Pune-Based Eminent Film-Maker, Writer Passes Away

Pune-based renowned writer, film-director and documentary film-maker, Prabhakar Pendharkar (aged 77 years) passed away on Thursday evening at his residence in Kothrud. Prabharak had received the Presidentai??i??s Medal for his Films Division documentary, Weave Me Some Flowers, and had penned down the milestone Marathi novel, Rarangdhaang.

Prabhakarai??i??s famous film Bal ShivajiHe was suffering from a serious illness for more than a year now and had been recuperating at home after a recent hospitalization before breathing his last. Prabhakarai??i??s last rites were performed at Vaikunth crematorium later that night. He is survived by his wife Laxmi and two daughters.

Prabhakar was the son of the legendary film-maker, Bhalaji Pendharkar, though he was famous in his own might. Born in the year 1933, he stepped into the world of cinema as an assistant director to his father and later went onto work with V Shantaram and assisted him in the making of the cult movie Do Ankhen Bara Haath.

Prabhakar later served as a producer and director after joining the Films Division in 1961. His documentaries on the forts of Maharashtra and on his father won National Awards. His Marathi classic Rarangdhaang depicts a poignant story of an officer working in the Border Roads Organization and fighting against all odds to build a road in remote areas.

Prabhakarai??i??s other noted literary works include Chakrivadal, Aani Chinar Laal Jhala, Are Sansar Sansar, and Prateeksha. His famous films include Shabbas Soonbai, Bal Shivaji, Bhav Tethe Dev, and Preet Tujhi Majhi. He also directed a movie starring Dada Konde, Aandhala Marato Dola, under the pseudonym Dinesh.

ai???Pendharkar was an amazing artist. His ideas and themes depicted in movies and books are timeless. He was much disciplined and always came on the sets on time,ai??? said Vijay Kondke, the production controller for Aandhala Marato Dola.

ai???I am a great fan of Prabhakarai??i??s work. I have loved all his movies and read most of his written works. His death will certainly create a void in the world of Marathi films and literature,ai??? says Suhasini Kamte, a resident of Kothrud, Pune.

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