‘Golden Period of Marathi Cinema’, ‘Marathi New Wave’ are some of the fancy labels that are attached to contemporary Marathi films by bloggers (including, yours truly) and other movie enthusiasts. But the reality couldn’t be farther from it. Yes, there have been few gems that have released every year, but that’s about it. The average quality of Marathi films that release in a year are as low as any other regional industry in the country. Alarmingly, nearly all of the Marathi movies that released in 2016 were declared as commercial duds.
Living in a joint family is never easy. Often the eldest of the family members dominate and control the people in the household in every possible way. This dominance also extends to the vital decisions taken by the elders on behalf of the younger generation, including the career choices. Often these decisions are forcefully imposed on the people without making an attempt to understand what they really aspire for.Continue reading “Rajwade And Sons Marathi Movie Review: Of Joint Families And Complex Relationships”
Sachin Kundalkar is back with another marathi film after Happy Journey last year. This too stars Atul Kulkarni in the lead role along with Sachin Khedekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Satish Alekar, Jyoti Subash, Siddharth Menon, Alok Rajwade, Mrinmayee Godbole, Krutika Deo among others.Continue reading “Rajwade And Sons Marathi Movie : Trailer”
Remake of the popular Malayalam film of the same name, Shutter is directed by Malayalam filmmaker V.K. Prakash. It stars Sachin Khedekar in the lead role of Jitya Bhau along with Sonalee Kulkarni and Amey Wagh.
The film portrays the unexpected incidents happening over two days in the life of middle class family man Jitya Bhau, an oversees returned, in a small town city of Maharashtra.
It is slated to release on the 3rd of July.
Here’s the trailer :Continue reading “Shutter Marathi Movie : Trailer”
“Just before the elections, I want two riots. I’ll back the non-Hindus but also target them” says politician Vikas Patil (Milind Soman) to Shriram Lagoo, a veteran riot fixer. Politics is a dirty business. We know this by now. And the news channels, news stories and movies keep reminding us of this regularly. Yet the casual manner in which Soman tells Lagoo to incite riots is chilling and tells us that a thing like this maybe usual business for politicians. It also makes us more cynical and bitter about the things happening around us. A similar sense of cynicism and anger is felt by Shyam Jagdale (Sachin Khedekar) – an idealistic editor of a newspaper named Nagrik and the protagonist of the film. The film tells the story of Jagdale’s helpless battle to fight the increasing corruption around him.Continue reading “Nagrik Marathi Movie Review: Dealing With the Devil Called ‘Corruption’”
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”
Sometimes I feel that our filmmakers don’t really understand the medium of cinema. Or they don’t really care about its finer nuances. I think it is high time that we as an audience don’t lap up films that are hastily made and don’t show any apparent effort in using the tools of cinema to get their point across. And, such total absence of any craft in the filmmaking, which is very common amongst contemporary marathi films, becomes even more frustrating when the film does have some substance.
Pitruroon, the directorial debut of Nitish Bharadwaj of Mahabharat fame, is a perfect example of the kind of filmmaking I have been lamenting about. Continue reading “Pitruroon Movie Review: Dull and Clichéd”
Nitish Bharadwaj who is still most fondly remembered for his portrayal of Lord Krishna in B.R.Chopra‘s epic T.V.series Mahabharat, has now turned filmmaker with Pitruroon, a Marathi film. Continue reading “Pitruroon: Trailer”
Mrinal Kulkarni who popularly played the role of Sonpari in the hit TV serial is all set to debut as a director in her upcoming marathi film Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta. The film, which shares it’s title with a poem by noted marathi poet Mangesh Padgaonkar, explores the relation between love and marriage.
It stars Mrinal Kulkarni herself in the lead role along with Sachin Khedekar, Pallavi Joshi and Sunil Barve. Milind and Surel Ingle have composed the music and the lyrics are penned by Soumitra. The camerawork has been handled by Amalendhu Chaudhari.
The film releases on April 19th.
Here’s the teaser of the film:
Continue reading “Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta Trailer”