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Documenting an unsung hero

DNPUN45245 | 12/20/2011 | Author : Pallavi Kharade | WC :219

Bolpatacha Mooknayak, a docudrama on the life of VG Damle, one of the founders of Prabhat Film Company, will be screened today at FTII

A poor village boy becomes a pioneer of Indian cinema may sound like a scene out of a film. But the life of Vishnupant G Damle, one of the founders of Prabhat Film Company, is no less amazing.
Now, Vishnupant Damle: Bolpatacha Mooknayak (Vishnupant Damle: The Unsung Hero of Talkies), a docudrama unfolds the fantasy-like journey of the hero and his great contribution to the Indian film industry.
The film is produced by Damle’s grandson, Anil and is directed by Virendra Valsangkar. “The story of VG Damle’s life is extraordinary. This film is an effort to portray the pioneering work done by Vishnupant and pay tribute to him. We have incorporated many incidents from his life which are not known but which shaped his life. For instance, when Vishnupant failed in his drawing exam, his father told him that his destiny has planned something bigger and better for him. Later, he became a disciple of Baburao Painter and even painted curtains in the theatre.”
Valsangkar has assisted director duo Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. He has directed documentaries such as The Unfolding White and Tribes of Maharashtra.
Actor Hrishikesh Joshi plays the lead role. The rest of the cast includes Nachiket Purnapatre, Ashwini Giri, Nitin Dhanduke, Prashant Tapasvi and Rajesh Pathak. Sachin Khedekar is the narrator.

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