The director of Indian Motion Picture Producers Association,Vikas Patil,and the family of Dadasaheb Tornes have filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court stating that the Father of Indian Cinema tag should be bestowed on Dadasaheb Torne.
Patil and Tornes family claim that Pundalik is the first full-length Indian film with a storyline made by Dadasaheb Torne and released in 1912 which means that Indian cinema completed 100 years last year.
The nation is celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema this year.
The family has cuttings of an English daily published on May 18,1912,that carries an advertisement of the film and one dated May 25,1912 ,which is a review of Pundalik. The family also claims that Torne was not only the first director,but also the first distributor and audiographer. Patil and Tornes family have requested the High Court that Dadasaheb Torne be honoured with the Father of Indian Cinema tag.
The family also wants to bring back the negatives of Pundalik,known to be in Britain,and preserve them here.