Posted on 4 March, 2016 by Team Wishberry
There is no doubt about the fact that Marathi films are perhaps one of the most underrated gems of Indian cinema. In spite of this, Marathi films have been making all the right noise of late, some of them even putting India on the global radar. Therefore, it is only fair that we look at some of the best brains in the business, and who are putting out gem after gem and bringing the golden years of Marathi cinema back again.
Umesh Kulkarni Umesh Kulkarni is an award winning filmmaker who made films like Highway – Ek Selfie Aarpaar, Valu (The Wild Bull), Vihir (The Well) and Deool (The Temple). Valu, Vihir and Deool have all won some prestigious awards and recognition at prominent international film festivals. Umesh has a fascination for understanding the innocence of the human mind, satire and social consciousness, all of which can also be seen in his films, which leave you thinking about them without getting too overbearing.
Mahesh Manjrekar Mahesh Majrekar is one of the most remarkable filmmakers in the Marathi film industry. His films often talk about thought provoking subjects that make you raise questions. His films Kaksparsh, Natasamrat, Mi Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho and Astitva have gained immense appreciation from critics as well as the audience.
Ravi Jadhav Ravi Jadhav’s teenage romantic film Time Pass was the first ever Marathi film to cross the 100-crore mark. He also made the much-talked about (and extremely awesome) film Natarang. His other noteworthy films include comedy-drama Balak Palak and biopic Balgandharva.
Paresh Mokashi Paresh Mokashi made his debut with the absolutely gorgeous film Harishchandrachi Factory. It went on to become India's official entry to the Oscars in 2009. Mokashi is also very active in Marathi theatre. His second film Elizabeth Ekadashi was made in 2014, which won the National Award for the Best Children's Film. Although he has no formal training in filmmaking, Paresh Mokashi's films have a very distinct and unconventional style of storytelling.
Nagraj Manjule Nagraj Manjule made Fandry - the film that took the festival circuit by storm in 2014 and continues to make its way into conversations about quality films. His debut short film Pistulya won the National Award in 2011. Manjule's films highlight the ground realities of rural Maharashtra – the struggle people from socially backward classes have to go through on a daily basis, as well as his own struggle while growing up in a remote village.
Gajendra Ahire Gajendra Ahire is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the Marathi film industry. So far he has about 42 movies under his belt, the most prominent of which include Anumati, Not Only Mrs. Raut, Shevri, Vasudev Balwant Phadke and Bioscope. Ahire is known to venture into highly original and unique stories for his films.
Sanjay Jadhav Sanjay Jadhav has been known for delivering stunner after stunner – first in the form of his 2008 film Checkmate, followed by Duniyadari and Pyaar Vali Love Story, both of which became box office hits and set a whole new precedent for marathi films in terms of marketing and high production value.
Sachin Kundalkar Kundalkar made Gandha – a film made up of three different stories, only connected by the sense of smell. It became the first ever Marathi film to win the National Award for the Best Screenplay. His other notable films include Nirop, Restaurant and Happy Journey.
Honourable mentions: This list obviously isn't complete without the promising and fresh crop of talent we've seen lately in the form of debutante filmmakers like Chaitanya Tamhane, Avinash Arun, Mangesh Hadawale, Subodh Bhave among others.