Paresh Mokashi is a name that Marathi audience is familiar with thanks to his films Harishchandrachi Factory and Elizabeth Ekadashi. He is now back with his latest film, Chi Va Chi Sau Ka. Appearing to be quite in contrast with his work in the past, the film is produced by Nikhil Sane and is written by Paresh Mokashi and Madhugandha Kulkarni. The music is by Narendra Bhide while Sudhir Palsane is the DOP and Abhijeet Deshpande is the editor. While Lalit Prabhakar and Mrinmayee Godbole play the leads, the rest of the cast includes Supriya Pathak, Jyoti Subhash, Sharmishtha Raut, Pournima & Bharat Ganeshpure among others.Continue reading “Chi Va Chi Sau Ka: Trailer”
Most romantic movies shout from the rooftop that they are a ‘different love story,’ but only Nagraj Manjule makes you realise what the difference is with his ‘Sairat’. If his first movie ‘Fandry’ spoke about the caste system with a school boy following his unrequited love, his second movie leaps way beyond expectations in this seemingly simple love story with unexpected twists, unprecedented in the Indian film industry.Continue reading “Sairat: A Quick Review”
The review below contains mild to heavy spoilers. You are warned in advance.
Sairat is a love story, a love story set in India and not in imaginary mustard fields where people do not ask your surname or caste.While Fandry focused on the seething anger in an oppressed child who is not given his due, here Nagraj goes a step ahead, here he asks can love be a solution?
Nagraj introduces us to Bittergaon (Bitter Village) and when we see Prashant (Akash Thosar) for the first time on screen he is literally flying, a metaphor for the upcoming events in his life. Prashant has a crush on Archana aka Archie (Rinku Rajguru).Nagraj creates a Bollywood like land, in his own Bittergaon. He uses slow- motions, dance and colours. There are hints of tension or violence, but nothing which our hero cannot beat.Continue reading “Sairat (2016) Movie Review: Love in Modi’s India”
Plot: Parshya (Akash Thosar) and Archie (Rinku Rajguru), two eighteen-year-olds in Bittergaon, fall in love.
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writer: Nagraj and Bharat Manjule
My brain balks at writing about Sairat. I’ve already watched a movie (the incredibly fun Mr. Right) and had a work discussion trying to save a failing idea, in attempts to find something else to do. Where does one even begin? I’m in danger of just writing “AAAAAAAA” and leaving it at that. That’s what my brain does when too many things rush into it at the same time, especially if the things rushing in are emotionally upsetting.Continue reading “Sairat Marathi Movie Review: The Birds of Bittergaon”
Timepass which released in early 2014 went on to become the all time biggest blockbuster in Marathi Cinema (with Lai Bhaari breaking it’s record later in the year) making writer-director Ravi Jadhav all the more popular. The film which spoke of the romance between 2 teenagers, Dagdu (Prathamesh Parab) and Prajakta (Ketaki Mategaonkar) was loosely based on Shaiju Mathew’s book-Knocked Up. Now Ravi Jadhav takes the story forward with the sequel, Timepass 2. Dagdu (Priyadarshan Jadhav) and Prajakta (Priya Bapat) have now grown up and their romance continues. Produced by EsselVision Productions and Athaansh Communications, Timepass 2 has music by Chinar & Mahesh while Vasudeo Rane is the DOP and Jayant Jathar the editor.Continue reading “Timepass 2: Trailer”
Paresh Mokashi literally stormed his way across film circles and made a name with Harischandrachi Factory (2010), a film which brought back Marathi Cinema under the spotlight. A biopic on the father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, it highlighted the journey which saw him emerge as a filmmaker amidst all odds, in the process making ‘Raja Harischandra’, India’s first motion picture. What I liked in particular about the film was the mild undercurrent of humour in the film, despite being a period film on an important personality. No wonder that after Shwaas (2004), this went on to become the 2nd Marathi film ever to be India’s official entry to the Academy Awards. Hence I was always curious to know what Paresh would come up with next after making such an impressive debut film. It took some time before I got to eventually hear of his second outing, Elizabeth Ekadashi but when I was looking at the names of this year’s films that have made it to the Indian Panorama at IFFI-Goa, I was quite happy.Continue reading “Elizabeth Ekadashi Movie Review: Heart-tugging Tale Devoid of Emotional Manipulation”