Shantaram or Shantaram Bapu, was a Marathi Indian filmmaker, film producer and actor. Shantaram started his film career doing odd jobs in Maharashtra Film Co. He went on to debut as an actor in the silent film Surekha Haran in 1921. Shantaram, fondly known as Annasaheb, had an illustrious career as a filmmaker for almost six decades. He was one of the early filmmakers to realize the efficacy of the film medium as an instrument of social change and used it successfully to advocate humanism on one hand and expose bigotry and injustice on the other. Shantaram had a very keen interest in music.