Pune: Acclaimed Marathi film director and National Film Award winner Sumitra Bhave died in Pune on the morning of April 19, as per reports. She was 78.
According to multiple reports, Bhave was battling age-related ailments and was under observation at a private hospital in Pune for the past few days. In her career spanning decades, Bhave, along with director Sunil Sukthankar, produced several excellent Marathi films like Dahavi Fa, Devrai, Vastupurush, Astu Kaasav, Samhita, Welcome Home, Ek Cup Chya and Ha Bharat Majha.
The duo have won various national and international accolades and are known for changing the landscape of Marathi cinema. While Vastupurush was awarded the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 50th National Film Awards, Kaasav, that depicted the issue of depression among youngsters in relation to the life of olive ridley sea turtles, was given the Best Feature Film award at the 64th National Film Awards.
In 1985, Bhave made the short film Bai. The film was well received and won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare. Her next short film Paani, made in 1987, also brought her another National Film Award.
She and Sukthankar made their first full-length film Doghi in 1995. Her last film Dithi has not been released yet. Bhave’s films addressed issues ranging from discrimination to mental health.