V Shantaram used to do silent films, his film was in theaters for 134 weeks

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Noted filmmaker Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre passed away on this day. V Shantaram was one of those filmmakers of Indian cinema who took cinema forward with him. Shantaram was a filmmaker of the time when silent films were made in the country. During this time he started his career in cinema. Shantaram is not said to have made his first speaking film, but he is credited with introducing the technology to the first films. He did more than 90 films in his career and was the director of 55 films. He was also honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honor of cinema given by the Government of India. He was honored with this award in 1985.

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V Shantaram started making challenging films from the very beginning of his career. The list includes silent films like ‘Netaji Palkar’, ‘Gopal Krishna’, ‘Udaykal’. After making these films, Shantaram also made excellent colloquial films like ‘Amrit Manthan’, ‘Amar Jyoti’. Each of his films had a different issue and this made him famous. Shantaram made the 1937 film ‘Duniya Na Mane’ and the film was remade in Marathi as well as Hindi with the title ‘Kunku’. With this film, Shantaram courageously exposed the mistreatment of women in Indian society. At the same time, he also portrayed child marriage in his film and screened the film at the Venice International Film Festival. The film was appreciated by both the audience and critics everywhere.

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Among his best films, ‘Pinjra’ also came in 1972 and is originally a Marathi film but in the same year Shantaram also released it in Hindi language. Renowned theater artist Shriram Lagoo started his career in films with this film. The film is also known for the excellent dance performance of actress Sandhya. This is the last of Shantaram’s best films. The film is said to have run for 134 weeks in Pune, Maharashtra, and the story was about a school teacher and a slapstick trick. The film won the National Film Award the following year for being the Best Marathi Language Film. V Shantaram is not in this world at the moment but people have not forgotten him.

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