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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16th Mumbai Film Festival Diary: Day 5

We continue our coverage of the 16th Mumbai Film Festival with the update from day 5.

(For updates on days 1 & 2 click here, and for updates on days 3 & 4 click here).

Sunrise (Arunoday)

SunriseArunoday tells the story of a cop named Joshi ( Adil Hussain) who desperately tries to track down his kidnapped daughter. The film is shot mostly in a dark light and rains begin an integral part of almost every scene. The dark lighting is used as a metaphor to describe the crisis going on in the protagonists life. Arunoday is a slow leisurely paced dark film, which may or may not appeal to you in its entirety. But the film is definitely worth a watch.

The Ambassador To Bern

The Ambassador to Bern PosterOn August 16, 1958 two Hungarian immigrants broke into the Hungarian embassy in Bern and took the ambassador hostage. As the Swiss police surround the building and a group of Hungarian immigrants turn up on the street to protest, Tension mounts behind the closed doors of the embassy. Based on a true story, The Ambassador To Bern is a taut and engaging political thriller, that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its entire duration. The Ambassador To Bern is one of the best films we watched this year at MAMI and is a highly recommended movie.

 Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in TearsI guess this is the first Russian film I have ever watched. The film traces the lives of three female friends over a period of 40 years in Moscow. At 2 hours 30 Minutes, the film could have been a drag, but it is not. The production values I guess given the budget are satisfactory. I was more interested to see Russian society at the height of its communist propaganda and guess what; the problem faced by females all over the world remains the same.  The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign language film in 1980. The film also boasts of some wonderful acting, even though I could not recognise the actors by the name. Director Vladimir Menshov manages to grip your attention for entire span of the film, thankfully without going overboard with melodrama. 

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of CherbourgThis was my first musical, I was glad to watch the restored version of this film at fest. It is such a pleasure to see one of the most beautiful women in the world of Catherine Deneuve. Initially I thought it would be an ordinary love story, but I was proven wrong. The film talks about how people make decisions in life which are more to do with practicality and survival. One of the best scenes of the film is the climax.


Pride PosterIndia remains one of those countries which treats homosexuality as a crime, probably the influence of Victorian morality.  I was interested to know how gay rights moment started in UK and how it succeeds. Set in early 1980’s in the U.K. the film talks about a group of youngsters who start a gay & lesbian group  who go on to support a mining community out on strike for their rights. In the process there’s friendship, humanity, values, pride and joy which are all looked at from a new angle. Pride is one of those movies which makes you laugh, think and cry at the same time. It is easily one of the best films at MAMI this year.


Girlhood PosterA tender and loving film about the transition to adulthood of a teenage black girl who would like to go to school and get a good job but is denied the opportunity. While the emotional transition to adulthood is well-represented in fiction, the actual logistical pains of the transition are not. This film is distinguished mostly by the fact that the heroine doesn’t really change that much during its course, even while she tries on different identities to see what fits. This in itself is enough to make it interesting and worth watching. As a bonus, it’s also extremely  well-observed and engrossing.

Goodbye to Language

TGoodbye to Language Posterhis is Godard being full-on Godard. Esoteric and symbolic to the extreme and throwing out so much information that it’s hard to see how anyone without a PhD in criticism is supposed to follow it, it would be intellectually dishonest to try to judge its effectiveness.
This film seeks to speak about the logistical necessity of language in communication and human connection. Which makes a dog the obvious recurring motif. It’s definitely an experience. Shot after shot of motif and symbol followed by a seemingly unrelated one and often even two different shots on two different eyes, it’s impossible to really understand but may well stay with you and even inspire some interesting thoughts.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone At NightA black-and-white Iranian vampire western love story, it’s definitely interesting as hell and a rather enjoyable watch. It’s soundtrack, especially, is marvellous. However, its success as a film is far less clear. The direction and tone are extremely uneven, there seems to be a fundamental gap between the bleak  western tone it wants to have and the tone it actually has, and the decision to create momentum using dramatic irony as much as tension often falls flat.


ChaurangaWhile obviously made by someone with a great appreciation of the visual aspects of movies, it’s also obviously made by someone without much appreciation of the flow of story. But while that would make it merely bad, it is actually memetic poison, since its surface qualities may make you actually take its representation of village life and oppression seriously and that would be Bad for your mind.

