NCPA Nave Valan (New Turn) Marathi Film Festival returns with an eclectic selection of films

Festival to commence from 9th October to 13th October at NCPA

Mumbai, Maharashtra, October 7, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - India PRwire/ -- From critical acclaim to commercial hits, international film festivals to the Academy Awards Marathi film industry has evolved in the recent years. The National Centre for Performing Arts, India's premier art and culture institution, presents ― Nave Valan (A New Turn) ─A festival of Marathi films for the second consecutive year at the NCPA to reflect the new turn in Marathi films. Scheduled from Saturday, October 9th to Wednesday, 13th October, 2010 at Dance Theatre Godrej, and the Experimental Theatre, NCPA, the festival aims to showcase the changing face of Marathi cinema and create a wider platform for reaching out to a varied audiences who appreciate good cinema.

All films to be screened during the festival have been curated by the NCPA. Opening the festival will be 'Natarang', winner of this years' National Award for Best Marathi Film, starring Atul Kulkarni, which has received rave reviews in the role of a village wrestler who turns into an effeminate tamasha artiste. Veteran actors Ramesh and Seema Deo come together with son Ajinkya Deo in the revenge drama 'Jeta'. Making the cut will also be a pacy thriller 'Ringa Ringa' with the talented Sonali Kulkarni. A new age love story finds room in the line up with 'Mumbai Pune Mumbai', starring National Award winning film Jogva's lead actor Mukta Barve with Swapnil Joshi. Mahesh Manjrekar also features in the list, with 'Lalbaug Parel', a hard hitting portrayal of displaced mill workers. Closing the festival will be 'Jhing Chik Jhing' by debutant director Nitin Nandan, which is based on the debt-ridden farmers of Vidarbha.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Deepa Gahlot, Head Programming (Theatre and Film) NCPA, said, "With several films jostling for attention, picking the best of the lot seemed like an arduous task. The NCPA conducted an informal poll amongst media and film personalities who watch Marathi films regularly, checked reviews and after some heated intra-departmental debate, selected six films".

As part of NCPA Nave Valan, the audience will get a chance to catch up with what they have missed at the theatres, which includes a mix of rural and urban stories, with different and inspiring styles of compelling story-telling. The NCPA has collaborated with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Maharashtra and Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal to showcase the best of contemporary Marathi cinema and to create a wider field of awareness of Marathi Films.

Taking immense pride in the return of NCPA Nave Valan, Mr. Khushroo Suntook, Chairman, NCPA said "The idea behind conducting the festival is to attract the non-Maharashtrian audiences, including youngsters, to watch these quality films regularly. NCPA Nave Valan intends to showcase some of the best local cinema to our audiences. We are thrilled that people have accepted our initiative with their unfailing support. Our constant endeavor is to encourage our Marathi artistes both theatre and other performing arts through this festival".

Apart from screening of the selected films, another unique feature parallel to the previous year's festival will be the NCPA Chauraha session, to be held after every screening. Here the filmmakers and artistes, along with other key members of the crew will interact with the audience.

The NCPA Chauraha session is an NCPA initiative and is essentially, an informal interactive arts forum where artists from across creative borders, exchange their work and interact with an intimate group of viewers. Some of the artistes who are expected to attend (subject to confirmation) the Chauraha session are Atul Kulkarni, Mahesh Manjrekar.

Nave Valan - New Turn Schedule: 'Nave Valan' (New Turn)

Marathi Film Festival with English Subtitles

Dance Theatre Godrej, Saturday, 9th to Wednesday, 13th - 6.30 pm, Natarang (Col. - 127 mins), Saturday, 9th - 6.30 pm

Natarang is the story of a creative mind that dares to think differently. It is a young artist's journey of overcoming hurdles in the form of family, friends and society to finally realise one unthinkable dream. Set in the 1970s, in the backdrop of a village in Maharashtra, Natarang highlights the emotions related to gender bias through the episodes in the life of an artist. The well built Guna, takes it in his stride to play the role of a female character only for his immense love for the art. This becomes the turning point in his life as he becomes an object of mockery. Can an artist be man enough to be a woman?

