Priya Krishnaswamy's GANGOOBAI (2013) - A Film Preview

Film Poster: Gangoobhai (Gangubhai)

Mumbai, Jan 4, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) The script for the upcoming Hindi movie "Gangoobhai" was selected for NFDC's Screenwriters' Lab in 2009, which picked 6 scripts to be mentored by the Binger Film Lab, Amsterdam. The first leg of the lab was at the Locarno International Film Festival, 2009. The final stage was at the Film Bazaar in Goa, 2009.

Working Still from Motion Picture GANGUBHAI

"Gangoobhai" is slated for a theatrical release date of Jan 11, 2013 at PVR, BIG cinemas and INOX theaters in Mumbai and Pune.


"Gangoobai" is the story of the unlikeliest of heroines in search of a dream sari (a Rs.45,000/- saree that even Kareena Kapoor does not have, as you will watch in the trailer below!)

Set between Matheran and Mumbai, the film is about journeys and destinations, about generosity, goodness, determination and grit, and about the strength of a dream.

Director's Note

Working Still from Indian Feature Film Gangoobhai (Hindi)

Fear. Distrust. Cynicism. Alienation. Fractured isolation. This could be a lexicon of our times.

Yet, the most unexpected people often rise above their upbringing, circumstances and social typecasting to make something extraordinary of their lives, and themselves.

So we set out to make a film about this - about beauty, goodness, humanity and, above all, about hope.

Dare to dream.
Nothing is impossible.
You are stronger than you believe.
The world is a wonderful place.
Life is a daily miracle, and surprises you in many ways.
You get what you give.
Find purpose. The means will follow.

These are the simple, yet powerful, lessons that we discovered within the story we set out to tell.

And learned that it isn’t as much of a fairy tale as it might seem…

Director's Biography and Filmography

Working Still from Bollywood Hindi Movie GANGUBHAI

Priya Krishnaswamy is a National Award winning filmmaker, and editor of several award-winning features and documentaries.

As filmmaker, she has made 12 documentaries, including The Eye of the Fish, Brickmaster, A presence in my dream, What about the children?, Fractured Pasts, Shared Futures, Gateway to Heaven, and The Seduction of Dr. Loya.

Krishnaswamy was born in India, but lived most of her childhood and adolescence in the mid-western United States and Nigeria, where her love for the movies was born.

Since there was no precedent for a filmmaker in her academic family, she earned an Andhra Pradesh state scholarship to do a 3-year post-graduate Diploma in Cinema (film editing) at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Upon finishing the course in 1987, she found herself in the one place she never wanted to be – Mumbai, the home of commercial Indian cinema, and one of the most difficult cities in the world to survive.

Much to her surprise, however, complete strangers opened their homes to her, and editing offers began to come in from the day she arrived.

So, she cast her bread upon the waters, and found, in due course of time, that Mumbai and the film industry were, indeed, places where the most outrageous dreams can come true…

Cast Biographies

Working Still from Indian Bollywood Hindi Movie Gangoobhai (hindi)

Sarita Joshi

An award-winning stage, television and film actress, Sarita Joshi is the daughter of Gujarati actress Jamnaben Thakkar and Marathi stage director Haribabu Joshi.

She began acting on stage at the age of nine, and has over six decades of experience in Gujarati and Marathi theatre as well as Marathi movies. She is best known for her role as a tough yet fair matriarch in the hit serial Baa Bahoo Aur Baby. She also portrayed Abhishek Bachchan's mother in Guru, directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam, and played a central character in Vinay Pathak’s 2008 movie Dasvidaniya.

Of all the mediums, she holds a special corner for theater and stage performances.

She says that the joy of performing on stage is better than anything else and that theater will always be her first love.

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988.

Purab Kohli

A model, VJ and actor, Purab Kohli started his career as an actor with the popular TV show Hip Hip Hurray, and earned recognition through video jockeying on Channel V.

He has also featured in ads for Colgate, Pizza Hut, Compaq Presario, Amaron Batteries, and Castrol.

He made his acting debut with Bus Yuhin (2003) opposite Nandita Das. He has also acted in Supari (2003), Vastu Shastra (2004), and 13th Floor (2005), but it was My Brother Nikhil (2005) which proved lucky for him. From then on he starred in Mahesh Bhatt's Woh Lamhe (2006) and as a villain again in Bhatt's Awarapan (2007).

He also acted in Rock On!! (2008) along with Farhan Akhtar, Luke Kenny and Arjun Rampal.

Purab Kohli's work in Rock On garnered him a Special Jury Mention at the 2009 Filmfare Awards in March 2009.

Meeta Vasisht

Meeta Vasisht is an award-winning television, film and theatre actress, writer, social worker and theatre and film director who graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi, in 1987.

She has worked extensively in both commercial and offbeat cinema, including films by Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani and Govind Nihalani.

Raj Zutshi

Raj Zutshi has been a film and television actor since debuting in Ketan Mehta’s “Holi” (also Aamir Khan’s debut film) in 1984.

