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A product of Purushottam Karandak, Sonali Kulkarni, made her debut appearance in the Hindi play Basant Ka Teesra Yauvan, written and directed by Makarand Deshpande. Poetry dramatizations, one-act plays and experimental theatre were her forte before this. Sonali KulkarniA multilingual person, she has worked in Telegu, Tamil and Marathi plays. Sonali has also to her credit an English movie under an Indo-Latin banner. "I had no difficulty understanding or playing the role the way the director wanted. In fact, I fell in love with it." The role is that of a girl whose world is limited by man, but whose journey from childhood to adulthood is filled with wonderment and curiosity about the outside world which her questioning mind reveals to her. In both films and theatre, Sonali has executed diverse roles. Playing different roles with a variety of emotions excites her. She is cautious about taking monotonous and cliched roles. Sonali has a burning desire to work in comedies. In her film career she has played roles which are away from the mainstream: Amol Palekar's Daayara, Prema Karanth's Bandh Jharokhen, Dr Jabbar Patel's Dr Ambedkar, to name a few, which have won her awards and accolades. Sonali is as comfortable on stage as in front of the camera. Balancing the two does not hamper her style, because for her, 'expression' is the keyword.

A doctor by profession, he joined the film line as a hobby but soon the idea of making films and media his means of bread and butter did it all. Dr Shreeram LagooShreeram Lagoo started his chosen career with the first Marathi film Pinzaraa. From then on there was no looking back. A renowned actor in both Hindi as well as Marathi films, Shreeram Lagoo, is one of the most unforgettable actors of the film industry. His performance in Hindi films is remarkable while it is needless to say that Marathi cinema is also his forte.He was awarded the best actor award for the Marathi film 'Pinzaraa' in the year 1966. With many such awards and acclaims to his credit, not only in the Marathi cinema but also in the Hindi cinema, he will always be remembered as one of the most talented actors. Ek Din Achaanak, Gharonda and Kasturi to name a few, are his most popular films. He won the best supporting actor award for the film Gharonda in the year 1978.

50 year old psychiatrist and actor Mohan Agashe, is one of the well-liked Marathi theatre personalities. A versatilie actor, Agashe has more art- movies to his credit than commercial films. A notable actor, he has pocketed many awards in his film career. His impeccable speech in Marathi and an overwhelming performance in the famous television serial, Swami featuring him as the Bajirao Peshwa gained the serial a lot of popularity. He has also been the director of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for several years.

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