Marathi film selected as India's entry at Oscars

Marathi film selected as India's entry at Oscars

The two-hour-long film depicts the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to make India’s first feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913.

Harishchandrachi 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 and the jury was headed by noted actress Asha Parekh.

Elated director

Paresh Mokashi, writer and director of the film, was elated on hearing t he news. Mokashi said he has to submit the prints of the film to the Oscar Academy by October 1.

“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,” said Mokashi.

“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. Harishchandrachi Factory is the second Marathi film after Shwaas in 2004 to be selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars.