Shree Pundalik Movie Poster

Shree Pundalik

(श्री पुंडलिक)
18th May 1912- Historical, Silent, White and Black, Mythology
One of the candidates for the first Indian film. it was a photographic recording of a popular Marathi play.
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Director: Dadasaheb Torne



Movie Details

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Movie NameShree Pundalik
Original Language Nameश्री पुंडलिक
Year1912
Release Date18th May 1912
Languages Hindi, Marathi
StorylineOne of the candidates for the first Indian film. it was a photographic recording of a popular Marathi play.
Story SummaryShree Pundalik, which was released on 18 May 1912 at the Coronation Cinematograph, Girgaum, Mumbai, is one of the candidates for the first Indian film.
Run Time22 Mins


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Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Some have argued that Pundalik does not deserve the honour of being called the first Indian film because it was a photographic recording of a popular Marathi play, and because the cameraman—a man named Johnson—was a British national and the film was processed in London. Detractors argue that Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra, which was released nearly a year later, is more deserving of the title of the first Indian film.
  2. Shree Pundalik was sent overseas for processing by Dadasaheb Torne. Torne's Pundalik was about 1,500 feet or about 22 minutes long. The film had a shooting script, was shot with a camera, and its negatives were sent to London for processing. Positives were produced and finally released at Coronation Cinematograph, Girgaum. The film ran for two weeks
  3. Some have argued that Raja Harischandra cannot be called the first Indian film as Dadasaheb Torne's film Shree Pundalik was released on 18 May 1912 in Bombay, one year before Phalke's film.


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