He has since worked extensively in both the parallel and mainstream film industries, including India’s Oscar-entry, “Lagaan”.

Nidhi Sunil

Nidhi Sunil was first spotted in 2007 in a Bangalore model hunt for "Channel V" called "Get Gorgeous", on which she was the runner-up.

She was also the 2nd Runner-up on the "Kingfisher Calendar Hunt" where she also won the title of Miss photogenic.

She currently holds the title for 2nd runner-up at the "Femina Miss India" South pageant.

When she's not in front of the camera she's usually scouring Bombay to satisfy her inner foodie, or watching movies, or usually doing both at the same time.

Crew Biographies

Dialog writer

Born in Kanpur, Abhay Tiwari was trained in Mass communications from M.C.R.C., Jamia Millia Islamia, in 1992. Thereafter he has been working in the film and television industry of Mumbai as a screenwriter. He has translated Rumi's Persian poetry into Hindi, published as a book called Kalam-e-Rumi. He writes a weekly story column in a leading Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskar. He also makes short films occasionally.


Anil Chandel is a fine arts graduate from MS University, Baroda. His earlier film credits include “Divya Drishti” and “Life Express”. He has worked as additional DOP on the soon to be released “Happy”, starring Pankaj Kapur, and the Martin Sheen film, “A Prayer for Rain”, about the Bhopal Gas Disaster.

Sandeep Patil, a graduate in cinematography from the Film & Television Institute of India, won the prestigious Kodak cinematography award for a student exercise while there.
His work includes Saeed Mirza’s “Ek Tho Chance” and Murali Nair’s “The Virgin Goat”.

Sound recordist & designer

Manoj Sikka, a graduate of the FTII, has worked with stalwarts like Vinod Chopra, Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, and John Mathews among many others. Having worked on more than 25 films, including award-winning films like Naseem, Antardwand, Hyderabad Blues, Parzania. He is the winner of the Videocon Screen Award for Mission Kashmir.
Manoj has always closely worked his Sound Design into the overall character of the film.

Music composer

Ved Nair, a musical child prodigy, gave his first mridangam solo performance at a tender age and began composing classical compositions when 7. With a broad range of influences in jazz, western classical, R&B, New age and other forms, he left his birth place Bhilai, covering miles of sonic ground to Bombay, where he first began as an apprentice in a South Bombay based studio later collaborating with several jazz & Indian classical musicians attempting to bridge the gap between the soulful raga-melodic structure and impromptu seamless harmonic voicing’s, His efforts reflected in the Crescendo label release jazz-pianist Prakash Shetty's new age album Hard notes, loose change.

His evocative hummable theme in the Gaurav Jani's internationally acclaimed road movie, Riding solo to the top of the world, grabbed overwhelming attention as a very popular ring tone download melodies amongst techies, software developers and bikers in the US and Europe.

He has also scored for the recent Toronto Fipresci Discovery award winning feature Laxmikant Shetgaonkar‘s  The Man beyond the bridge,  Khargosh ,  One crazy ride  and  End Of Love.

Ved's music retains its singular presence as it alternates between serene, romantic, carefree inspirational and sentimental moods.


The National Film Development Corporation of India is the central agency established to encourage the good cinema movement in the country. The primary goal of the NFDC is to plan, promote and organize an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry and foster excellence in cinema. Over the years NFDC has provided a wide range of services essential to the growth of Indian cinema.

The NFDC (and its predecessor the Film Finance Corporation) has so far funded / produced over 300 films.
These films, in various Indian languages, have been widely acclaimed and have won many national and international awards.


"Gangoobai" premiered at the MAMI 2012, in the New Faces in Indian Cinema section. It then went to the South Asian Film Festival in Canada and the Hanoi International Film Festival, Vietnam, where it was in the Panorama section. It was also in the Indian Panorama at the IFFI, 2012 in Goa.

Watch the official trailer of Gangoobhai

Genre: Drama


Sarita Joshi - Gangoobai
Purab Kohli - Waman Ponkshe
Meeta Vasisht - Daksha
Raj Zutshi - Rohan
Gopi Desai - Mrs. Tahiliani
Rushad Rana - Khushru Mistry
Nidhi Sunil - Monisha
Behram Rana - Jamshyd Mistry
Ankita Shrivastav - Santripti
Aparna Kanekar - Malanbai

Creative team and key crew

Written, Edited & Directed by: Priya Krishnaswamy
Dialogues: Abhay Tiwari
Music: Ved Nair
Camera: Anil Chandel, Sandeep Patil
Sound: Bhaskar Roy and Manoj Sikka
Art Director: Alok Halder
Animation & VFX: Neil Cunningham, Reliance Mediaworks
Executive Producers: Nina Lath Gupta & Vikramjit Roy
Producer: National Film Development Corporation Limited

Technical Specs

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Format: 35mm Color
Aspect Ratio: 1:2.35