Goa keeping Marathi theatre alive: Vikram

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 June 2013 20:34 IST

Noted Maharashtra actor Vikram Gokhle lauded Goans for keeping the Marathi theatre alive, along with Konkan, when Maharashtra has neglected it.

The veteran actor was honoured with Krutadnyata Puraskar for his contribution in theatre and films at the sixth Marathi Film Festival that began in Panaji today.

Gokhle was honoured at the hands of Goa speaker Rajendra Arlekar.

While replying to the honour, Gokhle also offered to conduct week long theatre workshops in Goa, if Goa Kala Academy invites him.

He also saluted theatre-loving audience of Goa, which kept him coming to the tourist state for the last 52 years.

He also proudly said his great grandmother is from Goa and thus he feels more attached to the state.

“Not only Maharashtra, even Goa has played a major role in what I am today”, said Gokhle.

The veteran actor, who is presently anchoring a DVD film made on Dinanath Mangeshkar, requested Goa government to financially help the producers of this film – Bharat Gayan Samaj.

He said he had anchored free for this film since it is a research document being produced on the unique singing style of Dinanath Mangeshkar, the great son of Goa.

The festival was earlier inaugurated at the hands of Shiv Sena working president Uddhav Thackeray.

Speaking on the occasion, Uddhav appealed to the Goa government to build a film city with all the necessary facilities.

The three-day festival would screen 17 Marathi films, including two films produced by Goan producers – Chandi and Digant.

The festival opened with Tejas Deoskar's romantic flick 'Premsutra'

The festival will also mark the premier of the industry's most expensive film, 'Duniyadari' as well as Gajendra Ahire's 'Postcard', the closing film of the festival.


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