Zhalla Bobhata Marathi Movie Review: The Tale Of A Chaotic Village

After watching the first few minutes of director Anup Jagdale‘s Zhalla Bobhata, one really cannot decipher the story the film intends to tell or where it is headed towards. There is a village that has won the Best Village award even as villagers ironically continue to face water scarcity and other issues. The corrupt Sarpanch (Kamlesh Sawant), his aide (Sanjay Khapre), an influential politician (Teja Deokar) and the village bumpkin Dinu (Bhau Kadam) are some of the characters the film introduces us to during this while. Continue reading “Zhalla Bobhata Marathi Movie Review: The Tale Of A Chaotic Village”

Sulemani Keeda (2014) Movie Review: The Lazy Bollywood

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 89 Minutes | Director : Amit Masurkar

There’s a definite understanding of the ways of Bollywood in Amit Masurkar’s “Sulemani Keeda”. In a bar, writers of two different industries – TV and film sit on opposite seats and start calling each other out. The writers trying to make it in the movies, Dulal (Naveen Kasturia) and Mainak (Mayank Tewari) say that writing for TV is shit and the writers who’ve made it in TV ask them what they’ve managed to achieve or even sell trying to make it in the world of movies. One of the men even shows us his VW car key. Life is about this pursuit between making money at the onset or struggling to find a foothold to showcase art, no matter how ungainly and untalented we are. It is for the reason that it emphasizes the struggle to showcase art that Sulemani Keeda becomes dear to some, despite it being as lazy and thin as the term slacker comedy is allowed to be.Continue reading “Sulemani Keeda (2014) Movie Review: The Lazy Bollywood”

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.
You can check out the script of Ajoba below.Continue reading “Screenplay of Sujay Dahake’s Ajoba”

Jayjaykar Marathi Movie Trailer

Dilip-Prabhavalkar-in-JAYJAYKAR‘Jayjaykar’ revolves around an old man (Dilip Prabhavalkar), who finds himself in a strange situation. The film deals with the social status of transgenders.

It is written and directed by Shantanu Rode who had written the critically acclaimed Baboo Band Baaja.

It stars Dilip Prabhawalkar, Suhita Thatte, Sanjay Kulkarni, Bhushan Borgaonkar, Dhawal Pokale, Akash Shinde.

It bagged the Best Director Award and the Best Actor Award (Sanjay Kulkarni) at the Kolhapur Film Festival last year.

It has reportedly been produced by the controversial Rakhi Sawant.

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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”

Film Farm’s Marathi film ‘Narbachi Waadi’ to compete at the 12th PIFF

Narbachi Waadi, a Marathi comedy film from the banner of Film Farm Pvt. Ltd. has been officially selected to compete  at the upcoming 12th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). Narbachi Waadi is an adaption of the famous play “Shajjano Bagan” by Manoj Mitra. The movie stars Dilip Prabhavalkar, Manoj Joshi, Kishori Shahane and is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar. The movie will be screened under the Marathi Feature Film competition section. Only 7 movies have been selected in the Marathi feature competition. Narbachi Waadi received enormous critical acclaim and was a box office success.Continue reading “Film Farm’s Marathi film ‘Narbachi Waadi’ to compete at the 12th PIFF”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Postcard (Marathi movie): Trailer

PostcardGajendra Ahire’s next release after Anumati is a film called Postcard. As the name suggests the film portrays the stories of three people whose lives are dependent on the incomplete letters. It showcases a postman’s life, wherein he gets unintentionally drawn to lives of the recipients after he develops a habit of reading the letters.Continue reading “Postcard (Marathi movie): Trailer”

Narbachi Wadi Movie Review: Old World charm works for this Marathi Film

Narbachi-Wadi-PosterI was not very keen to watch Narbachi Wadi, but an ass#$#e friend dragged me. Well he also paid for my ticket and I thought what the f$%k, let’s go. At the most it could be another piece of shit. May be this time in Marathi, and at least I can sleep for 2 hours in the comfort of the air conditioner. Continue reading “Narbachi Wadi Movie Review: Old World charm works for this Marathi Film”