Jabbar Patel

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Dr. Jabbar Patel (born 23 June 1942, Pandharpur) is a theatre and film director of India. His production of the play Vijay Tendulkar's play Ghashiram Kotwal, in 1973 is considered a classic in Modern Indian Theatre.

He is the maker of classics films in Marathi cinema, like, Jait Re Jait (Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil), Umbartha (Smita Patil, Girish Karnad), Simhasan (Nana Patekar, Shreeram Lagoo, Reema Lagoo) Some of his other films are, Mukta, Ek Hota Vidushak, and Musafir(Hindi). His most acclaimed film is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar released in 1999. He won the 1995 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for his Marathi film, Mukta.

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Born in 1942 in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, having taken primary and secondary education in Haribhai Deokaran Highschool Solapur, he was, at first, a paediatrician. He founded the noted Marathi experimental theatre group, 'Theatre Academy', which staged Vijay Tendulkar's Ghashiram Kotwal in 1973, followed by, 'Teen Paishacha Tamasha', an adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera in 1974.

For eminent Marathi theatre personality and film director Jabbar Patel, tackling a political subject is not something new. Whether it was Umbartha, Jait Re Jait, or Simhasan for the silver screen, or Ghasiram Kotwal for the stage, this paediatrician-turned-director has created a ripple with his handling of political subjects. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, his celluloid biopic on the Dalit leader,...
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