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Ek Hota Vidushak
Once There Was a Clown

1992 | 145 mins. | Colour | Marathi | Social

Aburao, the once well-known Songadya, a folk theatre clown, is lured by the glittering world of cinema. Seduced by an actress, he betrays his beloved, who is pregnant with his child. Finally Aburao fills his own life with humour, he had always missed. He gains a new and charming life thanks to the daughter born of his beloved.

Director | Story: Jabbar Patel

Camera: Harish Joshi

Editor: Anil-Vishwas

Music: Anand Modak

Cast: Laxmikant Berde, Varsha Usgaonkar, Dilip Prabhavalkar and Mohan Agashe


National Award for Best Marathi Film & Choreography - 1993

Maharashtra State Award for Best Marathi Film, Screenplay, lyrics, choreography, best male singer & Script - 1992

Festival Participation

Indian Panorama, International Film Festival of India - 1993

Five By Four
2003 | 90 mins. | Colour | English | Social

Five By Four is the story of five women. All smart, intelligent and very aware.The film is laid out like a novel; it has a prologue, main story and epilogue. The main story is broken into four small stories. While each story concentrates on individual characters, it also follows the lives of the girls. As each story flows into the next, each of the girls take turns at becoming the protagonist, while the others play a guest role.

Director: Roopa Swaminathan

Producer: NFDC & Doordarshan

Cast: Carey Edwards, Divya Darshini, Eashwar, Hardeep Minhas, Preetha, Sapna, Sujata Panju, Usha, Venkat

1988 | 114 mins. | Hindi | Drama

GAMAN is a poem of the dispossessed of this country; of those who are forced by circumstances beyond their control to leave their families and their homes thereby destroying the social and cultural fabric of their environment themselves. It is the story of a young man from U.P., Ghulam Hasan, who has little education, less land and no opportunity in his own village and has, therefore, to migrate to Bombay, leaving behind his old mother and young wife, Khairun. With his departure, life for these women comes to a standstill the present is unbearable, the future uncertain. In the city, Ghulam finds refuge with his friend from the village, Lallu Lal Tewari who is a taxi-driver.

Director: Muzaffar Ali

Producer: Integrated Films

Cast: Bhim Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Jalal Agha, Nana Patekar, Gita Siddharth


1979 Best Music Director, National Award

1979 Best Playback Singer (Female)

1982 | 191 mins. | Biography | Drama | History

Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of non-violent protest.

Director: Richard Attenborough

Writer: John Briley

Cast: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud and Candice Bergen


55th Academy Awards

The film won eight Academy Awards and was nominated for three more:

Best Picture (won)

Best Director (Richard Attenborough)

Best Original Screenplay (John Briley)

Best Film Editing (John Bloom)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ben Kingsley)

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design(Bhanu Athaiya)

Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film

David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film

2013 | 106 mins. | Hindi party Marathi | Social

Gangoobai, a childless, elderly widow, has lived her whole life in the tiny colonial hill station of Matheran, set in the spectacularly beautiful Sahyadri mountain range about four hours drive from Mumbai. Her world consists of tending to her beloved flowers and working as domestic help in a few homes, among them that of the wealthy Hodiwala family who own a weekend bungalow in Matheran, an eco-sensitive zone where no vehicles are allowed, not even bicycles.

Gangoobai’s quiet life is suddenly disrupted when, one day, she sees the Hodiwala’s teenage daughter wearing a magnificent designer Parsi sari of white Chinese motifs embroidered on a background of purple silk. The old woman falls instantly in love with this exotic, expensive, custom-made creation – and longs to own one herself.

Driven by this unlikely obsession, Gangoobai manages, against all odds, to save the money over four years of hard work and despite some wrong judgments, and finally finds herself in the big, polluted, overcrowded city of Mumbai – an urban nightmare she is utterly unprepared for. Here, filled with fears and misgivings, she is pleasantly surprised to find that people are the same everywhere, despite all outward appearances to the contrary, and that even the hardest heart can be transformed by kindness and love.

Finally, one day, Gangoobai collects her designer sari and attains her dream, only to face ultimate failure and betrayal at home by one whom she holds closest to her heart. Yet, her essential goodness and unfailing generosity to life redeem the destruction of her dreams, and set her life on a path that surpasses anything that she could ever have imagined...

Director: Priya Krishnaswamy

Producer: NFDC Ltd.

Cast: Sarita Joshi, Purab Kohli, Meeta Vasisht, Raj Zutshi, Gopi Desai, Rushad Rana, Nidhi Sunil, Behram Rana

Godam (The Warehouse)

Own Production

1984 | 124 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

The film opens with a wedding procession followed by the ritual sacrifice of a sheep and invocation to God. A teenage bride, Yesu has been married to the mentally retarded son of a lecherous old man. On the night of the wedding, the father-in-law tries to rape Yesu and in the ensuing scuffle he is killed. A frightened Yesu runs away and hides in an abandoned warehouse. The very next day a new warehouse keeper Edekar and his attendant Dharma, take charge of the warehouse. Yesu is discovered hiding behind some old bags of wheat. They feed her and let her stay for the night, but Edekar is afraid of giving refuge to the girl. As time passes, Dharma becomes friendly with her and develops a protective attitude. His head office decides to send truckloads of food grain to the warehouse. Edekar is scared of the girl being found out. He starts drinking heavily and losing his sanity. Finally, in a fit of drunken fury, he asks Yesu to leave immediately. Back to his room he suffers from hallucinations about Yesu and the impending arrival of trucks.

