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Hrishita Bhatt, Ravindra Mankani, Anjali Kusre, Umesh Kamat

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Starting- Hrishita Bhatt, Ravindra Mankani, Anjali Kusre, Umesh Kamat

Director- Gauri karekar Sarwate
Producer- Dr. Dilip sarwate

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Starting- Sandeep Kulkarni, Kishore Kadam, Neelam Shirke

Director- Yogesh Dattataraya Gosavi
Producer- Dr.Vijaysinha Amarsinha Nikam
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   Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto (MBM) a community based organization of Marathi speaking people in Toronto organized a film festival on Aug 22, 2010 in collaboration with ZAGMAG.NET. Two recent Marathi films Pratisaad and Mani Magalsutra were presented to the audience of about 350. Pravina Kale, the president of the organization for 2010 Opened the festival and welcomed the audience, reminding them that a film festival chaired by Sharad Kawale was last held in 1988. Since then single movies have been shown by MBM on a few occasions. Lalit Mahadeshwar, President of ZAGMAG.NET announced that this was the world premiere of the film Mani Mangalsutra. World premiere in Toronto of a new Marathi film was a significant event for MBM. A very talented and beautiful Miss Anjalee Kusre who has a leading role in the film graced the occasion and participated in a Q&A session at the end of screening.

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   About the Film Festival -

  We are excited to announce the CANADA MARATHI FILM FESTIVAL organized by Marathi Bhashik Mandal of Toronto in collaboration with ZAGMAG.NET. The Mandal represents around five thousand plus Marathi speaking population in nearby areas. Our Mandal has been supporting social progressive projects in the community within Canada as well as rest of the Marathi speaking population all over the world.
   ZAGMAG.NET is an Entertainment portal for Global Marathi speaking population. Zagmag proudly celebrates the growth of Marathi film Industry in recent years and strives to promote Marathi movies at a global level to ensure that they get the mileage they rightfully deserve.

  Toronto Marathi Mandal and Zagmag have chosen two very unique films for the Canada Marathi Film Festival.

  Toronto South Asian Press and Media represented by TV channels such as ATN and OMNI interviewed many people from the audience to get their reaction to the movies after each screening. The red carpet was nicely decorated with very traditional Indian light stand or ‘Samayee’ Tushar Unadkat of the Nouveau iDEA (New International Dimension in Entertainment & Arts) was the guest of honour. He is a significant contributor and a veteran of the Toronto cultural scene. He spoke of the difficulties regional films face in getting distribution and hence miss the chance to be shown to interested audiences. He encouraged audience to “spread the word” and actively support and promote such excellent creation. Mr. Lalit Mahadeshwar appealed audience to support the Marathi Film industry and its artists by watching at least three to four films in the theatre every year.

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मराठी फिल्म फेस्टिवल टोरोंटो ( कॅनडा )
- सौ. सौम्या संजीव
TMFF Premiered MANI MANGALSUTRA
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मराठी फिल्म फेस्टिवल टोरोंटो ( कॅनडा )

- सौ. सौम्या संजीव

    २२ ऑगस्ट २०१० रोजी टोरोंटोच्या अल्बिओन चित्रपटगृहात MBM ( मराठी भाषिक मंडळ ) ने मराठी चित्रपट मोहोत्सवाचे आयोजन केले होते. दोन उत्तम दर्जाचे चित्रपट बघण्याची संधी मिळण म्हणजे टोरोंटोच्या रसिक प्रेक्षकांना एक मेजवानीच होती. त्यात मणि मंगळसूत्र ह्या चित्रपताचा world premiere करण्याचा मान MBM टोरोन्टोला मिळाल्याने आनंद द्विगुणीत झाला. श्रावणाच्या सरी अंगावर घेत टोरोंटो मधली मराठी मंडळी मोठ्या संख्येने उपस्थित होती. कार्यक्रमासाठी प्रमुख पाहुणे श्री तुषार उनाड्कात हे कॅनडातील प्रसिध्द दिग्दर्शक, झगमग.नेट चे अध्यक्ष आणि उद्योगाक श्री ललित महाडेश्वर, मणी मंगळसूत्र चित्रपटातील नवीन कलाकार कुमारी अंजली कुसरे उपस्थित होते. तसेच टोरोनतोतील सर न्यायाधीश सौ नाडकर्णी, होमेओपाथ सोसायटीचे शिष्ठमंडळ आणि अनेक स्थानिक मान्यवर नागरिक उपस्थित होते.

