Swatantra Theatre’s nanhe kalaakar (child actors) set to bring Dadasaheb Phalke, regarded as the Father of Indian Cinema, to the stage through the internet. The Hindi play, directed by Abhijeet Choudhary, traces the life of Dadasaheb Phalke. Dhanashree Heblikar is the creative director and composer for the play, which is produced by Yuwaraj Shah. The play will be performed in two parts, one on April 30 and the other on May 1.
The young actors first wrote down the project, then went through acting training and discussions about how to improvise their performance.
This is a pre-recorded play, as the group performed it two years ago at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru auditorium in Pune to commemorate Dadasaheb’s 150th birthday.
Part one, which will air on April 30, will concentrate on Dadasaheb’s early life, including his childhood and experiences with many people who paved the way for him to achieve his dream. On May 1, the second part will show Phalke the filmmaker’s journey. His visits to Germany and London to practise photo printing, appreciate the intricacies of filmmaking, and spend all of his money in his artistic pursuits are just a few of the highlights captured here.
On April 30 and May 1, at 5 p.m., the plays (running time 1 hour 45 minutes) will be available for free on Swatantra theatre group’s YouTube channel.