The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG)-organised three-day
Marathi film festival has started in Goa.
festival was inaugurated by theatre and film personality
Sai Paranjape and the Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar
on 8 June. Veteran Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar
was given special recognition award during the inauguration.
who has penned several Hindi films like Katha, Anguthachhap,
Disha and Saaj said that the Marathi film industry was
in a rejuvenating stage. "The Marathi film industry
after its golden era had fallen apart due to advent
of Bollywood. Marathi films were treated as unwanted
relative by Bollywood films which met with success due
to big budgets and national reach," she averred.
a staunch Maharashtrian, Paranjpe hasn't made a single
Marathi film as yet. "I agree that I have not
made any Marathi film. But all my films had Marathi
essence. I have showcased Marathi Manus in it,"
his speech, the chief minister said that his government
would continue to support the Marathi film industry.
festival will witness the screening of 18 Marathi
films and will have the premiere of films Dhag and
Gajarachi Pungi. It will also showcase films like
the 1930s classic Sant Tukaram, and Nitin Desai's
Ajintha among others.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation has initiated
a special package 'Movies, Monsoon, Magic' on the
occasion of the film festival, where tourists on vacation
in Goa can be part of the festival.