Mumbai: Google on Saturday paid tribute to renowned Indian filmmaker, actor and writer Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, popularly known as V Shantaram on his 116th birth anniversary.
The Google Doodle depicts three films produced and directed by V Shantaram – ‘Amar Bhoopali’,’ Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’ and ‘Do Aankhen Baara Hanth’.
Born on November 18, 1901 in Kolhapur, Shantaram played an important role in introducing sound and colour to the Indian cinema. He was fondly called as Annasaheb.
He entered the India cinema industry at the age of 20 with a silent film, seven years after Dhundiraj Givind Phalke aka Dadasaheb Phalke created Indian cinema history with ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913.
Later, Shantaram acted in movies like ‘Surekha Haran’ (1921), ‘Sinhagad’ (1923), ‘Savkari Pash’ (1925), “Duniya Na Mane” (1937), “Padosi” (Marathi-Hindi, 1941), “Dahej” (1950) ‘Parchhain’ (1952), ‘Stree’ (1961), besides the globally-acclaimed ‘Do Aankhe Bara Haath’ (1957) and ‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani’ (1946), the latter considered a tribute to Indo-Chinese friendship.
Shantaram not only acted in films but he also went into film making, producing and scripting both Hindi and Marathi films. He produced 92 films, directed 55 films and acted in 25 films.
He won several national and international awards in his career.
In 1929, he founded the Prabhat Film Company that produced the first Marathi film Ayodhyache Raja (1932). Shantaram left the company in 1942 to form the Rajkamal Kalamandir.
He was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1985 and later he was honored with Padma Vibhushan (in 1992).
Shantaram was married thrice including first to Vimla, and had three children – Prabhat, Saroj and Charusheela. He then married actress Jayashree. His third wife, actress Sandhya, was his co-star in films like Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, Navrang, Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli and Sehra.