"I have not acted for 22 years now. But, I did come out and act in one of my own films, 'Samantar', a Marathi film. One of the biggest attractions in that was, not only my acting again, (but) Sharmila Tagore acting in a Marathi film.

"So, me and Sharmila Tagore was a different kind of an attraction for all the people. But I did that role only because I got excited about that character," he said.

I thought here is something new, something different which I have not done and I have a chance to do that. If and when I get that kind of an offer, to do something different, something exciting, something challenging, of course, I will do that," said the actor, who regaled the audiences in 70s and 80s with his roles in middle-class romantic comedies.

Palekar, a former chief of Children's Film Society of India, is in the city for the ongoing 18th International Children's Film Festival of India.

He said he and his wife Sandhya Gokhale, a writer, were working on a children's film currently.The couple had earlier made 'Dumkata', a child-centric film, which had Om Puri in the cast and music by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy.

Observing that commercial aspect cannot be a reason for not making enough children's films in the country, Palekar said successful mainstream directors and filmmakers should make an effort to make these films commercially viable.


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