Friday, 12 February 2010

Harishchandrachi Factory

I saw the movie 'harishchandrachi factory' a couple of days back.
My verdict......ummmmm Not all that great. I think the movie, which was meant as a tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke, the Father of Indian Cinema, has been trivialised.
The foresight, the persistence of the man and the support of his family doesn't really come through. The director's (Paresh Mokashi) attempt to show the trials and errors, the tribulations his family goes through in a light-hearted manner (perhaps the word is 'humourous')falls flat.
There are blunders too.
How could a brown-skinned native sit along with the Brits and watch a motion picture? In 1911? Didn't the Brits have notice board on most of the public establishments - Indians and Dogs Not Allowed.
The characters too are not 'developed'. They are mere caricatures, their roles/contribution in the life of Phalke not fully explored. I wish they would have shown more of the man, Abdullah, the inn-keeper (hotelier/restaurateur) who Phalke meets in London. Same goes for his friend Telang, who becomes the cinematographer of Raja Harishchandra.


  1. I absolutely agree.. there are lot of loop holes in the movie.Like how come all of sudden 4-6 men are ready to potray female charachter..similarly many of them.

  2. It was funny alright. But never believable. I guess Phalke found it very difficult in real life. But in the film, each obstacle is waved aside with a smile.