We all must be aware that in terms of filmmaking, ‘Path-Breaking’ is an adjective used for films which in a way opens up a different genre/style/theme or redefines a previously known genre/style/theme. In case of Marathi cinema, ‘Path-Breaking’ could be a title used to honor films that broke the mould of conventional ‘Marathi’ genres/styles/themes & while doing so also succeeded in overall aspects, expected from a good film. Comedy & family drama have always been the most conventional genre in Marathi, not to forget ‘melodrama’! There are people who have recently recognized Marathi cinema & have also coined the term ‘The Marathi New Wave’ which includes any random popular Marathi film (like Natsamrat or Katyar..) of recent times. Is the ‘Wave’ really there? Even if it’s there, is it even averagely substantial? Well, let’s examine it!
Praising Marathi cinema is a kind of in thing, these days. You would find quite a few movie buffs on Twitter or elsewhere, catching up on the few absolute gems from Marathi cinema in recent times like Fandry or Killa and then going gaga over it. Directors like Umesh Kulkarni or Nagraj Manjule are celebrated not only in their home state but by cinema aficionados from all over the country, and rightly so! But there is one name that is hardly discussed, especially among the English media of all kinds, and that is of the director duo of Sumitra Bhave-Sunil Sukhtankar. I would stick my neck out and say that their body of work over the last two decades is as good as any other contemporary filmmaker in India. But, sadly, their cinema remains mostly unseen and thus underappreciated.Continue reading “Sumitra Bhave-Sunil Sukhtankar: Finest Marathi Filmmakers Around!”
Phir Zindagi, a short film about how organ donation has the potential of changing lives, has been released online. It has been written and directed by the acclaimed duo Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar.
It stars stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Vikram Gokhale, Ratna Pathak Shah among others.
Sumitra Bhave, who ventured into filmmaking more from circumstances than choice after the positive responsive to her short film ‘Bai’, is back to making a short film called ‘Phir Zindagi’ with her co-director Sunil Sukhtankar.
It is the story of how organ donation has the potential of changing lives. It also sheds light on the complicated and emotionally charged process of organ donation.
The short film has many veteran actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Vikram Gokhale and Neeraj Kabi among others. It has been produced by ZTCC foundation and written and directed by Bhave-Sukhtankar.
The film will release online on the 5th of December.
The pair of Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar are among the most consistent directors in the country. Their latest film Astu which means “so be it” is basically about a father-daughter relationship that reverses the equation between the father and his daughter when the father, a retired Sanskrit scholar, suddenly loses his memory and the daughter finds herself mothering him like a child.
Synopsis Appa – Dr.Chakrapani Shastri (Dr. Mohan Agashe), retired director of an oriental research institute is now suffering from dementia. His daughter Ira (Iravati Harshe) & her doctor husband Madhav(Milind Soman) are trying to cope with Appa’s decaying memory. But one day Appa disappears, Ira panicks and is trapped in the chain of Appa’s memory while Appa is living his day moment to moment with a tramp couple Anta (Nachiket Purnapatre) & Channama(Amruta Subhash) & their elephant Laxmi.
The film is co-produced by Sheela Rao and Mohan Agashe.
The marathi cinema fiend in me was rather disappointed with the films churned out in the year that was. The rare gems that can be liked without any reservations are what first attracted me to marathi cinema. The average quality of films being made in the marathi film industry is as low as any other in India. So I look forward more to the ‘gems’, the ones which you discover underneath the thick foliage of all the mediocre films and then flaunt it proudly to the entire world. Sadly, this year’s collection will have only a solitary Samhita (The Script) by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar.Continue reading “Samhita (The Script) and recent trends in Marathi Cinema”
Cinema of the writer-director pair of Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar is parallel in every sense. The subjects they have chosen right since their very first film Doghi(1995) have always been brave and socially conscious much unlike the most of Indian cinema. They have managed to fund their films in ways uncommon. They our content in making films from their hometown Pune which while showing their persistence, commitment and a sense of security in their kind of cinema also makes their films parallel in a production sense.Continue reading “Ha Bharat Mazha Movie Review: Subtle Social Drama”