Vishram Bedekar

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Vishwanath Chintamani Bedekar
Native name Marathi: विश्वनाथ चिंतामणी बेडेकर
Born 13 August 1906
Died 1998
Nationality Indian
Other names Vishram Bedekar
Spouse(s) Malati Bedekar
Children Shrikant Bedekar

Vishwanath Chintamani Bedekar (Devanagari: विश्वनाथ चिंतामणी बेडेकर) (1906–1998), who professionally used the name Vishram Bedekar (विश्राम बेडेकर), was a Marathi writer and movie director from Maharashtra, India.

Bedekar was born on August 13, 1906 in Amravati, Vidarbha. After receiving his college degree in Amravati, he went to Nagpur for his post-graduate studies. During his college days, he was drawn to English literature and theater. He moved to Pune in the 1930s.

In 1938, he married Malati Bedekar, (whose maiden name was Balutai Khare).[1]

Literary work[edit]

Bedekar wrote his only novel Ranangan (रणांगण) in 1939. It portrayed romantic love between an Indian youth and an English girl against the backdrop of World War II, and created a storm in literary circles in his times. Bedekar received in 1985 a Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiographical Ek Jhad Ani Don Pakshi (एक झाड आणि दोन पक्षी).[2] He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (मराठी साहित्य सम्मेलन) in Mumbai in 1988.

Bedekar wrote several plays:

  • Brahma Kumari (ब्रह्मकुमारी) (A mythological play with contemporary relevance)
  • Naro Wa Kunjaro Wa (नरो वा कुंजरो वा)
  • Waje Paul Apule (वाजे पाऊल अपुले)
  • Tilak Ani Agarkar (टिळक आणि आगरकर).

The last play depicted the emotional and intellectual conflict between Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar.

Movie Direction[edit]

Bedekar took a course in cinematography in the U.K. He directed many Marathi and Hindi Films. [3] Few of the notable movies are :

  • Thakiche Lagna
  • Satyache Prayog
  • Vasudeo Balwant
  • Naradnardi
  • Krushnarjun Yuddha
  • Chool Ani Mool
  • Ramshastri
  • Pahila Palna
  • Andheri Duniya (Hindi) (1936)
  • Lakharani (Hindi) (1945)
  • Talaash (Hindi) 1957
  • Do Bhai (Hindi) (1961)
  • Rustom Sohrab (Hindi) (1963)
  • Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi (Hindi) (1970)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Women Writing in India: 600 B.C. to the early twentieth century. Feminist Press at CUNY. 1991. ISBN 9781558610279. 
  2. ^ "Akademi Awards (1955-2015)". Sahitya Akademi. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "When Salim Khan was offered role of Bajirao... in the 50's". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016.