Raja Paranjape Film Festival will be held in the city from April 16Events & Happenings — By The Desk on April 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM
Times of India: The second edition of the Raja Paranjape Film Festival will be held in the city from April 16 to April 20. About 10 films made by Paranjape, a workshop on his mastery over film-making, and a special audio-video presentation on the legendary actor-director-writer-singer are in the offing. Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee will be felicitated with the Raja Paranjape Sanman on April 20.
The festival is organised by the Raja Paranjape Pratishthan in association with Aashay Film Club and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). This year, the event will be inaugurated by eminent director Raj Dutt on the NFAI premises on April 16.
Actor-director Smita Talwalkar is the festival convenor. The first Tarunai Sanman will be given to music composer Kaushal Inamdar, actors Mukta Barve and Shreyas Talpade and director Satish Rajwade.
Some of the best-known films by Paranjape like ‘Ha Majha Marg Ekala,’ ‘Oon Paus,’ ‘Pudhcha Paaul,’ ‘Lakachi Goshta,’ ‘Suvasini,’ ‘Jagachya Pathivar,’ ‘Ganget Ghoda Nhala,’ ‘Santh Vahate Krishnamayi’ and ‘Pedgaonche Shahane’ will be screened. A special workshop, ‘Understanding Raja Paranjape,’ to be held on April 18, will throw light on the unique cinematic genius of the filmmaker. The venue will also present a photography and film poster exhibition on Paranjape and his work.
The Pratishthan’s website will be launched on April 19. “Paranjape (1910-1979) is often considered the architect of post -independence Marathi cinema. This year, the scope of the festival has been widened and we hope to receive a larger number of delegates. The special workshop organised in his honour will enlighten film-lovers on Paranjape’s skills as a talented actor, singer, writer and director,” said Archana Rane, granddaughter of Paranjape and the Pratishthan’s president, during a press conference on Tuesday.
With 80 Marathi and Hindi films on a wide range of topics to his credit, Paranjape’s body of work deserves preservation, said Virendra Chitrav, co-founder of the Aashay Film Club. “Efforts are on to acquire the rights of Paranjape’s films by tracking their current owners. The idea is to release DVDs of these films and show them to as many people as possible,” added Chitrav.
The festival will conclude on April 20 at the New English School, Ramanbaug, with an audio-visual presentation on Paranjape’s films and a special programme on some of the most memorable musical numbers contributed by him. The musical rendition will be given by Suvarna Mategaonkar, Anagha Pendse, Pramod Ranade and Parag Mategaonkar.
Free passes will be available from April 13 at Pathfinder, near Neelayam Theatre in Sadashiv Peth.