Director | Screenplay | Music: Dilip Chitre

Camera: Govind Nihalani

Editor: Sanjeev Naik

Cast: K. K. Raina, Satyadev Dubey, Trupti



Festival Participation

Festival Des 3 Continents Nantes 1984

Prix Special du Jury -- Cannes Film Festival

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
1983 | 110 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Comedy

A photographer-duo start a studio, only to find wrong things happening right from its launch. However, their photographic assignments lead them to expose shady facts about the city's builders, municipal officers and others. The film exposes many evils through its hilarious style, which weaves into its narrative slapstick comedy, as well as epic (a la Mahabharata) episodes to incisive effect.

Director: Kundan Shah

Camera: Binod Pradhan

Editor: Renu Saluja

Music: Vanraj Bhatia

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Vaswani, Neena Gupta, Om Puri, Bhakti Barve, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah


National Award for Best Editing - 1992

National Award for Best First Film of a Director - 1984

Film Fare Award for Best Comedy - 1985

UP film Journalist Association for Best Film - 1984

Jaya Ganga
1996 | 85 mins. | Colour | English-French-Hindi | Social

Nishant is an Indian living in Paris. He meets an unusual woman, Jaya in a cemetery. She claims to live two lives, her own and that of Nadja, the 1920s beauty, who had inspired Andre Breton to write a book on her. The woman disappears mysteriously, and Nishant undertakes a journey to the Ganga, for which Jaya had an obsessive love. On the river he meets Zehra, a poet and dancer who reminds him of Jaya. He persuades her to leave her brothel and join him on his journey down the Ganga.

Director | Writer: Vijay Singh

Camera: Piyush Shah

Editor: Renu Saluja

Music: Vanraj Bhatia

Cast: Asil Rais, Smriti Mishra, Paula Klein, Jean-Claude Carrier, Benwari Taneja, Gopal Singh

Award Nominations

World Film Festival, Montreal for Best Film - 1996

Festival International des Films, Amiens (France) for Best Film - 1996

Stockholm International Film Festival 1996 - Best Film

Fortaleza International Festival, Brazil 1998 - Best Film

Festival Participation

Vancouver International Film Festival

Ghent International Film Festival (Belgium)

International Film Festival, Québec

Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina)

Cinéquest, San Jose (California)

IFFI, New Delhi

Munich Film Festival, Munich

Festival des Films Romantiques, Cabourg (France)

Rencontres Cinématographiques, Une Certaine Idée du Cinéma, Pantin, Paris, (Opening Film)

Norton Palm Springs International Film Festival (California)

Festival des Femmes, Guadeloupe

Films from the South Film Festival, Oslo

Ciné Franeze, Rome

BAFTA special screening, London

Barcelona 2000, Barcelona

Paris Film Festival

Phnom Penh

Kali Salwar
2002 | 112 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Sultana, a small town prostitute and her pimp Khudabaksh migrate to the metropolis, bringing with them their dreams and meagre belongings. Sultana goes about her bright and artful seductions but somehow misses her targets. Her business collapses. Desperately, Khudabaksh too tries his hand at many jobs but is unsuccessful. Sultana's loneliness and despair get objectified in her desire for a 'salwaar' that she needs to complete her black ensemble for the observance of mourning for Moharram.

Director: Fareeda
Cast: Sadiya Siddiqui, Irfan Khan, Jeetu Shastri, Surekha Sikri, Vrajesh Hirjee, Kay Kay, Sheeba Chaddha.
Producer: NFDC & Andaz Production

Kamla Ki Maut
Kamla's Death

1989 | 100 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Kamla, a 20-year old girl in love with a young man, is seized by panic when she discovers that she is pregnant. She lives in a one-room flat in a five-storey building teeming with middle class families. Seeing no way out of the problem and overcome by feelings of guilt, she goes to the balcony and jumps down to her death. Neighbours come out to watch the tragedy. Among them are Sudhakar, his wife, and their two daughters. The incident sets them all thinking and looking into their own secret lives. They come to the nagging conclusion that Kamla was no more guilty than they themselves.

Director: Basu Chatterjee

Camera: Ajay Prabhakar

Editor: Kamal Saigal

Music: Salil Chowdhury

Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Roopa Ganguly, Supriya Pathak, Harshad Desai, Kavita Thakur, Dimple Arora, Irfan Khan and Devendra Khandelwal

Award Nominations

Filmfare Award for Best Script - 1990

BFJA Award for Best Bengali Feature Film & Best Director

Ritwick Ghatak Award for Best Film - 1990

Festival Participation

Cairo International Film Festival - 1990

Katha Doan Ganpatraonchi
1996 | 140 mins. | Marathi | Drama

Located in a seaside villge in Maharashtra during the 60s, the film unfolds over two decades. It is a tragic tale of how the best of friendships can rupture over a trivial quarrel. Once a rupture takes place, there are always people who know how to turn a quarrel to their own advantage, even if the main adversaries are completely destroyed in the process.
This tale is told with a blend of absurd humour and touching pathos. It has memorable performances, beautiful locations, costumes and excellent cinematography held together by an imaginative mise-en-scène. It is as fresh today, as when it was made. It has gained layers of meaning by the events in our country in the last two decades.

Director: Arun Khopkar

Producer: NFDC

Cast:Dr. Mohan Agashe, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Uttara Baokar, Prashant Subhedar, Renuka Shahane, Kishor Kadam, Sanjay Mone, Sayaji Shinde, Atul Pethe

Festival Participation / Awards :

Maharashtra State Awards 1997 Best Comedian, Best Costumes

Beppu Asian Film Festival, Japan - 1998

Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt - 1999

Moscow International Film Festival - 1997 / Indian Panorama - 1997.

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