Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ganpat Patil: An Unconventional Superstar

It was a great honor to be a part of the movie “Namdar Mukhyamantri Ganpya Gawde” featuring the legendary actor Ganpat Patil. Me and my sister Aishwarya Gharat had a special role to play in it.

The movie became even closer to our heart because of Mr. Ganpat Patil’s presence. The film was also nominated for the Zee Marathi Awards.

The cinema features another marathi superstar Bharat Jadhav in the lead and has Mr. Patil playing an old generation actor who has not received the pension allotted to him by the Government of Maharashtra.

The veteran actor has acted in popular films like ''Meeth Bhakar'', ''Ram Ram Pavhana'',''Naykinicha Sajja'', ''Thoratanchi Kamala'' and ''Bola Dajiba'' and many more.

Mr. Patil was well known for his ''Nachya'' (mimic) role. He has about 60 films and 16 dramas to his credit.

Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal (ABMCM) honored Ganpat Patil with ''Chitrabhushan'' award in 2006 for his contribution and service to the Marathi film industry. He was also conferred with the Zee Marathi Lifetime Achievement Award.
By Deepti Gharat

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Dadasaheb Phalke : Father Of The Indian Film Industry

Dadasaheb Phalke a Marathi Manoos from Trimbakeshwar, Nasik laid the foundation of the Indian Film Industry.He completed his graduation from Sir J J School of Arts,Mumbai and from Kalabhavan,Baroda.

After graduating, in 1910 Dadasaheb saw the screening of "Life of Christ" held at the American Indian Cinema in Mumbai. While watching the film he realised that he had found his purpose of life.

The film " Life of Christ" inspired him to make films on lives of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. His decision to make Hindu mythological films was not due to the religious-minded audience, but because such subjects allowed him to experiment with mystery and miracles.

Dadasaheb Phalke produced about 175 films. Amongst them his most famous films are 'Satyavan Savitri', 'Mohini Bhasmasur' and 'Raja Harishchandra'.

Today the most prestigious award of the Indian Film Industry " the Dadasaheb Phalke Award" is named after him