Chi Va Chi Sau Ka: Trailer

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”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective

At the very outset I wish to express that I personally felt that 2014 was overall an ordinary year for Indian Cinema. It was largely devoid of truly path breaking content and Hindi Cinema in particular was very disappointing, especially the second half of the year. This is even more alarming considering that the 1st quarter of the year saw some decent films like Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Highway, Queen and true blue indie films like Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, the long pending Om-Dar-B-Dar of Kamal Swaroop and Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi. The last among the films mentioned (Ankhon Dekhi) in particular was a delight, more on that later. But with subsequent weeks throwing up disappointment after disappointment, I had almost given up on the year but thank goodness for the last 2 Fridays of the year which brought in some relief. 19th December saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan spectacle PK release, one of the most awaited films  of the year while 26th December saw Anurag Kashyap’s long pending Ugly release. PK for me is Raj Kumar Hirani’s weakest film, but it is still an earnest film and Aamir thankfully is good in the film. So while I have no problem with the film’s spectacular success, I do oppose the way the so called moral and religious police are dragging it into an unnecessary controversy.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”

Elizabeth Ekadashi Movie Review: Heart-tugging Tale Devoid of Emotional Manipulation

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”

Elizabeth Ekadashi (Marathi Movie): Trailer

10387605_350548221775563_8732119291126145509_nParesh Mokashi is back with his second film after the much acclaimed Harishchandrachi Factory(2009). Interestingly titled Elizabeth Ekadashi, the film is slated to release on the November 14th. It’s detailed plot and the meaning of the title seems to be kept purposefully under wraps, though one can make out it’s premise from the trailer.

The film stars Shrirang Mahajan, Sayali Bhatakavthekar, Pushkar Lonarkar among others. Camerawork by Amol Gole, editing by Abhijit Deshpande and dialogues by Madhugandha Kulkarni. The directon, screenplay and lyrics are by Paresh Mokashi.

The film is produced by Essel Vision and Mayasabha productions.Continue reading “Elizabeth Ekadashi (Marathi Movie): Trailer”