From ‘Navrang to Navrasa’, a great cinematic journey
One of the greatest film makers of India, Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre is known for many firsts in Indian Cinema. Right from the first Children’s film ‘Ranishaheba’ (1930), the first Marathi talkie ‘Ayodhyecha Raja (King of Ayodhya – 1933), the first colour film in India ‘Sairandhri’ (1933), to the use of trolleys, telephoto lenses and animation.
However far beyond these firsts is the contribution of this great film actor-director to the cinematic medium. His interpretation of Cinema right from the silent Cinema to his last film, Shantaram created a new cinematic grammar and visual language. If ‘Kunku’ was a social statement, Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani was an experiment with form and images, ‘Do Ankhen Barah Hath’ was ‘Out of the box’ Cinema’, right form its camera angles to its fine editing and finer performances. His films were screened in prominent international film festivals like Venice and Moscow regularly. What was unique to V Shantaram was his approach to Cinema and treatment of subjects.
Awarded Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards V Shantaram popularly called ‘Anna Saheb’acted in 25 films, directed 55 films and produced 92 films in a career spanning almost 70 years. Winner of numerous awards, V Shantaram more importantly won the hearts through his craft and contribution.
An Advisor and Mentor to the Government, he served on many important positions and guided a number of institutions and careers.
The 7th Jagran Film Festival pays tributes to this great film maker and his great contribution to the Cinematic art across languages, forms and formats.