Veteran film director and National Award-winning writer Sumitra Bhave, popularly known for her work in the Marathi cinema and theatre passed away on Monday. She breathed her last at a private hospital. She was 78. The news of her death was shared by director Sunil Sukthankar. Sumitra Bhave was suffering from lung-related ailments for the last two months. As soon as the news of her demise was shared, many celebrities from the industry including actress Neena Kulkarni, Neha Mahajan, Swanand Kirkire and others took to their social media and offered condolences.
Veteran actress Neena Kulkarni took to her Instagram account and shared a post. She captioned it saying, "Sheer genius ...strong social statements, women empowerment messages, woven into engrossing story-telling...that’s what made her films brilliant. Be it short films, feature films, series, her statements shone through her creations. A #NationalAwardwinner many times over, she remained simple in living and high in thinking. ..#sumitrabhave."
Neha Mahajan, who is one of the popular actresses in the Marathi film industry also took to her Instagram account and shared a photo with the late director. She wrote, "I started my acting career working in a film with Sumitra Bhave, 'Bewaqt Barish', and yesterday at the launch of my new film's poster at the Goa Film Festival, she was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. So special I am lucky to have worked under such pwerful women directors. #Sumitrabhave."
For the uninitiated, Sumitra Bhave made her first film in 1985. Bai won the 'National Film Award' for Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare at the 33rd National Film Awards. Her other works include Devrai, Ho Bharat Maza, Samhita, Vaastupurush, Kaasav among others.