Jabbar Patel


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Marathi filmmaker Jabbar Patel (India, 1942) started out in theater, producing Vijay Tendulkar's influential plays "Ashi Pakhare Yeti" (1970) and "Ghashiram Kotwal" (1973), before directing three films about political corruption scripted by Tendulkar: Saamna/ Confrontation (1975), also dealing with magic, Sinhasan/ The Throne (1979), based on two novels by Arun Sadhu, and Umbartha/ Threshold (1981), based on Shanta Nisalís autobiographical novel "Beghar" and starring actress Smita Patil, that also adds a feminist theme. Patel also directed the musical blockbuster Jait Re Jait/ Win Win (1977), an adaptation of Gopal Nilkanth Dandekar's novel. Highlights of the 1990s were Ek Hota Vidushak/ Once There Was A Clown (1992), scripted by the writer Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, about Maharashtra's traditional "tamasha" theater, and Mukta (1994). He turned away from his home language for the biopic Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000), in both English and Hindi, and Teesri Azadi (2006) in Hindi.

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