The 14 Best-Loved Articles of 2014

Happy 2015, it seems the world is still the same as we have people who want to ban films and books and in some cases kill cartoonists. It has been a great journey since the start of this portal,we have completed three years in 2014 and are still going strong. Thanks for your support and for reading our posts. In 2015 we hope to have even more better posts and continue our discussions on cinema across the world. For now we present you some of the best loved articles of 2014 which you people enjoyed.
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Screenplay of Sujay Dahake’s Ajoba

Urmila Matanodkar and Hrishkesh Joshi in AjobaAjoba released during this summer, since then I have been going gaga about this film. You can read my interview with Sujay here and my review of the film here. Sujay had promised to share the screenplay of this film with me and now as promised he has shared the screenplay with us. I hope it would be an inspiration for lot of aspiring filmmakers among us. I can say with a lot of pride that probably this is the first Marathi film whose screenplay will be available to public. Lets hope that in future many more filmmakers share their screenplay among film lovers.
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Poshter Boyz (2014) Movie Review: A Good Idea Ruined By Poor Execution

Jagan Deshmukh (Dilip Prabhvalkar) a highly respected elderly person, Sadanand Kulkarni (Hrishikesh Joshi) a respected school teacher and Arjun ( Aniket Vishwasrao) a hot tempered youngster are residents of Wadner village located in the district of Maharashtra. These people are living a peaceful life when the son in law to be of Jagan Deshmukh calls off the wedding with Jagan’s daughter. On the other hand Sadanand’s wife wants to file for a divorce and Arjun’s father in law to be (Uday Sabnis) refuses to let his daughter Kalpana (Pooja Sawant) get married to Arjun and thus these three people find their lives turned upside down all of a sudden. It soon turns out that the photos of these three men are accidentally printed on a Government ad promoting vasectomy and this has caused the turmoil in their lives and is responsible for them facing humiliation. Enraged by this, the three men set out to find the people responsible for this act and to set things right before it is too late.Continue reading “Poshter Boyz (2014) Movie Review: A Good Idea Ruined By Poor Execution”

In Conversation with Filmmaker Sujay Dahake: “Ajoba is a very personal expression”

Last Friday I had watched Ajoba, and reviewed the film here, do watch it if you haven’t till now. Impressed by the film, I spoke to the soft spoken director Sujay Dahake over phone about Ajoba, his style of film making, quality of film reviewers, his influences and more such stuff. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation.

The Concept

I was reading newspaper stories about how every week a leopard was coming into the city. My brother is a wildlife biologist; he was the one who spotted the potential of this story even before me. There was ignorance about leopard, if you ask people in Borivili, they would say leopard is a man eater, this issue was serious, we cannot wish that by ignoring this we can solve this issue. Then I met Vidya Athreya who shared her experiences, and while she was sharing her experiences, I felt it had lot of drama, that’s when I decided to make this film. As a film maker it was interesting for me, also the subject was so relevant for our future.Continue reading “In Conversation with Filmmaker Sujay Dahake: “Ajoba is a very personal expression””

In Conversation With Gauri Bapat: “Screenwriting is a craft”

Gauri Bapat,the screenplay writer of Ajoba is someone that we at MAM had been wanting to talk to.And after watching the movie that’s exactly what I ended up doing.Here’s an excerpt from the interview where she talks about career changes, screenplay writing, writing for Ajoba, and also her thoughts on what you need to do if you want to be a screen play writer.

You are a jack of many trades, you have worked in marketing, you are a painter and now a film screenplay writer? How do you manage all these role effortlessly?

In the last ten years I have been through a lot of stages and phases. Be it my career or my home,it is quite an interesting journey. I wanted to get back to work right after my son could be looked after well at a day care centre. He was two and got adjusted to the day care routine. Now I had to work. I had two things with me – a degree in commerce and a post graduation in early child education and unconditional support of my husband. I hated the tax and the accounts work and teaching at a school was already over. So the search operation began.Continue reading “In Conversation With Gauri Bapat: “Screenwriting is a craft””

Ajoba Marathi Movie: Sujay Dahake’s Chef-d’œuvre

Shaala is one of my favourite Indian films; I feel it is in the league of Ray’s films. Sujay Dahake‘s Ajoba released yesterday, and I must say it is a brilliant follow up to his debut film Shaala.I would even go so far to say that he has outperformed himself and proved that he is one director we have to watch out for.

Ajoba which means grandfather in Marathi is based on a real life story of India’s first collared leopard Ajoba and noted ecologist Vidya Athreya.  I think it would be easy to term this film as based on Human-Animal conflict, but it would be our laziness to term it as such. It is much more than this; it is about our nature and our relationship with nature.Continue reading “Ajoba Marathi Movie: Sujay Dahake’s Chef-d’œuvre”

Ajoba: Trailer

Ajoba Marathi Movie

After making a critically and commercially acclaimed directorial debut with Shala, director  Sujay Dahake returns with his second Marathi film titled ‘Ajoba’ (meaning grandfather in Marathi).

The film tells the true story of a leopard who made an amazing journey from Malshej Ghat to Mumbai and the same was mapped with a radio transmitter strapped around the neck of the leopard.Continue reading “Ajoba: Trailer”