Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar passes away
Noted playwright Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar died on Monday morning in Pune at the age of 80. Regarded as one of the influential as well as controversial writer, he is also known for his political essay and social commentary primarily in Marathi language.
He was suffering from a muscular disorder, myasthenia gravis, and had been under treatment at a Pune hospital for the past few weeks.
As a tragic theatre personality who wrote his first story when he was just six-years-old and emerged as a complete artists as writer, director, actor and dramatist who will be remember for ever and certainly a ray of courage and inspiration for many in the country looking at his life history.
Born on Jan 6, 1928 in a Brahmin family in Kohlapur, he was grown up in a literary atmosphere. His early story depicts the typical struggling existence of normal middle class family. He started his career with short stories, newspaper columns and script writer for plays. His first full-fledged play Grihast (the householder) was not received well and took a long break from writing.
Returning back, he wrote many shot stories, several one-act plays, and film scripts. Sakharam Binder (1972), Ghashiram Kotwal which were initially censored by the government with controversy surrounding. Among others Shrimant (1956), Giddhade (Vultures) in (1961) and Kanyadan (1983) were among others who gave him prominence amid controversy.
He also wrote the scripts for some of the most acclaimed Hindi films, including Nishanth, Manthan, Ardha Satya, Aakrosh, and some other which are framed under alternate cinema. Tendulkar also wrote for some of the television serials.
His hard-hitting social commentary whether urban middle class hypocrisy or political power plays drew enormous criticism but awards and recognition as well, as were based on reality; social injustice, inhumanity, and political power play, exploitation and corruption.
Vijay Tendulkar was awarded including, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1970), Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya Award (1970), Padma Bhushan in 1984, Saraswati Sanman (1993 ), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1998) Maharashtra Gauruw Puraskar in 1999, Kalidas Samman (1999).
Apart from in 1977, Tendulkar won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay of Shyam Benegal’s movie Manthan. Also Filmfare Best Screenplay Award and Filmfare Best Story Award for the film Aakrosh released in 1981 and Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for Ardha Satya in 1983.
The playwright’s personal life is full of heart-rending as he lost his wife Nirmala and son Raja in 2001, following his daughter and noted television actress Priya Tendulkar, who died of cancer in 2002.
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