Marathi film industry is booming rapidly. Since past two years, Marathi industry gave blockbuster movies like “Balak Palak”, “Shala”, “Duniyadaari”, “Timepass”, “Lai Bhaari” and “Pyaar Vali Love Story”. However, what makes Marathi film industry distinct is the topic of the storyline. Whether it be ‘Shyamchi Aai’, ‘Pinjra’, ‘Samna’, ‘Astitva’, ‘Shwaas’, ‘Jogwa’, ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’, ‘Natarang’ or most recently ‘Fandry’, Marathi movies has always focused on its subject rather than commercial aspects. And that’s the reason why, Marathi movies get appreciated in various film festivals.
As the 45th International Film Festival of India has begun, where 179 movies from 75 countries will be screened, out of which four of the Marathi movies from the same production house i.e. Essel Vision, has been selected in IFFI. The first movie that got selected in IFFI was ‘Killa’ which had won Mumbai Film Festival award in 2014 itself. The other two are ‘Dr Prakash Baba Amte’ based on the life of Social Worker Prakash Amte and ‘Elizabeth Ekadashi’ which is the children movie directed by Paresh Mokashi. The fourth movie that will be screened in IFFI is an yet to released movie ‘Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush’, which is based on the life of the Freedom Fighter Lokmanya Tilak. Along with the Essel Vision team, the directors of these movies (Avinash Arun, Samroudhi Porey, Paresh Mokashi and Om Raut) are overjoyed at this unprecedented achievement.
A total of 10 Marathi films will be screened at IFFI, 7 will feature films and 3 will be non-feature films. The other Marathi films which are selected for the festival are ‘Ek Hazarachi Note’ by Shrihari Sathe, ‘Yellow’ by Mahesh Limaye, ‘A Rainy Day’ by Rajendra Talak, ‘Mitraa’ by Ravi Jadhav, ‘Vithya’ by Prasanna Shrikant Ponde and ‘Ek Hota Kau’ by Viju Mane.
Along with 10 Marathi films, 9 Malayalam films, 5 Bengali films, 2 Assamese films and 1 Tamil, Kannada & Oriya film have been selected in for IFFI 2014.