Mr. Ravindra Mahajani , veteran actor from Marathi film industry was conferred upon the prestigious 10th Sarvashreshtha Kala Gaurav Puraskar instituted by Sankskruti kala Darpan on Thursday 11th march 2010, in presence of capacity packed audience at the Yashwant Natya Mandir, Matunga, Mumbai. Mr. Mahajani, entertained the Marathi stage and film lovers during late 70s and 80s had to struggle a lot initially in this filed, till he got his major break in V. Shantaram’s film as a hero.
After receiving this award from MLA- Mr. Praveen Darekar, Mr. Mahajani expressed his gratitude to all those producers and directors of his time who spotted the talent in him. He specifically recalled his meeting with Great film makers like V. Shantaram and Raj dutt . While talking about his association with Nanabhai Bhatt, Mr. Mahajani mentioned about the confidence this Gujarathi film maker had in him, as he could not speak Gujarathi that time. “ Mr. Bhatt, signed me for his film first and then for two months he himself offered me tuitions in Gujarathi. It was only after that he launched his film. Later I worked in 11 Gujarathi films besides working in Marathi films,” he said.
Mr. Ravindra Mahajani also recalled some memorable moments in his life and said, how great he felt when popular singer Lata Mangeshkar invited him for tea at her place to felicitate him after he won his first Filmfare award. “Nothing would have been possible, if my dear wife would not have stood by my side, during my period of struggle. When she knew that I seriously wanted to do a career in acting, she took up a job to avoid financial crisis in the family. I am grateful to her,” said the humble actor. Finally, he only wished that his son who is all set to enter this field, would also receive the same support from the Marathi audience.
SKD awards were also presented to various personalities who excelled in the area of films, stage besides television and education field. On this occasion a variety entertainment programme was also presented. Many celebrities were present on the occasion. Mr. Chandrashekhar Sandwe, the organizer of the function did a good job. MMW were online partners of this award function. Zee 24 Taas will telecast this award function on 21st March at 8 pm.