Pune, April 20, 2017: The 8th edition of the Raja Paranjape Festival concluded with Veteran actor Mohan Joshi receiving and accepting the 8th Raja Paranjape Lifetime Achievement Award. This year would be the 107th anniverasary celebrations of Raja Paranjape.
On this auspicious occasion, Veteran actor Mohan Joshi received the Lifetime Achievement award at the hands of Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak. This was followed by an interview with Mohan Joshi which was conducted by Film Director Praveen Tarade.
On receiving the award Mohan Joshi said “to receive this award gives me immense joy. Raja Paranjape was indeed a great personality and had abundant knowledge in the field of music. He worked as a junior artist but dedication and hard work he succeeded in becoming a great director as well. It is truly an honor to receive this award.”
Mukta Tilak(Pune Mayor) also went on to say that “The Raja Paranjape lifetime achievement award is considered the best and the person receiving the award is also someone who has an amazing personality and great talent. I grew up watching Raja Paranjape’s films and I can say that he simply ruled the film industry during his time.”
The 8th Raja Paranjape Festival was inauguarated at the hands of Dr. Mohan Agashe on April 14, 2017. On the day of the inauguration Director Ashutosh Gowarikar, Actors Jitendra Joshi, Medha Manjrekar and National Award winning singer Mahesh Kale received the Raja Paranjape Sanman. Dr. Mohan Agashe and other dignitaries present recalled upon the memories of Raja Paranjape.
Bharat Desdala who was also present at the occasion said that “Raja Paranjape ruled the cinema for a good 40 years. While black and white films were what ruled back then, it was Raja Paranjape who contributed in introducing everyone to colored films.”
The golden memories of Raja Paranjape continue to reside in the minds of many till date and and the main motive behind organizing this festival was to reach out to the next generation as well.
Lakhachi Goshta, Ha Majha Marg Ekla, Pedgaonche Shahane, Oon Paus, Ganget Ghode Nahale, Pudche Paul, Jagache Pathivar are just some of the popular films which were screened during the festival. Along with the screening of these films, several plays and musical based programs were also put up during this Festival.
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