NFAI poster exhibition for Pu La’s birth centenary
A few posters to be on display at the exhibition on Sunday
: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) will organise a special poster exhibition and film festival on its premises on Law College Road to mark the celebration of the birth centenary of multi-faceted humourist P L Deshpande, fondly called Pu La.
Actor Ashok Saraf will inaugurate the exhibition and film festival at NFAI on November 18 at 10 am in the presence of Kiran Shantaram and Prakash Magdum, director NFAI.
The exhibition will showcase 26 posters of Marathi and Hindi films in which Pu La worked, such as Kuber (1947), Vande Mataram (1948), Johar Maibaap (1950), Maisaheb (1953) to his last work Ek Hota Vidushak (1992).
It will highlight various aspects of Pu La’s contribution to Marathi and Hindi cinema as a writer, actor, director and composer.
“This event is a tribute to the genius artist who ventured into almost every field of performing arts. We plan to take the exhibition to various corners of Maharashtra next year.
A special attraction will be the display of original hand-written copy of the script of Pu La’s cult classic Gulacha Ganapati,” said Prakash Magdum.
The script was donated to NFAI by the family members of Rajguru, the producer of the film in 2015.
The three-day film festival will showcase 12 films, including Gulacha Ganapati and Pudhacha Paul.
The festival will also screen films like The Inspector General and Three Penny Opera, which were later adapted by Pu La for his work Ammaldar and Teen Paishacha Tamasha in Marathi.
“The centenary year is also a good opportunity to trace his lost films and other material. We appeal to the general public to come forward and help the NFAI so that it can be preserved,” said Magdum.
The event has been organised in collaboration with ‘Pu La Parivar’ and Aashay Film club. The entry is free and open to all, said Magdum.