   पहिल्या भागात `प्रातिसाद´ हा डॉक्टर अमरसिंह निकम ह्यांच्या जीवनावर आधारित योगेश दत्तात्रय गोसावी दिग्दर्शित चित्रपट दाखवण्यात आला. होमिओपथि ह्या वैद्यकीय उपचार पद्धतीबाबत लोकांमधे असलेले गैरसमज दूर करण्याचा प्रयत्न ह्या चित्रपटाद्वारे केला आहे. डॉक्टर.आदित्य देशमुख ही व्यक्तिरेखा संदीप कुलकर्णी ह्यांनी अतिशय सुंदरपणे पेललेली आहे.सर्जेरावांच्या भूमिकेत किशोर कदम ह्यांनी त्यांच्या सहजअभियानाने रसिकांची मने जिंकली.अभिनेत्री नीलम शिर्के ही तिच्या पत्रकार रेणूच्या भूमिकेत उठून दिसली.

   चित्रपटाची सुरुवात डॉक्टर आदित्य देशमुख ( संदीप कुलकर्णी ) होमिओपथिचे "leading practitioner " च्या T .V वरील मुलाखतीने होते.मुलाखत सुरळीत चालू असताना सर्जेराव ( किशोर कदम ) नावाच्या caller चा फोन येतो व चित्रपटाला एक वेगळेच वळण मिळते.त्याच्या बायकोचा उपचार डॉं. देशमुखांच्या हॉस्पिटल मधे होत असतो पण ती पूर्णपणे बरी करावी म्हणून तो डॉं. ना आव्हान करतो. सर्जेराव डॉं. आदित्य देशमुखांवर पोलीसात खटला भरतो. रेणू (नीलम शिर्के ) ही होमिओपथिची प्रोफेसर नंतर वार्ताहार बनून हॉस्पिटलमधे प्रवेश करते. डॉं.ची मानसिक अवस्था पूर्ण डळमळते. त्यात त्यांची बायको त्यांना साथ देते व सत्याचा नेहमी विजय होतो हे सांगते.शेवटी मुलाखत चालू असताना रेणू सर्व प्रकरणंना वरचा पडदा उघडते व होमिओपथि हे फेक सायन्स नाही हे पुन्हा सिद्ध होते. गोसावींचे उत्तम दिग्दर्शन , कवी सौमित्रची अप्रतीम गाणी मनावर ठसा उमटवतात. होमिओपथि सारखा आगळा वेगळा विषय हाताळण्यात लेखक, दिग्दर्शक निश्चितच यशस्वी झाले म्हणणे योग्य आहे.

   फेस्टिवलच्या दुसऱ्या भागात मणि मंगळसूत्र ह्या अभिजित सरवटे निर्मित व गौरी कारेकर सरवटे दिग्दर्शित सत्यघटनेवर आधारित चित्रपटाचा वर्ल्ड प्रीमिअर झाला. चित्रपटाची कहाणी जज्ज कै. सुप्रिया सरवटे ह्यांच्या पुस्तकावरून घेतलेली आहे. ही कहाणी अवैवाहिक संबधावर आधारीत आहे. ह्यात तीन काळांचा समावेश बघायला मिळतो. १९५०, १९७० व आजची पिढी. पुरुषोत्तम साने ( रवींद्र मंकणी ) व सावित्री कर्वे ( हृषिता भट्ट ) हे जोडपे लग्न न करता एकत्र राहात असतात. सावित्री बालविधवा असते तर पुरुषोत्तमचे लग्न झालेले असते पण त्याची पत्नी त्याला सोडून गेलेली असते. सावित्री व पुरुषोत्तमच्या वयात बरेच अंतर असते. सावित्री व पुरुषोत्तम ज्या चाळीत राहात असतात त्याच चाळीत त्यांच्या शेजारी शंतनू ( उमेश कामत ) नावाचा मुलगा राहात असतो. सावित्री लहानपणी त्याचे बेबी सिटींग करत असे. पुढे शंतनू उच्च शिक्षणासाठी लंडनला जातो आणि तो स्वाती ( अंजली कुसरे ) जी लंडनमधेच लहानाची मोठी झाली आहे तिच्या प्रेमात पडतो.पुरुषोत्तम व सावित्रीच्या सबधांना कायम आदर्श मानत आलेला शंतनू ,स्वाती बरोबर लग्न न करता राहात असतो. पुढे पुरुषोत्तम आजारपणाने वारतो व सावित्रीला एकटे राहण्याची पाळी येते.चाळीचा मालक सावित्री वैवाहिक पत्नी नाही त्यामुळे तिला चाळीत राहण्याचा हक्क नाही ह्या कारणावरून सावित्रीला चाळीतून बाहेर जाण्याची नोटीस देतो.शंतनू व स्वाती वकील करून सावित्रीची केस कोर्टात लढवतात आणि तिला न्याय मिळवून देतात.

