Production: Hindustan Cinema Film Co.
Direction, Story, Cinematography: D.G. Phalke
Cast: Mandakini Phalke
villagers seek the help of Lord Krishna who, using his supernatural power,
subdues the poisonous Kaliya and redeems the villagers from the demon Kaliya who
also gets emancipated in the process.
remarkable opening of the film shows a closeup of Phalke’s daughter, Mandakini
which mixes slowly with the image of her as Krishna.
Many moods of this child actress are captured for a few moments before
this, and the title reads, “ Study of facial expressions by a little girl of
Phalke’s trick photography especially in the last scene of Kaliya Mardan, where little Krishna overpowers the giant serpent is innovative.