Amar, Akbar and Tony

Amar Akbar and TonyDirected by Atul Malhotra, AA&T is like a Bollywood film made the way a Bollywood film ought to be made. Funny at one instance and sentimental at another, it goes from emotion to emotion, never bogging you down with heavy duty drama. Despite having cliched plot points and a predictable looking setup, the director turns these cliches on its head, giving us a few surprises and an enjoyable film in the process. With uniformly good performances by the cast, its the perfect break for festival audiences feeling low after experiencing an overdose of dirge.

Life Of Riley

Life of Riley PosterAmidst rehearsals for a new play, amateur dramatics proponents Colin and Kathryn receive a disturbing news about their friend George being fatally ill and only having a few months to live. The entire film is shot on a single set and reminds you of a stage play. The film uses the illness of a character to bring out the complex relationships and equations the characters of the film share with each other. Filled with subtle yet hilarious moments, the film in spirit is much closer to traditional British comedies with regards to the nature of its humour.

Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy's HallVeteran English filmmaker Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy’s Hall talks about the life and times of  Jimmy Gralton, a 1930s Irish political activist. Jimmy and his friends re-open a dance hall which also acts as a community centre for the youth. Unfortunately the establishment and the Church see the hall & Jimmy Gralton as an Anti National communist and thus it becomes difficult for both Jimmy and the hall to survive. A true life story, the film virtually transports us to Ireland in the 1930’s as we see a plethora of fine performances, lovely visuals and strong moments in the film. Definitely among the best films of the festival this year.

Dombivli Return

Dombivli ReturnFirst things first this is not a sequel to the very popular Marathi film, Dombivli Fast (2005). This is actually a Hindi movie directed by debutant filmmaker Mahendra Teredesai and features Sandeep Kulkarni in the lead along with Rajeshwari Sachdev and Hrishikesh Joshi. Sandeep Kulkarni is the only common link between both these films and here too he plays a simple middle class character, who is a harmless soul basically. The film tries hard to be a realistic gritty film but fails majorly due to various comprises done with a commercial viewpoint. Also considering the setting and the actors involved the film would have probably looked better if made and treated as a Marathi movie rather than as a Hindi movie.

Blind Massage (Tui Na)

Blind Massage PosterLou Ye’s film is based on a novel and talks about the employees of a Nanjing massage parlor who share a common trait: they are all blind. The film has quite a few interesting characters, all of them with their own quirkiness and intrigue in a way. The film is extremely well shot and makes us almost feel that it was shot on real locations and with real characters. At the end of the film you are affected in a way and that shows that the film has worked to a large extent.

Nymphomaniac (Volume 2)

Nymphomaniac Vol 2This takes off from virtually where Volume 1 stops as Joe continues to narrate her tale to Seligman even as he continues bringing out various parallels and references in between. A little more bold and lot more tougher to stomach in terms of moments, the film is easily an interesting experiment in many ways.

Coming Soon- 16th Mumbai Film Festival Diary: Day 6 & Day 7


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”

Poshter Boys : Movie Trailer

poster-boyz-marathi-movieAfter making his debut as a producer in the year 2008 with the Marathi movie ‘Sanai Chaughade’ (which was co-produced by Mukta Arts) , actor Shreyas Talpade returns to production with a new Marathi film titled Poshter Boyz.

The film which marks the directorial debut of actor Sameer Patil tells the story of three ordinary men who find their photos accidentally printed in a Government Ad promoting vasectomy ( or nasbandi as it is called in Hindi and Marathi) and how this changes their lives.Continue reading “Poshter Boys : Movie Trailer”

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”

Yellow Movie Review : An Ardent Film on An Inspirational True Story

Yellow, directed by Mahesh Limaye, came out last week. After watching the film, I had an epiphany about two things. One, that Marathi cinema is on a roll with a peachy streak of films (read Fandry). And two, in India we make a flummoxing number of films with disabled characters. With the increasing number of such films, filmmakers are trying to approach them with calculated nuances and fresh fervor. Yellow is one such example, which cuts the tirades and manipulations, just tells a story instead, taking good care of the mainstream space it wants to dive in. Produced by Riteish Deshmukh and Uttung Thakur, Yellow gets the required unswerving support for it to look good and reach out to a large audience. Deshmukh, whose recent slate of stillborn films is doing a fairly good job as a Marathi producer, following up with this one after Balak Palak.

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