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Renowned Marathi Actor Ashok Saraf Honored with Maharashtra Bhushan Award

Veteran Artist Acknowledged for Outstanding Contribution to Arts

January 31, 2024: In a momentous announcement, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde declared the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award for the year 2023 to the illustrious Marathi film and theater legend, Ashok Saraf. The recognition comes as a tribute to Saraf’s remarkable and diverse contributions to the field of arts, where he has not only excelled in comedy but also skillfully portrayed a spectrum of characters from serious to villainous tendencies.

Ashok Saraf’s artistic journey has left an indelible mark on Marathi cinema and theater, earning him respect and admiration. His versatile performances have resonated with audiences, making him a beloved figure in the industry.

Upon receiving the ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award, Ashok Saraf’s longtime colleague and veteran actress Varsha Dandle took to social media to share a heartfelt tribute. Posting a photo of the celebrated actor, Varsha expressed her admiration for both Saraf’s acting prowess and his humanity.

Varsha reminisced about their collaboration in the play “Unauthorized,” where she had the privilege of working alongside Ashok Saraf. Despite the play’s short-lived existence, it forged a lasting bond of camaraderie and shared experiences. Varsha recalled how, even after her accident, Ashok Saraf and Nirvanatai visited her in Nashik, providing comfort and courage. Drawing from his own experiences with a major accident, Saraf assured her that she would emerge from the ordeal unscathed.

Reflecting on the play, Varsha highlighted the uniqueness of Saraf’s character – a man experiencing a peculiar age regression. Despite the play’s limited run, it served as a valuable workshop for aspiring actors, instilling the importance of discipline, punctuality, and focused rehearsals.

In conclusion, Varsha expressed her gratitude for the enduring impact of the unofficial play on her career, describing it as a treasure trove of memories. She congratulated Ashok Saraf on receiving the ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award, asserting that he is not only the recipient of an accolade but also a symbolic figure representing the epitome of Marathi acting.

The ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award, though officially announced today, resonates with the sentiments of the entire Marathi acting community, cementing Ashok Saraf’s legacy as a timeless icon in the world of arts.


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