First male actor to play as a heroine in Indian Cinema
Anna Hari Salunke (also known as A. Salunke and Annasaheb Saluke) was the first Actor to play as a heroine in Indian Cinema.
Anna Hari Salunke played the role of Rani Taramati of King Harishchandra in Dada Saheb Phalke’s first full length film, Raja Harishchandra (1913).
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke), the director and producer of the film Raja Harishchandra was in a search of a women who agreed to act in his film but everyone(even prostitutes and dancing girls) refused as working in films at that time was not considered good.
Dadasaheb Phalke saw Anna Hari Salunke, who had an effeminate figure and slender hands, and convinced him to play a female role.
Anna Hari Salunke was working for a monthly salary of 10 rupees, in a restaurant on Grant Road, Mumbai at that time.
Dadasaheb Phalke offered him 15 and Anna Hari Salunke agreed.