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   गौरी सरवटे ह्यांनी हा आगळा वेगळा विषय अतिशय कलात्मक रीतीने हाताळला आहे. चित्रपटात black and white चा वापर व वास्तवपूर्ण चित्रीकारणाने चित्रपटाचा दर्जा आणखीनच उंचावला आहे. सर्व कलाकारांची कामे वाखाणण्यासारखी आहेत. वंदना गुप्तेंनी आपल्या विनोदी अभिनयाने रसिकांची मने जिंकली.तर बालकलाकार मुक्ता वैद्य तिच्या छोट्याश्या भूमिकेतून मनावर ठसa उमटवून गेली. अवधूत गुप्तेंनी संगीताची बाजू उत्तम सांभाळली. सर्वच गाणी अप्रतीम होती. मुग्धा वैशंपायनचे "नवा डाव चला मांडायला नव्यानव्या गावा" हृदयात घर करून गेले. मंगळसूत्र बांधून घेणारी स्त्री व तिला बांधणारा तो पुरुष नेहमीच समाधानी असतात असे नाही हे सांगून जुन्या व नव्या पिढीचा तोल सांभाळणारा उत्कृष्ट चित्रपट असेच म्हणता येईल.

TMFF (TORONTO’S MARATHI FILM FESTIVAL)
Premiered MANI MANGALSUTRA
 

  On August 22, 2010 Marathi Bhashik Mandal & ZagMag Inc. launched TMFF ( Toronto ’s Marathi Film Festival) at the Albion Cinemas drawing over 500 community members making it a sold out event.

   TMFF had a North American Premiere of Mani Mangalsutra directed by Gauri Sarvate *ing Hrishita Bhatt (Asoka, Ab Tak Chappan, Heyy Baby, De Taali) , Ravindra Mankani (Astitva, Khakee) and UK based debutant actor Anjali.

   Both the UK based actor Anjali and the film-producer Lalit Mahadeshwar were present at opening gala of TMFF to premiere Mani Mangalsutra.

   TMFF’s Guest of Honor Tushar Unadkat addressed a speech on the film industry within the Indian Diaspora and the challenges of Independent Cinema, enforcing the importance of regional language cinema that works as visual fossils for our coming generations.

   TMFF attracted over 500 culturally enthusiastic community members to enjoy the opening gala as well as reputed members of media including Asian Television Network, TV Asia, SAHARA ONE, OMNI amongst all the other print, radio and web-media.

   An inception of not-for-profit events like TMFF is only possible with generous support of the sponsors and dedication of community members who volunteer their time, said Ms. Pravina Kale, President of Marathi Bhashik Mandal.

   Kumar Mohilay and Leena Deodhar are two key programming committee members of the Marathi Bhashik Mandal who passionately organized TMFF and welcomes all Marathi film-makers to send in their film screening proposals for the next year.

  Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto (MBM) a community based organization of Marathi speaking people in Toronto organized a film festival on Aug 22, 2010 in collaboration with ZAGMAG.NET. Two recent Marathi films Pratisaad and Mani Magalsutra were presented to the audience of about 350. Pravina Kale, the president of the organization for 2010 Opened the festival and welcomed the audience, reminding them that a film festival chaired by Sharad Kawale was last held in 1988. Since then single movies have been shown by MBM on a few occasions. Lalit Mahadeshwar, President of ZAGMAG.NET announced that this was the world premiere of the film Mani Mangalsutra. World premiere in Toronto of a new Marathi film was a significant event for MBM. A very talented and beautiful Miss Anjalee Kusre who has a leading role in the film graced the occasion and participated in a Q&A session at the end of screening.

Toronto South Asian Press and Media represented by TV channels such as ATN and OMNI interviewed many people from the audience to get their reaction to the movies after each screening. The red carpet was nicely decorated with very traditional Indina light stand or ‘Samayee’ Tushar Unadkat of the Nouveau iDEA (New International Dimension in Entertainment & Arts) was the guest of honour. He is a significant contributor and a veteran of the Toronto cultural scene. He spoke of the difficulties regional films face in getting distribution and hence miss the chance to be shown to interested audiences. He encouraged audience to “spread the word” and actively support and promote such excellent creation. Mr. Lalit Mahadeshwar appealed audience to support the Marathi Film industry and its artists by watching at least three to four films in the theatre every year.

