Dadasaheb Phalke: Saheb of Indian films

By HT

Sharayu Phalke Summanwar, 62, is no actor. Nor is she a screenwriter, editor or casting director. After finishing her economics degree at Lady Shriram college in 1970, she became a banker, and now leads a quiet retired life in Pune with her husband. She does, however, have one rather interesting connection with the film world. “Bapu, as we called my great-grandfather, was Dhundiraj Govind Phalke’s older brother,” she said.

The great grand-niece of the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, as he is commonly known, is in the capital for the Centenary Film Festival.

A play, The Forgotten Film, is being staged, based on her book titled The Silent Film.

The play depicts his struggles to make his first film, and getting an indigenous film industry to stand on its feet. “There was almost no one in the first 10 years of