Which of the following Films directed by Dada Saheb Phalke?

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Q. Which of the following Films directed by Dada Saheb Phalke? (December 2023, UGC NET)

(A) Vishwa Mohini

(B) Veer Abhimanyu

(C) Mohini Bhasmasur

(D) Lanka Dahan

(E) Savitri Satyavan

Choose the most appropriate answer from the options given below:

1. C, D and A Only

2. C, B and A Only

3. C, D and E Only

4. E, D and A Only

Correct Ans: (3)

Explanation: Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the father of Indian cinema, directed several pioneering films that laid the foundation for Indian filmmaking. His notable works include:

Mohini Bhasmasur: Released in 1913, this film is based on a mythological story from Hindu scriptures. It showcases the tale of the demon Bhasmasur and how the goddess Mohini tricks him, demonstrating Phalke’s talent in bringing mythological stories to the screen with innovative special effects and storytelling techniques.

Lanka Dahan: This 1917 film depicts the burning of Lanka from the epic Ramayana. It was one of Phalke’s most successful films and featured groundbreaking special effects for its time. The film was significant for its portrayal of the legendary conflict between Hanuman and the demon king Ravana.

Savitri Satyavan: Released in 1914, this film is based on the story of Savitri and Satyavan from the Mahabharata. It tells the tale of Savitri’s devotion and her determination to bring her husband Satyavan back to life, highlighting themes of love, faith, and perseverance.

These films not only cemented Phalke’s legacy as a pioneer in Indian cinema but also showcased his ability to effectively adapt and present Indian mythological stories through the medium of film, using innovative techniques that were ahead of his time.Therefore, the correct films directed by Dadasaheb Phalke are “Mohini Bhasmasur,” “Lanka Dahan,” and “Savitri Satyavan.” The correct answer is: C, D, and E Only.

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