Monday, April 14, 2008

Contribution to Marathi Cinema

Classic Picks

There are no grandiose plays for affection, no melodramatic proclamations of undying passion - just the quiet dignity of two world weary characters (beautifully played by Shivaji Satam and Neena Kulkarni) finding strength and companionship in each other.
The story follows Raghu(Shivaji Satam), a widower who's recently returned to Mumbai for his son's wedding. While revisiting his old neighborhood, he seeks out his childhood friend, Durgi(Neena Kulkarni). The two rediscover their friendship, but their youth is a distant memory. Durgi was abused by her former husband and father-in-law and has become withdrawn and guarded. Raghu has also been affected by the unforgiving reality of adulthood, after losing his wife to cancer. Slowly, the fragile characters inch towards building a relationship, vacillating between Raghu's quiet optimism and Durgi's wary insecurity.
Journey to the Other side presents love in its most honest form, full of frailty, tenderness and uncertainly. Now, that is the ultimate romantic gesture.


Shevri by director Gajendra Ahire and actor/producer
Neena Kulkarni won the Government of Maharashtra's Sant Tukaram award for the Best International Marathi Film at the closing ceremony of the Pune International Film Festival 2007 Shevri is about life of a middle-aged woman. Circumstances forces her to spend a night on
Mumbai's streets. Her experiences and her story which unfolds in flashbacks is brilliantly interwoven to create a good movie experience. The star cast delivers great performances. The end is the predictable one, but a good, thought provoking movie for many reasons.

Sari Var Sari

Two Sisters born in a society that values conformity over independence. Their family and their surroundings was a constant Neena Kulkarni & Madhura Velankarreminder to them of what their place and aim in life should be.
Vini born with an intellect and a desire to work hard to achieve these limitations. But it is Mini who questions them.
Armed with a sensitive mind, boundless energy and a burning desire to make her own mark in this world, she refuses to be handed a predestined life. She has two choices; live the life that others chalk out for her, or tread own way forward.
Not content with her family's orthodox lifestyle and a future of being labeled' her husband's wife, she follows her heart and crosses all hurdles. But fame proves expensive. While her sister is applauded, Mini is scorned. She finds herself at the pinnacle of glory, alone without her father's pride or a pat on the back. Her once happy family is now engulfed in sorrow. Will her parents rigid attitudes prevent them from reaching out to her? Will the family ever be the same again ? Are familial bonds strong enough to overcome narrow minds and conflicting priorities?

This is the story of a doctor, who is young and intelligent, ready to take in her life with full enthusiasm. But for Neeraja, the protagonist, the things are not as smooth as for others. She has vitiligo, white patches in her skin, on her face especially.Though vitiligo is just the lack of a skin pigment, it affects the entire identity of a person. It is definitely not contagious and has not been proved medically as a hereditary disorder. After passing through the internal turmoil since her childhood, Neeraja has overcome her inferiority complexes. But the outside world is not as ‘human’ as it should be. Neeraja enters her friend Ananya’s elite and high society family as a doctor and every person in this well educated family is taken aback even with just the possibility of Neeraja becoming their family member.The story unwinds itself, portraying societal insensitivity and cowardice. On the other hand, it illustrates rationality emerging in younger generation about vitiligo.
Ananya is in emotional paradox penduling between the stereotypical preferences of the family and his own sensibility. The story ends on a positive note where he undergoes attitudinal change, driven by Neeraja’s confidence about her self image.

Savat Majhi Ladki- 1993
Director- Smita Talwalkar

A Comedy based on Infidelity!

A middle aged married doctor(Mohan Joshi) has an affair with his new doctor assistant(Varsha Ujgaonkar). Crisis strikes when his wife Beena(Neena Kulkarni) gets to know of this affair and decides to accept the muse gladly and get them married off, while she declares to retire as his wife! The confused couple have no choice left but to accept the offer and make a fool of themselves!

Coming soon- to be updated

Aai- 1996

Director Mahesh Manjrekar

Amhi Asu Ladake-2006

Director:- Abhiram Bhadkamkar


Anonymous said...

Hello, I live in Cary North Carolina and I recently saw your movie shevri. I actually saw it 5 times, it was one of the most beautiful, thoughtful movie ever! Your acting is par excellence and I wanted to communicate with you so I googled you and came across this blog. Thank you for giving us such a beautiful movie. Please feel free to email me at

Best Regards,

saurabh_world123 said...

Hi neetna tai;
Im saurabh ;mumbaikar (parlekar) and software consultant.I like you acting in "uttarayan".I attended last years MAJESTIC GAPPAN in parle when u were participated.
I have one suggestion for you.
Please read marathi kadambari of" hi vat ektichee".
I think you can portray that Vidyullata Phadke in your films very well.

waiting your reply

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