The number of Marathi films that have made it among IFFI’s final selection this year is remarkable as last year. Many films were selected for International Film Festival of India (IFFI), among which there were nine Marathi Films. Notably missing from this section is Ravi Jadhav’s Nude, which wasn’t among the selected films due to its subject matter.
Of the 153 feature films IFFI received, a jury headed by filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh selected 26 films to be screened at the festival. Apart from nine Marathi films, the selection also includes six Hindi, three Bengali, two Assamese and one Malayalam film, among others.
Kaasav, which got direct entry after winning the Golden Lotus Award at the 64th National Film Awards, as well as Ventilator was also included. The movie was directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and produced by Priyanka Chopra. More seven films were selected which included Kshitij: A Horizon by Manouj Kadaamh, Kachcha Limbu by Prasad Oak, Maza Bhirbhira, a joint effort by Yogesh Soman and Vivek Wagh, Redu directed by Sagar Chhaya Vanjari, Varun Narvekar’s Muramba, Gajendra Ahire’s Pimpal and Deepak Gawade’s Idak.
Two more short films — Baluta by Ajay Kurane and Khidkee by Rohan Kanawade — have been selected to be screened under the Non-Feature Section. Out of 22 film only 4 Marathi films have made it to the finals.
“Films like Nude and Dashakriya show that directors are finding innovative ways to make films now. I am very happy to see this… people are also responding very well. The Marathi film industry is only going to keep growing in the future,”said Prasad Oak, a successful actor.
Marathi films are doing “something right and something different, creatively”, says Vivek Wagh, who co-produced and co-directed Maza Bhirbhira with Yogesh Soman as Marathi Films outnumbered more than any other films.
“It’s a big deal. Hundreds of films are sent to compete for the Indian Panorama section. If so many Marathi films have made the cut, it shows that we are doing better than any other industry. The range of subjects that are being handled, and the kind of treatments and narratives being used, is certainly making people stand up and take note,” he added.