Pune filmmakers rule Marathi cinema at Mumbai Film Festival

Oct 09, 2014, 07:52 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

All the three Marathi films, which are selected for the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival, organised by MAMI, are made by Pune-based filmmakers

Pune-based filmmakers seem to be setting up new benchmarks in Marathi cinema. Of the three Marathi films which have been selected as part of the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival, all are made by city-based directors.

Poster of the film Siddhant
Poster of the film Siddhant

The three films — Killa (directed by Avinash Arun), Siddhant (directed by Vivek Wagh) and Rangaa Patangaa (by Prasad Namjoshi) will compete under the India Gold Competition section with other films in Indian languages.

Still from the Film Killa
Still from the Film Killa

Nilesh Navalakha, who produced the film Siddhant, shares his jubilance. “It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Mumbai Film Festival. We feel proud to be a part of such a prestigious film festival.” Navalakha informs that the film, Siddhant, explores the complexity of human relationships and shows how, at times, small solutions help develop relations in a good way.

Rangaa Patangaa
A still from the film Rangaa Patangaa

Director Namjoshi expects his film, Rangaa Patangaa, to be a popular choice among critics as well as the audiences. “The film deals with the struggle of a Muslim farmer to continue his profession as well as to survive as a human being. It is a story of a farmer who is searching for his lost ox and how his life changes while looking for it. We have made the film in such a way that both the critics and audiences will love it,” he says. The film will have actor Makarand Anaspure playing a serious character for the first time.

However, unlike the other two films, Sidhaye’s Killa explores the innocence of childhood. Sidhaye, who has also written the dialogues of the film, says, “Killa is about a small Pune-based boy whose life changes when his mother gets transferred to a small village in Konkan. It’s about how he adjusts to the new surroundings and how he copes up with the new friends and the area around.”

From: October 14 to 21
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What's MAMI?

The Mumbai Film Festival is organised every year by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, a not-for-profit Trust, created in 1997 by a group of film industry stalwarts headed by the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

Director Prasad Namjoshi
Director Prasad Namjoshi on the sets of the film, Rangaa Patangaa

The aim was to create an annual international film festival, which the film industry could be proud of.

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