While ADHM and Shivaay are busy fighting their multi-crore battles at the box office, here comes a Marathi movie produced by a well known Hindi actress- Priyanka Chopra- with a well known Hindi movie director [and actor] Ashutosh Gowariker as the lead actor! True to its name- Ventilator- the movie infuses much need support and fresh oxygen to the listless rom-coms and action movies that have prevailed as blockbusters in recent times.Continue reading “Ventilator Marathi Movie: A Quick Review”
Nana Patekar is to ‘Natsamrat’ what Salman is to ‘Dabangg’ and Ajay Devgan to ‘Singham’. What they did with fisticuffs and item numbers, he does it with verbal volleys and unadulterated acting. Moreover, ‘the fit at 65” Nana (Ganpat Belwilkar aka Natsamrat) along with the unfit yet highly talented’ Vikram Gokhale (Rambhau) wreaks havoc on the hearts of the marathi theatre lovers with their effortless rendition of dialogues from almost every play worth knowing. Their flawless act just before Gokhale’s death reminds one of the famous Amitabh- Rajesh Khanna act in Anand.Continue reading “Natsamrat: A Quick Review”
Ever since they released the trailer was released I was eagerly awaiting the screen adaptation of the iconic Marathi play-Natsamrat. The movie directed by Mahesh Manjrekar with Nana Patekar in the titular role is based on the Marathi play by the same name written by Kusumagraj .Does this Natsamrat come close to the one immortalized by Dr Sriram Lagoo in the original? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Watch or Not to Watch- that is the question!”
In one of the scenes, Ganpatrao Belwalkar (Nana Patekar) is watching a modern day adaptation of a Shakespeare play, the name of which we are never told. Being a reputed and acclaimed stage actor, Belwalkar is expected to mentor the lead actor and endorse his acting, writing talents or the lack of it. This is also expected of him with an intention of helping his dutiful son in law (Sunil Barve) win a few more brownie points with his boss, whose son (Jitendra Joshi) is directing and enacting the play. But being the theatre thespian and an upright individual, Belwalkar is disgusted by watching this seemingly pedestrian Shakespearean adaptation and makes no qualms about expressing his displeasure publicly. He also gives Joshi an earful and asks him to get into the soul of Shakespeare’s verse, rather than doing a hack job of it. Understandably, the other people around him are not pleased and accuse Belwalkar of being stuck in a time warp and hence being unable to appreciate this adaptation. How one wishes director Mahesh Manjrekar himself had paid heed to the above advice while directing this film.
Nikhil Mahajan’s Pune 52 was one of the most promising Marathi films in recent times as it hit all the right chords in terms of the film’s promotion. Unfortunately the end result was a little disappointing & hence I was quite curious as to what would he come up with next. Right from the time his second directorial venture Baji was announced, I was quite intrigued. Like a lot of you even I have grown up on a staple diet of super hero and vigilante figures, relished via comics and films. So a Marathi superhero film featuring a popular actor in the lead sounded more than welcome to me. I was also interested in finding out if Nikhil Mahajan has managed to make up for the lost opportunity that he had (with Pune 52) this time with Baji. The teaser, trailer and songs all turned out to be good respectively, increasing my expectations from the film. So now that the film has been seen how would I describe it? Does it live up to expectations and does Nikhil Mahajan excel in giving Marathi Cinema a true blue super hero film?Continue reading “Baji Movie Review: Desi Phantom Tale Which Leaves You Asking for More”
After the successful release of his Marathi production, Poshter Boyz, Shreyas Talpade will be also seen as an actor in Marathi Cinema with Baji, touted as Marathi Cinema’s first superhero film. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan of Pune 52 fame, the film is produced by Arun Rangachari, Vivek Rangachari, Amit Ahirrao, Suhrud Godbole, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Nikhil Mahajan. Based on an original story by Nikhil Mahajan and Suhrud Godbole, the dialogues are by Shrirang Godbole. Baji has Amruta Khanvilkar playing the female lead and Jitendra Joshi as the antagonist and the music is by Atif Afzal.Continue reading “Baji: Theatrical Trailer”
After Aai Shappath (2006) Shreyas Talpade returns with a bang to Marathi Cinema both as a producer and as an actor. With his home production Poshter Boyz releasing this weekend he also features in and as Baji,touted as Marathi Cinema’s first superhero film. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan of Pune 52 fame, the film is produced by Arun Rangachari, Vivek Rangachari, Amit Ahirrao, Suhrud Godbole, Hrishikesh Kulkarni and Nikhil Mahajan. Based on an original story by Nikhil Mahajan and Suhrud Godbole, the dialogues are by Shrirang Godbole. Baji has Amruta Khanvilkar playing the female lead and Jitendra Joshi as the antagonist and the music is by Atif Afzal.Continue reading “Baji: First Look Theatrical Trailer”
Tukaram is a forthcoming Marathi movie directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni and produced by Sanjay Chhabria. A biopic on the life and times of Sant Tukaram, a popular 17th century saint and poet from Maharashtra, the film stars Jitendra Joshi in and as Tukaram.Continue reading “Tukaram-Trailer”
Tukaram is a forthcoming Marathi movie directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni and produced by Sanjay Chhabria. A biopic on the life and times of Sant Tukaram, a popular 17th century saint and poet from Maharashtra, the film stars Jitendra Joshi in and as Tukaram. Also starring Radhika Apte, Veena Jaamkar, Yatin Karyekar etc, the film has music by Ashok Patki and Avadhoot Gupte. Written by Ajit Dalvi and Prashant Dalvi, Rajen Kothari is the DOP and Ballu Saluja the editor.
The earlier 1936 film Sant Tukaram is still widely remembered in the Marathi cinema circles and here’s hoping that the 2012 version also emerges as a film worthy enough to be remembered as well. Tukaram is expected to release shortly and till then do check out the trailer of the film-