The city of Pune will play host to the first stage of the Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) 2013. Punekaris will get a chance to watch around 10 movies and plays each. A jury will select the final three nominations for MICTA 2013, to be held at Macau over three days at the end of the month.
The jury for selecting the final nominations comprise of personalities such as Kiran Shantaram, Satish Alekar, Sanjay Mone and Girish Joshi, and for the theatre section, the jury members are Vandana Gupte, Upendra Limaye and Suhas Joshi.
The festival will see two films screenings at City Pride and two dramas staged at the Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium, everyday throughout the week. The final nominations shall be announced in a function to be held at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium (11 am) on September 8.
Director Mahesh Manjrekar, who conceptualised the awards, said, “We are happy to enter the fourth edition of the awards. It has helped take Marathi cinema and theatre to the next level and exposed some of its great works and talents to global audiences. Apart from showcasing the best of Marathi cinema and theatre every year, MICTA also gives audiences an opportunity to interact with the filmmakers and theatre personalities, thus, facilitating informal discussions about their creations, and stories from behind- the-scenes events.”
Manjrekar adds that the aim behind the event is to “take Marathi cinema to an international level”. “MICTA is a non-profit initiative. To reach to a wider range of audiences, we decided to conduct it outside Mumbai and chose Pune as the venue.”
“While the awards ceremony was supposed to be held in Switzerland, the recent sharp rise of the dollar and pound against the rupee has forced the organisers to shift the venue to Macau (September 27 to 29),” explained director Chandrakant Kulkarni. After the demise of actors, Anand Abhyankar and Akshay Pendse, the team also decided to offer certain benefits to actors. “We have come up with a corpus that will comprise insurance, mediclaim and medical insurance.
The facility/ service is not just limited to artistes but will be provided to backstage staff as well,” said actor and director Shrirang Godbole. The event will also feature workshops. “We also appeal that artistes should come forward for their support towards this initiative,” added Godbole.
From those who buy season tickets, one lucky winner from each section i.e. drama and theatre, will get a chance to be present at the awards ceremony at Macau. On the concluding day i.e September 8, the winners from drama and movies section will be announced.
The ten movies to be screened at the festival, presented by Maharashtra Kalanidhi, include 72 Mile -- Ek Prawas, Ajacha Diwas Majha, Anumati, Ayna Ka Bayna, Balak Palak (BP), Dhag, Duniyadari, Investment, Premachi Goshta and Time Please. The line-up of plays that will be staged include Dry Day,Ekda Pahawe Na Karun, Family Drama, Get Well Soon, Proposal, Sukh Mhanje Nakki Kay Asta, Sukhanta, Thashta and Unepure Shahar Ek.