The father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was an eminent filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, not just that, as his imprints were seen even in the nuanced areas of cinema. He was born on 30 April 1870 in Maharashtra. He began his career as a photographer in Godhra. He fulfilled his dream and of Indian cinema, by making ‘Raja Harishchandra.‘, after drawing inspiration from the silent movie ‘ The Life of Christ’. He formed the Hindustan Film Company. The last feather in his cap was ‘Gangavataran’ (1937). He passed away on 16th February 1944.
In recognition of his contribution to the Indian Cinema, Indian government instituted the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1969, presented by the president of India for lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.