Rinku has been away from Akluj since the film released to a rousing reception, attending promotional and celebration events and appearing on popular TV shows.
"At one time in life, I wanted just one film release. I would have been happy if I had that one release but I can't believe I have been around for 11 years, done all the films and have worked with the people I have looked up to," said Vidya
"The response of the audience was superb. They emoted at the right places and we knew that the film," said S Ramachandran
Filmmaker Govind Nihalani, actor Nana Patekar, actress Ratna Pathak Shah, politicians Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vinod Tawde were present. Many Marathi actors paid tribute to Ms Deshpande who was known for her spontaneity and simplicity
Sulabha Deshpande made her debut in the film industry with Marathi film Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe in 1971. The actress, who was also a prominent personality in Marathi theatre, played the protagonist in the play of the same name that was first performed in 1968
"I am really grateful to Riteish for making me dance with him as it was my long-standing wish to dance like this to a Marathi song. It was an entertaining shoot with Housefull 3 team that was filled with lots of laughter and madness," Madhuri said
"After The Dirty Picture, I was offered eight to 10 biopics but since I had done The Dirty Picture, I wanted to do it later. Then I got this opportunity. But this is not a biopic on Geeta Bali. You don't see all shades of her. I think I get dragged to real life stories," said Vidya Balan
"I've always been extremely close to all things Maharashtrian, be it the food, music or cinema. I grew up listening to the Mangeshkar family's Marathi songs. And I speak fluent Marathi. It was always my wish to make a Marathi film," said Mr Bhansali
"This film is an identity of the new cinema that will evolve and what the young generation will bring forth. These kind of films will give us the courage to compete with Hollywood films"
"I don't know where this news came from. First of all I want to clarify that I was not present at the award function. I don't know who made a mountain out of a mole-hill. I believe everyone is like me, who loves everybody. But there are some people who made this news"
Nawazuddin, who played the lead role in the film Manjhi - The Mountain Man, is the only male selected in this year's list, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam. The other awardees include international athlete Kavita Raut, Marathi editor Rahi Bhide, author Kavita Mahajan and academician Farida Lambay
"Marathi films have increased their level nowadays. For example, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court is a fantastic film. Fandry released last year. If something good comes my way, then why not? I will surely do it," Irrfan said at the trailer launch of Deepak Kadam's Waakya