‘Kalia Mardan’

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Kaliya Mardan 1919

PLOT DESCRIPTION Early pioneer of Indian cinema D.G. Phalke directs this tale about the hijinks of child god Krishna. After getting splashed by a group of woman villagers, Krishna (played by the director's daughter, Mandakini Phalke) and the young deity's playmates vow revenge by swiping the women's butter. When the women respond by disciplining them, the children strike mischief again. Later, Krishna sneaks into the house of a rich man and ties his beard to his wife's hair. The eventual result is a crowd of angry villagers bitterly complaining about Krishna to his mortal caretakers. This film is the most extant of Phalke's early films.

Director : D.G. Phalke

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