68th National Awards: Marathi films Sumi and Me Vasantrao win in two categories

The city’s classical singer, Rahul Deshpande, was watching the National Film Awards announcements live broadcast with his family on Friday. For him, “it was like the last game of an India-Pakistan game” when his name was announced as the best male playback singer for Me Vasantrao, a biopic about his grandfather, the late classical singer Vasantrao Deshpande .

At the 68th National Film Awards announced on Friday, Me Vasantrao also won the National Award for Best Audiography (Sound Designer) for Anmol Bhave.

“I am happy to receive the national award… Credit goes to the director, Nipun Dharmadhikari, the producers and the whole sound department. I enjoyed composing songs for this movie as well as performing, and we all had a great time. We faced many obstacles while filming, but every second of this journey was special and satisfying. I am happy to be recognized for the effort. I humbly accept the award and thank the jury and the entire team,” added Deshpande.

Marathi Cinema won a big prize at the National Awards as Amol Gole’s film Sumi also received two awards – Best Children’s Film as well as Best Child Artist award for its lead actors Akanksha Pingle and Divyesh Indulkar.

“I would like to pay tribute to the two child actors because they played the biggest role in obtaining the award. I would also like to salute the director Amol Gupte because that is the experience I had with him with films like Taare Zameen Par, and Stanley ka Dabba… he’s my guru and I owe him everything. The film is a dedication to everyone who struggled for their education and successfully completed it,” Gole said.

“I was over the moon when my dad rushed to tell me the news. Amol sir was very confident that I would get the award as he appreciated my work in his film but I still wasn’t sure… My parents had put in quite a lot of effort to get me in this field… filming was a very rewarding experience and I was able to learn a lot under Gole sir,” said Akanksha Pingle, 17, now a student at DY Patil College.

“I have no words to express how delighted I am with his achievement. People have visited us and sent their greetings. All credit goes to Gole sir for his achievement…this is the national award , nothing is bigger than that,” added his father, Laxman Pingle.

“I’ve worked in shorts and commercials before, but this was my first feature film. I’m happy and the celebrations are already underway… I give credit to Gole sir for his guidance throughout the film and I really enjoyed working in the film with my co-star Akansha,” said Indulkar, 15, a resident of Dadar, Bombay.

In Mumbai, where he has lived for more than a decade, actor Siddharth Menon was having a normal day when he learned he had won the special mention for the Marathi film June. The actor, who was born in Pune and raised here, said: “I was preparing for something else and this announcement happened… and it went crazy. It’s unexpected and the emotions are not yet recorded. This film is very close to my heart and I had the chance to work on it because it is a work that crosses several borders and is difficult to enclose in a single definition. We thought that this film was very important; its slogan was “Healing is beautiful”.

Vishal Kudale’s Tak-Tak, a former FTII, won his only star, Anish Gosavi, Best Child Artist in Feature Films. The film tells the story of a schoolboy who wakes up in his classroom to find that school has three days off, forcing him to learn how to survive and come to terms with certain truths.