With yet another Marathi film 'Sairat' striking gold at the box office, filmmakers debate on the need for more screens and shows, and incentives to boost the regional industry
Winds of change are blowing through the Marathi film industry and the latest example is the thumping box office success of National Award winning director Nagraj Manjule's second film Sairat. In the first weekend, it has managed to collect nearly Rs 12 crore (400 screens) and is running houseful not just in small towns but also in the bigger centres as well as in non-Marathi speaking regions.
A still from Sairat, which was chosen to be screened at the 66th Berlin Film Festival. Lead actress Rinku Rajguru received a special mention for her acting debut at this year’s National Awards
Nearly a decade ago, the industry was churning just about a dozen films per year, but now, the number has grown ten-fold. And it is not just a quantitative rise; the quality of films has improved substantially too. As an added advantage, the state government has effected quite a few measures to promote Marathi films — making them tax free in the state, giving grants of R40 lakh if it stays "true to its regional identity" and issuing a diktat to multiplexes to screen at least one show of a regional film daily.