Marathi filmmakers have overscored Western filmmakers: Sai

PTI, PANAJI | 08 June 2012 23:38 IST

Sai Paranjape, a veteran Hindi filmmaker from Maharashtra, praised the new trends in Marathi films that are comparable at international level.

After inaugurating the fifth Goa Marathi Film Festival at Kala Academy, Paranjape said: "Marathi filmmakers have touched such sensitive topics that even western filmmaker would not have dared to make films on," she said.

Taking a quick review of Marathi film industry, Paranjape observed Marathi film industry, after its golden era, had fallen apart due to advent of Bollywood.

"The Marathi films were treated as unwanted relative by Bollywood films which met with success due to big budgets and national reach," Paranjape observed.

She said that the shoe-string budget, lack of theatres, deficiency in marketing had left Marathi movies far behind and even Marathi people had turned their back towards the cinema. But things started improving around the year 2004, with ‘Shwaas’.

In addition, she said, digital technology, state government funding and emergence of Marathi television channels proved useful for the industry as 90 odd films are being produced annually in Marathi now.

While admitting that she had herself never made any Marathi film, she said that all her films had Marathi essence. "I agree that I have not made any Marathi film. But all my films had Marathi essence. I have showcased Marathi manus in it," she said.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, art and culture minister Dayanand Mandrekar, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar and power minister Milind Naik were also present on the occasion.

Almost all the prominent Marathi actors, directors, producers and art directors were invited on the stage including Nitin Desai, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni and others.

Parrikar also felicitated Dilip Prabhawalkar, the versatile actor in the film and theatre as well as the writer, to honour him with a special recognition for immense contribution.

Vinsan World has been taking this initiative for the last five years under its leader Sanjay Shetye.

The festival, which began with the screening of Nitin Desai’s ‘Ajintha’, would screen several Marathi films till Sunday in four theatres simultaneously. 

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Great to see Sai back.

A versatile movie maker that she is. Have made some great movies, Chasme Baddur, Sparsh, Katha are the ones come to mind immediately. She is right. Recently the Marathi movie industry has indeed been producing some great movies, I think, better than the garbage dished out day in and out by the Hindi movie Industry!

- Jagan Kamat, Canada | 09 th June 2012 01:56


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