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For Maharashtrians, Makar Sankranti Should Be Bigger Than New Year: Akshay Bardapurkar

TV | News18 | January 7, 2019, 3:57 pm
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 When Planet Marathi’s Akshay Bardapurkar told mercurial politician Subramanian Swamy to wish the viewers a Happy New Year in December, Swamy immediately said the biggest celebration will take place for many during Makar Sankranti. (Image: Special Arrangement)

When Planet Marathi’s Akshay Bardapurkar told mercurial politician Subramanian Swamy to wish the viewers a Happy New Year in December, Swamy immediately said the biggest celebration will take place for many during Makar Sankranti. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Swamy’s words left an indelible mark on Akshay Bardapurkar, the moving spirit behind Planet Marathi – the Marathi entertainment industry’s biggest digital platform. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Swamy’s words left an indelible mark on Akshay Bardapurkar, the moving spirit behind Planet Marathi – the Marathi entertainment industry’s biggest digital platform. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Bardapurkar, who has helped Marathi films reach out to audiences through his digital platform, now realises that Marathi and the Maratha culture should reach across to the world. In this photo, Akshay is seen posing for a photo with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Bardapurkar, who has helped Marathi films reach out to audiences through his digital platform, now realises that Marathi and the Maratha culture should reach across to the world. In this photo, Akshay is seen posing for a photo with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Akshay Bardapurkar with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at an event. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Akshay Bardapurkar with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at an event. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “Marathi actors are also in Bollywood and they are referred to as Bollywood stars at times – there are people like Madhuri Dixit, Urmila Matondkar, Nana Patekar, Amruta Khanvilkar, Shreyas Talpade and Riteish Deshmukh to name a few. But then barring them few take pride in being called a Marathi movie star,” says Akshay. (Image: Special Arrangement)

“Marathi actors are also in Bollywood and they are referred to as Bollywood stars at times – there are people like Madhuri Dixit, Urmila Matondkar, Nana Patekar, Amruta Khanvilkar, Shreyas Talpade and Riteish Deshmukh to name a few. But then barring them few take pride in being called a Marathi movie star,” says Akshay. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “We got a film like Sairat which was a blockbuster across the country. But we will need a film like Baahubali to get into the big league,” added Akshay. (Image: Special Arrangement)

“We got a film like Sairat which was a blockbuster across the country. But we will need a film like Baahubali to get into the big league,” added Akshay. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Bardapurkar who bills himself as a producer, philanthropist, producer and internet expert, not necessarily in that order, wants the Marathi film industry to make a larger than life film to ensure that Maharashtrians feel proud of their legacy and the ability to make what the rest of India can. “Everything is being done in Mumbai. So why not in Marathi?” concluded Bardapurkar. Akshay Bardapurkar with Marathi actor Subodh Bhave. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Bardapurkar who bills himself as a producer, philanthropist, producer and internet expert, not necessarily in that order, wants the Marathi film industry to make a larger than life film to ensure that Maharashtrians feel proud of their legacy and the ability to make what the rest of India can. “Everything is being done in Mumbai. So why not in Marathi?” concluded Bardapurkar. Akshay Bardapurkar with Marathi actor Subodh Bhave. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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