Brothers who shaped Gujarati cinema for four decades | Ahmedabad News
With the demise of Arvind Trivedi, popularly known as Lankesh, for his role as Ravan in the 1980s television series “Ramayan”, a four-decade era of two pairs of brothers – Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia and Upendra and Arvind Trivedi – who came from the same region of Gujarat, trained in the theater scene, entered the Gujarati film industry and shaped it, has come to an end.
While Upendra Trivedi passed away in 2015, his younger brother Arvind Trivedi passed away on October 6 of this year. Film musician and singer Mahesh Kanodia passed away on October 25, 2020 and two days later his younger brother actor Naresh Kanodia breathed his last.
“In one year, we have lost three of the four artists who have shaped Gujarati cinema since the 1970s. These duos have done a commendable job in bringing cinema to rural audiences. The history of Gujarati cinema dates back 80 years, including 40 were led by these brothers, ”says actor Hiten Kumar.
Kumar said that Gujarati films, mostly black and white, made before the days of Upendra-Arvind and Mahesh-Naresh, had more urban settings. “The characters in these films were educated and originally from the cities. Rural audiences could not identify with them and their stories and stayed away from the cinema. These two pairs came from rural areas and understood what the rural public could relate to. Rural viewers, who make up 85% of Gujarat, ”Hitenkumar said.
The actor said that there is no competition between these two pairs as they are of two different types. While Upendra-Arvind were fine actors, Mahesh-Naresh were great artists. Mahesbhai brought catchy music to Gujarati films and Nareshbhai danced to these tunes. For the first time, Gujarati moviegoers had an actor who knew how to dance and they loved it, ”he said. .
Kumar said they are teaching the discipline to the younger generation of actors. “I learned a lot from them. They were never late for shoots and were humble and well behaved on set,” Kumar said.
“One thing I learned from my dad (Naresh Kanodia) was discipline. He was never late for shoots. In fact, he was coming sooner than expected. At that time, they didn’t have much. They were shooting films in difficult weather conditions without today’s comfort, ”explains actor Hitu Kanodia. Kanodia said that while her father charmed audiences with his acting and dancing skills, her uncle Mahesh brought in tunes that were mixtures of classical, sugam sangeet (simplified classical music) and folk.