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Vithoba Surve

  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Film editor Vithoba Surve is known for his work across Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati language cinema. He is especially known for editing devotional and mythological films such as Maa Umiya Annapurna (1978), Har Har Mahadev (1974), Hari Darshan (1972), and Shankar Parvati (1979). He mostly worked on the editing of the films of writer-producer-director Chandrakant, who was known for his mythologicals. 

Among his early films, he edited the 1962 Marathi film release Baap Majha Bramchari. Directed by Dinkar D Patil, the film starred Ramesh Deo. The same year he also edited Jadugar Daku (1962), directed by Chandrakant, and starring Bela Bose, Helen, and Paidi Jairaj. In 1963, he edited the Chandrakant directorial Maya Mahal, starring Bela Bose, Helen, Indira, and Mahipal. The same year, he also edited Zingaro, directed by Chandrakant, and starring Bela Bose, Laxmi Chhaya, and Aruna Irani

In 1964, he edited the fantasy film Veer Bhimsen, directed by Chandrakant and starring Dara Singh Randhawa, Mumtaz Askari, and Sumitra Devi. It had music by C Ramchandra.

CID Agent 302, which he edited in 1968, was written and directed by S Azim. It starred Azaad Irani, Indira, Mohan Sherry, and Tun Tun. Special effects were by Prasad Process, while the songs were by Tabisa Kanpuri and Aziz Ghazi, sung by Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, and Mahendra Kapoor

The same year, he edited Balram Shri Krishna directed by Chandrakant, and starring Dara Singh Randhawa, Savitri, and Jayshree Gadkar. It told the tale of lord Krishna, who, after liberating the people of Mathura from the tyrannical rule of Kans, turns his attention to marrying Princess Rukmini, at Narad Muni's behest. Meanwhile, the disgruntled kings of neighbouring kingdoms launch repeated attacks on Mathura to avenge the death of Kans and pre-emptively protect their states. To avoid sacrificing innocent lives in the war against their enemies, Krishna and Balram flee and relocate their capital to Dwarka. However, between battling armies, the brothers are still not at peace as they constantly quarrelling amongst themselves over whom their sister Subhadra should marry. Balram, wishing to see his sister as queen of Hastinapur, wants her to marry prince Duryodhan, while Krishna is partial to his cousin Arjun and enacts a plan to see his desires fulfilled. The narration explores whether Krishna and Balram settle their differences, or if their persistent feuding will spell the end of the illustrious Yadav line.

In 1972, he edited the religious film Hari Darshan directed by Chandrakant. The film starred Dara Singh and other artists, who portray different characters during the time of Bhakt Prahlad. The story revolves around the devotee Prahlad, and also showcases different avatars (incarnations) of lord Shri Hari Vishnuji. It featured B Saroja Devi as Maharani Kayadhu, Randhawa as Maharaj Hiranyakashipu, Satyajeet Puri as the child Rajkumar Prahlada, Mehmood Junior as Jamure, Jayshree Gadkar as Devi Lakshmi, Dara Singh as Bhagwan Shiva, Sujatha as Holika, and Abhi Bhattacharya as Bhagwan Vishnu. 

In 1978, he edited the Vallabh Choksi directorial Maa Umiya Annapurna (1978). The cast of this Gujarati language film comprised Manjari Desai, Dilip Patel, Aamrapali, and others. This Vinod Shah production had screenplay by Kulin Vora and story by Vinod Jani

Shankar Parvati, which he edited in 1979, was directed by Chandrakant, and starred Rajni Bala, Kamini Bhatia, and Urmila Bhatt. It narrated the popular tale of Shiva and his consort Parvati, who slays the demon Mahisasur herself. However, her anger gets out of control and she sets about to destroy the entire world. Worried, the devas approach Shiva to find a solution to end Parvati's wrath - and it is then that Shiva comes up with a unique plan to placate his angry wife.