P.L. Deshpande showered the thrilling showers of laughter and humour abundantly for more than five decades over the Maharashtra. Several facets of his attractive personality like author, poet, Screenplay writer of films or even a theatrical play writer, actor, director, music composer and even singer have literally been witnessed and lived by the millions of hungry audiences. In a Marathi film GULACHA GANPATI that was prominently known to be revolving around nothing but P.L. all of these dimensions of his personality have appeared on the silver screen. Through variety of types of media, such as story, fiction, poems, theatre, radio, and television P.L. cultivated a rich harvest of mighty laughter on the cheeks of Maharashtra and left his massive number of fans throughout the length and breadth of Marathi literature completely captivated through his grand performances.
What great legacy did P.L. leave behind for the Marathi-speaking people? He taught the Marathi community to burst in laughter by remarkably touching upon the humorous observations from everyday life. Through several books written by him such as Batyatyachi Chawl, Asaa Mi Asaami, Vyakti aani Valli, Khogir-Bharati, Purchundi, Nasti Uthaathev, Gola-Berij, Hasavnuk, Gangot, Gun Gain Aavadi, Maitra, and Aapulaki, P.L. has donated the charm of bubbling laughter so lavishly that palms of both the hands of his audiences are too short to plunder that enriching wealth. It is no wonder therefore, P.L. Deshpande is one of those glorious legendary personalities from Maharashtra who were conferred with not one alone but all the glittering distinctions like Padmashree, Maharashtra Bhushan Sahitya Akadami Award as well as Sangit Natak Akadami Award too.
P.L. inaugurated a new era in the world of Marathi literature and successfully sowed it also…..P.L. has been governing the minds of his audiences through his meritorious literature and there is absolutely no doubt that the waves of smile and laughter P.L. has exploded on the face Maharashtra shall last for many decades and centuries in future. P.L. Deshpande intensely loved ‘Personality Portraits’ as the form of his literature and that is why he did not keep them confined to the boundaries of his books but instead extracted them from the pages of his books and enlivened them through scores of single-character plays or series of story-telling programs. Considering this fascinating aspect of his grand contribution to the soil of Maharashtra, it is soon going to be possible to actually see his ultra-popular characters portrayed by him on the 70 MM silver screen. This unique opportunity to make this dream of bringing all of these characters together has become possible through the upcoming novel Marathi feature film GOLA BERIJ being produced by Dr. Devdatta Kapadia on behalf of his ‘Different Strokes Communications Pvt. Ltd’. Distinguished actor-director, Kshitij Zarapkar has ventured to shoulder the awesome responsibility of writing the screenplay and being the director of this ambitious film.
Equipped with their sound potential for acting, a grand platoon of famous actors and actresses is going to wreak a havoc of laughter on screen, which includes Dilip Prabhawalkar, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Bharat Jadhav, Sanjay Narvekar, Avinash Narkar, Subodh Bhave, Mukta Barve, Bhargavi Chirmule, Prasad Oak, Sharad Ponkshe, Pushkar Shrotri, Hemangi Kavi, Vaibhav Mangle, Satish Pulekar, Abhijit Chavan, Jayawant Wadkar, Vidyadhar Joshi, Kshitij Zarapkar, Sandip Pathak, Kamalakar Satpute, Bhalchandra Kadam, Vikas Patil, Dushyant Wagh, Sanjay Sugavkar, Manoj Takane, Pranali Londhe whereas a worthy actor Nikhil Ratnaparkhi is going to play the character of P.L. Deshpande himself. Ajit Dandekar is going to be the art director of the film to decorate the scenes in this film with the demanding art direction that matches the themes and each of the character in the film that has already left an imprint on the mind of Maharashtra whereas Geeta Godbole is going to meet the needs for apparel and make-up of the artistes.
The techno-savvy generation of the modern times does not seem to be getting engrossed in the books or literature and therefore it is a need of the hour to communicate with it in the modern language of technology-based medium of live communication. P.L. Deshpande had himself often said, ‘I do like the traditional songs women sing in the villages while working on the grinding devices made of stone but that does not mean that anybody should keep sweating himself or herself over those painstaking devices to get others hear those songs’. It is with this thought of bringing about a blend of all his literature in a new form of the silver-screen that presents a cluster of all of the characters P.L. Deshpande had made immortal is coming the innovative Marathi feature film titled as GOLA BERIJ.
P.L. Deshpande was a fascinating chemical in itself. Author of more than fifty books, innumerable programs of reading chapters from those books, films and plays. P.L. left behind several milestone achievements in each such domain of communication, media and entertainment. All the characters invented by him like Antu Barva, Sakharam Gatane, Narayan, Bembtyaa, Chitale Master or Nanda Pradhan through his discoveries made through outstanding observations themselves went beyond his books to thunder the audiences in laughter and now along with these popular characters several other found in his books are soon coming to meet the audiences in the Marathi feature film GOLA BERIJ.
Today more than a decade has passed for P.L. Deshpande to have started his journey toward eternity but all of his remarks and observations about human nature are still valid as much they were earlier. It is because of this immortal liveliness of his literature the fun involved in it lures us even today. In this regard, is a humble effort made to help one and everybody to relish, and preserve for ages together, the charm of his great philosophy of life told through the language of soft humour that brings laughter and tears in eyes at the same time by describing the people and characters living around us is the upcoming Marathi feature film GOLA BERIJ.