). "Amdavadis saw the Marathi film that could win Oscars next year". Ahmedabad Mirror. The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Paresh Mokashi bags Aravindan Puraskaram". ( 
  13. ^ "‘Nave Valan' (New Turn) – Harishchandrachi Factory (Harishchandra’s Factory)".  
  14. ^ "The Gollapudi National Award Ceremony – 2009". Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Marathi director wins Gollapudi award".  
  16. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (17 March 2009). "Award for Paresh Mokashi". The Hindu (Chennai). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "IFFK 2009: Awards". Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Nair, Chitra (21 September 2009). "Harishchandrachi Factory is India's Oscar entry".  
  19. ^ "List of Indian Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film".  
  20. ^ "Festival Report: 1st Kolhapur IFF". 13 June 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards 2010". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  22. ^ मिफ्टा'चा दिमाखदार सोहळा" [MIFTA award ceremony]'". 19 December 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "PIFF: A Flashback Studded With Memories of Treasure". Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Award Winners" (Press release). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "2010 IFFLA When IndIa sparkked under the LA sky" (PDF). 8 May 2010. p. 55. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Harishchandrachi Factory at the Internet Movie Database
  • Harishchandrachi Factory, Film Review in The Hollywood Reporter
  • Harishchandrachi Factory, Film Review
  • Harishchandrachi Factory, Background Score Review
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