Cinema: Raja Harishchandra

City: Bangalore
Location: AFB Auditorium
Date: Fri, 2013/05/17 – 6:30pm

To celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, the Alliance Française de Bangalore will screen Raja Harishchandra, a
1913 silent Indian film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke. This is the first full-length Indian feature film.
The film was based on the legend of King Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and
was released on 3 May 1913.Friday 17 May at 6.30pm AFB Auditorium

The film marked a historic benchmark in the film industry in India.

The film opens with a Ravi Varma like tableau showing King Harishchandra, his wife Taramati and his young son. The king is teaching his son archery. They go on a hunt. The king enters an area controlled by Sage Vishwamitra. Three fairies appear before the king caught in flames. The king tries to rescue them. These fairies try to seduce the king into renouncing his kingdom for his love of truth. The king endures much hardship including being banished from his kingdom before a god appears to reassure everyone that the whole narrative was merely a test of the king’s integrity.

Entry: Free

For more details contact AFB at 080 40808181