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Kangana Ranaut Celebrates Filmmaker Sai Paranjpye’s Birth Anniversary

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Sai Paranjpye birthday: Actor Kangana Ranaut wished noted writer-director Sai Paranjpye on her birthday today, calling her one of the “lost heroes of cinema”. The actor also shared pictures of the filmmaker, who produced her first literary work when she was eight years old.

Ranaut tweeted, “There are many lost heroes of Cinema who media conveniently forgets… Today is the birth anniversary of one such hero one of the first women writer and director Sai Paranjpye ji who made exceptional cinema like Sparsh and Chasme Buddoor. Wishing you a very happy birthday maam.”

Take a look at Kangana Ranaut’s tweet:

Sai Paranjpye, who turns 83 today, has also made children’s films Sikander and Jadoo ka Shankh. She released her memoir A Patchwork Quilt – A Collage of My Creative Life last year. “I started out by translating an account of my creative journey, but then it felt ridiculous to translate sentence by sentence,” Paranjpye told Scroll.in about the book. “The sensibility and sensitivity in both languages are quite different. Certain things in Marathi don’t work in English. It was my thing anyway, so I could take liberties.”

Sai Paranjpye: The versatile filmmaker

Paranjpye has given the viewers some critically-acclaimed films like Sparsh, Chashme Buddoor and Katha in the 1980s. She has written and staged several plays, including Sakhe Shejari, Jaswandi and Maza Khel Mandu De, and directed the television serials Ados Pados (starring Amol Palekar and Talluri Rameshwari) and Chhote Bade as well. For her brilliant work, Paranjpye has been felicitated with four national awards, in various categories and was also conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2006.

Paranjpye was born to a Russian father and an Indian mother, Shakuntala, also a famous writer and social worker. Her grandfather was RP Paranjpe, the first Indian senior wrangler at the University of Cambridge.

“I guess I was born with it,” Paranjpye said about her vivid imagination, crediting her mother for bringing her up with a love for storytelling.

“My mother used to tell bed time stories to put me to sleep. One night, she ran out of them and said, ‘you tell me a story’, so I did and she said ‘that’s not so bad, who told them to you?’ I said no one, I made it up. Then she didn’t believe me and I told her another and another,” she added.

Feature Image Credit: Kangana Ranaut/Twitter

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