Renowned Indian actor and film producer to speak at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Jul 13, 2017 10:07 AM |
Dr Mohan Agashe to discuss films as a source of nutritional entertainment on 18 July 2017

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 July 2017

Renowned Indian actor, film producer and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Mohan Agashe will be delivering a talk on how films can be a source of nutritional entertainment at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 18 July.

The event, which is co-organised by the University of Leicester and British Indian Psychiatric Association (BIPA), will see Dr Agashe explore how the Arts can be a space of sensory experience.

As a doctor and actor, Dr Agashe discovered that what he thought were two parallel streams in his life actually converged and informed each other. He began to understand and perceive art as a precursor to learning. He noticed that the Arts sparked interest and intrigue in peoples’ mind and triggered a desire to learn more about certain subjects. Soon, studying these phenomena became his passion.

Dr Agashe will draw from his own journey in the Arts that began with his early success in Indian theatre with the play Ghashiram Kotwal, Jait re Jait and starring in Bollywood blockbusters such as Trimurti, Gaja Gamini, Rang De BasantiApaharan, Jism 2 and Ab tak Chappan to name a few. He has also acted in Bengali and Tamil films.

Dr Agashe received International recognition for his role in Mississippi Masala and Gandhi. More recently his work as an actor-producer in the film Astu (so be it) in 2013 and Kaasav (Turtle) in 2016 has been applauded internationally. Dr Agashe will be in U.K. for a short period in July 2017 for screening of Kaasav which is short-listed at British Film Institute (BFI) Film Festival in Southbank, London, U.K.

The presentation will highlight Astu and Kaasav to generate intellectual discussion.

While Astu examines the topic of dementia and explores memory, love, loss and compassion, Kaasav explores depression and the process of recovery, in an engaging and entertaining manner.

Kaasav received the President of India’s Golden Lotus Award for the Best Feature Film of the Year 2016 during the recently held National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi, India, besides receiving three Maharashtra State Awards and being shown at a number of international film festivals.

The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

The event is organised by Dr Santosh Mudholkar (BIPA), Dr Hari Subramaniam (University of Leicester) & Dr Danni Benyon-Payne (College Events Co-ordinator, University of Leicester).

Dr Benyon-Payne said: “I am delighted to co-host this event with BIPA to start a dialogue regarding matters of mind through the medium of films.”               

The talk, ‘Films as a source of nutritional entertainment’ will take place at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 5:30PM in the Centre for Medicine LT1.

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