Kumarsen Samarth

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Kumarsen Samarth (Marathi: कुमारसेन समर्थ) was an Indian film director. He belonged to a Marathi CKP family.[1] His inclination towards the Marathi language led him to direct some great Marathi/Hindi movies such as Nal Damyanti[2] and Rupaye ki Kahani (1948). His biggest success was the 1955 Marathi film titled Shirdi che Saibaba on the life of the 19th century holyman by the same name.[3] He studied cinematography in Germany and came back to India. He married his distant cousin, Shobhna Samarth, an aspiring actress. They married on the condition that she would be allowed to continue her acting career. They had four children, including the famous film actresses Nutan and Tanuja. He and his wife even made some films together. After fourteen years of marriage, Kumarsen and Shobhana separated amicably but never divorced. After their separation, Shobhana lived with film actor Motilal.[4][5] Kumarsen died in his mid-70s.[6]


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  2. ^ Dawar, Ramesh (2006). Bollywood : yesterday, today, tomorrow (2nd ed.). New Delhi: Published by Star Publications on behalf of Indian Book Shelf. p. 87. ISBN 9781905863013.
  3. ^ Ruhela, S.P. (2007). Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, the universal master (Rev. ed.). New Delhi: Diamond Pocket Books. ISBN 9788128815171.
  4. ^ Gupte, Pranay (2010). "Alone and forgotten" (DECEMBER 29, 2010, updated October 17, 2016). The Hindu.
  5. ^ D, Johnny. "Star couples search for love". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  6. ^ Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Down memory lane with Shobhana Samarth