The Marathi film awards at the recently concluded 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards stood apart for its content and style
Like in Hindi films, this year it was the innovative content that scored top most, where Marathi films were concerned at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards held on January 12, 2013. The MMRDA Ground in Bandra was abuzz with activity as guests made a beeline towards the venue just before the Marathi awards were to be announced.
Of the films that were entered for viewing, films like Kaksparsh, Khel Mandala, Dhag, Kutumb, Masala, Mokla Shwaas, Night School and Tukaram stood out for any chance of catching the jury’s eyes.
With just a handful of good films, it was not a difficult task to choose from among the best. It was Tukaram that won hands down for its excellent conceptulisation of an age-old story of Sant Tukaram, set in the 17th century, presented in a contemporary style. The race for Best Director ended with the judges opting for Chandrakant Kulkarni’s touching portrayal of Tukaram , the revered Varkari saint and poet who has touched many hearts even to this day. It was for his excellent portrayal of the lonely puppeteer who adopts a deaf-dumb-mute baby abandoned on the streets by her parents in Khel Mandala that Mangesh Desai took home the trophy for the Best Actor (Male). And the emotional and touching tale of a young girl who becomes a widow at a very tender age had many sympathising with her and Priya Bapat did complete justice to the character in Kaksparsh, thus taking home the elegant golden lady for the Best Actor (Female).
Hall of Fame
Best Film: Tukaram
Best Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni (Tukaram)
Best Actor (male): Mangesh Desai (Khel Mandala)
Best Actor (Female): Priya Bapat (Kaksparsh)
The right choice
A three-member panel comprising the eminent Marathi Jury watched the releases of 2012 to drew up a list of the final nominations at the prestigious 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards
Seema Deo, Chairperson, Actor
Seema Deo is a veteran actor who started her career as a heroine in Marathi films at the age of 14, before graduating to character roles in Hindi and later Marathi films. In her 55-year long career, she has acted in films like Jagacha Pathivar, Soniyachi Paule, Ya Sukhno Ya, Jetha and others in Marathi while some of her Hindi films are Yehi Hai Zindagi, Hathkadi, Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni, Anand, Dada, Banphool and Saraswati Chandra. Her