Directed by Ravi Jadhav, Cast:: Atul Kulkarni, Sonalee, Kishor Choughule and others, Jeta (Warrior), (Col. - 125 mins), Sunday, 10th - 3:00 pm

Jeta is the story of the dormant warrior in all of us. Sixty-five-year-old retired law professor, Yashwant Rajadyaksha's search for this warrior within begins only when his mettle is tested by a situation which rocks him and his family. Shweta, Yashwant's daughter gets killed by three youngsters born of influential parents, while exposing the plight of exploited villagers through a documentary film. The broken hearted Yashwant goes to court demanding justice against Shweta's brutal murder but realises he is fighting a losing battle. Supported and inspired by his wife, Sumati, Yashwant skillfully plans the murders of two of the accused. This gets ACP Vikrant Marathe to tail him while investigating the twin murders. Whether Vikrant tries to stop Yashwant from committing the third murder or whether he helps him do so forms the climax of Jeta.

Directed by Ajinkya Deo and Amol Shetge, Cast: Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo, Ajinkya Deo, Manava Naik and others, Lalbaug Parel, (Col. - 124 mins), Sunday, 10th - 6.30 pm

Following the mill workers strike in the mid-80s, cotton mills began closing down rapidly, rendering thousands of mill workers jobless. Lalbaug Parel is the story of these displaced mill workers, depicted through the story of one such family as well as the birth of the true underbelly of organized crime in Mumbai. In the last two decades, the entire landscape of central Mumbai has become a high-life destination with swanky malls, night clubs and restaurants. The film traces the dirty network spread across greedy corporate and business houses, the political establishment and the trade union leaders who ostensibly were charged with protecting the rights of the mill workers. Mumbai's shameful secret - the disappearance and eventual fate of its mill workers has been exposed through this film.

Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Seema Biswas, Satish Kaushik, Veena Jamkar, Sameer, Dharmadhikari and others, Ringa Ringa, (Col. - 107 mins), Monday, 11th - 6.30 pm

Siddharth is a henchman who works for Rangrao, his hero. However, he discovers that Rangrao is actually a power hungry villain involved in anti-national activities, on the way to becoming the Chief Minister of Goa. Siddharth collects enough proof to incriminate Rangrao, and gets killed but not before he is able to pass on the whereabouts to his wife Manasi. Siddharth's death is too shocking for Manasi to handle; she still believes he is alive and living with her. Rangrao hires the silver-tongued Vishwas to entice Manasi with his charms and make her surrender her secrets. Soon Manasi is swept into a world of conspiracy, deceit and impending disaster. This is the story of a woman caught in her own psychological turmoil, while she is actually a pawn in a masterminded chess game.

Directed by Sanjay Jadhav, Cast: Sonali Kulkarni, Ajinkya Deo, Bharat Jadhav and others, Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai, (Col. - 103 mins), Tuesday, 12th - 6.30 pm

Pune is known for its culture, heritage and history while Mumbai is known for its class, pace and present. The diversity among people of these two cities often creates humour in their lives and Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai tries to reflect on this through a contemporary love story. Neelam comes to Pune to meet and refuse her prospective groom as she is already in love with someone else. However, she finds him missing at home and waits for him to come back only to end up talking to the stranger who incidentally helped her with her husband to be's address. They end up spending the day together, letting their conversation introduce themselves to each other. Will Neelam change her decision after her visit to Pune?

Directed by Satish Rajwade, Cast: Swapnil Joshi and Mukta Barve, Jhing Chik Jhing, (Col. - 116 mins), Wednesday, 13th - 6.30 pm

Shyam is a ten-year-old boy living on a farm in Vidarbha, a part of rural Maharashtra. Mischievous, inquisitive and impatien, Shyam wants to grasp the world in his hand but the one thing that he really wants is a new shirt for his school uniform. Shyam's parents Mouli and Manda earn their meagre living by growing cotton. Shyam's idyllic life is thrown asunder when he realises that his family is reeling under debt. His father has all but given up hope of ever getting his farmlands out of mortgage. The parents have decided on a suicide pact, wherein all members of the family will die the day the house and land is repossessed. Shyam overhears this conversation and is completely shattered.Can he save his family?

Directed by Nitin Nandan, Cast: Bharat Jadhav, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Madhavi Juvekar, Chinmay Kambli and Sanjay Mone

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