Salunke, Babaraya Phalke
of Raja Harischandra is taken from the Mahabharata, the classical Indian Epic
and tells about the righteous king who sacrifices his kingdom, wife and son to
fulfill his promise to Sage Vishwamitra.
Convinced of his ideals, the Gods in Heaven declare him to be the living
embodiment of Truth and restore him to his former regal glory.
The original film is in four parts. Only the first and the last part could be
salvaged so far.
These two reels of the first Indian film are preserved in the National Film
Archive of India.
Some film historians are of the view that the reels preserved in the NFAI are of
a subsequent remake of the same title produced in 1917.