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Lost footage of PL Deshpande’s 1948 film Vande Mataram donated to NFAI

The iconic film had Purushottam Laxman Deshpande play the lead along with his wife Sunita. 

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The lost footage of the 1948 Marathi movie titled Vande Mataram was donated to the National Film Archives of India [NFAI] by Dinesh Thakur on Tuesday (9 July). The iconic film had Purushottam Laxman Deshpande aka PL Deshpande play the lead along with his wife Sunita. 

PL Deshpande was known for his short stories and plays. He also excelled in acting, scriptwriting and music composition.

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Thakur, who is Sunita Deshpande's nephew, and film historian Satish Jatakdar handed over the footage to NFAI. Co-incidentally, it is the birth centenary year of PL Deshpande; Sudhir Phadke, the film's music composer; and GD Madgulkar, the film's writer and lyricist. 

The news was shared by the director of NFAI, Prakash Magdum, on his Facebook page. He shared a picture of him receiving the film from Thakur and Jatakdar. “Rare footage of lost 1948 film Vande Mataram now in NFAI! PL Deshpande and Sunita Deshpande played the lead roles in the film which was written by GD Madgulkar and songs composed by Sudhir Phadke,” he wrote

“We hope to find the remaining footage of the film and I appeal to all film lovers to come forward in donating or submitting the rare film footages and paper material such as posters, song booklets, photographs etc. so that it can be preserved for future generations”, the director said in a press release.

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Directed by Ram Gabale, Vande Mataram also starred Anant Dhumal, Ganpat Patil and Chhaya Harolikar. This was PL Deshpande’s second film as an actor after RG Rangnekar’s Kuber (1947).