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Gregory D`Almeida - A Mangalorean Producer in Marathi Filmdom

By Rons Bantwal - Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (MB)

Mumbai, Jul 23: It is heartening to see talented Mangalorean artistes shine in  various other languages and regions. There are many Kannadiga actors who opt for a career in Malayalam, Telugu or Tamil rather than Kannada, and some others shining in Kannada field also feature in other industries.

Here is a Kannadiga, hailing from the Konkani-speaking community of Mangalore, Gregory D`Almeida, who is already a popular film-maker in Marathi.

His first movie 'Hasree' was not only a big hit but it also bagged five prestigious state government awards, which included  best producer, best director, supporting actors and child actor.

The success of his first movie encouraged Gregory to produce another Marathi movie "Ovalithe Bavuraya", which is all set to heat up the Marathi screen. Its premiere show was held on Friday, July 20, 2007 in Goregaon Film City's Adlab's Dolby Studio.

The movie was shot in just 20 days, and it will be screened in August first week around Maharashtra. A well-known name of Bollywood,  Sadashiv Amrapurkar, appears in a positive role. On the other hand, Mohan Joshi will feature in a villain's role. Smita Talwarkar, Priya Berde and other prominent actors have starred in this movie. Gregory's daughter Smita D'Almeida also has a role in this movie.

"If I get an opportunity, I would  like to produce a movie each in Konkani and Tulu also. My mother tongue is Konkani and I surely want to do something for my mother tongue," said D'Almeida, while speaking to daijiworld correspondent after the premiere show.

D'Almeida, hailing from Moodubelle, Udupi, is the son of Mathew and Celestine D'Almeida. His wife Leena D`Almeida has directed this movie. He lives with his wife, two sons and two daughters in Vakola, Mumbai.

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  • Dr Norbert Lobo, Moodubelle

    Wed, Jul 25 2007

    CONGRATS MR ALMEIDA,KEEP IT UP.It is very heartening to know that Moodubelle is shining in filmdom also.Thanks Rons, It is a double bonanza for me -Nammma Urudaar and Namma Neerdar .Let there be more such articles.

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  • Priya Das, Karkala / Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 25 2007

    "I surely want to do something for my mother tongue". This really talks lot about Mr. Gregory D'Almeida as a very humble person ... I wish you all the best for your movie, Mr. Gregory. Keep up ur good work... and Congrats to you ...

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  • DR.EUGENE D'SOUZA, Moodubelle/Dombivli

    Tue, Jul 24 2007

    It is heartening to know that one of my fellow-villager from Moodubelle, Mr. Gregory D’Almeida has achieved a unique distinction of producing award-winning Marathi movie, “Hasree”. I wish him success for his next movie "Ovalithe Bavuraya”.

    The very fact that he has expressed his desire to produce movies in Konkani and Tulu manifests his attachment to the native soil. I hope that he will fulfill his wish and give an impetus to Konkani and Tulu languages and culture. As the viewership for Konkani or Tulu movies is not much as compared to other languages, with his experience in the field of cinema, Gregory can venture into low-budget Konkani or Tulu movies and make them popular.

    Thanks to Rons, Bantwal for bringing out a pictorial write-up on Mr. Gregory and his field of activity.

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  • Felcita Colaco, Kundapur (Bangalore present)

    Tue, Jul 24 2007

    Well done Mr. G. Almeida. I am also Almeida from Kundapur Heri Kudru. May be related to you. Whenever I see an Almeida doing such a good work I am feeling verey happy. ALL THE BEST, KEEP IT UP.

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  • S. D'sa , Moodubelle

    Mon, Jul 23 2007

    ""I surely want to do something for my mother tongue"" this talks lot about him as a person ...all the best for your movie keep up ur good work... Hardly few people know that he bagged prestigious awards ... why dont you try to publish his interview in coming we as Mangaloreans..would know which all field our people are making progress and making us Mangalorans proud too.. Congrats..again

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