Actor Nana Patekar said on Tuesday that he cannot limit himself to being a Maharashtrian as that would mean limiting his soul.
I am as much a Gujarati,Punjabi or of any other community in the country, Patekar said at the launch of fellow-actor Sonali Kulkarnis book So Kul at Crossword in Juhu.
I should love and respect your language and you should do the same so that all languages flourish and there can be harmony and peace, he added.
Patekar was the chief guest at the function,where the other guests included theatre veteran Satyadev Dubey,actors Atul Kulkarni,Ajinkya Deo,Soni Razdan,Nina Kulkarni,Divya Jagdale,Dipannita Sharma,Milind Gunaji and Aditi Govitrikar,writer Swanand Kirkire,entrepreneur Kanchan Adhikari,and screenwriter Shiv Subramanium.
So Kul is a compilation of 102 articles by Kulkarni,written for Marathi daily Loksatta.
The author,expressing gratitude to all,alternated between Marathi,Hindi and English as she said,It is a huge distinction for me… because I got the chance to narrate various experiences through my columns. She read out one of her lighter articles,on an experience she had at a multiplex.
The book was launched in the presence of The Express Group editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta and Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar. Gupta paid a compliment to the Marathi spirit and spoke about the Express Groups inspiration behind publishing the book. People say nobody reads anymore,especially the youth. But Id like to believe that they do if they are offered good writing with new ideas and opinions and knowledge. But good word is often lost in a newspaper. This book is therefore a part of our effort to put the finest writing from Express into an evergreen form,which is that of a book, he said.
Ketkar reminisced Kulkarnis early worries about the column. She used to be worry over the deadlines. But eventually,she realised she has the energy and verve to do it,which translates into her easy style of writing. And this style takes root in her middle class moorings,which she has not parted with despite the success she has witnessed in the film industry, Ketkar said.
Patekar,who was presented the first copy,praised Kulkarnis work: She speaks to you through the book and does not just write.