'Harishchandrachi factory' India's entry for Oscars

Stills from the movie Harishchandrachi Factory

The two-hour-long film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to make 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913, India's first feature film.
"Harischandrachi Factory" beat off competition from 15 films including Bollywood movies like "New York" and "Delhi 6" to get selected for the honour.

The nomination of the Marathi film was announced by The Film Federation of India (FFI) and the jury was headed by noted actress Asha Parekh. Paresh Mokashi, the writer and director of the film was elated on hearing the news. Mokashi said he will have to submit the prints to the Oscar Academy by October one. "The film was completed in December last year. We plan a grand release all over Maharashtra and rest of the country in Marathi and Hindi with English sub-titles by this year-end," Mokashi said.

"The film is totally based on facts. It is the first ever attempt to bring the making of the first feature film made in India on celluloid," Mokashi said. "Harishachandrachi Factory" is the second Marathi film after "Shwaas" in 2004 to be selected as India's official entry to the Oscars.

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