Day to Remember

4th January 1954: Dr.Ambedkar performed inaugural Ceremony of biopic
film Mahatma.

Dr. Ambedkar’ s health had deteriorated again and for over two months he was
under close treatment at Hotel Mirabille in Bombay. Although bedridden, he
performed the inaugural ceremony of Atre Pictures Marathi offering ‘Mahatma
Phooley’ at the famous studio in Bombay on Sunday, January 4, 1954. The
film won the first prestigious President’s Silver Medal for Best Feature
Film in Marathi in the 2nd National Film Awards function presented on
December 21, 1955. Acharya P.K.Atre was the Director, P Ramakant gave the music, Jyotiba Phule was played by Baburao Pendharkar and Savitribai Phule was played by
Sulochana. Vasanat Rao Deshpande and Asha Bhosle were the playback singers.

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