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Wax statue to honour Phalke

Friday, February 24, 2012

To mark the centenary of the Indian film industry falling May 3, 2012, a fitting tribute will be paid to its legendary founding father, Dhundiraj G. Phalke, famous as Dadasaheb Phalke, an official said here on Friday.

A full-size wax statue of Dadasaheb Phalke will be created and installed at the Celebrity Wax Museum (CWM) in Lonavala, according to a trustee of the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here on Thursday with CWM's managing director Sunil Kandalloor, commissioning the statue, which will be ready by May 3, the trustee said.

The occasion was to mark the 68th death anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke ON Thursday last, at the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, in which a host of Bollywood personalities paid homage to the father of Indian cinema.

Born on April 30, 1870, at Trimbakeshwar, near Nashik, Dadasaheb Phalke made his debut with India's first full-length silent movie Raja Harishchandra in 1913.

In a career spanning nearly 25 years, he made 95 movies and 26 short movies, including classics like Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

Later, in 1937, he attempted his last movie, Gangavatara before giving up and retiring to his home district. He died there on February 16, 1944.

Acknowledging his immense contribution to the growth and development of the Indian film industry and cinema in general, the government instituted the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1969.

Each year, the prestigious award is conferred on a most outstanding film personality who has dedicated his or her lifetime to

Some of the awardees include Devika Rani Chaudhuri-Roerich (1969), Prithviraj Kapoor, Naushad Ali, Sohrab Modi, Durga Khote, V. Shantaram, Raj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kumar (South) and Sivaji Ganesan.

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