Abhay/Aalavandhan (2001): Twenty years of Kamal Haasan’s Magic Realism

There are some films which you miss, despite they hype and your eagerness to watch it. I remember Abhay/Aalavandhan was one of the most awaited films but it meet with mixed reactions when released. But it is a film which always comes up in discussion with cinephiles.Continue reading “Abhay/Aalavandhan (2001): Twenty years of Kamal Haasan’s Magic Realism”

Natsamrat: A Quick Review

Natsamrat PosterNana 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”

Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Watch or Not to Watch- that is the question!

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!”

Natsamrat (2016) Marathi Movie Review: To Be Or Not To Be

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.

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Sunday Watch : Phir Zindagi

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.

Do let us know what you think about the film.

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Natsamrat (Marathi Movie): Trailer

Natsamrat PosterNana Patekar stars in Natsamrat which is an adaptation of the epic play by the legendary V.V. Shirwadkar. The film is about a celebrated Shakespearean actor – played by Nana Patekar – who has retired from stage but has a difficult time coping up with life away from the limelight of theatre.

It is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and stars Vikram Gokhale, Medha Manjrekar and Mrunmayee Deshpande among others. The screenplay has been adapted by Hemant Edlabadkar and Ajith V. Reddy has handled the camera department.

The film is slated to release on 1st January, 2016.

Here’s the trailer :

Phir Zindagi (Short Film) : Trailer

Phir Zindagi PosterSumitra 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.

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Siddhant (Marathi Movie) : Trailer

Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil entertainment after the release  of the acclaimed Fandry last year are back with their next film titled Siddhant (Principles). It is directed by debutant Vivek Wagh and written by Shekhar Dhavlikar.

siddhantThe details of the plot are still kept under the wraps though from the trailer it seems like the film follows the relationship between an old mathematician and his grandson. It stars Vikram Gokhale, Ganesh Yadav and Kishore Kadam amongst others.
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Sau Jhooth Ek Sach Movie Review

Sau Jhooth Ek Sach, a 2005 film directed by Bappaditya Roy, starring Mammotty (in one of his rare non-dubbed / original Hindi movies), the DVD of which I had picked up on an impulse during my recent visit to Kochin (it could be the Mammootty-effect, or maybe even trying the ‘local-flavour’), but had not even removed the wrapper since then.Continue reading “Sau Jhooth Ek Sach Movie Review”