Website dedicated to Marathi Cinema launched

Mumbai. 13th Oct 2006:, a first of it kind website dedicated to Marathi Cinema was launched on 12th Oct at MIG club Bandra, Mumbai. This website is a one-stop point for authentic information pertaining to Marathi Cinema. The website which implies stars in Marathi industry is a brainchild of veteran director and producer Mahesh Tilekar. It is encyclopedia about actresses from Marathi films since 1913. Here, authentic textual information is accompanied by some rare exclusive photographs of the actresses. This is first of its kind website in the history of Marathi film industry.

The site was launched at a gala event by the Icon of the Marathi film industry Nilu Phule & Ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyakshya along with Hon. Minister for Co-operation, Relief, Rehabilitation of State Shri. Patangrao Kadam. The event was graced by Bollywood actresses Amrita Rao. This grand event saw the presence of eminent actresses from Marathi Film Industry like Jayashree Gadkar, Asha Kale, Alka Kubal, Priya Berde, Varsha Usgoankar, Madhura Velankar , Sushma Shiromani, Sumati Gupte, Uma Bende, Rekha Kamat, Chitra, Jeevankala, Kanan Kaushal, Faiyaz, Shalaka, Kishori Shahane, Shubha Khote, Vrinda Bhagat, Sarla Yevlekar, Aishwarya Narkar, Pratiksha Lonkar, Meena T, Resham Tipnis, Anjana Mumtaz and several more known artistes.

Commenting about this venture, Actor Shri. Nilu Phule said, "Such love, unity & affection can be seen and felt only in Marathi Film Industry". He further patted Mahesh Tilekar for his thankful initiative. The journey through the site begins with "Kamala Gokhale" (Known actor Vikaram Gokhale's grandmother) who was the first star in the industry and continues with other eminent actresses like Durga Khote, Shobhana samarth, Lalita Pawar, Shanta Apte, Lila Chitnis, Hansa Wadkar, Sulochan, Jayashree Gadkar, Seema, Asha Kale, Alka Kubal, Varsha Usgoankar, Madhura velankar, Deepa Parab, Sarika Nilatkar and so on. Thus this resourceful site will give you immense information about 97 such stars.

On this occasion Producer, Director Mahesh Tilekar said "This project is made by me only because of the sense of a responsibility towards Marathi Cinema. This which has given me everything. Through the medium of I want to make available all the authentic information about known actresses to their mammoth fans across the globe" He further added, "This is my tribute to several long lost and uncelebrated actresses of the Marathi Cinema".

Website has three main segments viz., Maratahi Tarka Athvanitil ( In Memories ). Marathi Taraka Hridayatil (In Hearts), Marathi Taraka Aajchya (Current Actresses). The site is Designed & Compiled by Kaustubh Bapardekar.

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