Cast: Bharat Jadhav, Dr. Girish Oak, Sia Patil, Vijay Chavan and Vijay Kenkre
Director duo: Sandeep-Samir
Ashok Saraf's Anolkhi Hey Ghar Majhe is a film Marathi audiences would look forward to, knowing that the actor-producer's films generally have a good quality to them. Moreover, decent films such as Rita and Samaantar in the past two weeks have served as appetisers for the discerning viewer. So, let's see what Anolkhi Hey Ghar Majhe has dished out to us.
Saraf plays Jagannath Deshmukh, patriarch of the middle-class Deshmukh family. The first half of the film goes in establishing the various characters – Jagannath's wife Malti (Meghna Vaidya), their three sons, and daughter-in-law. Tushar Dalvi is Shekhar, the eldest son, and Kavita Laad Medhekar plays his wife Shubhada. Jagannath also has a daughter who has run away and got married to a man from another caste. The family is not in talking terms with her.
It's been long since a good film on the art of tamasha has been seen on Indian screens, and especially Marathi cinema. Atul Kulkarni's Natarang is one such. Based on a book by noted Marathi author Dr Anand Yadav, and directed by Ravi Jadhav, the film is the first release of 2010 (on January 1).
Natarang starts in flashback mode. Atul Kulkarni plays Guna, one of the many villagers out of work in a story set in the seventies.
Marathi cinema is getting tech savvy and this week’s new release, Samit Kakkad's Huppa Huiyya directed by Anil Surve is one fine example. Mixing fantasy with realism, the film is not your regular 'leave your brains behind at home' entertainer, as it packs in a few good messages as well.
Hanmya (Siddharth Jadhav) is an orphan raised by the village Sarpanch (Mohan Joshi). The village faces acute water shortage because of the unfinished dam on the outskirts. Also, the local illegal hooch maker Rangarao (Yadav) is often at loggerheads with the Sarpanch.
In the opening credits of his film, Vihir, director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni dedicates his film to popular Marathi writers GA Kulkarni and CT Khanolkar (aka Aarti Prabhu) and sets the tone for what is in store ahead. Like these writers' works Kulkarni's Vihir too is a film whose characters are in a pursuit of the unknowable destiny and a dark mood reflects the inscrutable ways in which destiny shadows these characters.
Cousins Sameer (Madan Deodhar) and Nachiket (Alok Rajwade) stay in Pune and Pandharpur respectively. While Sameer's family is still a bit better off, Nachiket has to contend with an alcoholic father who vanishes for weeks and his mother having a tough time managing the house.
Writer, director and theatre personality Paresh Mokashi's Harishchandrachi Factory might be out of the Oscar race, but the film is an absolute delight to watch, all thanks to the storytelling technique used.
Mokashi could've easily succumbed to making a documentary style biopic based on Dadasaheb (Dhundiraj) Phalke's life, a man credited with being the father of Indian cinema. Instead, the director goes in for ample doses of subtle humour used at the right moments to make the film amusing for the audience – much in the same way a story is narrated to a wide-eyed child. And none of it is fiction, as all incidents have been taken from the stalwart's life.
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