Actor Nana Patekar believes he cannot limit himself to being a Maharashtrian since that would mean limiting his soul. I am as much a Gujarati,Punjabi or of any other community in the country, he said.
He was speaking at the launch of So Kul,a compilation of 102 articles by actress Sonali Kulkarni,written for the Express Groups Marathi daily Loksatta,at Crossword Book Store in Juhu on Tuesday.
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, Patekar,who was the chief guest on the occasion,said.
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.
The book was launched in the presence of The Express Group editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta and Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar. Gupta started the evening by paying a compliment to the Marathi spirit and talking 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.
Ketkar recalled Kulkarnis early dilemmas 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.
The author expressed gratitude to all. Alternating between Marathi,Hindi and English,she said,It is a huge distinction for me because I got the chance to narrate various experiences through my columns. She followed this by reading out one of her lighter articles on her experience at a multiplex.