Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chittrapat Mahamandal had arranged a prayer meeting for Late legendary actress Uma Bhende at the Mini Auditorium of Ravindra Natya Mandir on Tuesday evening. Many veteran personalities from Marathi film industry were present on this occasion, including stalwarts like Ramesh Deo, Shubha Khote, Viju Khote, Jayashree T, Jayprakash Karnataki, Rajdutt, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ramesh Bhatkar, Varsha Usgaonkar , Meghraj Bhosale & Vijay Patkar. A video film covering the achievements of Uma Bhende was also shown on this occasion, after homage was paid to the late legendary actress.
92 year old grand old man of Film industry Ramesh Deo recalled his association with Uma Bhende during 60s, when he played her hero in films. He called her as the most beautiful and wonderful person. Sachin Pilgaonkar also spoke good about the actress and recalled his association with her during the shooting of Rajdutt directed hit Marathi film ‘Madhuchandra‘. Sachin had played a child star ion this film. “My mother who used to accompany me during the shooting of this film had become a very good friend of Umaji and she also helped her in her dress up, as her character demanded modern type of sarees. I used to respect her a lot, as I learned so many things from her. Since then, we became good family friends,” said Sachin. Further, Sachin also praised Prasad Bhende son of Prakash and Uma Bhende, who was present there, for his excellent work as cinematographer and wished him all the success.
Varsha Usgaonkar, Jayashree T, Shubha Khote, Viju Khote, Jayprakash Karnataki, Ramesh Bhatkar, Rajdutt also recalled some memorable moments in the company of Uma Bhende. They all called her a humble woman, who always welcomed them with a smiling face and never hurt anyone. Finally, Prakash Bhende turned very emotional while narrating how his arranged marriage with actress Uma turned into post love marriage.