Team Bollywoodirect wishes many happy returns of the day to well-known film and theater personality Sai Paranjpye, who turned 79 today(19–03).

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Team Bollywoodirect wishes many happy returns of the day to well-known film and theater personality Sai Paranjpye, who turned 79 today(19–03).

Sai Paranjpye is one of India’s internationally acclaimed Indian film directors and scriptwriters.

Born on 19 March 1938 in Lucknow to a Russian artist Youra Sleptzoff and Marathi actress Shakuntala Paranjpye, Sai Paranjpye had the artistic genes in her. The maker of critically acclaimed and commercially recognized films like “Sparsh” (1980), “Chashme Buddoor” (1981), “Katha” (1983) and “Disha” (1990), her films are still devoured for their universal concerns steeped in simple storytelling.

Paranjpye started her career in All India Radio (AIR) in Pune as an announcer and soon got involved with AIR’s Children’s Program.

Over the years, Paranjpye has written and directed plays in Marathi, Hindi, and English for adults and children. She has written and directed six feature films, two children’s films, and five documentaries. She has written many book for children, and six of them have won national or state level awards.

Paranjpye worked for many years as a director or a producer with Doordarshan Television in Delhi. In the 1970s, Paranjpye twice served as the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI).

The Government of India awarded Paranjpye, the Padma Bhushan title in 2006 in recognition of her artistic talents.

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