   Both Movies do not follow the typical Bollywood formula. They address social issues and are a commentary relevant to the current state of affairs in the community. Both films are suitable for all ages.

   Pravina was supported by Prakash Date, Namita Dandekar , Anoop Mohile, Pramod Kale, Lalit Mahedshwar of ZagMag, film distributors for North America and other members of the MBM executive committee. The event was a great success and certainly would encourage Marathi community to bring other films and organize their screening in Toronto.

   “Pratisaad- The Response” is a recent regional Marathi film produced by Drs Amarsinh and his son Vijaysinha Nikam who are practicing Homeopathic physicians. It is based on real life story of Dr Nikam. In the film, Dr. Aditya, a leading Homeopathy practitioner who has a full fledged hospital, is challenged by a phone call in the midst of a live TV talk show The caller – Sarjerao accuses him of misdiagnosis and fraud and the TV host on the suggestion of his Programme producer, flares up the issue by asking Dr. Aditya to answer Sarjerao’s accusations and the the media reports quoting Homeopathy as ‘fake science’. Needless to say that the media furore follows, giving a new twist to this debate.

  The law soon steps in and you find a Police officer investigating the case, on a complaint received from Sarjerao. In comes Ms. Renu posing herself as Journalist and she too carries her investigation, much to the satisfaction of the doctor, who at that point is feeling dejected by such allegations, in spite of his sincerity to his profession. His motivation at that stage is also his wife who keeps on reminding him that ‘Truth always wins’. Finally, Dr. Aditya wins his battle, when Ms. Renu reveals the truth during the second part of the live talk show interview.

   The film focuses on the Doctor-Patient relationship i.e. more than treating the disease, the medicine treats the patient. The screenplay also highlights the role played by a committed doctor he became sympathetic instead of remaining empathetic that is the real strength of the film. After all, it is the attitude of the patient’s relatives that also have to be handled well. However, in this film, in spite of his best efforts, the doctor fails to convince an adamant Sarjerao who is bent on ruining the doctor’s reputation and has plans to extract money from the doctor, and is planning an end game of extortion and black mail which are disclosed at the end of the film.

   The film has effectively created awareness about the alternative treatment of Homeopathy. Sandeep Kulkarni as Dr. Aditya is very impressive. Watching his emotions in the scene at the TV studio, while admitting how much of faith his wife had in him, clearly proves his class. Kishore Kadam, another talented actor has supported him well in the role of Sarjerao. Neelam Shirke as Ms. Renu, does an excellent job, with a good support coming from other artistes. All the hospital scenes have been captured well. One background song has been used at the appropriate place. Editing work is satisfactory. Photography is good, but there are too many close ups in the film and those repeatedly used are of the male TV host for no particular reason. The start is slow, barring this lapse, the film is well presented with English subtitles that are suitable for non Marathi audience and particularly the translation is appropriate.

  Mani Mangalsutra is a recent regional Marathi film with English subtitles. Its premiere showing was held for the Marathi community in Toronto. Extremely well directed by Gauri Sarwate, the film focuses on the debate about marriage and live in (Common law) relationships. Mangalsutra, the necklace worn by married women, is a symbol of marriage, which means commitment, sharing, caring for each other and setting the boundaries. The film is a Based on a true story; it is developed in the film through the life of Savitri and explores very nicely her circumstances over three eras or generations, the 50’s, 70’s and the present. The film brings in those periods with black and white and ektachrome renditions.

   A young Marathi couple from U.K. who are in seventh year of their live in relationship arrive in Pune to meet relatives and friends. The drama unfolds as they are asked when they are going to get married at every turn. The boy holds Savitri kaku and Purushottam kaka who lived 35 years without getting married as an example of ideal relationship between man and a woman where as the girl wants to know where their relationship is going. The dialogues are very crisp. The music and the lyrics very effectively convey the emotions and are placed very appropriately. The acting is superb and the dance sequence is very Marathi. The film is very suitable for the second generation young members in our community, many of whom are or have been is such relationships, as well as their parents. The sub titles and the translation are very appropriate.

   In India where Common law relationship is not recognised in law, this film brings forth the issue squarely to the front.

  Ajit Bapat Aug 23, 2010

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